I don't have any scientific proof for this idea, but many years ago I learned to touch type for my job as a computer programmer. I am pretty sure that the finger skills I learned and developed through this activity are a benefit for playing guitar.
Touch TypingTouch typing is a technique that develops individual control of your fingers. Touch typing first came to recognition when Frank Edward McGurrin won a typing speed contest in Cincinatti on 25 July 1888. It is "typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys. Specifically, a touch typist will know their location through muscle memory." Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_typing
Benefits for Playing GuitarApart from making you more efficient at work, how could touch typing benefit your guitar playing?
Well, that muscle memory you develop and the ability to move each finger independently sounds like it should come in very handy. The skills should also help your fingers to be more relaxed.
Learn to Touch TypeI learned to touch type using a software program that provided exercises to train fingers one at a time. It takes only two or three weeks to learn the basics, and after that you will gradually get better and faster as you type. A search on the Internet will show you many choices of touch typing tutor software.
What Do You Think?So, what do you think? Can touch typing make you a better guitarist? Could your time at the office become a useful practice ally? Share your experience in a comment by clicking the link below.
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