I've made a tutorial on going slow and looking ahead. It shows/proves how important looking ahead is and how it helps, and tips on how to practice getting better at it.
This tutorial is mainly directed for people who's Cross + F2L is around 15-25 seconds, for those who have been trying to improve in Fridrich F2L but have gotten "stuck." I know that many of the information I talk about in this video is obvious, but since "newest cubers these days seem to be getting younger, less patient, and less respectful (Michael Gottlieb)" and won't understand if someone just simply tells them to "look ahead," I think this video will be helpful to those people.
You will usually see some person who knows Fridrich F2L and is stuck. They ask how to get faster and usually someone tells them to look ahead. In my opinion, that is very vauge. Evne if you explain that while you're solving one pair you should be looking at the next, I feel that it's still not specific enough. People probably will think that won't help them at all and will not do it. This is why I have gone into greater detail explaining looking ahead, and giving some example solves on not looking ahead and looking ahead.
I also think people won't know how important it is. You could say several how important it is, and they might think they believe it is important, but they truly do not know how important going slow and looking ahead is. I feel that it is very helpful if the person is shown and also proven how good going slow and looking ahead can be.
So I'm trying to tell experienced cubers that this tutorial is not totally pointless, as it is mainly only directed for people who have not or have barely heard about looking ahead, and I think this is a perfect tutorial from them.
I have a few people who have seen this tutorial already (mainly people's who's F2L is 20-25 seconds), and they have responded with positive feedback (not only in the comments). So I believe this video will be helpful to people, and it has been proven, so I would appreciate it if you do not call this tutorial a piece of junk.
This is a tutorial on Going Slow and Looking Ahead in the F2L part of the Fridrich method. In this tutorial, I will talk about what Looking Ahead exactly is, how it's useful, and how to practice getting better at it.
Looking Ahead in F2L is one of the most important techniques in getting faster at the First Two Layers. In order to average under 20 seconds, it is imperative that you become very good at this skill. It will still help you in reaching sub 15 seconds times and even faster than that too. I cannot stress enough how important Going Slow and Looking Ahead will help you.
It is recommended that you average under 25 seconds for your F2L (F2L + Cross) before you attempt learning about Looking Ahead. If your F2L isn't under 25 seconds it really shouldn't be hard to get to that speed with some practice. I would also highly recommend looking at Badmephisto's F2L videos, even if you already average under 25 seconds for F2L. He talks about very important basic tips in getting faster at F2L that is definetly worth watching.
Badmephisto's F2L videos:
- Advanced F2L Techniques: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhRnLpvGkXE
- Tips for practicing F2L: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnkSZZ6OoQ4
- My thought process while doing F2L - One step stop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkHrz8x2eo
- My thought process while solving the cube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNQhD_Ai9bwe
- Dan Knights (bottom of page): http://www.csel.cs.colorado.edu/~knightsd/
- Macky: http://www.cubefreak.net/Fridrich/F2L.html
I. Introduction: 0:01 - 1:30
II. What makes your F2L slow (pauses) 1:30 - 2:39
A. Example F2L solve: 1:59 - 2:39
III. Slower w/ fewer pauses is better: 3:09 - 5:05
A. Proof: 3:45
1. Fast solve with lots of pauses: 3:55 - 4:25
2. Slow solve with few pauses: 4:25 - 5:05
IV. How to Look Ahead: 5:05 - 6:16
A. Looking Ahead explanation: 5:20-5:27
1. Example F2L solve: 5:27 - 6:16
V. Practicing Looking Ahead: 6:16 - 9:22
A. Dan Knight's Advice: 6:16 - 7:44
1. Quote: 6:26
2. Example F2L solve: 6:39 - 7:44
B. Metronome: 7:44 - 9:22
1. Example F2L Solve: 8:30 - 9:03
VI. Conclusion: 9:22
A. Looking Ahead Summary: 9:32 - 9:56
B. Sites w/ Looking Ahead Tips: 10:19 - 10:26
C. Closing Comments: 10:26 - 10:38
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