Dvorak Invasion!

Dvorak KeyboardI have to say, Dvorak has to be my favorite composer. Well, okay… Truthfully, he’s my favorite composer because my favorite classical piece is one of his. So, yeah. That’s why he’s my favorite.

But this post has absolutely nothing to do with that. I’ve officially decided that I’m going to learn how to type using the Dvorak keyboard layout, which is quite different from the QWERTY keyboard layout that we’re all so used to. I’ve just decided that I’m not very likely to increase my typing speed any with the QWERTY layout unless I actually set aside time specifically for practicing. But since I don’t want to do that, but I still want to type faster (if only for the purpose of typing faster in class), I’m going to be teaching myself how to type Dvorak style.

If you don’t know the history, the QWERTY layout was designed specifically to slow down typists, because the typewriters of long ago couldn’t handle high-speed typing. But now, with computers, that’s not so much of a problem. We’ve just stuck with QWERTY because… Well, I suppose it’s just that we don’t like change.

But I figure that it will be something like learning a new language. I hope that I’ll still be able to retain my QWERTY skills (even if they slightly diminish, I’ll still be happy) and still learn how to type Dvorak-ishly. Kind of how an English-speaker can learn Spanish and still retain his (or her) English-speaking skills.

Anyway, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. I’ll let you all know how it goes.

4 Comments

  1. “New World Symphony” is my favorite classical piece ever. What’s your favorite Dvorak piece? I am in the mood to listen to it now. Thanks!

  2. Man… You can totally tell that we’re cousins! Mine’s the same one. I mean, it’s just absolutely amazing.

    I think that I’ll listen to it now, as well.

  3. Not to be persnickety, children, but Dvorak’s Symhpony No. 9 (From the New World) is technically a romantic, not classical orchestral piece. The classical music era stretches from 1750 to 1810(ish).

    Ever listened to Smetana’s “Ma Vlast”? The second movement, “The Moldau” is absolutely scrumptious. My personal favorite symphony, though, is Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, especially the second movement. Of course, I’m also fond of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”. Give ’em a listen (oh, and they’re all romantic composers as well).

  4. Oh, Amy… I suppose you’re right. Thank you for correcting me. I shall try not to make the same mistake again.

    Oh, and I do believe that you’re just about the only person that I’ve heard describe music as ‘scrumptious’.

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