# Basics for rubik's cubes

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21 October, 2015 - 06:03

#### Basics for rubik's cubes

Currently when I get a rubiks cube in my hands, I feel like a monkey twisting and turning the thing without getting any steps further, and that is without a blindfold.

Does anyone have some tips on how to get started?

Look up 'how to solve a rubiks cube beginner method' on youtube. (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+solve+a+rubiks+cube+...)

You can also just learn by looking at the algorithms, but I find videos to work much better for me. First solve the rubiks cube once or twice following one of the videos/video series, then write down all the algorithms on a piece of paper and solve it on your own. Eventually you will remember all of them.

If your rubiks cube is hard to turn, I recommend looking up a tutorial on how to lubricate it and loosen the screws slightly.

Bateman

This might not be want you want to hear, but my advice would just be to handle your cube as often as possible - and do it again and again and again.

I've always found mnemonics to be unnecessary, as the key - I think - is muscle memory.

And Vaseline. But that's another story! ;)

That's right Graham.

a good lube can make you solve the cube faster

But solving the cube again and again, and again and again is better :)

Watch a tutorial about solving a cube to get familiar with it, as Bateman suggested. You can even skip this step and learn directly how to solve a cube blindfolded, but you will feel better if you have some cubing intuition down.

For blindfolded solving, this tutorial is generally considered one of the best ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRaf-dvamTE.

Good luck!

Hi, i can do Rubix with the looking at the algorithms and I will at some point learn them from memory in next few months and would be happy to at first do it under 5 mins. So I haven't posted in it yet but a joined a rubiks cube forum and gonna ask for the best algorithms which is isn't a beginner ones as the ones I used was so of course they will be quicker with the other ones.

I do agree it's muscle memory although I'm no expert yet (haha) but I do believe memory techniques will help me a lot along side with just playing with it

I have not done the cube for ages and did bits today and my muscle memory got me so far but need to double check the algorithm to finish it off,

I started with the first one then the second one is quicker I ended up combining both together

http://www.youcandothecube.com/secret-unlocked/solution-stage-one.aspx

http://www.rubiksplace.com

Depending on what your intent is...

Beginner's method

2 look oll, pll,

advanced f2l, cross

1 look oll, pll

blind

- original pochman

- a more efficient method.

by this point hopefully the idea of commutators is starting to take hold and then you could probably start collecting and developing your own algorithms but you will probably quit long before this point :)

Hi robfontine, cheers for the reply dude, I had a look at vid quickly on the beginner oll. So basically I do the cube until the last layer then use them algorithms depending on what sequences the yellow cubes are? Can you expand on this if it isn't right please and also what different from the 1 oll method, have you got Any links for me? Cheers kr

Hey,

I just bought a cube yesterday, I only want to solve it blindfolded, I don't care much about the rest hahaha!

My favourite site so far is :

https://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/how-to-solve-the-rubiks-cube-blindfold...

And I used the top result on Youtube for : Rubik cube guide

The main thing that helped me progress (so far, on my first day)

is to understand that the cube is simpler then it looks. because there's 3 types of pieces :

- 6 centers, but only 3 really, because you can't move them.

- 8 corners

- 12 edges

(I might have counted them too fast)

And with that in mind, just play with the cube for 5 minutes; without trying to solve a face.

Just turn the cube over and over, look at the movements of all 3 different kind of pieces.

Take 1 edge, move it around the cube. Same for corners and centers.

After that, I finally understood the youtube guides and the non-video algorithm guides.

Once I understood the guides, it took me ±5 minutes to solve it.

I memorized the 3-5 algos they give for beginner'S method as mnemonics.

I plan on practicing them a little, then I'll try to learn more algos from the link I posted.

I'm curious about what your palaces for memorizing Cube's algorithm looks like?

My first is the steps piled up, first being down, last one on top :

- a Fire, (F, inverted since it's negative)

- under a tree (The tree is large, old, and super inclined) (T)

- on which there is a lamb (black sheep-isn, L inverted)

- and finally a T-rex on top (T, inverted because negative )

I also realized that the same algo can usually be inverted, start to finish, to invert the move,

or right to left, to invert the side.

Do any of you have a way to deal with that?

Example, there would be 2 x less algo to remember if you just added a marker to signal, wether you need to apply the algo the right or the left.

I cannot solve 2x2x2 with my eyes open haha. Gonna check these videos and see what I can do