If You starting from left to right then It should be ( I gess) :
L R R L L R R L L R
BOLD in text pop
UNBOLD in text pull
Damn! There's hope for me yet! I've been a jazz drummer for 50 years. If we can code all these kite "tricks" as rudiments, I might be able to handle it! This one's in 5/4 with unusual accents and sticking, but I can at least understand it!
Well, this is coming from someone who hasn't done a cascade yet, but thinks he has the gist...no, it's not 5/4. It's normal ol' 4/4, with accents evenly spaced. Call the first pop a pickup note, and the repeating pattern becomes very clear. Two hits with each hand (well, a pull then a hard pop, as described earlier), the second being stronger. Of course, that's assuming even spacing, which might not be the case. Probably depends on the kite, the wind, etc. All the usual variables.
Now I just need to find some time (and smooth wind) to go try it.
I see, it's a double-stroke roll (R R L L) preceded by a pop to get the kite rotating?
I am intrigued by the possibility of developing something similar to what guitarists call a tablature. It could have a couple of lines, one for Right and one for Left plus, maybe, a kite orientation (O). Using some conventions for <push>, <tug>, <pop>, <pull>, <snap>, <stall>, (others?), it might be possible to codify the movements crisply for every trick in the book - even simultaneous hand movements. Thinking about the above Cascade example and using the terminology already provided (not that I'm advocating it), here's what I am envisioning as a thought-provoker: Trick
: Cascade (Cd)
O: Fly L > R
P = pull
T = tug or pop (equivalent?)
I grant that lotsa work would be needed to flesh out the "standard" movements (pop vs. tug vs. pull) and also whether there should be modifiers (similar to accents in music) like "gentle push," "sharp tug," and the like. Perhaps other directions need to be incorporated such as what key/time signatures do in music. Still, it seems theoretically achievable and, if it could be done, imaging having plastic-coated index cards with each trick, which could be organized into a deck. The cards could be shuffled to produce routines or patterns ... oh, the possibilities!
If this idea has merit, I would be happy to start another thread and we can explore it. If it's already been done (probably), maybe someone can provide a link. I'm prepared that someone will claim it is impossible (due to varying wind conditions, kite designs, etc.), but aren't guitars (acoustic, electric) and guitarists (long- vs. short-fingered) also different from each other in substantive ways -- yet they manage to produce music from a common tablature?
Have at it ladies and gents...