Let me clarify a couple of things.
First, you are right, I am taking my time to get the tricks down cosistently. Smooth, well, that’s a matter of opinion. I try to work a bit on everything I know every day to make things smoother. I’m going for consistency first.
I’m at 7 months now, and I’m stuck on the Matrix. I’ve been working on this for a month, and I think I have at least 2 more weeks to get the bugs worked out. Issue 1 was working out the consistency on the trapeze and double or nothing, which were handled pretty well before I got into The Matrix. The second step was when I dismount to a trapeze, then drop my throw hand and swing the yoyo back into a double or nothing. I’m to the point where I can do that 5 times before the yoyo spins out or I don’t have enough spin to bind it back. I know practice can get me up to 10 ties, but I’m happy with 5. Getting from 1 time to 3 times was a pain. 3-5 was fine.
Adding the ferris wheel element is not easy. I’m just working on that right now, nothing else. Ferris wheel isn’t easy. I want to be able to do 5 ferris wheels in a row. If I can do that, then I can start really pulling the trick together.
Now, mind you, I CAN do the complete trick 3 times. All elements. But, it’s slow, not smooth, but I can do it.
The reality is that none of this is coming easy for me. Every little bit I get is a massive effort, but the rewards are worth the effort put in.
If we look at how the tricks are set up, for the most part, they build on each other. Then once in a while, something gets thrown in that makes no sense, but will later on. The problem with The matrix is that Ferris Wheel wasn’t presented as a stand alone trick, it was instead incorporated as an additional element
Wrong or right is irrelevant. I can see a lot of people being easily able to handle this new element being thrown in. I am having trouble with it. But, you know what? I don’t care. I’m having to put in a LOT of extra work, a lot of extra practice, a lot of frustration and I’m wearing out a lot of strings. The way I see it, the rewards are going to be worth it.
There’s days where I just want to quit. There are days where I’m just frustrated to no end. There are days when I want to smash my yoyo into the wall, through a window or run over with a car, but fortunately, I haven’t. I must be having some fun at some sort of level or really just want to do this, because otherwise, why would I keep buying yoyos and keep plugging away.
For me, this is how i look at it. First, I see how the tricks build of each other by adding a new element or two. Learning each trick is critical for me. I will feel once I’ve gotten all the tricks down, I’ll have built up a sufficient skill set and fundamentals to be able to do what I want to do, which is basically just be able to amuse myself by being able to do lots of cool stuff, and if it can lead to me creating my own stuff, then even better.
I hear of kids in 4 months from nothing being to expert tricks, and some of these kids are doing all the tricks SMOOTH. I’m proud of my modest accomplishments. As I’ve mentioned, this isn’t easy, but I must really want to do this or else I’d have given it up by now.