Wow, that is a mouthful of a name for this move. If you’ve been following along with the lessons so far, we are synthesizing a few previous moves and adding one new one to create a nice little mini-routine. Make sure you know the Arm Roll Down and the Pour Cut already.
To put this sequence together, the new move we are learning involves throwing the bottle in a double spin across your body and catching the bottle right side up. The slightly tricky part is that the grip we are doing it with is the grip you have on the bottle/tin at the end of the Arm Roll Down. Practice just this double throw a bunch of times, then see if you can put the whole routine together.
Also, as with all moves – especially exhibition flair moves – be sure to learn the move with an empty bottle or a FlairCo bottle. Once you are comfortable with the move, then add a few ounces of water and practice it again until you can do it without spilling.
Get on it, cuz we’re going to add a new ending on to this to make another routine very soon.
This week’s flair bartending move is a great effect that takes LOTS of practice. Essentially, all we are doing is the Around the Head Grip Change into the Arm Roll Down – except we are doing it one-handed with no guidance for the bottle. Easier said than done.
Tips I have for learning this flair move:
1) Practice, practice. Seriously. Do this 100 times; hopefully you’ll get it once. Do it another 100; hopefully you’ll get it twice.
2) Play with the amount of liquid you have in the bottle. I’ve seen people do this with half full bottles; some people prefer nearly empty bottles. See which one works for you.
3) Play with the angle at which you extend your arm. In the video, my arm is angled down quite a bit; however, I often see people do this flair move with their arm more straight out. “Stepping into” the move and using that momentum to push the bottle away from you can be a much more effective way to control the bottle as it rolls down your arm.
4) Did I mention practice? Yeah, practice some more.
I promise this is the last of the Change Grip Around the Head variations before we move on to some other flair moves.
Keys to getting this move down:
1) Use your thumb and middle finger to grab the opposite sides at the very top of the tin. You should be able to swing or “hinge” back and forth comfortably.
2) Learn to “hinge” the tin with one hand while you grip change the bottle around your head with the other hand simultaneously. Continue Reading » Flair Lesson #9: Arm Roll Down into Pour
Here we go with yet another addition to the ending of the Change Grip Around the Head. I really like this move because it is very functional. When we are first learning to flair bartend, we often forget that ultimately we need to pour the drink. This is a great beginner’s move because it flows right into the pouring of the drink.
My tips for perfecting this move: Continue Reading » Flair Lesson #7: Change Grip into Arm Roll Down