Bad technique when reaching critical speeds

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Bad technique when reaching critical speeds

Post by PoopFest420 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:38 am


First time posting on these boards and I've recently taken a greater interest in becoming more efficient!
When I started on this website my average was around the mid 80's and my peak was around 95. Took some time off and now I'am consistently hitting around 108 ± 5 wpm with some trouble hitting the punctuation/symbol keys ({(/)).

The main reason I wrote this post was because I found myself "slurring" when typing at my threshold. I played the clarinet for 9 years and learned how to play the piano as a child (n00b level), so I know that rhythmic timing is crucial not only for melodic purposes but also for technical harmony.

*Do you guys think that my hands aren't just keeping up with my mind, or do you think that I'am "slurring" letters together to make up for bad technique?

I personally think it's a combination of both, but leaning more towards the later due to bad technique improvisation.

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Re: Bad technique when reaching critical speeds

Post by Danegraphics » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:07 pm

I think it might be the same as what happens to me.

My fingers know which letters to hit, it's just that getting the order right can be challenging at high speeds, especially if a finger gets "caught" in an uncomfortable position, or if another finger is slightly trigger happy.

It don't think it's exactly bad technique as it is lack of muscle memory habits that allow the fingers to hit the correct keys in the correct order at higher speeds. Keep practicing hitting the keys in the right order for those tricky words whose letters refuse to form a comfortable pattern, and you'll be able to type those words and patterns at an accelerated speed.

That's pretty much it beyond that point if you're already doing touch typing. If you're NOT doing touch typing though, then that could be the cause of uncomfortable movements that lead to the hesitant or over zealous fingers.

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Re: Bad technique when reaching critical speeds

Post by Stephen Athon » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:00 pm

I like the comparison you made with the musical "slurring" of notes and typing sloppily. That is a good way to look at it.

Like an instrument, the development must be two-fold: a sharpening of the mind, and an acquired agility of the hands. Your hands and your thought process are both links in the chain, and that chain will break when one of these components breaks down. So yes, exercise your hands in a variety of ways to enable them to move more quickly - but also try to think accurately. It seems to me that more often than not, there is where the problem lies.

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