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[Help Thread] Blindfolded discussion and help

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Hi everyone ! I use M2 for 3BLD and I just hate parity, like a lot of people I think.
But I just realized something : If you execute corners then edges, you never get parity !!
I just wanted to know if I discovered something or if everybody does this.
Thanks !
Like others said, you still have parity, you just didn't notice that you swapped the UB & UL edges. But my question is, why do you hate M2 parity? Just do (D' L2 D) M2 (D' L2 D). Nobody loves it but it's not a big deal.
 

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I was wondering if anyone else used my way of memorizing some letter pairs. Basically, IQ is Albert Einstein in my head (he had a large IQ) but if I want to memorize QI instead then I just picture Albert Einstein turning his back towards me.
Is this method too confusing?Or should I use a unique image for QI? I've only used it for a few difficult letter pairs whose reversed letter pairs are easier to visualize for me ( like XR is difficult to form a word for me but RX is just a T-Rex. Thus, XR is a T-Rex turning his back to me). I've only managed to do 4x4 BLD once so I'm not sure if memorizing like this will get confusing to me as I try my hand on larger NxN Blindsolving and I'll have more letter pairs to memorize.
In the long run it will be better for you to just go ahead and come up with completely different letter pairs. When you’re memorizing a lot, the images can get vague. You’ll know the basic idea of what it was, but if you have two pairs that are similar, they can get confused. It’s best to make each pair distinct.
QI could be quill, someone who is quiet, etc
XR could be X-Ray
 

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In the long run it will be better for you to just go ahead and come up with completely different letter pairs. When you’re memorizing a lot, the images can get vague. You’ll know the basic idea of what it was, but if you have two pairs that are similar, they can get confused. It’s best to make each pair distinct.
QI could be quill, someone who is quiet, etc
XR could be X-Ray
Yeah, that sounds about right. Do you recommend learning words for each letter pair or coming with them on the fly? Currently, I just come up with images on the fly
 

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I just began learning 3-style for edges, and I have a question about parity. For corners my buffer is UBL and I use setups to a Y-perm to solve parity. This swaps the UB and UL edges. I execute edges first though, so I need to set these two edges up to be swapped. From what I understand, the two ways of doing this are:
1) In memo trace the UB and UL edges to each others' spots so they end up swapped
2) Learn algorithms to simultaneously shoot to the final edge target and swap the UB and UL edges (Graham has a list of algs for this here)

I'm leaning towards 2 since I'd rather not have to switch where I memo pieces on the fly. But I can't find a list of algorithms besides Graham's; it seems a lot of top cubers do 1. Any thoughts on which way is better?
 

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I just began learning 3-style for edges, and I have a question about parity. For corners my buffer is UBL and I use setups to a Y-perm to solve parity. This swaps the UB and UL edges. I execute edges first though, so I need to set these two edges up to be swapped. From what I understand, the two ways of doing this are:
1) In memo trace the UB and UL edges to each others' spots so they end up swapped
2) Learn algorithms to simultaneously shoot to the final edge target and swap the UB and UL edges (Graham has a list of algs for this here)

I'm leaning towards 2 since I'd rather not have to switch where I memo pieces on the fly. But I can't find a list of algorithms besides Graham's; it seems a lot of top cubers do 1. Any thoughts on which way is better?
This video explains why more people use UB-UL Swap for 3BLD

Basically it's saving one Algorithm vs. saving one Letter Pair
 

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(I do OP corners and M2 Edges. Memo Edges, Memo Corners, Solve Corners, Solve Edges.)
I learned the basics of BLD 6 months ago, and have been practicing BLD regularly since 2 months now, with absolutely no improvement.
My solves always take 6-7 minutes.
I've been looking through threads for help but the only tips that I found were "do more solves" or suggestions to make a list of letter pairs.

1. Is 6 minutes very slow or is that normal for less than a year of BLD-Solving?
2. Does anyone have tips how I can improve my times?

Thanks in advance.
 

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6 minutes isn't that bad. What are your memo vs. execution splits typically? The two main ways to get faster are to memo faster, or to reduce pauses in execution. (There's also switching to 3-style, but I don't know if that's the best move for you yet).
 

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2a) I suggest memo'ing corners then edges, execute edges then corners. Corner memo is shorter and usually easier to retain longer.

2b) Push your memo outside of your comfort zone. You'll fail a lot... if you don't, push it even harder.
 
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how should I practice?
Chances are that your memo is the place you can drop the most time quickly but it would be good to get some typical splits for your memo time vs. execution time. I've never gotten very fast even at my peak but I could execute M2/OP at 1:30 or better. If you're a lot slower than that on execution then you might consider some focus on sighted execution drills.

Otherwise it's probably all about faster memo. Keep in mind that with corner/edge, edge/corner order you only have to retain your edge memo long enough to execute it so you can probably get some serious gains pushing yourself on edge memo alone, getting rid of any review and letting it rip. Dissect what is taking most of your time during memo and you can likely find an area or two to focus on to get the most bang for buck.
 

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