Six Ball Fountain
The Six Ball Fountain is, as it
sounds, the six ball version of the Fountain. It is the base pattern of six
ball juggling, and therefore an important milestone in one's juggling
career. Like the Five Ball Cascade, the Six Ball Fountain is very difficult
and time consuming to learn, and only with dedicated practice can it be
mastered. Given that one does not simply learn the Six Ball Fountain in a
day, and seeing as how the pattern is in fact quite simple in principle,
this tutorial will only be able to offer basic advice to help you along.
Before attempting the Six Ball Fountain it is very important
that you already be fairly comfortable with the Three in One using
both hands. While outright mastery isn't really necessary, you
should at least be able to perform runs of 15-20 catches with good
When you first start practicing the Six Ball Fountain it is
most helpful to begin with a flash, which means you will throw and catch
each ball once. It is important that you take time to really focus on this
step as it will provide you with a solid foundation for when you try to add
more throws. When performing the flash make sure that the balls are staying
on their respective sides and not crossing through the center, and that the
timing feels roughly balanced (it's okay if it isn't perfect).
Once you are comfortable with the flash you can begin to add
in more throws. Now this is where different juggling paradigms come into
conflict a bit. Some jugglers argue that you should engage in highly
structured practice, adding in only one or two throws at a time then
purposefully stopping. Others say that you should just try to juggle the
pattern for as long as possible, only stopping when you drop a ball. Both of
these approaches have some merit, so I personally recommend a compromise
method. You should not stop juggling based on a particular number of throws,
but instead stop when the pattern becomes unstable. For the Six Ball
Fountain this usually means when throws from different hands begin crossing
over each other. Not only does this allow you more flexibility but it also
allows you to practice collecting all six balls at the end of a run.
Unfortunately there isn't much more to say. The Six Ball
Fountain is not a very hard pattern to figure out, but it can be grueling to
learn. Progress will likely be slower than for the Five Ball Cascade, but
not extremely so—just try to remember that the world of six ball juggling
is waiting for you.
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