Figure 2-3.Home keys.
Before you begin to type, put the material to
be typed at the right of the typewriter in a position
where it is easy to read. You should be positioned
about 10 to 12 inches from the keyboard, and
slightly to the right of its center.
Put your hands on the home keys of the
typewriter keyboard, as shown in figure 2-3. Rest
your fingers lightly on the keyboard.
Hold the arms still, trying not to move the
elbows. Strike the key with a sharp, firm stroke,
releasing it quickly. As the key is released, snap
the tip of the finger inward. The stroke should
be made quickly and surely, at the center of the
key, with minimum motion of the arm and hand.
At this point, you should try to strike some of
the letters of the home keys, using the following
procedures: type the letters jjff jj ff fs ikj, and
think the letter as it is being struck.
Control of Letters
Previously, the finger that you use for
depressing each key for touch typing was
discussed. That discussion will be referred to often
while studying this section. Now, you should
practice the different finger reaches for controlling
HOME KEY ROW. Figure 2-4 shows some
practice lines for typing letters that are on the
Figure 2-4.Exercise for the home key row.