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Rubik's Cube Patterns

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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Lessons in This Class

16 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Cube Notation

    • 3. Checkered Board in the Cube

    • 4. Perpendicular Lines

    • 5. My Pattern

    • 6. The Anaconda

    • 7. The Python

    • 8. Crosses on all Sides

    • 9. Cube in a Cube

    • 10. Flower Pattern

    • 11. Cubeception (Cube Inception)

    • 12. The Staircase

    • 13. The Twister

    • 14. Verticle Stripes

    • 15. Unknown Pattern

    • 16. The Last Unknown Pattern

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About This Class

             Here I will teach you the algorithms needed in order to do different interesting patterns on the Rubik's cube. You can use these algorithms to impress your friends, maybe make your cube collection look more interesting as they sit on a shelf, or also use this course to practice your cube notation skills. 

             I am not only going to teach you how to read cube notation, I will also post the algorithms on the screen as I perform them making my movements slow enough for anyone to keep up with. 

            As promised, below are the links to the items I use 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 (Used in the Course):

Valk 3 Cube:

Qiyi Sail Cube (budget friendly):

Thunderclap Cube (fair price):

Thunderclap V2 Cube (upgraded cube):

Magnetic Square 1:

Magnetic Skewb:

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:
The microphone I use:
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. Introduction: welcome my course on Rubik's cube patterns. My name is Byron. I have been solving a Rubik's Cubes for well over 11 years at this point, and this course is going to be primarily dedicated towards those that maybe you know how to solve a Rubik's Cube. Or maybe you just want your keep current, keep collections, just look a little bit cooler and you want to kind of get these cool little effects on these three by three cubes you have. This will also work on four by fours as well. Some big cubes will also benefit from this as well. In my description of these algorithms, not only am I gonna be posting the algorithms up, but I'm also going to be showing you step by step, how to perform each movement slow enough. So that way you can have your own Cuba home and follow me step by step so you won't get lost. So pretty simple is that I got a ton of different albums to show you guys you might find one that your favorite. So with that being said, let's get started 2. Cube Notation: All right, So just to get started, when I'm gonna be teaching you guys if something called cube notation, So that way you can read these algorithms. If you already know cube notation, then this part of the video is going to be kind of useless for you. So go ahead and skip to the next one if you want, but we're just gonna cover exactly how to read the algorithms. That way you can do these patterns, so starting off the front face is going to be the face that you are currently looking at. So this would be my front face orange, and then you as faras up face, that would be what is on the top of my right face will be on the right. My left face will be on the left, my down face or my d face will be on the bottom, and then my B phase or my back face will be in the back of the side. I'm currently looking at. So the way you would see this as a notation is denoted with a capital letter. So let's say f for turning that front face clockwise. Now, if you want to turn that front face counterclockwise. It'll be denoted with a F and a little tick saying that you just want to turn that same face, the other direction. Same thing for our our would be meaning turning the right face clockwise. Our prime is what it's called when it has a tick mark next to it that would be meaning. You're going to turn that counterclockwise. Then you have l l prime you, you prime, you have d and D prime and then you have be and be prime. There's also things that are going to be noted is turning the side twice. So if it's been our two, that means you're gonna grab the right side and turn it two times, regardless of the direction you can turn it this way, you could turn it that way. It doesn't matter because it's going to end up the same way either direction you decide to turn it, so if it says f to they're gonna turn that two times. You too, are to our to you too. So pretty easy. When it comes to that, there's also an M moves. I don't think we're going to have to worry about that here. But in case you're interested, a M slice is where you move the middle layer independent of the other two. So this would be a M, and this would be a M Prime is the other direction. There's also this one and there's this one, but we don't have to worry about that. And honestly, those air pretty much never used in any method of solving that I'm aware of. So now that you understand that, now we're going to show you the first pattern and then you can read the algorithm I'm gonna post on top. So that way you can follow along. I will be going slow enough. So that way you can just follow my movements and do it to your own cube. And that way you guys can keep up. So let's get to the first pattern 3. Checkered Board in the Cube: so real quick before we get started, I just want to let you guys know that this cube, any of these cubes that I have sitting in the background this, Matt, everything that I use, my videos will be linked down in the course description so you guys can pick some of the stuff up for yourself. So the first pattern we're gonna be doing is called checkered board in the Cube. Just follow my movements. You can pick any side you want to start off a long as the cube starts in the Sault ST So we're going to start by doing a B de f prime be prime de l two. You l you prime be de prime are be are de prime are l prime f you too, and d And this is the pattern that we're left with and actually is the same pattern on the other side. So this is pretty cool. Lastly, if you guys get an opportunity, you might get notified on the top of the screen somewhere to review this course. I've really appreciate if you guys would go ahead and click that review, let me know if you guys like this content What I'm doing Good. What I'm doing bad. And that will help me give you guys some better quality content in the future. 4. Perpendicular Lines: So this next one we're gonna be doing is known as perpendicular lines now yet again. Just make sure the key to solving you can start from any side. We're gonna be doing a are too. You too are to you too. Are to you too. L two de to l two de to l two de to l two are to It. Sounds a lot of like repetitive movements in this one, but this is how you get that one. So you're gonna have a line this way, you'll have a line that way. It's kind of cool, so I actually kind of like this one. 5. My Pattern: So this is one of my favorite ones to do to people. Because if you already know how to solve the Cube, this is gonna drive you insane. I actually I love giving us two people that already know how to solve it. Just it makes them so mad. So I'll show you guys how to do this. So if you guys are familiar with PLL or full PLL from solving the Rubik's Cube in the C five method, then you'd recognize these two algorithms are about to do In order to set that case up, it's going to be the J perm and is going to be the T perm and the JP I'm gonna be used gonna have kind of like a t perm variance to it. So you'll see if you understand what I'm talking about. So first thing we're gonna be doing is we're going to set up by doing a M prime, and we're going to be doing a J permits going to switch these two edges and it's gonna switch these two corners and then when we do the tea perms, switch those two corners back. So the J perm looks like this. It's gonna be our you our prime f prime. Are you far prime? You prime our prime f are to you prime our prime, you prime And that's it. Now we're just going to redo that M slice. We're gonna do a M. Now, we're going to move this edge up here like this by doing an L. And then we're gonna do a t perms going to switch these two edges and switch these two corners back. T perm is gonna go. Are you our prime? You prime our prime f r two, You prime far prime view Prime, are you our prime f prime? And then we're gonna redo that move. And now you have that case. Now, if you recognize these algorithms, I already using this, then this is pretty easy. All you have to do is do the m prime. Do the J perm. Bring it back. Bring this side up to a T perm. Bring it back. That's all you got to dio. But for people who don't know full ola pillow or blindfold method, this is gonna drive them insane. 6. The Anaconda: definitely my second favorite pattern. This one's known as the Anaconda. So we're just gonna go l you be prime. You prime are l prime be our prime f be prime de are de prime and f prime. And yet this pattern. But if you follow the track, it is completely continuous. You gotta admit, that is so cool. I feel like if I try to do this by myself, I would just be so hard. I don't know who came up with this one, but this is a really cool pattern. 7. The Python: so similar to the anaconda. This one is known as the python. It's just got a couple of straight areas instead of always eggs, eggs, we're gonna be doing an F two. Our prime be prime You our prime Oh f prime oh f prime be de prime are be. And lastly, l two And there you go. So we got kind of like the anaconda where it just keeps on going forever. But instead of constant zigzags, we have a couple of straight areas this time. Not bad. It's pretty cool. It's kind of tribute. 8. Crosses on all Sides: this one is gonna have a bunch of crosses on every side to start this one off. All we're gonna do is are too. L prime de have to our prime de prime our prime l you prime de are de be to our prime. You de to. And that's it That gives us across on all sides. 9. Cube in a Cube: says one is known as a cube in a queue. One of this is a pretty cool one. So it's not too hard. So we're gonna start off F l f you prime are you have to l two you prime l prime be de prime be prime l two. You There you go and does the same thing on the other side too. So you have two different sides. You could show off. 10. Flower Pattern: this one I like to refer to as the flower pattern. It's probably the easiest one we have on this list. In order to do the flower pattern, we're gonna be doing some M slices. I know. I said I might not have to do it, but it's very easy. So all you're gonna do, just pick any side you want. Of course, starting off with solved keep is always and you're going to do a M prime. And then you're gonna turn the Cube either this way or turn it that way, whatever you want. So I'm gonna go this way we're gonna do in prime again and we're just gonna repeat it turned in same direction and prime do it again. Turn and prime. Done. That's the flower pattern. Now, if you want to get back out of this flower pattern, it's very easy. Start by picking a center. Let's say I'm gonna go with this one and then have the the same color circle on top. So, for instance, this is yellow and the yellow side is here, so I'm gonna have it just like this, and you're going to be doing the same thing. M Prime and then you're gonna go the opposite direction. You did it before or see these two blue ray here, you're gonna find the blue center, and it's over here. So we're gonna turn, bring the blew up, and then we're going to have the red reds over here, so we're gonna repeat the same process, and that's how you can return back to normal. 11. Cubeception (Cube Inception): this one has got to be my favorite one. Personally, it's called a cube within a cube within a cue from those parts like cube set Q. Perception. Actually, that's what we'll call it. Cube set Q perception. So I'm gonna start off. Of course, Self Cube. And let's get to it, you prime l prime you prime f prime are to be prime Are you be to you be prime. Oh, you prime f You are f prime. You gotta telling you gotta admit that is cooled and does the same thing on the other side to that is a cool, frickin pattern. Gotta love that. 12. The Staircase: this pattern is known as the staircase to do the staircase we're gonna be doing l two f two de prime l two be to de prime you prime are to be to you prime l prime you be to l de Oh, be prime de l prime. And you look at that. It's pretty interesting, isn't it? There you go. That's a pretty cool one. 13. The Twister: This is a pretty cool one. It's called the Twister Doing the Twister. We're gonna do f our prime You l f prime l prime f do you prime? Are you l prime, you prime? Oh, f prime you go. God, admit that's pretty cool. Does the same thing on the other side to that's a pretty cool pattern. 14. Verticle Stripes: So this one is going to be like vertical stripes. In order to do it's gonna look like this. F you f are l two be de prime are de to l de prime be are to l f you f There you go. It's got a bunch of vertical stripes and then you have basically to solve sides kind of salt. 15. Unknown Pattern: So this one's a pretty interesting one. I don't even have a name for it. So we're gonna do this by doing Deep Prime. Be to have to l two. You prime f two are to de f two. You too. L prime be our prime. You prime l prime f de prime f l and lastly d to There you go. Kind of cool, right? Likely. Look at that. Look at that. That is pretty cool. Of course, this is all jacked up, but that actually has a pattern in itself. Pretty sick. One nice. 16. The Last Unknown Pattern: This is another one I don't really have a name for, but it does look pretty cool. Start by doing f our prime be Are you f prime l Prime s prime. You too. L prime you prime de to be de prime f be prime. You too. There you go. That's pretty cool. I enjoy that one a lot. That's actually really, really entertaining to just look at. So I hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial. Hopefully, you're able to find a pattern that you enjoyed maybe even memorized or got used Teoh doing some algorithms. Keep notation getting used to all that. So hopefully this helped you guys out in some way. I would really appreciate it if you guys gave this course of review. You might see something on top of the screen that you guys can review the course. Let me know what I'm doing. Good. Let me know what I'm doing. Bad. And that way it'll help me give you guys some better quality content. Lastly, this Matt, these cubes in the back that I have anything you guys were interested in picking up. I'll have everything in the course description. So you guys to pick some of this stuff up for yourself. So been a pleasure, and I'll see you guys in the next course.