Yes it is boring, yes it is dumb, but if you want to learn vim, vimtutor is the best place to start. If you want to learn why you should learn vim, read this Slant topic.
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Unlike other options, vimtutor is vim. It is a text file which provides instructions allowing you to perform operations right there on the text giving you the instructions. No back and forth, no copy & past, just plain simple instructions on how to edit the file currently being edited.