home key row.
BE SURE TO USE THE
CORRECT FINGER FOR DEPRESSING THE
KEY. (No matter how slow or difficult, the
beginning typist must, at this time, develop the
habit of hitting the correct key with the correct
finger. Speed and accuracy will come with
practice.) Practice the lines shown in figure 2-4
until they become fairly routine, and then go on
to the next step.
NOTE: Depress the space bar with the right
thumb to get the space between letter groups.
The hardest keys to depress in this exercise are
the h, g, and ~ because you must move your finger
from the home keys to these letters. The fingers
should be curved and held barely touching the
home keys. Then, the respective finger (right index
finger for h, left index finger for g, and the left
index finger for c should be removed from the
home key without any forward movement of the
other fingers. The respective key should be struck,
and the finger returned immediately to the home
This should be practiced by looking at the
keyboard and thinking the letters for the first few
times. Then it should be done not looking at the
keyboard. When this exercise can be typed
properly for several times without looking at the
keyboard, you are ready for the next step.
FIRST ROW ABOVE THE HOME KEYS.
Figure 2-5 shows some exercise lines for practicing
the reaches for the keys in the row above the home
keys. Before starting this exercise, you should go
back to the earlier paragraphs in this section that
discuss which fingers depress which keys. This
information should be written down and followed
until the reaches are routine and have been
The first five groups of letters in this exercise
are strictly for getting used to reaching for the
keys. They should be practiced and mastered
before moving onto the last two lines. When you
can type these first groups of lines without looking
at the keyboard, you are ready to try the last two
When typing the last two lines of the exercise,
you should think the WORD instead of the letter.
BOTTOM KEY ROW. Again, you should
refer to paragraphs that discuss which fingers
depress which keys in this row. Also, they should
be written down and memorized. Figure 2-6 shows
some exercises for finger reaches in this row.
SHIFTING FOR UPPERCASE. The shift
keys and the differences between uppercase and
lowercase have been explained previously. The
Figure 2-5.Exercises for finger reaches for the keyboard row immediately above the home key row.