This article is all about how to go from just being average to being one of those that people look at and go "wow!" This is targeted to those that already know the basics, those that know what they're doing when they pick up a pair of sticks and start glowsticking. I'm just going to say it now: all of the comments in this article will be stated like they are facts; they're not, they're my opinions. I know this, and I know you know, so don't argue about it.
There are a lot of people out there in internet land that glowstick and are average at it. They look up to people that are 'better' and try to find out how they can get to that level. The easiest answer is "Myron (we're going to use him for the sake of this argument; anyone could be placed here) knows how to seven beat weave (yet again this is only placed here for the argument; any advance move could be used), so I need to learn that so I can be better at stringing." The person then takes the time to learn that move, and finds out that although they can do that move, they're nothing like their idol. They learn more and more moves, and even though they know moves that are very advanced, they still aren't quite at the level as some other people they see with videos out. These people even look at videos from new people that get amazing reviews and get upset because the newbie gets better reviews when all they are doing are basic moves.
For example, this video: MinneapolisAcid - 12.31.07 It's a favorite of mine because the moves that he does aren't that technically difficult. There are a few advanced moves thrown in there, but for the most part they're not too difficult. The thing that makes this video so memorable in my mind is how the moves are used, how the music interacts with the spinning and how everything fits together. If this video was edited in any other way with any other music it wouldn't work out and have the same feel as it does. Just to prove this point, watch that video and then watch it again on mute while this song is playing in the background: Scott Brown - Lost Generation (Nu Foundations Mix) You can try as hard as you want to think otherwise, but the video suddenly losses a certain feel to it. He's doing the same moves, to the same editing with the same lighting, but how he and the music interacts is different and makes the entire video different.
Raves, parties, events or whatever else you attend and glowstick at there is usually music at. That music effects, or at least it should effect, how you glowstick. During the slow parts you glowstick slower, during the fast parts you should glowstick faster. You should change with the music. This is the secret to being an above average glowsticker, you have to glowstick with the music. If you move with the music, know the music and enjoy the music, instead of simply doing move 1, move 2, move 3, ect. you very quickly become one of the better stringers out there. Instead of simply doing a list of moves, you are dancing, you are performing, and you are hopefully letting a small little bit of you out there for other people to see.
This is partially an article about glowsticking in real life and partially an article glowsticking in videos that you put up. Glowsticking in real life, this is a MUST. To be anything beyond average you MUST work with the music, you MUST make this a dance, and you will very quickly become one of those that people look at and go "wow!" On the internet it's a question of editing. Choose your music and edit your videos wisely. There is a time and a place for your favorite track and unless it fits with the feel that you want for your new video, don't use it. It might be your favorite track of all time, but you can very quickly mess up good stringing with failed music selection.
Hopefully this will help out someone out there.
- Written By Adrillf