When I learn a new piano piece, I don't look at the keys. I'm busy looking at the notes! :-) I don't think I've looked at the piano keys since I was an absolute newb. Maybe in the very beginning it's okay.
if you already know where the keys are, then fine. this guy is typing at 30wpm. what do you think he is? an absolute newb. he will improve loads by looking down and ingraining muscle memory that way.
Memorizing the layout is only a minor part of learning to type on a keyboard. As Gentner noted, each keystroke is affected by multiple preceding/following keystrokes. That's all about muscle memory.
yes, and creating muscle memory is a lot easier when you can SEE the preceding/following keys that you need to press, instead of having to remember where they are first. i'm relearning to use left index for qwerty 'c'. you think i don't know where 'c' is on qwerty? of course i do. but i need the muscle memory for the other keys as you mentioned: ce, cr, ct, cv, bc. looking down helps me ingrain many repetitions of that, mistake-free. if i dont look, i just practice ingraining my mistakes. bad. in a short period, then i no longer have to look
not looking while learning is putting the cart before the horse. its like saying, "basketball players don't look at the ball when they dribble it, so don't look down!" duh: eventually you want to get to that point. but if your hands/wrists dont have the coordination yet, you better be looking down. then once you are at a certain level, THEN you practice not looking.
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