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Rubik's Cube The First OLL's you Should Learn

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is an OLL?

    • 3. Sune & Anti-Sune #'s 26 & 27

    • 4. Bruno #22

    • 5. Headlights #23

    • 6. Double Headlights #21

    • 7. Chameleon #24

    • 8. Bowtie #25

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About This Class


               Welcome to my course on OLL's. I had originally developed this course to help those that are in the process of learning 2-Look however I realized that this course would be great for anyone that would like to simply begin the OLL process. The OLL's listed in this course are the first ones that everyone should learn. They will all include a full top cross and once learned, open the door for you to start learning 2-Look. I made this course with the intention to make it fun, entertaining, and most importantly, informational. I believe that anyone interested in this course will be quite satisfied with the outcome and quality. Congratulations on taking the first steps towards 2-Look. More OLL courses to come so be sure to follow me for future content. 

              Keep in mind that these algs are typically supposed to be used in conjunction with PLL algs to finish off the cube. I have a PLL course if you are interested in learning those. Please feel free to look at the courses I offer.

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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: What's going on, you guys, My name is Byron. And welcome to my course on the first set of old else. First things first, let me give you a little background about myself. As I said before, my name is Byron and I have about 11 years, 12 years or so of experience solving the three by three Rubik's Cube as well as a myriad of different puzzles as well. This course is gonna be dedicated towards those that I already know how to solve the Q. And you are trying to get your algorithms down for the ola, which is gonna be the part of the last layer. This is gonna be specifically talking about the C five or to look where you are gonna be doing the cross Theo F to L olo and Pillow. We're gonna be specifically focusing on old L. Today there are 57 of them. This course is just gonna be covering the basics seven that you need to know in order for you to know to look, so I'm just gonna be breaking this up into multiple courses. I'm gonna post the video every week, and it's just gonna be S o many algorithms, you know, maybe 57 10 something like that. Now, at the end of the day, all of this is just to help you solve faster beach, your personal best trying, you know, get ahead of the competition. This course will be teaching you guys in a setting. That is, for the most part, distraction free. Everything is gonna be very easy to see. I'm gonna be posting algorithms up for used to. That way you can write them down. Or you could just follow me and follow along as well. So overall, making this a very, very fun course trying to make it as simple as I can. And honestly, I think you guys are really going to enjoy especially those that are learning to look. I do have a course already for to look, But if you're looking for just the basic seven algorithms or you want to just get started in Olo, then this is the course for you. So with that being said, let's get started 2. What is an OLL?: real quick before we get started. Just one that you guys know. If you're interested in picking up this puzzle this cubing, Matt, even a timer or any of these puzzles I have sitting in the background, feel free to take a look in the course description so you can pick some of the stuff up for yourself. All right, so first thing we're gonna cover here is exactly what is an old algorithm? What does o l l stand for in the first place? So Holwell is one of the things that you do in your last layer, and I'm gonna show you in a second. But basically where you're gonna turn the entire side yellow, you're gonna make all the yellow stickers face up. But these side colors, maybe a little jacked up on a show you in a second. So all l stands for orientation of the last layer and then peel l, which is the next step, which moves those side colors around to finally finish off. The cube is known as pillow, which is permutation off the last layer. And that is just per muting versus orienting, which is or we're going here. I'm not gonna be teaching the PLL algorithms. However, if you are interested in learning any appeal algorithms, I do have all 21 of them posted in one of my courses. And if you guys are interested in learning, you can go down there and learn as many as you'd like. Now, when it comes to Olo, let's say here we're gonna be working on RFD. Well, so I'm gonna pairing up this up, too. All right. Or if you're doing beginners method, you can just get your 1st 2 layers through beginners method. It's up to you, and then you're gonna be presented with one of 57 different cases that the yellow pattern is going to give you. So this one that looks like a fish is known as soon or SUNY, but you just want to call it soon. No one calls it sooner. So this is one pattern, and there is an algorithm associated with it that looks like this, and that will make the whole side yellow and keep your 1st 2 layers intact. Next you have to per mute, which, like I said, I'm not covering in this course, but you're gonna have one of 21 different cases along these, uh, this side of this layer right here. And this one is considered to be in our firm. So there is an algorithm for that are firm, which looks like this. Except that you three 3. Sune & Anti-Sune #'s 26 & 27: I hope you guys are enjoying this course so far. I do have a favor to ask you, though you may get prompted at the top of your screen or at the top of the monitor. You may get prompted to review this course. And in the event that you do, I would really appreciate if you took the time to give me a review, let me know what I'm doing. Good. Let me know what I'm doing. Bad. And that way I'll know what I can do to improve my content in the future. Thanks in advance. Now, out of those 57 different possible old well of cases you can get, you only have to actually learn seven of them. And that's what I'm gonna be teaching in this video. I'm going to show you guys the seven basic to look whole l algorithms. So if you are looking toe, learn to look, which is a slightly more advanced way to solve the last layer. Slightly more advanced than beginners method. Then you only have to learn seven of these. And this video is all you need. And if you guys are interested in learning more, this is gonna be a multi part series. Now, this course is willing to cover those main seven olo algorithms. But we still have the other 50 that we have to worry about, and that's fine. This is going to be a multi part Siri's course. I would say my intention is to teach you guys the original seven or the basic seven, and then I'm gonna be pointing out putting out another video next week and the week after week after that. So I'm gonna cover all 57 of them. So that way you guys can learn as we go, I'm gonna be grouping them by shape. So, like this one, everything is gonna have a full cross for these algorithms. So every case that has a full cross, you're gonna learn those algorithms. So with that being said, let's get started. So now that you understand the basics of Olo, now we're gonna get started on teaching you and you learning the algorithms, so I'll be posting the algorithms up on the screen. And whenever you run into a soon or a fish like this, there are two fish cases, So you're essentially learning to algorithms at once because It's just a mere So notice how when the fish is facing you like this, you know, it's that there is a yellow dot over here, but there isn't one over here. That means that you're going to hold it like this and you're going to perform this algorithm. It's going to be Are you our prime? You are. You two are prime, and that will turn the whole side yellow. Now, when you come across this algorithm, you can do it like that. And I'm assuming that you would want to be comfortable with using this finger trick in order to accomplish it. But if you're not the most comfortable when it comes to that, there is another way that you can do it, and that's actually having it in the back. So instead of having the fish face you like this, have the fish face away from you. And then if you look, the yellow one is over here, so we're going to use our left hand. In order to do this, Oliver, which would look like this we're gonna start, you need to re grip, or you can keep it like this. But we're gonna basically do a l u l prime you l you to l prime same algorithm. It's just it's just backward Justice mirror. That's all it is. But I feel like that is a little bit more finger trick friendly for me personally. And I feel like I can also knock it out a little bit faster. So now that you understand that algorithm, let's work on anti soon, which is the mirrored version, because you can see now we have anti soon. The dot is on this side instead of this side. So having the fish face you and having it angled like this because the dots here renews our left hand for this it's gonna be the same algorithm, but left hand. So it's gonna be l prime you prime l you prime l prime you to l same thing. So is the exact same algorithm on the right hand side as it is the left. So now out of the seven that you're supposed to know you officially No. Two. Let's move on 4. Bruno #22: this old all cases known as Bruno Bruno is easily identified by a full cross. Headlights and headlights are when you have two of the same color facing the same direction like this on the side, so yellow and yellow, these are considered headlights. And then you're gonna have, like, an eye right here, and I over here. So they're going away from each other in these two are going parallel. You're gonna hold it just like this. And the Alberta is actually very fun. That's probably the most fun algorithm you're probably gonna learn. So we're gonna start off by getting our starting position just like this, our home position or our home grip. And we're going to do a are this is all regret, Pless. You too. I think this is the fun part. Our to you prime are too. You prime, our to you two are And that well, knock out that case 5. Headlights #23: This whole case is known as headlights. Headlights is typically indicated by a cross to solve corners there next to each other and then headlights facing the same direction. Just one set. I'm gonna show you guys two different algorithms for this and you can choose which one you feel like you'd like to do. This was the 1st 1 that I learned, and you're gonna hold it having the headlights face you. You're going to start by doing a are, too. You're gonna use your ring finger to do a D. We're gonna do a our prime you to are. Now you're going to do eight reverse d You're gonna push with your ring finger and you're gonna do a our prime you to our prime. That will handle that one. Now, let's move on to the second out. Now, for the second headlight algorithm, you're gonna actually have the headlights phase your left hand and you're going to perform the algorithm like this if you actually follow this f too Well, parrot here. That's gonna be in your bottom right? Right Here. Follow the stuff too. Well, pair is gonna make learning this algorithm a bit easier. So I'm gonna start by doing are you are prime. You problems. You're gonna do the regular trigger. Basically, you take your after all, parents get right there and you're going to split them up like this by doing a Are you prime? Our prime. And they're gonna do a you two. You're gonna do the same movements. Are you prime? Our prime you to. Then you have a three move insert. There you go. 6. Double Headlights #21: Now, this time we're gonna focus on something called double headlights. Double headlights is indicated by a cross on top. A set of headlights on one side, a set of headlights on the opposite side. When you run into this case, there is actually two different ways to do it that I know of. I'm gonna show you guys the first way that I learned and I'm gonna show you the second way . And honestly, depending on how I hold it, I kind of, ah, switch between the two based on if it's like this or if it's like this when I'm done with my left toe so it really just depends on the situation. So first algorithm is like, this is going to probably easiest one you're gonna learn it's gonna go like this f r you our prime. You prime are you are prime. You print Are you are prime, you prime. You may have recognized that if you have a line and you're trying to get to the cross, you know, let's say doing beginners method Last layer, you would do f r you are prime, you prime. That's right. Now you just do that same algorithm for the double headlights. Except instead of doing the pinch just to go back and do it again, you're gonna do it again one more time. And there you go. Now, the other algorithm for headlights, this one is going to be done sideways. So you want headlights to the right hand and the left hand cross on top is always and we're going to be doing a pretty interesting set. You're gonna do a our prime. You prime! Are you prime? Our prime? You are you prime, our prime, you to park. 7. Chameleon #24: call it. Basically, it's a wide move where you're gonna end up turning two layers at the same time. This is a pretty common algorithm. I would say this is probably be one of the most common one here and run across Possibly I don't know the math behind it, but I just know I've run into this a lot over the years. So I assume that you're probably run into this just as much as I did. All right. Now, in order for you to do this algorithm, you're gonna start by holding it just like this with Dr. All right there. We're gonna do a lower case. L prime a You problem. Oh, you are you prime? This is where it's gonna be kind of interesting to do another lower case movement. We knew a lower case, our prime and then enough, And that will handle it. That is the way to do it. Now. I would recommend learn how to do this not only with the left hand, but also with right that way, If it's late here or it's here, it doesn't matter. You can do it with either hand. And you don't have to do a YouTube than the AL over 11 waste more time. So just something to consider 8. Bowtie #25: This one is known as bowtie for obvious reasons. Now the bow tie is gonna have to corners. They're going to be facing roughly the same direction, you know, at an angle right here. I'm looking at it. I can see both of them here. I can't see both here. I can't see both here. I can't see both. So it's only one angle where you could see both of those corners facing you. So what, you're gonna dio is gonna have them face. You would have one on the right. Just like this. This is your starting position for this all over them. So in order to the performance algorithm, you're gonna hold it just like this and you're going to perform this algorithm. You're going to put your thumb on top and you're gonna do a our prime. You prime! Are you prime? Our prime? You You're going to kind of do that kind of. Repeat that. Are you prime? Our prime? You are You prime our prime Now we're gonna do a You too, are There you go. It's not too bad. It's actually, uh, it is a pretty fun algorithm to do so. Definitely. Just take some practice and it's gonna be blazing fast, I swear. All right, you guys. And that's it. That is the basic seven old L algorithms for to look, I would say now all of these algorithms are going to have the Yellow Cross incorporated. And that's how you know it's considered a to look olo algorithm. Don't get me wrong. Technically, they're all to look because you could utilise them all in to look, But we're not talking about that. Move this, man. Now, as I stated before, this is gonna be a multi part series. So I'm gonna be on Lee showing you seven in this one. But next week I'm gonna be putting up another video, and that one is going to have some more that you can learn. So I would highly recommend learn these algorithms that I taught you in this video. And then that way you'll be ready to learn next ones I teach you. Next time, there's 57 total olo algorithms. I know that's a daunting number, but you got it. You got to think the more you know, the faster you'll be. You are able to get any situation that this pattern can throw it your way and you'll be able to immediately handle it with one algorithm instead of trying to convert it into something you do recognize. For instance, right now, if you learned all these old algorithms I taught in this course, you're going to learn all of them that involve a cross. But what happens if you get a case and it doesn't have a cross? Well, then you just If you don't know this old l algorithm, you're gonna have Teoh, you know, get your cross. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do the Opel up. Just have it, but basically again. So if you don't know this old El, then you're gonna have to dio, you know, get your back riddle and get your line and then get your cross. And now you recognize that and you can do your old so you had to do a bunch of extra steps to get to that point. But if you already knew that algorithm immediately, you would have saved all that time. So the more oh, well, you know, the better off you're gonna be, So I would highly encourage you and everyone else that's learning to learn full. Oh, well, full pillow. And as I said before, I have a full feel, of course, already going to be teaching you guys full well here. So stay tuned. Follow me. So that way, when I post, of course, you guys will be notified and you'll be able to get right on in there. And I would really appreciate if you guys gave me a review. As I stated earlier, it's been a fund fun time, making this course. It's been a pleasure, and I'll see you guys next week.