Ya I'm aiming for smooth. Speed will come with time and practice. 3rd to 2nd seems to be the hardest shift to get down but 2nd is so short I'll prob only need to do it for real tight turns and hairpins. I was practicing last night and had to rev to just above 3k to make the shift nice and smooth at around 30mph. Anyway thanks for the finger tips! (Pun intended) practice practice!
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I was on the same boat as you when I first got my car. Everyone here has provided very helpful tips. I've been driving for about 4 months now and upshifting and downshifting are buttery smooth. I live in a very traffic congested and hilly city and like you I really aim for smooth driving.
I found that 1st-2nd is all about your foot clutch work to smooth it out. You don't want to shift too high and you want your rpms to drop before shifting up. My best driving is when I take it easy and take my time: easy on the shifter, easy on the clutch.
I use the same downshift technique you use and it's just about practice and smooth clutch work for smooth downshifting. You'll figure out pretty quickly how much to rev up for downshifts.
You have all the tools you need, like you said, just practice practice.