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THIS HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH....   THE NO STRINGS ATTACHED PART OF GSC IS GONA BE BUZZING   every time you the freehander reading this will post.....   dont care how long dont care of what...

I was feeling ill last night. But one look at my glowsticks and a few quids of coca leaf and I ended up haing a great 3 - 4 hour session. I worked on flow and rhythm to the music. during the week I think I will need to work on my technique and maybe adding a few moves to my repertoire.

 

Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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One thing I like to do is always have at least a pair, if not two, sometimes even three pairs of dead cyalume sticks on me at all times. It really helps when I'm bored waiting for the bus or subway. Little 5-10 minute practice sessions before school or work always makes my day worthwhile. Plus, practicing with cyalume sticks all the time helps with getting used to the weight since they tend to be bottom heavy compared to GL ultras which are a little more evenly weighted. Through my own experience I've come to learn that weight is everything when freehanding, hence why I'm so anti flowlights.

 

Another helpful tip I've come across when it comes to practice sticks is if you tape dead cyalume's with a bright colored masking tape (i.e. blue, neon green or orange masking tape) they're a little more visible. UV tapes is actually preferred but masking or duct tape works as well. Plus they make for great party favors or gifts for friends at meet up's. I tossed a couple pairs to Kegan and Chi at the last Norcal SF meet up I threw, and that seriously was a special moment for me since they traveled all the way from SD to SF. That was my little way of saying 'thanks' to fellow gsc members I run into since I can't always toss everyone live sticks to play with, although I wish I could. It makes for a nice memento for people to remember a great time and I hope it helps inspire others with their glowsticking since I've learned through experience that glowstickers feed of of other glowstickers.

 

The the concepts that TK is exploring with especially the concept of freehanding without glowsticks (I've actually have done it and still do occasionally) really are helpful but nothing ever beats practicing with other glowstickers, esp. other freehanders. After freehandng for almost two years alone, and throwing two meetups within a period of three weeks, I can say that my freehanding has gotten ridiculously better just from sessions with guys like Jeff, Rob, Ryan, and Jung.

 

My take on freehanding is that if you really want to get good at it, you can't just practice it, you have to experience it. Take the trip to other places of the world and meet other freehanders. Wisdom trumps talent every time and by embarking on this wonderful journey to meet other people from different lands not only are you expanding your freehanding experience, your life experience grows as well. Everything is connected, it just depend on whether or not you want to open your eyes and see the patterns. There is no such thing as coincidence because I firmly believe that it was fate that I crossed paths with GSC two years ago at AX and ever since then glowsticks have been the light in my dark world. Light is very simple, alone it shines to dispel the darkness around it, but when brought together it burns brightly for all the world to see.

 

That's why I'm planning a trip to NYC and hopefully I'll get to make it out to the East Coast Spring Break meet up in April 2011. TK, I'd love to have a session with you and all the other NYC/East Coast GSC people in your own element after hearing all the stories from Jeff after his NYC trip a month back.

 

Sorry for the long rant.

 

-Clutch

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I only have the option to practice on my own, but I can definitely envisage my skills taking a massive jump if I could session with other freehanders

 

Nonetheless, I'm still going to practice alone. I have goals and ideas of how to develop my style so isolation in the glow sticking community is no excuse not to keep doing what I'm loving.

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I practiced for a good hour last night with lit sticks (for a change...never have fresh ones around anymore). Somewhere in that practice session (caught it on video luckily) I dropped a stick, and as I was bending over to pick it back up with my left hand I subconsciously landed two back of the hand stalls on my right hand without looking. I thought it was a feat worth remembering since I'm not that great with stalls to begin with. :D

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LMAO TK you dirty dog.

 

JUst managed to get an hour of freehanding in before work. Bonus my sticks still had some light in from last night's session.

 

NOw got about 2 minutes to jazz up my hair and get the hell outta here.

 

Laters.

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made practice at electric zoo.

 

worked on giving a lightshow and dancing with a girl at the same time.... oooo it worked famously

 

 

tk, zoo was awesome...i really should have called in that bomb treat to my store so i could stay for sunday. after watching you stick all day its pretty much like :unworthy: ...gives me even more motivation to keep practicing

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I came up with a bizarre form of practice last night that's opened up some new creative doorways for me. Instead of practicing to music I practiced to the dialog of a movie. It was really challenging in that there's no beat like there is in music, there's only the ups and downs of the volume of voices and the pauses between them. After a while I started finding patterns in the dialog that I could somewhat interpret as a beat with lots of breakdowns. I'm not sure how much this method of practice will help me overall, but at the least it's forced me to think creatively and find a way to glowstick to something that has absolutely no set beat and was never intended to be used as something to dance to.

 

freehand feels much more natural than stringing imo :P

I definitely have to agree with that statement.

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been at it pretty hard the past few days..usually until 1or 2 am after all the hw and other stuff is done.

 

not even really sticking. since it's been so long, i am having to reteach myself old tosses, stalls, transitions, etc..

slowly its all coming back ;) piece by piece.

 

gearing up for a pretty large event in January. hopefully i can get some footage of it.

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Got to practice with Mike, Jung, Jeff, and Rob Pan a couple days back. It was epic. The next day some girl started hitting on Mike while he was teaching me some gritting when we were riding the MUNI on our way to pier 39. Now I'm trying incorporating some gritting and pinballing into my freehand flow too, kinda choppy though.

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Popped some sticks about 3 hours ago, been workin on tossing and stalls, landed my first foot stall earlier felt good about that one. My right hand does hand stalls way better than my left, so I'm gonna go stall with my left hand til they're pretty even. Other than that my sticks are still glowing, back to having fun!

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so last night i had some time to kill as the internet was super slow and i was downloading COD firststrike (took 2 hours cuz someone else was my internet skyping)... i used that time to pick up the last 2 sticks i had and started a small session for a hour n some(1 full mars/mystre CD). i know its not big deal to most of you but this is the first time i actually had a session since 2005/6 by myself. needless to say im super rusty. remembered how to do behind the back/ behind the head tosses and worked on stalls for a little bit. i need to rework the stalls because i now suck doing them.

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Damnnnnnnnnn!!!!!

 

Must have listened to this song about 50 times today. An awesome electro fidget house tune.

 

It started off at work where I was listening to this mix and it made me want to dance. But then I had to come home and make tea, clean up and do some studies. And then I was finally free..

 

So I put on that song, picked up my sticks and raaaaaaaaaaaaaved.

 

Oh my god - it felt awesome. I'm still buzzing now.

 

Sorry folks. Just getting a bit excited. As you were lol.

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