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Rubik's Cube 3x3 - Finding a Beginner's Solution

Updated on July 14, 2011

The Foundation

I have met a lot of people who have expressed interest in solving the Rubik's Cube after witnessing my solves. Yet, the majority of those people will not learn to solve the cube, even though they were genuinely interested at the time! What happens? There are a few factors that are frequent in occurrence, and I will review each to remove dead ends for those interested.

“I could not find a good solution” or “The solution I found was confusing”.

If you search in Google for “How to solve a Rubik's Cube”, you'll net nearly one million results! Many of those results are outdated, confusing, and misleading (even to the point of containing serious errors). The internet is a double-edged sword, in that we have a world of information available to us, but anyone in the world can present it. And not everyone has the faculties needed to teach a subject, even if they are well versed. When learning something new our thresholds to frustration can only carry us so far. The goal then is to find a clear and concise solution, and I have a few good examples for you to start with (listed below). In addition, not everyone learns well from pictures and texts. They need to see with their own eyes what is happening. For this reason I will also link a Youtube series which is also a clear winner for beginners!

Other considerations given while providing these solutions is that they transition easily to Intermediate and Advanced Solutions (if you desire solving faster). In this way you can just add on to your existing Beginner's solution a few ideas at a time. Additionally, these solutions are most familiar to cubers in the community (more on that later).

Scrambled 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube
Scrambled 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube | Source

The Resources

I met Jasmine Lee at the 2003 World Championship, and was one of the nicest people around. Her solution also happens to be one of the cleanest I've seen.

Click for Jasmine Lee's Beginner Solution

I met Dan Harris in 2003 as well, and again in 2005. He is a WCA delegate, and former UK champion.

Click for Dan Harris's Beginner Solution

The video play-list I am going to link is by Rob Homayoon. I've never had correspondence with him, but his presentation is concise and considerate to true beginners.

Click for Rob Homayoon's Youtube Series

I hope that these ideas and resources have proven useful to you if you are interested in learning to solve the Rubik's Cube. I look forward to your questions and comments. Other Rubik's Cube Hubs are listed below.



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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Now that you mention it I am in agreement with you, it is better the way it is.

      I think I' gonna start doing that format in some of my hubs just to mix it up although I usually don't have that many vids.

      Gr8 work man - Keep it up

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      cubefactor 6 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN

      @manthy: Thank you for the kind words! I will take a look at how to add the video directly to the page. I am worried that a single embed video may distract from the presenter having an entire series of videos; thoughts?

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      also you can post that video by clicking edit from the my account section, then click the add video and put the link in there

      Another gr8 hub man you are gonna do gr8 at this

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      cubefactor 6 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN

      @SamboRambo: Depending on skill level there is a varying level of awareness and control. So to answer your question, some do and some don't! :)

      Corners First is also a viable approach! I have found that absolute beginners find it easier to think in terms of layers. Also, interesting to note: There hasn't been a Corners First world record on the 3x3x3 since the original Rubik's World Championship in 1982. Even still, I should probably add links for a Corners First solution at some point :) Thanks for your comment!

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      Samuel E. Richardson 6 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      I can solve from the corners, or one layer at a time. I can use or avoid the H pattern or Fish pattern. I can also choose which color will rest on any given side (Do people realize they have control over that?).