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shocked_prawn

old hand
Location: Sunderland, UK
Member Since: 14th Apr 2007
Total posts: 865
Posted:i have tried and tried and tried and i just cant get fishtails with my staff.....
im of course not going to give up but a few hints and tips would be greatly appreciated thank you!


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faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:wish i could help but have not succeeded. you can do a search with a keyword for fishtails or check out the staff section, mcp also has really good tutorials

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shocked_prawn

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Location: Sunderland, UK
Member Since: 14th Apr 2007
Total posts: 865
Posted:yeah... i have managd to find some really old threads that helped a little but i still cant get it...

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Yakumo
Yakumo

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Location: Oxfordshire
Member Since: 31st May 2006
Total posts: 1237
Posted:tons in MCPs threads at the top of the staff forum

http://www.homeofpoi.com/ubbthreads/show...5/o/all/fpart/1


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shocked_prawn
shocked_prawn

old hand
Location: Sunderland, UK
Member Since: 14th Apr 2007
Total posts: 865
Posted:most of theese vids are really jumpy on my pc, cant see whats going on... ill have to see if the college pc's will let me look...

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misssquarepants
newbie

Member Since: 31st Dec 2006
Total posts: 2
Posted:ummm whats a fish tail?

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simta
simta

compfuzzled
Location: hastings
Member Since: 11th Apr 2006
Total posts: 1182
Posted:all contact moves have a non contact equivalent (mostly)

even though it may not seem like it, the fishtail is probably the most basic contact move, it is just a weave but instead of holding in the hand the staff rests on the back of the hand, the movement of the staff is exactly the same


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ma'tina
ma'tina

multiplex
Location: somewhere...
Member Since: 20th Mar 2005
Total posts: 611
Posted:either ask mcp or antti or psi (mike)....my descriptions would probably suck....and dunno how to explain it properly....but if you need any help....continue reading....!

first of all you have to practice....again and again.....and again.....try to practice the basic figure 8 with the staff in front of you twirl backwards .....then you have to do that on the back of your hand and you are getting close to fishtails....., but there is more movement from the right to left...etc....see told ya...i cant explain it properly!

have fun....or check out one of the above named!


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DavidJNolan
DavidJNolan

Precision instrument of speed and aromatics
Location: Vienna
Member Since: 21st Aug 2006
Total posts: 240
Posted:place the staff on the back of your hand. Place the other hand on top of it and hold it LOOSELY in place.

Now try to play a basic backwards 1-beat; NOT A 2-BEAT OR FIGURE-8

gradually, you will begin to feel how the staff moves, and how the hand underneath it should follow and guide the movement.
When you are ready remove the top hand


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bluecat
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Location: everywhere
Member Since: 15th Dec 2002
Total posts: 5300
Posted:i got a nice practise -

balance the staff on the backs of BOTH hands. now do 1beats(either forwards or backward, whichever is most comfy) to either side(like a figure eight, but less circles!) - essentially one end of the staff is making circles on one side of you, the other end is making circles on the other.

you'll find that both hands are doing the fishtail movement. it's quite a big jump from there to actual fishtails, but it'll help with the motion.

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simta
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compfuzzled
Location: hastings
Member Since: 11th Apr 2006
Total posts: 1182
Posted: Written by: _Y_


Now try to play a basic backwards 1-beat; NOT A 2-BEAT OR FIGURE-8



well pointed out, what i should of said

thankfully enough knowledgeable ppl to correct me


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faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:ooh...i'll try that this weekend, one hand on top

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Mr_Joe
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Member Since: 27th Aug 2008
Total posts: 59
Posted:The way I learnt was to just practice each transition separately. So do a wrist wrap and switch from in front to behind, and vice versa and practice getting the heads to drop past opposite sides of your body. I found the transition from behind to in front considerably more tricky than the front-to-back one, also backwards spinning is much easier.

Trust me on that last point, I spent months learning forwards ones, and then got backwards ones in a couple of weeks!


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simta
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compfuzzled
Location: hastings
Member Since: 11th Apr 2006
Total posts: 1182
Posted:took me ages to get backwards, i had forwards down for quite a while, but yeh backwards is easier, and opens things up alot more

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ma'tina
ma'tina

multiplex
Location: somewhere...
Member Since: 20th Mar 2005
Total posts: 611
Posted:@_Y_: for us (people around my area) figure 8 is the 1 beat...and if you do it backwards....we're talking about the same thing wink

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DavidJNolan
DavidJNolan

Precision instrument of speed and aromatics
Location: Vienna
Member Since: 21st Aug 2006
Total posts: 240
Posted:when i first learnt staff, the figure of 8 was a 2-beat.
not that it really matters what you call it, as long as the people you talk to understand you


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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:i learnt by text descriptions on hop and transitioning from a fwd fig-8 on my dominant hand. however now contact is so popular there are so much more people available to teach it in person.



i'm still trying to get it happening for the sticks i use for shows (thin 1m concentrate sticks)


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I doubt i'll ever post fishtail lessons on my site as i'm slack/focus is elsewhere and it's been done before and well.


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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Member Since: 2nd May 2007
Total posts: 3597
Posted:so i almost got them im thinking with a shorter staff it would be much easier.

It seems like im cheating to pull off my fishtails, I'll start with the staff in my right hand and do a wrist wrap and bring the staff over to my left, then a do the weird hand motion and i pretty much pinch the staff between my hand and wrist to get it back over. then when i go for the next one the staff usually ends up locked under my arm pit. also iv enoticed i have to move A LOT to get them to clear me.

any tips based on this?


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simta
simta

compfuzzled
Location: hastings
Member Since: 11th Apr 2006
Total posts: 1182
Posted:it will take a while

practise more

sounds like you have the basic motion down, when you first start doing them you prob will have to move alot once you get them cleaner you wont


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Ry
Ry

Gromit's Humble Squire
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2005
Total posts: 4496
Posted:Hey Robyn.. sorry been mia.. lots going on. pm coming!



Fishtails..



1. Balance the staff on the back of your right hand.



2. Trying not to let it tip the balance, move your right elbow out, so the right head of the staff is in front, and the left head comes back closer to your body.



3. If you dip the thumb of your right hand slightly, the right head of the staff will begin to rise.



4. Using the staff's grip against your skin to maintain grip (heavier staff would be better, as there's more pressing the staff to your hand), move your hand up and outward to the right, to follow the right head. Think about making a small arch with the right head (don't think of a full circle, just a small arch).



5. As the right head completes the arch, you'll notice the left head is starting to rise.



6. Now slowly move your hand up, following the arch the left head is trying to make, while feeling the weight off the staff and thinking about it's natural grip on the back of your hand. If you forget for a moment, the staff will do things like slide off, or over tilt on one side.



7. So make the left head do a small arch.



8. Repeat.



It's pretty much just working on making small arches on both sides. As you get better, the height and width of the arches increase, eventually getting it into a weave type motion. When you begin, it'll feel like paddling a kayak, but digging wide instead of digging deep.



Have fun! smile


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shocked_prawn
shocked_prawn

old hand
Location: Sunderland, UK
Member Since: 14th Apr 2007
Total posts: 865
Posted:hay thanks ry! thats pretty helpful!
im gonna give it a go now!


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shocked_prawn

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Location: Sunderland, UK
Member Since: 14th Apr 2007
Total posts: 865
Posted:not this time but much closer than before, id better go back to theory test practise rather than messin about eith my staff! bounce bounce2 bounce

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