I did not mean to be rude, very sorry if you took it that way. I am using this shortcut a lot, and I am using empty tasks a lot as well. Every section has basically an empty task before. I realized a while back thanks to this community that it was not common practice at all. What is the issue of having empty tasks in your case?
Customizing the shortcuts would be great, we have some of them unusable on French keyboard for example, so I your suggestion.