When Did You Learn to Touch Type? — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Dave, I totally forgot about the metronome! 120 wpm is awesome! That’s better than shorthand right?
    (and don’t worry about typos here, we’re not running to catch anything!)
    Thanks for writing.

  2. That is, the producers were HOVERING over my shoulder. (Sorry for the typo.)

    They seemed always to be in a huge hurry to hail a cab and drive cross-town to a recording studio. Pressure, pressure!

  3. The one and only course I can recall from my miserable high-school experience that was of ANY direct value to me was typing. I learned on manual machines, with the hokey Lawrence-Welch-metronome music going on in the background, and I got my speed up above 70 WPM before the course was over.

    After college, when I went to New York to be an actor, I got a temp job working for a film company. I typed short voiceover scripts on an IBM Selectric II (the most wonderful typewriter ever made), with producers overing over my shoulder. I got really, really fast in a hurry.

    When I took a typing test four years later, before doing temp work in Nashville (to support my music habit), I tested out at 120 WPM.

    This was all a direct result of my learning to touch-type in high school.

  4. I attended high school in Canada and it definitely wasn’t a compulsory course. But I remember why I took it now-the class was mainly girls;+)
    My spouse is also a fast typist and if we are both in the home office at the same time, I have to leave if she’s keyboarding because it sounds like a machine gun going off.

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