(No, not the 4b siteswap… you geek!)
I’m on a quest to create the resources I wish I would have had 8 years ago. After long pondering this resulted in a video, hopefully a series of videos with many more chapters to come.
This first video is on ball juggling technique, and the many variations we can make to our patterns, arms, body or movement while juggling 5 balls.
You’re welcome to take away from it anything you like, but for those who feel clueless what this could be for:
- Going forwards and backwards on a certain property of juggling might help you find the neutral that works best for you.
- Experimenting with the extremes in many ranges might increase your juggling skill, your ability to correct and control.
- Learning the variations of a pattern will allow you to pick and choose a variation for a specific purpose such as expressing something or matching the juggling style of your stage partner, rather than being stuck with your own default.
Obviously there are many more technique variations than shown in the video, here are some more ideas which I have not recorded.
Body: Eyes up/down, tilts to the left and right (with head, chest, whole body), rotations to the left and right (with head, chest, hips, etc). Other positions such as sitting, kneeling, etc.
On the pattern perhaps things like rotating the pattern, front/back rotating throws… like beginner juggling scooping towards yourself
On the arms: Fingers squeezing the balls, different hand positions for catching (closer to wrists, closer to finger tips, more inside or closer to thumb). Make extra low scoop but normal height catch and throw. Make no scoop
All feedback is welcome.
But enough about the video.
Let’s use this for a starting point for conversation and discussion too!
What are your favorite technique variations for juggling? Which ones do you practice, which ones do you perform?