Kae:Basic 5b+ Palmspinning

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[edit] Basic Palmspinning (5 ball and above)

While this chapter is titled “Basic Palmspinning”, it is far from easy. You should be accustomed to the moves in the 1-4 ball chapters before trying these. If you really want to do over four ball work, but find these moves difficult, don’t despair – remember that the first Basic Palmspinning chapter was about up to four balls in one hand. That means that by using both hands, you can do up to eight ball palmspinning without learning the moves in this chapter. This chapter is about the fundamental moves for five ball and above. Most of them involve combinations of various lower-number palmspins, so you may find one or two surprisingly easy. It is not essential to be able to perform large number palmspinning in order to be a successful contact juggler. In toss juggling, the difference between five ball juggling and seven ball juggling represents a huge difference in skill, but the average audience member will be more impressed with many tricks at lower numbers than the ability to do a few at larger numbers.

5b Cascade

[edit] 5b Linespin

A “linespin” is a palmspin with five or more balls which consists of two lines of ball, one held by the fingers, and the other by the heels of the hand. Hold five balls in two lines with both hands so there is a line of three balls at the fingers, and two balls behind them, each of them touching two of the front balls. Treat the two front left balls and the back left ball as 3b Palmspin pattern, and the other two as a 2b Palmspin pattern, and rotate each anticlockwise until there is a line of two at the front and a line of three at the back. Then, treat the front right and two back right balls as a 3b Palmspin and the other two as a 2b Palmspin and rotate anticlockwise again until you’re back at the start again. Make sure that the balls are touching at all times. Surprisingly, this style of palmspinning wasn’t noticed until a new CJer, Shifty, who had been practicing only about a year, came up with a whole gamut of new moves like this one.

[edit] 5b 2h Palmspin

This palmspin is a circle of five balls following each other. There are two paths to follow in order to learn this spin. First off, it is very important to learn the 5b Linespin - this one is essential, as the 5b 2h Palmspin is, in a way, simply a variant on it. The second is the 4b 2h Palmspin (also called the 4b 2h Flatspin).</p> Once you are comfortable with the 5b Linespin, simply try to keep the balls separate in the center. Start off simply - small gaps, so the ball starts off as two rows, grows into an oval spin, and gradually gets more circular.</p> You may find it easier to perform if you overlap the fingers of both hands. If have found for example, that if I am spinning anticlockwise, it is easier to spin this pattern if I put the pinky and ring fingers of the right hand over the pinky and ring finger of the left. This idea will help woth larger patterns as well. If you examine the shape your hands make like this, you'll see a large depression - the fingers help to make a bowl that the balls roll around.

[edit] 6b Linespin

This is simply two rows of three balls, treated just like in the 5b Linespin. In this case, the movement is a 3b anticlockwise palmspin, where balls get passed from one pattern to the other. Try it and see for yourself. This is more obvious when you learn the 8b Linespin Stack – you really notice the balls moving out of and in to the pattern when there are balls supported on the pattern.

[edit] 6b 2h Stack

Want a surprise? Once you learn the 5b 2h Palmspin, this move is incredibly easy!</p> Spin a 5b 2h Palmspin for a while. When you have it smooth, place an extra ball in the center, so it is held up by the base 5 balls. This is much easier to learn than the lower-numbered stacks, because the central ball finds it much easier to simply stay in the center than to make the arduos climb over the wall of base balls.</p> You may find it easier if you overlap the pinky and ring fingers of both hands, and also notice how the heels of both hands interact. If spinning anticlockwise, the n the right heel acts like a boundary wall that stops the base from escaping over it, and the left heel is alternately raised and lowered in order to "pulse" the back balls along over to the right hand.</p> The 6b 2h Inverted Stack is just slightly harder - in this case, the 6th ball is below the base ring of 5 balls. In this case, the 4th and 5th fingers are still overlapped, and the heel plays a much bigger role

[edit] 6b 2h Triangle Palmspin

This one can be a pain to get. When learning this, I found that the easiest way to spin the pattern was also very awkward on the arms.</p> Start by placing three balls in the left hand so a ball is on the fingers, another is in the palm, and the last is held at the base of the forearm. Now, angle the hand inwards so the line of balls is parallel with the chest - you can use the chest to help balance them if you need to. Hold a 3bPalmspin pattern in the right hand, and bring it inwards so it slots against the left hand and the balls form a large triangle.</p> Spinning this pattern is tricky - You have to somehow slip your hands under the pattern and slowly spin it around. It may help to remember that you only need to learn to spin 120 degrees around - the rest of the spin is the same. To make it even simpler, you can imagine the starting pattern - a triangle, with a base at the chest, another facing off to the right, and another facing off to the left - and try to spin the pattern 60 degrees anti-clockwise so that you then have a line of three balls on the right hand and forearm, and a 3bPalmspin pattern in the left hand. The next 60 degrees is just bringing the pattern back to the start position again.

[edit] 7b Linespin

This is done the same way as the 6b and 5b Linespins, but starting with four balls at the front, and three behind. When spinning anticlockwise (reverse the tip for clockwise), I find this much simpler if you pull back the right hand so the tip of the right pinky is just next to the left pinky’s base. This seems to allow more room for the fingers to move. When the hands are right next to each other, it is difficult to control the back middle balls, as they pass over the heels of the hands, where you cannot easily control them.

[edit] 7b Stack Linespin

Spin a 6b Linespin for a while until it is very comfortable. If you look at it, you can see that it really cries out for a third dimension. Simply at a ball to one of the 3b Palmspin patterns, and you will add that 3rd dimension. When you start the spin, do it slowly – you’ll see that stack alternates between being supported by three, and being supported by four balls. This provides a little difficulty if your 6b Linespin is not smooth – the smoothness is necessary for the top ball to keep it’s place as one ball is transferred in and another out of the supporting base. If you feel that this move is a little to asymmetrical, then there is a simple solution – the top ball can be moved along the top from one side to the other – the movement makes the top ball look like a small boat being buffeted along by large waves (or something…). The figure on the left shows the various places a ball can be stacked on top of the 6b Linespin I various configurations. You can move a stacked ball between those points as you spin the line.

[edit] 7b 2h Flower Propellor

This move is a combination of the ordinary and inverted 6b 2h Stack. It is a 5b2h Palmspin with a ball above, and another below, the ring of balls. You will find it maybe a bit easier if you let the pinkys overlap.

7b 2h “Cheater” Flower Palmspin

[edit] 8b Stack Linespin

This is a 6b Linespin with two balls on top of the 3b Palmspin patterns. The back middle ball of the pattern is difficult to control when it is passing from one heel to the other. To minimize this, try leaning your hands downwards at the front, and bring the balls a little further forward so it is controlled more by the fingers than the palm. You can add further complexity to this by throwing in pinky lifts and thumb lifts every now and then – the 8b Stack Linespin is essentially two 4b Stacks, so anything that can be down with a stack, can be done with this pattern as will (well, …almost everything).

[edit] 8b Linespin

For this linespin, it is probably best if you do it with smaller balls, as the pattern makes an extreme stretch necessary for the hands. Practice your 4b Flat Spins thoroughly before doing this. A solid 4b Flat Spin base will allow you to confidently place three balls on top of the pattern to form the 11b Linespin Stack – one of only two patterns that I know of which use eleven balls (the other is the 11b Blossom Palmspin).

[edit] 9b Stack Linespin

The 9b Stack Linespin is done by placing two balls on top of a 7b Linespin. Because the 7b Linespin is so large, the two balls have plenty of room to move. You can use the 9b Stack Linespin to move patterns from one hand to another. For example, try spinning a 4 stack in the left hand, composed of white balls, and a 5 stack in the right hand composed of black balls. After bringing both hands together to form the 9b pattern, you can end up with a 5b Stack in the left hand with a white top and black base, and a 4b Stack in the right hand – black top and white base. With care, you can move the base pattern into a 7b Blossom, which will allow you to rotate the top balls. Using that as a go-between, you could finish the black/white move I described above, but moving the colours completely to either hand.

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