rn on your rig plug in your key and get on the air. Forget perfect. It will come on its own. For me the biggest boost was building a one tube BK style rig and getting on the air at every reasonable opportunity. Soon you learn what to expect. Shortly after you can copy most of that in your head. When puttering in your shack turn the rx to a cw station and listen while you work. There is no magic button. The more you expose yourself the better you get. Some are gifted at it. I am not one of them but still very much enjoy using it. I was a code required guy when I got my ticket and made that ok (15WPM was required here before phone privilages)but have become much more comfy at it simply by using it. I dont aspire to 20 or 25 WPM but am content with solid copy at about 12 which is for me very comfortable. I can go faster but why? I can talk fast too but don't do that either. Enjoy it, this human brain thing operating in a digital mode. It is fascinating that it is even possible.
well i'm learning "the immerse youself in it method". after reading this site i gathered that copying code would not be good for me. as i mainly work dx. i am all head copy but mainly words and call prefixes . but also learning the code with the koch method. for dx my understand speed needed to ramp up to a fast level pretty quick so now i can copy my call 5nn tu my name 73's the dx's call signs up qrz qrl and most of the important suff and major prefixes etc. in qso i cheat with a decoder and i use a pc to send i'll be grabbing a key pretty soon but wanted to mentally get my spacing right. first as i now understand the need for it. most of you will shoot me down in flames thats ok. i have worked over 80 countries in the last 4 months on cw had many qso's with OM's and had lots of fun in contests. i can id most repeaters and beacons with out the decoder now days so its good for me. my key factor was ramping up the speed to work the dx who are quite often @ 35 wpm to cut back the number of callers. it hairy to do but once you are comfortable its fun and funny when your call in busted and sent wrong back to you and you resend your call correctly then you realise your getting it. cause it didnt come from the decoder but your head.