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To get a quicker feeling for a good stability in the balance of the balls between the fingers, you should start by rolling only one ball at a time. First in one hand, then occasionally changing hands, and after that rolling one ball in each hand simultaneously. This can/will be achieved at first by moving your wrist, so you move the whole hand. With a little practise you learn to move the ball in the hand only by using your fingers.

The joints that are located in the palm of the hand should also be trained, so that you can roll a ball all around in the hand - from about an inch in front of the wrist over the thumb and using the tips, or better said, the distal phalanges of your fingers.

So place the ball in the middle of the palm and just move it without letting it fall out of the hand. The further you stretch your fingers, the harder it is to balance or hold the ball. Then you should slowly move and loosen your arm a bit, so you don´t cramp it. Try to always keep a loose or relaxed feeling in the wrist, arm and shoulder.

 

The most important patterns to practise are:

lines: 

- roll way up and down between the fingers. 

- roll to and fro sideways at the height of each single bone or phalange

 

circles: 

- roll from the palm around to the basic or proximal phalange, with and then without the thumb

- roll from the palm around to the middle or medial phalange, with and then without the thumb 

- roll from the palm around to the outer or distal phalange, with and then without the thumb

- only at the height of the fingers, without the palm

 

eights: 

- roll an eight using the fingers and the palm. It´s a standing 8

 1 3

  4  5  6

  7  8  9

 

 

- roll an eight using only the fingers. It´s a sidewards 8

1234

567

 

numbers: 

- all numbers are rolled, or better said, written in the hand using the fingers and the palm

- roll them first properly and then wrong-sided

 

using both hands seperated: 

- make lines, circles, eights and numbers just as above in one hand, but now in both hands simultaneously

- first you do this while moving both balls in one direction, then you change the direction simultaneous-ly and finally you use different directions in each hand

- form different numbers in each hand, like 3 & 6

 

using both hands together: 

For this exercise you have to put both hands in front of you and hold your pinkies or little fingers and handsides together.

- make sidewards lines over both hands to and fro

- form a great big circle around both hands and then an eight

- change directions

 

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