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Type Chi: Typing Practice

Introduction

Updated: Sunday 16/09/12

What's in a name?

As the play on the name above suggests, it has to do with practising typing; slowly. The basic idea of Type Chi as applied here to the Art of Typing itself, is simply this,

...in unison five things may occur:

  1. the mastering of position, ........of each letter
  2. the mastering of rhythm, .........of common syllables
  3. the mastering of rhythm, .........of common words
  4. the mastering of rhythm, .........of common sentences and
  5. the mastering of meditation,  ...of each subject

Indeed, Type Chi may be thought of as Tactile-Meditation.

Type Chi is not a typing tutor, rather, it is a typing practice format. When our attention is drawn to something new, we may want to know more. Should it continue to hold our interest, it may then lead to a desire to comprehend, to become skilled, at whatever it is. This is what Type Chi is about, it is about aiding us to become familiar and skilled at that which is of interest; in this case, Typing.

Below is the guide to using, Type Chi: Typing Practice.

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Practice Files

Accessing the Typing Practice files is through the index page that can be seen in the graphic below. You will have come across it already, as it is next to where the link is to access this introduction. This is where your choice of Typing Practice is made from:

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As can be seen, there are several choices, however, should you choose the:

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...you will be greeted with a sub index. The uppermost part of which, will look like this:

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As an example, I've chosen Matthew chapter 5, verses 1 to 12:

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Now I've scrolled down to verse 7. Here you will see the 'blinking insertion point' within the text area below (after it has been clicked on). This is where your typing takes place:

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In the following example, the same verse has been copied out and the 'blinking insertion point' is at the end of the copied sentence:

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When a sentence has been copied out several times, the scroll bar will pop up as can be seen in the graphic below. How many times a sentence is typed out (once, or several times) is a personal choice:

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The above examples—obviously—are graphics, however, the sentence and text area below are the real deal. So, just follow the examples above and try it out for yourself:

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Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

The text areas where your typing takes place, are like the forms that one fills in on web pages (here, the visual presentation is different). And because these are text areas, you'll be able to continue from one text area to the next by pressing the tab key. And if you need to go back one or more places, simply hold down the shift key, before pressing the tab key.

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The Art of Type Chi

The idea of practising something slowly isn't new. Normally we practice the things we're new at very slowly; by default. It's only as we apply ourselves consistently to an art or skill that the relevant intuition develops. Thus leading automatically to an increase in accuracy, speed, and overall fluency in the subject being studied and/or practised.

A likely way of turning learning into a frustrating experience, is to speed up the process prematurely. For, to speed up that which we need to master intuitively, is a bit like taking a short-cut across a swamp. This unwise "Swamping" in the attempt to gain mastery over a chosen subject will bring disappointment. It is when we fail to honour the law of learning, that the integrity of the intuitive process will be thwarted.

A vital part of the integrity of learning is incubation. It is when we rest from the subject being studied that the subconscious mind may process the information more effectively in its own way. And this process of incubation is able to take place even when one isn't resting from all activity. It's possible that during involvement in some other subject or activity, that insight will manifest itself; at the right time. So, even resting from typing itself may effectively increase one's skill at the intuitive level as the very act of typing is able to do.

Some years ago I was told about a student who had to add a subject to his curriculum, so he decided to take a typing course, ie, a typewriter (before keyboards). After his studies were over he was glad to see the last of typewriters as he disliked them. Then about two years later he had a need to take up typing, ie, typewriters. Although not happy with the prospect at first, to his pleasant surprise, he found himself picking it up again very quickly. What had happened? Well, during those two years, the information at the intuitive level had been processed to such a degree, that his earlier studies proved to be worthy of his effort. So it wasn't repetition alone that helped to improve his typing, but also (incidental?) rest from the task at hand.

And it was early 1969 or so that I read about another man who was at one time the world's fastest typist, again, with typewriters. And the interesting thing about this man is that he only typed with two fingers. When asked how he practised his typing, he replied that when practising, he did so v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y; with those same two fingers. This two-finger-typing was unusual for highly skilled typists, but for him it was successful.

So, if you are a reluctant student, or two-finger typist, relax, for, as one may see from the above stories, such are not—necessarily—a hindrance to becoming a skilled typist. However, if you prefer to learn touch-typing with all the usual fingers, just go ahead and still use the slow approach as the former world's fastest typist did with great success. But, whichever typing style you use, it'll be to your advantage if it is your personal choice. At the end of the day, it's the style that you personally choose—and are comfortable with—that will be the most effective one for you in learning your new skill.

Learning something intuitively involves submitting to the process, not only memorising facts, or points of view. Some people have what is called a Photographic Memory. However, memorising the facts about something is one thing, but coming to grasp the meaning of a subject is to enter into the very core of a skill/art. And there are no shortcuts to such an endeavour. So, be kind to yourself, and keep away from "Swamping" to achieve that which—by nature—involves the passage of time. To fall into such a wrong and painful approach to learning is a bit like, Rushing to learn Patience, which I'm sure, most will agree is a bit daft. :-)

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Who will benefit from Type Chi?

Let us have a look at who some of these people are:

...in other words everybody, therefore enjoy your pleasant challenge!

Today, more and more people have the need to do at least some typing. And the typing we are likely to use in our day and age, is usually upon computer keyboards. This is unlike earlier times, when the need to type was limited to typewriters. However, in those days most people didn't use typewriters. How different it is nowadays with computer keyboards. Think eMail, for this is quite a shift in communication.

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Typing Source

Type Chi: Typing Practice, is made up of verses that are taken from the Scriptures:

Altogether there are 518 typing files, which for the most part are chapters. Some short, as the first chapter of Psalms, with 6 verses, and others fairly long as the first chapter of Luke, with 80 verses. Many of them are somewhere in between.

For those who are not familiar with the Scriptures, or for those who are learning to type in English as a Foreign Language, the English Familiar Form (thee, thou, thine, etc), might prove to be a problem. So with these people in mind, I've used the WEB version, which does not have the familiar form.

For the most part, Modern English no longer uses the Familiar Form as a part of every day speech. As a rule, the only people nowadays who use the English Familiar Form as a part of every day speech are some Religious groups. Others use the Familiar Form in the singing of hymns in their worship services. Still others use it in their public prayers as they seem to think that the Familiar Form is in some way "Religious" Language.

When I was a young boy in Lancashire England (I'm 70 at the time of this editing), the Familiar Form was a part of every day speech. However, as I remember, it was only used by adults, usually the men. I thought that it was just the way old people spoke, as my father would use it with his father and close friends, but not with me or any of the other kids.

I didn't realise all those years ago that I was witnessing the dying out of the English Familiar Form in every day usage. Mind you, it wasn't used in a formal way as it is today in religious settings. It was for the most part in a dialect form, for instance look at this below:

Have you been home?
Hast thou been home? becomes,
Hast thou been home? the short form ended up like this below,
as b'nom? (the 's' is soft as in 'last', and the 'o' is very short)

Lancashire Poets of Old wrote their poems phonetically, in the Familiar Form. Also, the only way I could figure out what they meant was to imagine my grandfather saying them, then they made sense. But not any more unfortunately, as I'm now out of touch with the short form.

(Ah well, enough of tripping down memory lane)

So, as you may see, for those who are not at ease with the familiar form, the WEB version, which doesn't use the familiar form, ought to be ideal for Typing Practice.

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Metronome

Aaahhh Yes! Where would we be without a helpful device like a Metronome. It isn't something that will be needed all the time, just from time to time, and probably limited to one's favourite passages at that. It'll be a personal thing, because, typing at say, one second intervals can seem pretty slow, and not too much typing will be covered. However, do remember, Type Chi is intended to be a Typing Practice, not a race. So then, remember this, as a technique it is an excellent way of Mastering the Art of Typing as a part (not all) of your Typing Practice.

The Metronome is intended to be a:

...therefore, take it easy and ENJOY a peaceful time with Type Chi.

You'll soon get used to it. As a helper, the Metronome may be to your benefit. Therefore, if you find yourself out-of-step with it, simply adjust your typing until you are in-step again. It is intended to be a guide, which, when you have gotten into the rhythm, will be a great help.

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Free Style

As well as the metronome, you might like to carry out your own slow typing style. For example, you might like to:

  1. type a word slowly
  2. press the space bar
  3. pause momentarily

...then repeat the process with the next word and so on.

The thing to keep in mind is that this is not a race. It is about establishing a rhythm that you personally are comfortable with. It is not about setting records, but about learning a predictable typing rhythm that may lead to a Tactile-Familiarity with the computer keyboard, thus becoming a rich blessing to you as a learning aid.

Just as professional singers practice their scales, so too the practising of letters, common syllables, words, and sentences, may produce the fruit of professionalism. So then, let us too become professional in our approach to the noble art of typing. In other words, even those of you who are skilled typists, doing your "scales" cannot help but be a benefit in the Noble Art of honing your professionalism.

So then, do remember that typing efficiently, and quickly, is the end result of speeding up an already learned, Intuitive Typing Rhythm. This is much better than a frantic-guess-and-tap approach. Therefore as may be seen, a highly efficient way of Mastering the Art of Typing—or anything else for that matter—is when one learns at a steady, manageable, and graceful pace. PEACE to you!

So there you are, now you can check out Type Chi for yourself.

Cheers, Mike.

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