Interesting point of DS9TF and ID,
Disadvantage of a forum is that a lot of noise is distributed, preferably by people that do not master the art. They talk about their theory without having obtained results.
Here in this thread obviously pro's are giving their opinion, so a few questions
What in general do you think are people that give good and usefull answers and advice on this website?
I see often publishing guys like Brushupcw, and nonagirian and someone promoting a way of urinating for men.
Especially when the advices are opposite to each other it is difficult to decide which is right.
There aren't really than many conflicting advisers in this forum.
There are various levels of aptitude among the readers and contributors - so the various people of various skill levels and aptitudes end up pursuing different tracks and telling what worked for them.
Most of the advise is repeated every year because there isn't a FAQ or introductory document.
A lot of people on this forum are looking for support to help them through the realization that for MOST people, learning morse is not a two week or even a two month exercise. This forces people to re-evaluate their motivation and to some extent their self view.
Some advise is not very controversial.
e.g. 1/ make sure the character speed is fast enough for you to hear the character as one entity.
This is often referred to as
"avoiding dot counting"
which isn't perhaps the best way of putting it - because "dot counting" refers to the way of learning morse as dot-dash-dash-dot rather than as its sound.
People can count dots easily at 20wpm.
Single entity means ( say using speaking as an example ) you hear "morse" as the word "morse" rather than the five letters m, o, r, s, e, which than have to be assembled in your mind to form the word morse,
You will need to think to work out what each character is to recognise it at first, so you have to give yourself time to do this, so a longer gap between characters will help at first . .
e.g. 2/ Don't tire yourself out by doing half hour sessions in one go (at first.
You learn morse by hearing a character, thinking of the letter etc. corresponding to that sequence and letting your brain make an association which clicks into play automatically every time you hear that sequence.
This involves the brain in effort and produces fatigue.
Better to run shorter groups in shorter batches with short recovery gaps between to make up your half hour of practice.
e.g. 3/ Practice every day and try to put the time in when you do practice - e.g. 2 x 15 min
e.g. 4/ Don't type straight into a computer unless you are already a touch typist - else you run the risk of connecting morse to keyboard layout rather than to letter.
The professional telegraphists were trained to do just this - many were taking down encrypted text which needed to be letter perfect, but they didn't need to remember it after they had taken it down.
More controversially . . .
Some people get to 25wpm from scratch in a fortnight. Other take 2 + years.
If you are in the first category then you will benefit from advise about how to avoid wasting your time with large unnecessary gaps between letters, so Brushup has provide lots of advise here.
If you are more of an average student - and remember professional telegraphists start young, are filtered for aptitude and practice all day, then you will benefit from proceeding at a slower pace.
Nonag provides advise along these lines
Not surprisingly there is a lot more group activity in the slower pace area.
Different advise works for people of different aptitudes. YOU have to place yourself . . .
If you have high aptitude and proceed slower you waste time.
If you have lower aptitude ad proceed quicker you will probably get fed up and then give it up as impossible.
If you have lower aptitude and listen to me, then you will be checking out your hearing by trying a few different audio frequencies - you can't learn it if you can't easily hear it.
I expect that hearing response is significant as you get into your 40s.
Other people say that this is insignificant, but mostly I suspect they are the achievers with very good hearing . . .
I also advise making some more .mp3 files on your phone and listening at spare moments.
Lots of people report that they somehow find morse easier when they are tired and not thinking about anything else, so perhaps you could try that . .
What ever you do don't give up