RE: How to desing a freestyle Routine?
Here is my technique. Look for songs that have few words, mostly symphony. Start with a slow song. Use the music software to add in some cues like an explosion, or a horn blow, or a car tire screeching. Just practice the first 30 seconds. Start with rolling circle or a rolling loop, or takeoff into knife edge and do a knife edge circle. Or add a dramatic start like within the first 5 seconds so when you take off you do a snap roll to it. Practice just this first segment. Its easier to break it into segments. Once you learn what you put together in the first segment, get a couple of people to watch it and get their feedback. Remember wind has an impact on the timing. A portable boom-box with CD is the best setup. An assistant can stop and rewind it after 5, 10, 15, seconds so you can repeat the first segment until you learn what you can do that goes with the music. I found that after flying it about 10 to 12 times, I re-did the first segment to add in 2 seconds, then stretched out the Da, Da, Da Da.... Da at the end of the first segment. I kidded around with one of the guys saying, "ok, make a horn sound from low pitch to high pitch for five seconds... now!" Well, he did not really take me up on that one, but I took the music software and found a sound that worked, then put it in there an voila, it worked.
Once you get the first 30 seconds, add another 30 seconds worth of the freestyle. Then go back and do the first minute over and over again.. Build on this til you have 4 minutes.
Don't fret! The first couple of times I attempted to go through my sequence (and It was very similar to last year's freestyle) I kept saying out loud... Don't Crash,,,, Don't crash... Come on Don, Don't crash.... If you watch my freestyle from this year, I could not get the skill to do a unique spin.... So all I did was a simple upright flat spin for 10 seconds. It was simple but it worked and went with the music. After 20 or 30 times through the 4 minute sequence, everything became like second hand. Even the complicated low level snaps were almost as easy as doing them with my eyes closed. Not a really complicated sequence overall but the judges liked it enough to score it 8th.
Best of luck with yours!