Originally Posted by Kaldari
You're essentially noting the difference between a touch and a peck typer.
have to look down at the keys, whilst touchers
There's no way someone can touch type with two fingers. There is just no way to gauge exactly where the keys are relative to each other being all over the board.
The same goes for someone typing with all fingers (except one thumb). You don't develop an affinity for which keys are where while still having to stare at the keys.
I actually recommend this site if you want to learn how to touch type. I'm into the 40s WPM already after just a month of practicing a little each day. That's average over thousands of characters.. it can spike up to 80 or 90 WPM if I hit a string that's easy to get through.
Once you get to the point that you're typing full words, copy a random news story from Google News that interests you into the "Practice your own text" lesson. I try to do a 2-5k character article once a day. One thing to note if you do this - it likes to add a space if there's a line break, so I always take out the breaks after copying the story in so I don't have double spaces where it would normally go to the next paragraph.
This is a really nice program. I've been learning and practising with it. Now that I've got my brand new replacement lycosa, it's enjoyable typing on these velvety keys again, albeit not mechanical yet.
I didn't realise before this about the little ridges on F and J, that helps basic placement of my fingers without looking. So I'm up to lesson 4, it's still only the middle/home row and learning where the fingers go. I like the way the lessons add a new letter or two, and give me an audible sound on mistakes showing me which finger to use. It's amazing how my muscle memory is starting to remember where to go without looking at the keyboard. But after a while of repetition, my brain and fingers sometimes misconnects, so for example, if I need to press letter S I'll accidentally press A with my pinky finger instead of the 4th finger, that sort of thing. So far, I've learned A S D F, J K L ;
but there's no speed there yet. Going to take me months I think to get anywhere near a decent speed with this 'proper' technique.
Is it acceptable to have my forearms resting on the desk, which is what I'm doing, or am I supposed to keep arms completely off like a pianist?