The Beginner’s Method
Solving a Rubik’s Cube is usually done layer by layer. Trying to do it face by face would be nigh impossible, as you couldn’t do the other faces without screwing up the ones you may have already done.
I will cover three ways of solving the Rubik’s Cube: beginner, intermediate and advanced, and I advise you to start with the beginner method. The intermediate method is similar to the beginner, except the last layer is slightly different, allowing for faster times. The advanced method is what is known as the Fridrich method and, with practice, will allow you to achieve times of less than 20 seconds. I myself use a mixture of the intermediate and advanced methods, as I have not yet learnt all of the Fridrich method.
I will try to explain everything in a way where you can understand, as when I first learnt I had to figure stuff out because the tutorial wasn’t that good.
Before we begin, I recommend you go to the NOTATION page and familiarise yourself with it. I shall refer to it throughout this guide, but worry not! It’s really rather simple.
Step 1 – The Cross
The first thing to know about the cube is that the middle pieces don’t move. Go ahead, try and move them. They rotate, but they never move in relation to each other, which means that each face will always be that face. Also, a common mistake when people first approach an unsolved cube is to think they have to solve 54 stickers. This is wrong, as there are only 20 pieces that actually move around – 8 corner pieces and 12 edge pieces.