After 15 years of playing left handed

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  1. TheSandman

    TheSandman Active Member

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    I’m going to try and attempt to play right handed. Tired of all the hassle being a lefty in a right handed world when it comes to guitar. Wish me luck.
     
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    Good luck.

    Piece of piss...

    I played left-handed for years then started working in Korea where it was nigh on impossible to buy left-handed guitars, so moved to right-handed. Easy. Worked well. I'm a terrible guitar player though... :)
     
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  3. Spiral

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    That would feel totally alien and weird. I can only wish you luck, and hope your brain can deal with the vicissitude of it.
     
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    It isn't that alien or weird, imho. The guitar takes two skilled hands to play it, both equally as important - which hand does what isn't that relevant. I found changing hands quite invigorating, in so much as you could use old knowledge you had such as scales and movement between notes to learn for the first time; kinda like an intermediate player starting as a beginner - almost cheating.

    I reckon TheSandMan will be surprised at the results after 3 months (in a positive way). :dude:
     
  5. TheSandman

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    Thanks for all the support guys.
     
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    I would imagine you'd just have to relearn guitar all over again and re-build all that muscle memory so it may not be as daunting as it first sounded to me but I could be completely wrong. Best of luck mate
     
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    Good luck, you will prevail! ;)
     
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    I know some guys who are lefties but they play right handed guitars. And really really well.

    Seems like there’s the potential for a Big advantage with the left hand.
     
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    Hope for the best for you! Good luck.

    For me, I've played left-handed since the 60s. At my age, too much of an investment (time and money) would be required for me to even think of switching.
     
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    @TheSandman -one of my clients was a lefty and played very proficiently. He was awarded a music scholarship to an eastern college with a classical guitar program. When he arrived, the head instructor was old school and demanded that everyone play right handed. It took him about three months to adapt. Thirty years later he plays righty more often but delights in swapping dexterities in front of listeners in the middle of a song.
     
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    Mostly, YMMV. I figured out at 28 that playing R/H My strumming hand could not produce the nuances required and I was pretty much clubbing the strings and no matter how much I practiced this wasn't going to change. The guitar was designed so that your strumming hand is your dominate hand for a reason. A lot depends on how dominate your strumming hand really is.

    Sad really. I lost 20 years of productive learning being force to play R/H by my dad as a 10 year old. Before he interfered, I was picking Chet Atkins licks off of this record I had. After his know better interference, I gave up.

    As I said, YMMV. Mark Knofler is one of the best guitarist on the planet and he is a Lefty that play R/H. Just depends on the individual.
     
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  12. bgh

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    I agree. It's the individaul. I think a lot of it hangs on the degree to which the individual is left-handed. Some people write left-handed - and that's it. Everything else is done right-handed. Except for sports (which I play equally poor whether right-handed or left-handed), I pretty much do everything left-handed.
     
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    Don't waste your time, get yourself a couple quality guitars like a lefty Gibson SG and LP maybe and focus on the music and stop worrying about silly stuff, just rock it! :yesway:
     
  14. DanB

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    Best of luck! I have been playing left handed for 44 years, I guess I wanted to emulate Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix (ha!) But there are challenges to bring a left handed guitar player, particularly with your choices of guitars. I actually think that as guitar manufacturers go, Gibson is pretty left handed friendly (Epiphone not as much so), but it does suck with the limited choices. Schechter Guitars seems to have a wide range of left handed models. My 2 current guitars are my 1979 Gibson SG, which I did have to custom order, and my 2017 Gretsch Streamliner (which I bought bc Epiphone no longer makes left handed Casino models). Good luck with your efforts! IMG_20190530_235726.jpg
     
  15. RhinestoneStrat

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    I've been playing a left-handed Strat RH for awhile which took some time to get used to.:smile:

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    I have often considered buying a left-handed neck to put on my righty strat so I'd get the "benefits" if any of different string lengths.
     
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