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Two-Handed Whip-Cracking Basics

teacher avatar Caleb Martel, Musician and Whipmaker

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12 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Whips for Two-Handed Cracking

    • 3. Timing

    • 4. Practice Tip

    • 5. The Slow Figure Eight

    • 6. The Fast Figure Eights

    • 7. The Machine Guns

    • 8. The Changing Eights

    • 9. The Toss

    • 10. The Queensland Crossover

    • 11. Changing Lead Hands

    • 12. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

 If you completed my whip-cracking basics class,this class will take you from cracking a whip with one hand to two at the same time.I will teach you the basic timing,combos and routines,with practice tips along the way.

 If you would like to order a quality nylon whip,be sure to check out my etsy shop.

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Caleb Martel

Musician and Whipmaker


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1. Introduction: Hi, My name's Kayla Martell. And in this class, I'll be teaching you the basics of two handed whip cracking. If you haven't checked out my other class on one hand of whip cracking, be sure to check that out. We need to know those basic cracks in order to do this. Throughout these lessons, you hear me referred to certain cracks. So if you're unfamiliar with any of them, go back to lessons and learn that crack in both hands. So let's talk about the type of whips you'll need for this. 2. Whips for Two-Handed Cracking: Okay, so for two handed whip cracking, generally you want a lightweight whip with a long handle. And I wanted to be a slim diameter. So the most common is the stock quit and the performance hybrid bullet. Okay, so with the performance hybrid whip this one, it's an old one that I may usually you want to handle to be 16 to 18 inches, whether to stock whip or performance hybrid. Okay. And I made this one a little too thick. Uh, but when you buy them, they come the right diameter that you need. And, uh, you should also know that with performance hybrid whips and stock clips, when the length is measured, the only measure from the flexible part, the end of the handle down to the end of the braided part the measurement does not include this part here, which is the fall or the cracker. This part here. Okay, so this part between my fingers is measured. Okay, so this is a four foot performance hybrid whip, so this braided portion is four feet long, okay? With an 18 inch handle and then phone cracker. And, of course, when you buy a pair of whips make sure it's a matched pair. You want them to be as identical is possible. And here we have a match set of stock whips these air five foot stock clips. So from this part here, which is called The Keeper, where two loops interlock way down to the end here, then you have the fall in the cracker. Okay, and these also have 18 inch handles and you can see the handles are the exact same length, and the songs are the same length. You can also see how the taper is. They start out there, can go thinner all the way to the end and even the tapers vaccine. So if you make your own lips, make sure you make them at the same time so they'll be eyes. Identical is possible. Okay. And, uh, you can also usable whips to handle whip cracking, but you're gonna buy a matched set of whips. Just go ahead and get stock with performance hybrid whips because bullwhips are a lot harder to handle. Whip cracking. Okay, so next we'll go ahead and bring your first some of the basic timing of crack 3. Timing: Okay, so before you actually get both hands going, um, you need to know some basic timing, okay? And you'll hear what trackers refer to even time staggered time and slightly staggered time as well as balanced. So we'll start rid the even time or together time, and basically, that's just cracking up the exact same. Okay, So you haven't learned the cattlemen's crack in the left hand yet? Go ahead and do that. So make sure you can do it about 10 times in a row in your left hand. So again, the together time, okay? And then way have slightly staggered. And that's where one whip comes up. Just a split second for the other one. Case looks like this. Okay, so there's hardly any difference there. Then you have staggered time, which sounds more like this. Okay, so this handle is coming up and right about when the loop is forming. Then I bring this one up. We're okay. And then we have balanced, which they're doing. Just the opposite as soon as this is cracking. Okay, so it's like this. You basically just one crack at a time. And whenever you do teams with different timings you'll hear people refer to lead hand, and what that is is the hand that's going cracking first. That's the lead hand. So if my left hand cracks first, that's the hand. My right was cracking first. That would be the lead hand. Okay, so let's go ahead and move on to some of the more basic routines. 4. Practice Tip: real quick before we get into the routine a method used for learning to handle whip cracking. Basically, with each routine, or at least most of them. In the beginning, we're going to start off going through the order of different timing. So in the next lesson, I'm gonna show you routine, and we're gonna start off with the even time slightly staggered, staggered and then balance timing. That's basically how you want to learn. Some of these first few routines were just going to go through the timing. And then once we get into some other routines, the best way to practice and learn them this one crack at a time. So if you remember from the other class, save Sydney flash like this. Okay, so I had trouble learning. That you probably did was just one crack at a time. Just get the overhead. Once you do that, try doing next practice too. You and then finally do all three. Okay, so with a lot of teams gets pretty complicated. So on, I'll talk about it more throughout. Just a heads up. Wanna one crack at a time 5. The Slow Figure Eight: All right. So, uh, first thing that you want to learn is the figure eight. Okay, so in my other class, I talk about the slow figure in the fast February. Go ahead. And both of those, um, and you haven't learned in your left hand yet? Go Didn't do that. We're gonna do slow figure eight first. Okay. So, again, you it looks like this. All right, So practice doing that with both hands together time and then once you've done that, then you slightly staggered once you do that, then staggered once you've got that, then move on to the balance. Basically, that's just gonna end up being cattleman's. And then you're gonna do our first on the left if you're leading with your left and a forward Continents cracking same time. Okay, So you have a reversed and before we're going at the same time. So one have these two in these. Okay, so once you have that down, then we can move on to the fastest rates 6. The Fast Figure Eights: Okay, so now we're ready for the fast Diggory's and again, we're just gonna go through the different timing. So But first, make sure you could do it in each individual hand together. Time and one thing you're probably probably gonna have to use this on that back crack. Probably gonna tangle. So when you go like this, catching the back legs, so don't do that too. Okay. So what you done that to stagger and then do that? That was a slightly Stagno stag. Well, one thing you might notice is, since that last, pretty quick after the 1st 1 is gonna happen about the same time. This'll Don't worry. That's happening. That's supposed will you? All right, so it's actually gonna sound like three cracks. All right, so now we have staggered. Now we can do about it. Okay, So what's that? Down. Go ahead. And if you've been doing like I have reading, go ahead and try eating, right? So go back to slow figure eight and try to do that, leading with whatever you want leading with. Okay, So figure slow. Figure eight this fast. I agree. And then go back to slow figure eight and this figure is leading with your non dominant. Okay, so that's gonna be tricky If you can learn to lead with your non dominant hand Now, it's gonna be a lot easier later on when it's necessary to leave, uh, with your hands. 7. The Machine Guns: Okay, Now we're gonna learn short with cracking routine known as the machine gun. Okay. And all it is is some fast figure eights and volleys. So go ahead and learn the Bali in your left hand. Okay? You'll only need to do it four times for just a basic our way. I do machine guns. I like to do it no longer possible, but just to do it right, you only need to do it four times. Okay, so when it starts out, you start out with the slightly staggered fast. Figure eight. Okay. And you're going to do a couple of those. Just do that two times and then go into slightly staggered qualities. So let's go ahead and work on the volleys. Do your volumes together when you're learning the Bali and your left hand or right Baxter. Non dominant hand. Sometimes it's actually easier. Have your up your dominant hand cracking at the same time. So you're having trouble getting on dominant hand. Just try doing both at the same time. Sometimes it's easier. Okay, so now we do slightly staggered. Do you? Okay, so it sounds something like that when you're learning different timings, pay attention to how the cracks in the whistling sound that can help a lot. So again, the slightly staggered, then more staggered, they noticed with the staggered. That timing between each crack is even so. Whenever I have a crack, do this one. There's no overlapping. You can clearly hear you're doing Bali cracks doing them staggered. You'll distinctly here for separate cracks. And then, of course, the Bali balanced time is a lot like you're doing. So this hand comes back, this hand comes forward. So you're doing it in the front and look like to windshield. Okay, so that's the difference between balance timing. Together time. You're cracking at the same time, but your hands are going in different directions. Okay, so once the main thing to learn what that was staggered time. But again, it's good to learn all the timing for cracks. So machine gun, you have others too fast. Figure eight staggered there. After that, you just go into the staggered Bali's okay, and, um, usually with the machine gun. People say just do it four times and you know that's the way it's usually done. But I like to do it. Maybe six or eight times So look like this. So you could do that. Same with morning Bali originally. Just try to add on as many blocks. You can start off with four cracks in each hand. Try 68 8. The Changing Eights: Okay, so now we're gonna learn another figure. 8 19 This is the changing age. So you've learned your slow figure eights and your fast figure eights. So now you're gonna combine them into one routine, and it looks like this. Okay, so basically what I'm doing, I'm switching this hands, doing a slow figure eight while this does fast degree, and then they switch this great. The whole thing is done in staggered time. So I like to start with my left hand doing slow figure eight. So I just comes down. This is coming up. And then as this comes down for the count, left hand is coming for the reverse cattleman's. Okay? So don't bring up you that. So if you need to practice switching, I agree. Try that with both hands. Make sure you could do that first. So, uh, this is actually doing to cracks in a row. Um, basically, the idea is, whichever hand is doing the fast figure eight, it's gonna do those two cracks, executive before in between the cracks of slow. Great. So if this is doing the slow figure eight, you have the first crack, and then this does both cracks in the fast Figure eight and then this does the reverse cattleman's or the second of the slow figure eight. So you have one crack, two cracks in a row, and then the second and final crack of the slow figuring. And so doing that brings the timing toe where, when this comes back up, this will be doing the slow figure eight. So then this does first crack the slow figure eight. This does both cracks faster. Great. And then this does the second crack. So this is doing the slow figure eight, and then you have that second crack. And so now this witness coming up first. So this is gonna do a slow figure. I did that and then after I did that, it's left hand, did fast surgery. And then right after that, this river's cattles. So because the left hand finish first now it's coming up and you're starting over again. This will be doing sloping green. Mr. Team can be tricky to learn because you're doing two different routines, different timing, just like any other routines. Just take it one crack at a time, you know, start off 1234 and only at one more. Crack it in time as you get so for this 9. The Toss: Okay. Now I'm gonna show you how to do a basic whip toss that you can incorporate into your routines. So where you actually try it? Cracking. Just get used to tossing it up like an underhand flick and then catching case. The concept is pretty simple, but it could be tricky. Um, the trick is to get the whip to rotate and years to that when it comes down, catch it. Just like that, Um, play around with, given it a little more. You don't looking hard enough. What? Might not rotate again. You can do it too much and do something like that. So I just work on doing, um on underhand flick. You can try to get it to crack, but don't worry. You don't have to do just yet. Just work on catching it, and, uh, it really doesn't matter. You don't have to catch it directly at the hell night. I find that catch it a lot here. That's OK. Because whenever you catch it as you swing your arm down, just listen. Your grip a little bit in the whip will slide right down to the hell not there. So once you get the hang of catching it. Then try toe, get the whip to crack. Okay, so you can do that with some of the basic one handed combos. Something like that. So, uh, you know, just incorporate that into one handed cracking. So but, um, I'm easy routine is to do that changing AIDS. So you start off with slow figure eight. But then this hand is doing a fast figure eight, and it's in staggered time. So this does that reverse catalyst. And then after you do that back crack, that's when you toss it up. So practice doing the fast figure eight and then tossing just like that. So then just incorporate that as this is doing the slope theory. No. Whenever you catch it, you can just come back with that backpack. See there I caught a little bit too high. Uh, you know, if you catch it too high on the handle, especially there's a non it that it could be hard to side back. Well, okay, so that's just a basic routine to get you started with tossing. And then once you have that, you could just, you know, incorporate it however you want, just get creative with 10. The Queensland Crossover: Okay, Now we're gonna learn. Probably the most common to handle libertine known as the Queensland Crossing. Okay, so with this, you're gonna want to be able to do a side arm flick and then an overhead. Thanks. So make sure you could do the side, arm and overhead in both hands. Okay, so you start off, just practice doing it a bunch of times in a row because the trick with this is to come out of the overhead and then back into side arm without knocking yourself on the back of the head. Because swing back, the whip continues to swing back. So when it swinging back and feel like this, that was gonna come around that. So when you're coming out of the overhead instead of coming back out straight across diagonally down, dip back up like that. Okay, so looks like this. And in that sidearm flick never come down back up, coming back down, mangling it down a little bit too. So it's kind of like a figure eight motion. I come diagnosed down, down. You kind of see, I'm drawn aside. Aside, Figure. Okay. So right. So to that, end the chance separately. Hard for me to do with both hands. Um, 20 have got motion, and you can continue without hating yourself, then will combine. Okay, so we're gonna start off with together time on this. So now the probably the first tricky spot you'll find is being able to uncross the whips without tangle so you can see motion on my arms. How come in, they don't stay all the way across the over. They kind star on crossing soon as the whips get about. Here, you see there, Diagonal motion. Okay. All right. So you have that down. That will do slightly staggered time. And if you're having trouble, no hitting yourself. Don't worry about getting the flick just right track. Just focus on getting swinging motion without hitting yourself. Once you have that down, then add in the place. Don't off. You just get okay. So that will stagger a little more. And that's the Queen's crossover. So instead of being imbalanced time, Queensland crossovers done staggered and it could be tricky to get looks Trickett both cracks to get them. When you're you know, frosting and crossing your arms like that I find it easier whenever I come to do the overhead long when you do the overhead. I'm whenever you track it. No, your palm is facing outward and your risk turns. I find it helpful to kind of keep no about this angle here to where my problem is finally down to help me when I learned I So now now I'm able to do it during my poem, but just experiment with having your palm facing out different ways. Sometimes that makes flicking the whip out to get makes it easier. So and some people they like to keep most going with a whole lot. Some people like to keep motion tighter. Your heart will see their arms, something like that. So again, try, try that out different way. See what works best to come out of it. Whenever you finish overheads just go into some like a fast figure eight with cattle 11. Changing Lead Hands: Okay, so now we're gonna take the team's crossover and learn how to change lead hands on. This can be very tricky to learn, but gamble, practice know anybody can do it. Don't have to be able, Teoh Naturally multi task to do. Most people find uneasily with the left hand. That's probably what you did. So that's what was So I'll just be referring to the right hand as no my non dominant hand when I'm leading. So we'd still have to learn the crossover the same way you did originally only with this lead hand. So you basically just go back to the previous lesson on the queen's and cross over do it over again, but with your non so it could become that you. I've done this course with the together time. It's going to be the exact same, except with things. And cross over your lead hand, as we said before, is one that comes on. Okay, my luck is my hand. So it's and it's gonna crack first. Okay, Coming under first. So now you're gonna do together time, have you right in. That could be tricky, but once you get that down, everything else grabbed with. Okay? And once you get go to die, you can try switching hands. No, just practice switching back and forth. Cholesterol's under right. Under has that slightly stack. And again, if it's too much trouble to hard and just focus on of motion and then work on the cracks later, once you have, do you? Right? So do you have that down then? All that's left is staggered time. Okay, So want do you want that? And you do, right? Next thing you switching in the middle of crack so that pretty fancy routine in itself. So we're basically gonna do an extra swing. Okay, So when you're doing with my life, once this right comes around instead of doing, uh, no, just overhead. Cracking back that I'm just gonna given extra. No. Like that. You case. You could see once I gave that extra swing around my right hand. So basically, all we're doing is giving small space of time so that the left hand falls behind. Okay, so it's that right hand goes outside on flick, it's just going to swing around and then do the overhead. Okay, so you normally have overhead. You're gonna do side arm swell overhead. Okay. So make sure you get that 12. Final Thoughts: All right. So you made it to the end of the two hand of whip cracking class. And now you should know the fundamental routines of two handed whip cracking. And so now you can come up with your own two handed routine, just combining some of the basic routines that can look pretty neat. Um, leave a link in the description below my shop. If you're interested in buying a wig, Bullet stock, sneak lips, so, uh, you can check that out. So, uh, that's it for this class. Thanks for watching.