I started out doing Continental. Now I'm doing Eastern European but the yarn is held the same. Try holding the yarn with your middle finger. I don't know why, but that's the way I was taught to do it. It may work out easier for you. Get some scrap yarn and just practice doing the stitch over and over. Rip out the yarn. Cast on. Keep doing it. This is what I did to work on tension and decrease stitches. Work slowly. Think about what you're doing. Pretty soon this will have become a habit and you will find yourself doing the mechanics naturally without even thinking about it.
Welsh corgis are cool.