More than half of the string figures described in this book open in the same way; to avoid constant repetition therefore, we may follow Drs. Rivers and Haddon (p. 148), and call this very general method of beginning Opening A. It should be learned now, because in the descriptions of the figures in which it occurs, the first movement will be simply noted as Opening A. It is formed by three movements.
String Figure Notation (SFN)
rF ml-pu lPS:ex
lF mr-th rFN pu rPS:ex
In forming many of the figures beginning with Opening A it is absolutely necessary to follow the order just given, and take up, first, the left palmar stringl with the right index, and then the right palmar string with the left index; it will save trouble, therefore, if this order be always followed, even if it make no difference in the result. If the reverse of this order is ever required, of course it will be noted in the description.