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I've just treated myself to an ErgoDox EZ. Never used a mechanical keyboard before, never used an ortholinear keyboard before. What could possibly go wrong?!
I learned to touch type in around 1985 on machines exactly like these:
Of course, the second one is the newer model, and you had to get to class super early to score one of those! You've no idea how old it made me feel when I searched for these images and Google told me that Gumtree (Aussie Craigslist) has them listed under Antiques & Collectibles!
I do around 96wpm with 98% accuracy on QWERTY, and my fave keyboard to date is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 - the only thing that's nicer than using that keyboard is the joy I get watching other people try to use it!
I've been toying with learning DVORAK (a guy at work swears by it) and figured I could dive in in the few weeks it takes for the new one to arrive. But after seeing what they did to the Control+Z/X/C/V and discovering there are other layouts out there, there was only a bit of investigation and deliberation required before I settled on Colemak.
So today is my first day.
I decided to go the whole hog - no tutors, no stages (some of the tutors gave me flashbacks to my typing class - fjf fjf fjf fjf omg omgomgomg I can't do this again!). Grabbed Amphetype and The Hobbit (my newest fave movie - I only watched it this year for the first time, late to the party) and away I went.
Today is day 1 and my first group of tests averaged about 13 wpm. Have practiced on and off during the day and I'm up to an average of 19 wpm and about 97-98% accuracy. I am more interested in getting comfortable with key locations now. Stage 2 will be building muscle memory and maintaining accuracy. I'll worry about speed later.
I began with an image of the keyboard layout above the text, but found it too distracting to search for the keys. I knew where they all were, so put that away and it was easier going. I haven't swapped my keys around (so if I DO get stuck and glance at the keyboard, that throws me right off!).
I wish Amphetype would tell me how long I've spent typing. I've been on and off all day, just doing 3 or 4 sets (each one 2-3 sentences) then having a 15-30 minute break. I am up to the part where Gandalf and Bilbo meet (yes, that IS only 3 or 4 paragraphs into chapter 1).
I'm struggling with the location of s (seriously - they couldn't have just left it where it was and put r where d was?) and i, so I think I'll have to pause and do some rote learning with those. I'm having no issues with the center columns.
My right hand at times feels quite numb and weak, and I got some pins & needles in my right arm. Left hand/arm are fine. Is this a case of forcing relearning against muscle memory? I've read Viper's suggestions and trying to put them into practice and making sure there are plenty of breaks.
Thanks for all the great information, resources and experiences everyone's contributed. I've really enjoyed reading through it all.