Keyboard - lesson one

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The home row of the keyboard is the most important to the touch-typist.

When at rest the typist's fingers are positioned, lightly, on the A-S-D-F keys for the left hand, and the J-K-L-; keys for the right hand.

The home row.

The F and J keys often have small raised bumps on their tops, a tactile aid for the typist.

The locations of all the other keys on the keyboard are learned in relation to these home keys so the touch-typist must be able to find the home keys by touch.

Using the raised bumps on the F and J keys as a guide, see if you can put your fingers on the home row correctly, without looking at the keyboard. No peeking.

Make sure you are sitting up straight, your feet flat on the floor. Keep your elbows close to your body, your wrists straight and your forearms level, and remember - take regular breaks.

When you are ready to begin, select an exercise and strike the key requested. Try not to look at the keyboard. It will be difficult at first but as the exercise progresses you will find it becomes easier and your fingers will begin to move without you consciously deciding which finger is associated with which key.

You may find it helpful to quietly say the name of the key as you strike it.

Don't let your mistakes cause you to lose heart, touch typing is a skill that can be learned by practice.

Repeat each exercise at least three times.