|Much dance music consists of long phrases of 32 beats that are subdivided into 4-beat segments called "measures". The 4-beat patterns below can be combined in any fashion to create longer phrases.|
|Below are the most fundamental 4-beat rhythmic patterns.|
The terms "quick" and "slow" are used for mantras, or simple mnemonics to help remember patterns.
"quick" referes to a single beat of music. In siteswap, quick = 3.
"slow" refers to two consecutive beats. In siteswap, slow = 4. Unlike conventional siteswap, a slow can be thrown to either hand.
|Below are 4 varitations of 2 more fundamental 4-beat patterns. Each variation starts on a different beat of music.|
A "zip" is an exchange of the prop from one hand to the other with no gain in elevation. In siteswap, zip = 1. The "zip" can take 1 beat of music or less.
An "uh" refers to a beat of music when no prop is thrown or caught. In siteswap, "uh" = 2. This term is only used when the "uh" happens on the first beat of a measure of music.
A "triple" referes to three consecutive beats of music. In siteswap, triple = 5.
The word "triple" does not imply multiple spins of a prop. It only refer to the number of beats.
|Below are variations of patterns using triples.|
|Balls vs. Clubs|
All these patterns can be juggled with balls or clubs, although balls are much easier, particularly at fast tempos and with patterns involving zips.
These patterns can be used with passing, although the tempo of a lot of music makes passing on a "quick" difficult. A pass on the "slow" usually works fine. A slow-quick-quick pattern works well for passing when the pass is on the "slow". It can even be done if one person cannot juggle the "quicks" fast enough. Just call it a 3-count for that person.
Consecutive slow throws in one hand leave the other hand free for "vamping" or "flourishes". Below are some patterns that work well for a vamp that is performed with one hand and then the other.
Throw the first 2 slows to the same hand. Throw the 3rd slow to the other hand and repeat the pattern.
Throw the first 2 slows to the same hand. Throw the 3rd slow to the other hand. Throw the quicks to the opposite hand, then repeat the whole pattern.
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