Mastering Machine Shorthand - Book 1
How old are the books? What Theory does the book use? What level of
student - Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced?
All the books' copyrights are 2001
to 2006. Mastering Machine Shorthand, Book 1, just finished its fourth
edition in 2006.
The third edition
Mastering Machine Shorthand book contains briefs from multiple theories -
StenEd, RSG, and Pheonix Theory are the three major ones. As well as
suggestions from working reporters, teachers, and other students --
collected over many years.
Many times when a brief
is suggested there are 2 or 3 outlines to choose from (for the different
theories). It is not specifically a brief book, so the briefs are
suggested uses, as explained in the Introduction. The first edition only
included 1 theory; this third edition has the extra theories added where
Proper Names and Finger
Drills Plus contain no theory or briefs.
As far as Beginning,
Intermediate, and Advanced, Finger Drills Plus actually has three sections
labeled Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. Proper Names has
Single-syllable, Two-syllable, and Multisyllable sections - similar to
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. Mastering Machine Shorthand has
over 90 pages of material to practice...some pages simple, but most are
Intermediate to Advanced strokes. Teachers have read this book to their
160 goal and other classes. It is Most helpful for Intermediate...and for
Advanced or Qualifying students it is helpful to incorporate more of the
briefs and to round out your practice routines. For Beginners, there is a
metronome suggestion in the Introduction that will tell you how to use the
book at a slow pace and focus on accurate strokes, even with multisyllabic