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#1 Nathan Chapman

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 09:45 PM

Hello All

 

I've been struggling with my hand placement for some time now. My main problem has been figuring out how you 'switch' and move your fingers around the post. Unfortunately, without being to a workshop for proper tutorial (it's a long way from Australia!), I have found it hard to learn from the Handbook, or even the EFP DVD.

 

My understandings:

  1. Thumb opposite index finger, held high on the gimbal. The other fingers spread down the gimbal, until the pinky rests at the bottom of the grip or just on the post.
  2. You use your pinky to counter pendulum when starting or stopping a move.
  3. You keep more than fingertips on the post, but still with a light touch.
  4. You continually move your fingers on the post, framing and correcting as needed.

Below's a link to a YouTube video of doing some line walks. It's not the best video in the world, but any critiques would be invaluable. (The "o'clock position" refers to the position of the camera, to orient the viewer)

 

 

From watching the playback, I can already see my thumb is dropping almost constantly. It seems very awkward holding it high - my natural position it closer to ring finger.

 

Thanks!


Edited by Nathan Chapman, 09 October 2015 - 09:46 PM.

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#2 Shawn Wang

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 10:20 PM

https://youtu.be/FIR...gHXy1JbbFQtH-eN
i believe this is gonna help u a lot
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#3 Jerry Holway

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 07:27 AM

don't worry too much about your thumb dropping a bit as you want a relaxed grip.

 

From the video, it seems your wrist is bent much of the time, rather than straight. You also are using your finger tips rather than wrapping your fingers a bit more around the post - which results in more pressure and less control.

 

Take another look at the video and the book.

 

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#4 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 10:55 AM

Great video Jerry!  I change my grip during the shot all the time as Jerry says to anticipate the next part of the shot.  Study this video and practice it!


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#5 Jerry Holway

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 02:04 PM

Alec- Funny- I forgot I ever made that video!

 

When I responded, above, I didn't bother to click on the link and look at the video - I figured that someone else had done a good job and I just wanted to stress the thumb doesn't have to be perfectly level with the index finger... 


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#6 Nathan Chapman

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 04:55 PM

https://youtu.be/FIR...gHXy1JbbFQtH-eN
i believe this is gonna help u a lot

 

Ah, brilliant - thanks Shawn!

 

don't worry too much about your thumb dropping a bit as you want a relaxed grip.

 

From the video, it seems your wrist is bent much of the time, rather than straight. You also are using your finger tips rather than wrapping your fingers a bit more around the post - which results in more pressure and less control.

 

Take another look at the video and the book.

 

Jerry

 

Ok great - so relax, with more surface area on the post. Thanks, Jerry.

 

Shawn, Alec, Jerry - really appreciate it.


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