Page 7 March - April 1978

This
note ,is in response to the question about juggling notation from David
LeDoux in the October-November '77
Newsletter. Last summer I began thinking about the So
I came up with a more compact and precise method of describing
"the" threeball trick. In the process I developed a complete
notation for all the ball variations I can do (30 to 40) and a lot that
I can't.
Here's
the description of the three ball trick with a brief explanation of the
notation.
One
beat is the time it takes to throw or catch a ball. An exchange takes
two beats. The vertical lines mark the beats. In one beat one hand can
throw or catch, but not both. The
3/8 means 3 balls, 8 beats before repeating. R and L denote Right and
Left hand actions; top space for Right, bottom for Left. The
heavy black lines show hand movement carrying a ball. Breaks in the
heavy line show movement of an empty hand.
The
numbers refer to throwing or catching positions. From left to right, at
waist level, they are numbered 3, 1, 2, and 4. (In a regular cascade,
throws are from 2 to 3 and from 1 to 4. Catches would be made in
position 3 with the left hand and 4 with the right hand.) The
number at the beginning of a heavy right
hand would be a series of 4 ---------2/3.) The
[ and ] show where one cycle starts and ends. The arc over some of the
left-hand lines shows that the left hand moves under the right. The
three ball trick is a rather difficult one to start with, but the
notation very dramatically reduces the space required to describe the
trick and increases the precision. If everyone knew the notation, many
tricks could be described in a small space. Also, you could completely
describe an entire ball routine. I've also found the notation very
useful in thinking about new tricks and in figuring out the transition
moves necessary to go smoothly from one trick to another. I
have written a five page description of my complete notation system, and
for $1 to cover the cost of reproduction and I
don't know whether this notation will catch on or not, but for me,
anyway, it [Editor's
note: The complete description includes methods for noting additional
hand positions, types of throws and catches, rhythm, and gives a number
of examples. Notational methods may not be everybody's cup of tea, and
this particular method will not be the last word; but those of you who
are interested in this sort of thing will find that Dave Storer has made
substantial progress in developing a workable system of juggling
notation.] |