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eca
BRONZE Member since Mar 2010

member
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Total posts: 197
Posted:Being a beginner myself, I have found that it often helps to videotape yourself while spinning.

What this does for me is, it allows me to step outside of myself and see from a third-person point of view what I am doing and how it looks. You could do this with a mirror as well but I like using video as it allows me to look back after the fact and just overall see how I did.

Doing this helped me get the 3 beat weave down. I had kinda been able to do a really sloppy version of it (I have video if you wanna see how horrible it was). Watching that video helped me realize what I was doing wrong. I still don't have it perfect, but it's now much more fluid, less sloppy, and overall better looking.

That's it.


"Think of the pussy, Weevil."
"What's a pussy-weevil?"

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VillageIdiot
SILVER Member since Dec 2009

VillageIdiot

Pretty cool guy
Location: , Australia

Total posts: 23
Posted:It's a good idea for sure and if I had a decent tripod I would do it more often.

Zan recommends that you look in a mirror while you spin, side-on to examine your plane control, and front-on to fix up your timing and spacing.

smile


If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

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eca
BRONZE Member since Mar 2010

member
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Total posts: 197
Posted:I don't have mirrors large enough to work that out with. I do have a webcam though, so I set it up, and go to town. It has helped me loads.

"Think of the pussy, Weevil."
"What's a pussy-weevil?"

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Jameth
GOLD Member since May 2008

Jameth

enthusiast
Location: NSW, Australia

Total posts: 378
Posted:I don't have mirror large enough either, but I find if I'm using light toys outside that a window with a darkened room ( +/- curtains) does well enough.

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eca
BRONZE Member since Mar 2010

member
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Total posts: 197
Posted:Doesn't sound like a bad idea... Now if the weather would make up it's damn mind. 2 days ago it was in the mid-to-upper 60's (F) and today it is 25...

"Think of the pussy, Weevil."
"What's a pussy-weevil?"

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triptrician
SILVER Member since Feb 2010

UFO Spotting
Location: Queensland, Australia

Total posts: 350
Posted:yeah i find the window thing is good too but i think i freak the downstairs neighbors out smile

would rather have a bottle-in-front-of-me than a frontal lobotomy

"The dangers of life are infinate and among them is safety"(geothe)

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Sister Eleven
GOLD Member since Aug 2009

Sister Eleven

owner of the group property
Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Total posts: 1277
Posted:My additional piece of advice is: drill all the most common motions, or motions that are initially counterintuitive, without poi, until well after you think they've become natural to you (e.g. Zan and Jon's recommendations for rehearsing flowers, hybrids, and CAPs). Not to say you should spend entire practice sessions doing that, but working in five, ten minutes (as a warmup, say) will help a lot. Once you start to get the body motions down, you can ignore them and focus on the details that involve the poi (planes, timing, cross-points, etc). If having the poi in your hands totally throws off the motion you've been practicing, it means you've probably just practiced it until it's familiar, and not until it's second nature.

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ladyleo
SILVER Member since May 2008

ladyleo

newbie
Location: , USA

Total posts: 26
Posted:Ditto, to sister eleven's post: practice calmly and meditatively repeatedly until a move is natural.

Make a list of the moves you know and a list of the moves you'd like to learn in the near future. Practice the moves in your repertoire and then begin trying new ones. (This helps you keep even your basic moves fresh and smooth.) Having a list is a nice way to help you keep constant goals and see your progress. Your list will become long. Don't be afraid to name moves whatever you want.


NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP! You will get a move if you set your heart to it.


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SpinnerofDetroit
GOLD Member since Oct 2009

SpinnerofDetroit

All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA

Total posts: 2280
Posted:Too true, such as waistwraps, took me about a month, but I got em. And I still can't do butterfly waistwraps as they keep tangling and I have never figured it out still, but I'm sure I eventually will.

The only luck is bad luck.

Shut up before I stall my poi up your ass grin

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