DEM-TEN blend vs. D


As I try to generalize the dem/ten blend into my originally DJS shorthand, I realize how difficult it is to keep it clearly distinguishable from a sloppy D stroke, especially when an i-circle has to be added to the blend. I even suspect this is why its scope was drastically reduced in DJS, am I guessing right?

In any case, is there a trick to keep the curve distinctly curved and the stroke distinctly straight when you have to add an i-circle and even subsequent strokes to them?

For example, I’m trying to get used to writing “epidemie” with the DEM blend. When I write it in isolation it looks good. But as soon as I write it under dictation conditions, it turns into what looks like “epidy” (the blend is straightened out in faster writing and it seems there is nothing I can do about it!). This makes me want to revert to the DJS simplification but I’d like to read your input first. Thanks!


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  1. Hello Aymeric,

    I never had this problem but, on the other hand, I have never been in stressful conditions…
    I have the impression that you don’t use enough the horizontal space to give more amplitude to the movement of your hand. Otherwise, I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t succeed.
    And if you change the size of your notepad?

  2. Maybe you're writing the initial part of the curve already slanted to the right and are trying to catch up at the end where there's no more room. Think of going up first before starting to curve. In the example that you gave with epidemie, start the curve almost parallel to "ep" and begin to curve the blend even more at the e circle. Also, when writing words that start with the ten or tem blends, start it by going slightly to the left and then curve. That makes it distinct and in no way would be confused with a sloppy d or det blend.

    Lastly, follow the way Mrs. Ramsey curved these blends in the Sénécal book so that you can see how they should look like.

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