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How to Solve the Skewb FAST! | Advanced Skewb

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Advanced Skewb Intro

    • 2. Sledgehammer and Hedgeslammer

    • 3. Special Cases #1

    • 4. Special Cases #2

    • 5. Final Layer Special Cases

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            In this course, I will be teaching you how to solve the Skewb using the advanced method. I would recommend this course for those which already know how to solve the Skewb utilizing the beginners method. This is a fairly simple course and the algs that I teach here are relatively easy to learn and remember. I make this a very focused course and we only cover the aspects we need to cover. I made this course to be very fun and fast. I hope you enjoy it! I'll see you in there!

            As promised, here are the links to pick up what I use or recommend in my course!

Speedcube Professional Timer:

Qiyi FBPB Speedcube Mat Small: Out of Stock
Qiyi FBPB Speedcube Mat Large: Out of Stock

Gan 356XS Cube:

Valk 3 Cube:

Qiyi Sail Cube (budget friendly):

Thunderclap Cube (fair price):

Thunderclap V2 Cube (upgraded cube):

Magnetic Square 1:

Magnetic Skewb (used in course):

4x4 Cube:

Mirror Cube:


Megaminx I recommend:

Cube is lubed with:

Gan Lube:

In case you are interested in any production equipment I used to create this course, follow the links below:

My Lighting:
My amazing white desk:
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Microphone extension cable:
My camera tripod/boom:
The microphone boom I use:
The camera/boom 90 degree adapter:
The camera that I use and I LOVE:
Zecti Camera Slider:

Quick Release Mount:

Motorized Slider Dolly:

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Byron Erwin

Efficiency Is Key


Hey Everyone. My name is Byron. Getting the opportunity to teach people the joy of the Rubiks Cube all over the world is amazing. It's incredibly addicting and very fun. What I find really enjoyable is teaching people how to solve it then watching them grow into faster and faster cubers. This platform gives me the chance to do just that - but on a larger scale. I'm excited to meet and talk to you guys about this awesome past time. Lets get started. 

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1. Advanced Skewb Intro: welcome my course on the advance Cube. My name is Byron. I have been solving Rubik's Cubes competitively for about the last 11 years. And within that time I've taught well over 300 people how to solve various types of twisty puzzles. In this course, we're gonna be talking about the skew specifically how to solve it a little bit faster. This is gonna be directed at those that already know how to solve this cube. But maybe you just want to get your times down a little bit more. You want to get just a little bit faster? Maybe you don't know any algorithms except maybe the sledgehammer. This is gonna be covering all of those bases as faras. Every case you can come across in exactly the fastest way to handle it. So if that sounds interesting to you, this is the course for you. So with that being said, let's get started. 2. Sledgehammer and Hedgeslammer: so real quick Before we get started here, I just won't let you guys know that if you're interested in picking up this skew But this cubing Matt or any of these puzzles I have sitting in the background, you're more than welcome to look in the course description, and you can pick some of the stuff up for yourself. So first things first, you want to be able to do your algorithms efficiently. You wanna instead of being able, you know, instead of having to do an algorithm like this and like this, you want to be able to do those moves more efficiently where you don't have to get stuck, you don't have to stutter and stop. And what we're gonna be doing is covering the sledgehammer algorithm, which I'm sure you guys are familiar with. If you're looking at the advanced way of solving this, seeing how sledgehammer is kind of the only algorithm that you really need for this when you first start out. So let's say we solved the white side first and you were going to solve the yellow side. Now I know it's already solved already, but let's just say it scrambled sledgehammer is going to be the algorithm where you end up moving the right side down, and then this side down, then that side up and then this side up. So we're just gonna be focusing on making those moves a little bit more efficient. So same situation Whitesides down here. And let's say you wanted to do sledgehammer on these two sides right here. The way you would do is you kind of have an off angle like this, and you're going to put your thumb here in front of you thes two fingers on top and you're gonna just kind of rest these fingers right there. And you're gonna be kind of looking at it like this The way you could look at it is this piece right here. We'll never move it. Always stay in the same spot. So you're gonna be bringing the right side towards you. You're gonna use these two fingers to push. You're going to use your thumb to bring this up, and then you're gonna use thes three fingers to twist, and that is going to be the sledgehammer. So it's a little bit more of an efficient way to go about it. Now, if you have seen my original course on how to solve this cube, I had explained exactly how to do this movement. So this may not be new to some people, but I'm just making sure this is wide enough for people who are just coming in that I've never seen my video before. And maybe you end up doing sledgehammer like this. You know what I mean? So just a little bit more efficient way to go about it. Next thing we're gonna be doing is we're gonna be covering something known as hedge Slammer Head. Slimer is going to be the same thing as the sledgehammer, except it's going to be the opposite. So if you did Sledgehammer with your left hand instead of your right hand, that is going to be hedge slammer. I'm gonna make sure that you guys know how to do these before we move on, because they will be important later. So we're gonna build a foundation for now, and we're gonna utilize that later on. So for the hedge slammer, we're going to assume the same thing. White side here. And let's say you wanted to do head slammer on these two. So instead of repositioning it, holding it in the same way, you would be four. And, you know, doing your left hand sledgehammer. You could do that. However, that does take a pause to reposition the cube and do a whole shift, or we're gonna do is we're just going to take this hand. You're going to basically go like this. So let's say we're gonna do it on yellow and blue thumb on yellow, pointing finger on orange. We're going to start by going down like this down there. Use your pointer finger here to push and then go back up just like that. So the beginning position is very awkward until get me wrong, it's very awkward. They're going to start here and then just gonna kind of follow it around. So start there. Gonna go down, down, twist that up, up. And there you go. So you got head slammer down now, and that's gonna be very, very important later on. So you have a sledgehammer and then you have head slammer. Go ahead and practice both of those and make sure that you're good with those before you move on. Once we get that done, it's gonna make life a lot easier in the future. Videos 3. Special Cases #1: So what I would say would be the bread and butter of this course is going to be trying to get not only your corners on the last side you're going to solve facing up, but also making sure you have the center to get up there at the same time. So instead of doing one and then the center or doing you know, doing corners and then the center, we're gonna try and do what we can to get him at the same time. Or at least minimize some of the movements that you do in order to get to that point. So you're gonna have two different cases. You're gonna have one where you have the headlights, which are the two matching colors on the side for No, I solved white first. So we're looking at yellow where we have the two facing us, and then we have a yellow here and a yellow there. That's going to be one case, and then the other case is going to be where you have the two facing up in the two that are diagonal and I'll get to those eventually. So first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna cover all five of the cases that you'll run into you on this case with the headlights and the opposites over here. We're looking at where the center could be. The center could be here, there, there, there or over there. So depending on where that center is, given this case, you're going to have a slightly different way to solve it. This one is going to be the easiest one. It's where you have what? I guess what I would say. Like, looks like a house with a roof. You know what I'm saying? So this would be the first case. And when you run into this, the fastest way to approach this is to simply do the sledgehammer. And that will end up getting your corners and your center at the same time. The only reason it solved itself now is because to set this case up, I just did. Ah, head slammer. And that sets this case up for you to do your or such. So that's case number one. Case number two Pretty easy. You're gonna have the same cases before, except the center is on this side. So you was over here there before now? it's over here. When you run into this, just gonna hold it like this. And instead of sledgehammer, you're gonna do hedge slammer, and that solves that case. The third case is probably gonna be my favorite one. Personally, it's where you have the centre right at the top around your normal case that we had set up before. When you run into this, it's very easy. All you're gonna do is hold this on the right hand side with the corner facing you like this and you're gonna do sledgehammer and then do sledgehammer again. This is going to present that case I showed you first in the first case. So you're holding it ready for the second sledge hammer. So all you have to do is due to sledgehammers in a row, and that will handle that case. Now, the fourth case is actually kind of irritating in the fact that I don't really have a faster way. Teoh handle this one. But to my knowledge, there isn't really a faster way to go about it as long as you just memorize exactly how do we attack this case? So for instance, we have the same pattern as before and we have the center in the front between the two headlights. When you run into this, you're gonna just go the same beginners method way you did before in order to solve this case. So you would normally hold the headlights there, one of the corners here, you would do sledgehammer. And then, if you notice it becomes here are the center goes there and you got your corners. So you just turn the whole cube and put that in the back. Then you're going to do your sledgehammer. You're gonna turn the cube twice, and then you're gonna be presented with that same first case we had before where you just do your sledgehammer. Now, this is gonna be the last of the cases where you have the center over here. This is going to be done the same way as the one that's in the front where there isn't really a faster way to go about it. You just kind of have to do that Beginners method way. So we're still gonna hold this just like this. I want to do our sledgehammer and notice that it's on the right hand side this time. So we're gonna turn the queue the other direction. Then we're gonna do our sledgehammer, turn it twice and then you are sledgehammer, and that's how you take care of that case. So if it's on the left hand side when you initialize the algorithm, it's going to end up on the right and you're gonna have to turn to put that in the back. And if it's on the right hand side, it'll end up on the left. So you have to turn to put that in the back. So as long as you remember that than getting any of these cases going to be very easy. Now let's move on to the next set of cases. 4. Special Cases #2: I hope you guys are enjoying the course so far. I'd like to ask a favor of you, though you may get asked to review this course that may pop up on top of the screen or on top of your monitor. I would appreciate it if you would give this course of review and let me know what you guys think I'm doing. Good. What, you think I'm doing bad. And that way I can give you guys some better quality content in the future. So this is the case I was talking about where you have the two that are facing up and the two that are facing diagonal. Now, in this case, you're going to have the center on top, and I will discuss the others other cases you'll run into now, when you run into this, you're gonna hold it. So that way, one of them is facing you here, and the other one is to the left. You're going to start off by doing a hedge slammer. Then you're going to turn the whole cube This way, you're gonna do a sledgehammer, turn it again to the same direction into another sledgehammer, and that will take care of that case. Now, if any of this is going a little quick for you, you have a button right about there Somewhere down there where you can actually adjust the speed here on skill share for how fast you want to play back to be, you can speed it up or you can slow it down just so that way you can see things a little bit slower in case you need it. The second case for this is actually very easy. So same things before to up to out. We have one that's here, connected to this corner. Now, if you run into this case or if that center is on the opposite side back here, it's going to be basically the same thing for these two cases. Okay, starting off with this one, you're gonna hold it like before with this corner facing you in the other corner, off to the side, and you're gonna start off by doing a sledgehammer. And after you do that sledgehammer, you're gonna notice you're gonna be given this case right here, headlights here and that. So it's gonna be the same case who went over before, So just treated the same way. And there you go. That's how you would handle that case. So as I was saying, we got the two facing up to out. But we have one that's back here. So you're gonna hold it just like this, and we're gonna end up doing a sledgehammer, and then you're gonna see the case that it gives you, which has it right over here. Same thing is the case we saw before they were gonna do ahead slammer, And that will take care of that. Now, for this case, we have the same one up and out. But this time it is over here, attached to this corner. So when you run to this, you're going to be doing the opposite. Basically, if you have this one or you have this one, they're gonna be run the same or similar. So here you're going to switch over here and have it back there, and you're gonna be doing the opposite. So instead of sledgehammer, you're gonna end up doing a hedge slammer. So head slammer, and then you're gonna notice we have this case headlights and then two that are part. You have this case so you're gonna have doing your head slammer again. And there you go. And as I was saying before, same case. But this time it's over here instead of over here. So when I said it was opposites, you're just gonna basically do the same thing. So I'm gonna hold this with the yellow facing us. We're gonna do our heads slammer, and we're gonna look at the case that it gives us, which is this one, and we're gonna end up doing a sledgehammer. 5. Final Layer Special Cases: All right. So, up to this point, we've just been handling getting your last layer or your second layer handled pretty quickly. So now we're gonna be focusing on this center area. Now, you this couple of different positions you'll be in now, this one is going to the 1st 1 I'm gonna explain to you here. We're gonna be talking about what's known as a Z perm where you have two colors here that need to switch. And on the opposite side you have two colors here that need to switch. When you run into this case, you want to hold it at an angle where these two need to switch and these two need to switch right there just like that. So if you look at it, it's gonna be just like this instead of here, where these two need to switch you want at an angle like this. What we're gonna be starting is holding it just like this, and we're going Teoh kind of have this to this top corner here, tilted down a bit. Now this is going to be the right side. This is going to be the upside right here. This is going to be the left side. Now, as long as you know that, then you can just basically follow basic three by three. Keep notation to do this algorithm that will solve this case. So holding it just like this, we're gonna start our I move that all the way up. L prime source could do the same thing on the other side. You prime l bring them down. You It's hard to navigate this around the camera. L we're gonna go are l prime And are And that's how you handled that case. So you memorize that algorithm. Then whenever you run into that case, you'll be able to handle it a little bit quicker. Now, this is gonna be the other case, which is known as the H Perm Age permits, where you have two colors here that are opposites that need to switch and same thing here and you'll notice that's the same case for everything all the way around. Now, when you're here, this is gonna be another algorithm of this one's gonna be very, very easy. So you're gonna hold it like this, you're gonna have it kind of is a kind of a weird angle you're gonna go far you are you prime our prime, you primes. You're basically undoing everything that you just did, and you'll see this solve side. Gonna put it down, turn the Q and hear to notice that we have this situation. We recovering earlier. You just going to a sledgehammer and that will handle it. Now, one of the cases you're gonna run into which is pretty common, is where, after you get your second layer, you're gonna notice that there's only three sides that you need to switch, which this one is going to be solved. So you're gonna solve this the same way you would. Beginners. You're gonna hold the soft layer on the bottom, have the opposite colors in front, do a sledgehammer, turn the whole thing, and they're gonna do another sledgehammer. That's how you would handle that case. All right, you guys. And that's it. That is my entire advance skew course. Now I have more videos coming out every week. I'm putting out about 11 video a week, which is the max that skill shares allowing me to at the moment, but basically have tutorials for all of these puzzles in the back. Except this one. This is going to be the square. Wanna have a course coming for that already? If you guys are new to my I guess my channel Go ahead and follow me. So that way you guys can see any more videos that I post and let you guys know of anything that's coming As far as if I have a new course coming, for instance, the square one. I'm gonna end up sending you guys a message, letting you know what is coming next to that way. You can be prepared and pick some puzzles up that you may be interested in learning, but it's been a pleasure making this course. Hopefully, I was able to give you guys some helpful information as far as lowering your times and I'll see you in the next course.