Friday, 14 February 2014

Spinworkx First Mount #22 - Basic Chopstick Mount

When the video 'The Fidget' of Jason Lee, filmed by Spencer Berry came out years ago, players all around the world were amazed at what a simple Chopstick mount could do. Not only did it make tricks look different, Chopstick mounts opened the door to more possibilities and trick variations. Chopstick tricks were difficult to do, and some Chopstick tricks still are tough to hit. 

The most basic Chopstick trick would be the 1.5 Chopstick Mount or the Basic Chopstick Mount. This mount would be a great starting point to learning and practicing Chopstick styled tricks. It may seem a little challenging and tough to hit at first, but keep practicing and working at it, and slowly your fingers will get more accustomed to the placing of the strings.

Also, an easier way to get into this mount would be landing a trapeze first and then going on into the Basic Chopstick Mount.

Let us describe how the Basic Chopstick Mount, in this instance, is like.

First, throw a Breakaway. (Surprise surprise)

Once the breakaway has been thrown, immediately have the string rest on your non-throwing hand thumb.

When the string is resting on your thumb comfortably, with your palm facing up, have your index finger and/or middle finger of your non-throwing hand 'pull' using the back of those fingers the string segment that is between your non-throwing hand thumb and throwing hand as in the following picture.

Once you have your hand in this position, push the string down with your non-throwing hand index/middle fingers, and twist your hand with your palm now facing downwards.

Now you should have a string segment in between your non-throwing thumb and non-throwing index/middle fingers.

You will need to land the yo-yo onto this string segment. So the yo-yo will need to travel up and in between your non-throwing thumb and index/middle fingers before landing onto the string.

As the yo-yo will need to travel between your fingers, this is where you will need to be as accurate as possible. Of course, more practice will definitely help you familiarize with the dynamics of the trick. While practicing this at first, do it as slow as possible to get the idea and feel for the trick.

Once you are able to land on that string segment, you should have landed the Basic Chopstick Mount.

The trick may sound easy, it may look easy, but the execution in one smooth motion takes a bit of practice. However, once you are able to land it successfully consistently, it'll look cool in any trick/combo you can use it in. So don't give up!

A few pointers to take note of when learning the Basic Chopstick Mount:
1) Keep it slow and steady. Practice step by step and ensure you are doing it right and smoothly before practicing it with a little more speed.
2) Try to push your thumb and index/middle finger of your non-throwing hand as far apart as possible to allow as much space in between for the yo-yo to land in.
3) Throughout the duration of the Mount, remember to keep the yo-yo and the string always on the same, straight plane.

That is all for #22 of the Spinworkx First Mount project.

If you have any questions or feedback, drop us a note here, or shout out to us at our Facebook page.
You can also show off your Basic Chopstick Mount by tagging us on our Instagram Page, with @spinworkxsg #firstmount. 

Till next time,
Keep Spinning!~

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