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WARNING,  by following this guide, you may type too fast and break your keyboard..

Tp4 is not responsible for broken keyboard due to Extreme Speed..

Feel Free to PM me or post in this thread, if you need clarification on how to initialize any key-elements written berow.

Also, if you have any tips or tricks not described here or in-addition to what is here, post and I will add and credit.


-Keep your hands WARM-

--- Greatly limbers up movement

-Cut your nails very carefully.-

--- Exposed finger tips help you feel the vibrations and help you control timing.

--- Remove the nail close to the hyponychium, but do not cut any further..

--- This can be better achieved with a nail-file,  however unless you got a recital coming, it's not really necessary... just clip it with due-diligence.

-Floating is a myth-.

--- You'll hear some noobies telling you to hover your keystroke around 2mm.. This act will slow you down significantly, and also requires an extra level of restraint-control while offering no benefit..

--- always hit the bottom of the keystroke, no mercy..

-Right Space-

--- Only use your right thumb for the space bar

--- The reason behind this is that the left hand letters (on qwerty) is used significantly more in english words.. allocation of the space bar to the-right-thumb balances the total key-load more evenly between fingers


-Finger Home position-

--- The fingers DO NOT rest naturally on asdfjkl;,  it actually rests naturally on awefjio;

--- So the default home position should instead be a-w-e-f-j-i-o-;

--- A typical misunderstanding of the Home position is that the finger must return to home position after every key strike..   This is certainly NOT correct.. The fingers can stay as close or as far away from the home-position as Necessary to Facilitate successive keystrokes.

-Rhythm Emotion-

--- Recognize that speed-typing does NOT employ perfectly-even rhythm

--- If you take any string of text, the Character output per second is not constant.  You can force yourself to make it constant.. but this will cause you to lose speed.

-Rebound control-

--- Apply maximum acceleration on downstroke, but DO NOT HOLD!!

--- The duration of applied force should end right before the bottom of the keystroke.. this will prevent Holding, which is useless and will conflict with the natural rebound of the extreme-strike force ---

--- Applied force should be explosive and definitive, but very very short in duration..

--- It's exactly like playing the drums..  watch this video on the rebound stroke..
--- --- From your wrist and on is the drum stick, and your wrist joint is the fulcrum..     

-Grip Space-

--- On a normal space bar, MX or Topre, they are reversible. you can turn it 180 degrees

--- Doing so will allow you to use what's known as the Grip-space technique.

--- Instead of lifting your thumb or hand to hit the space bar, you merely grip your thumb and flick it upwards. Since the space bar is now sloped away from you it will meet your grip motion perfectly. 

--- This is a huge time saver when you consider how often the space bar is required, and it is also more Ergonomic to use space this way..

--- --- This technique is not applicable to all keyboards, where the space bar is not-reversible


Many people are afraid of their keyboards, there's this paper thin psychological barrier where they believe hitting the wrong key will make their computer blow up. Even if they know this is not true, there may still be a lingering impression inherited from when they were beginners...

So, to intimate our connection with the machine.. Click onto a blank desktop and just TOUCH the keys.. Hit them one at a time, or all over, don't worry about breaking something.. You won't..

Really Smother those keys, really feel them depress under the hand.. get to know it.. feel the tension wash away. The years of holding back has finally come to an end.



-Freedom exercise-


--- You might not be used to moving certain fingers independently of each other.. For example, babies and young children tend to grab at things with their entire hand..

--- Some of ya'll might type with your pinky and ring finger in the air, afraid that they'll hit the keys beneath.------ THEY WON'T, the key's spring force is enough to hold the weight of your fingers laid across them.. and if you hit the wrong key, electricity will not shoot out of the keyboard and kill you.. not before skynet anyway.. <i mention this because part of the tense-finger-reservation is psychological>

--- To practice finger-freedom.. relax you entire hand.. raise the ONE necessary finger and control JUST that finger to hit the intended key.. without any motion or twitching in any of the other fingers. You have to make it a point to control this finger independently, it may be a completely new skill for some when it involves the middle-ring-and pinky..

--- you can also practice transition patterns independent of letters..

--- on a flat space, wrist touching, tap the pinky then ring then middle.. etc you can make your own exercise, the key takeaway is to move all those fingers as independently of the others as possible..

-Wrist Rolls:-

--- example 1, typing " aced ".. 

--- --- You don't lift your fingers for both "a" and "c"  you keep your pinky and pointer finger at about the same height, and Roll your wrist from the outside-in.

--- Rolling " a " into " c "

--- example 2, typing " point "..   

--- Roll all of " p " " o " " i " "n"  in one motion from outside in.


--- Glissando on a computer keyboard can only go from top down in a column fashion.. but it's a good tool to have when you're pushing the absolute limit..

--- It requires hitting two or three keys with the middle-of-the-last-segment of the finger rather than the tip of the finger.. so for words that end in -ed- or -ik- or -ol-, etc...

--- --- You glide from the top key down to the bottom key in a single motion rather than picking up your finger to hit the two keys separately.

-Burst Memory-

Most people are familiar with the concept of Muscle-memory..

People who can touch-type, essentially have motion-guided-memory of where each individual key is..

--- Burst-Memory works in the same way.. except it gets over certain latency-timing hurdles..

--- For example.. the word "Compendium",  If you don't know how to spell it and have to parse it out..  Com,  Pen,  Dium..   That is quite slow, essentially you're feeling out what is 3 separate words with small gaps in between..

But, what if you have muscle-memory of the entire word..   This creates 2 separate speedups.. 

--- Speed up 1 is through lowering the latency between each key transitions, if periods represented slight delay, it would be like this.

-- No muscle memory of entire word

c.. o.. m.... p.. e.. n.... d.. i.. u.. m..

-- With memory of entire word

c. o. m. p. e. n. d. i. u. m..

--- Speed up 2 is Reliability..  muscle memory of the entire word is far more reliable than parsing from 3 separate compositions..

xxx..  xxx.. xxxx..   Each of these will be a point of failure..

Complete memory--  xxxxxxxxxx..   Reduced points of failure.. and reduced potential correction time = speed up..

Advanced +

-EX Glissando..-

This should only be attempted by highly experienced typists. and even then, it's not very useful.

Here you're flicking upwards in the column using your nail.. obviously this will only be faster if the flick happens after a letter typed by the opposite hand

For example " adjudicate ", you type "a" "d" with the left hand, before you complete "d",  buffer-curl your right-pointer-finger above "j" ..  Once you completed d, flick down-upwards with your pointer-finger from "j" to "u" 

again.. VERY niche, but real technique..

-Custom layout-

--- things such as modifying placement of Right shift..   Under normal circumstances you should only use the Left-Shift.. the Right shift is too far to reach and requires a huge wrist turn if you don't lift your hand.. Both motions are time consuming.. So stick with the Left-shift unless you decide to custom-map.

-Ergonomic considerations-

--- the more refined your layout and ergonomic situation becomes, the more you'll be able to practice without tiring or getting hindered by RSI (repetitive stress injury)..

--- It's a self-fulfilling prophecy in becoming faster..

--- Consider getting an ergodox, or that new budget ergodox from HongKong..

-General weight lifting..-

Core and upper-body mainly..

This helps improve muscle control, and adds stability to the base of your body, of which to type is to push against..

I've yet to find a need for LEG-work when it comes to typing .. but it may give you more lower mass for increased leverage.

Happy Typing !

Here's a photo, so ya'll don't think I'm a nutter who's making it all up..

Well, this is, comprehensive...


--- Quote from: hwood34 on Thu, 22 January 2015, 16:37:06 ---Well, this is, comprehensive...

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That profile picture is unacceptable HWood


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--- Quote from: hwood34 on Thu, 22 January 2015, 16:37:06 ---Well, this is, comprehensive...

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That profile picture is unacceptable HWood

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