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Jake
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Wait, what?
Nov 6th, 2013 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is for a guy at work. Should he fight his natural dominance and learn righty or go with a left handed guitar? I am sure there are pros and cons and maybe even a FAQ which would be nice. Please advise and thanks in advance.

reverend mikey
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Nov 6th, 2013 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lots of left-handed people go against their natural "handedness" and learn to play right-handed (I'm not one of them).

I would say it really depends on him. He could see if he can rent a right-handed guitar for a couple months and take some lessons and see how it goes. If after playing that way for a couple months he's making progress and it feels okay to him, I'd say by all means, learn right-handed!

But if after some time with it, he still wants to flip the guitar over (and even finds himself doing his from time to time), then he may want to go ahead and learn lefty.

While the left-handed guitars selection in most shops (including Guitar Center) is somewhere between pathetic and atrocious, there are lots of left-handed guitars available via online sources, or through special order. There will always be some that just aren't available lefty, but that's the price some of us pay for playing the way that feels natural and 'right' to us.

Jake
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Nov 7th, 2013 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, that was kind of what I told the guy in question but I am a righty so I was passing on what I thought was true.

Anyone else? Thanks.

LeftRightOut
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Nov 7th, 2013 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Odds are if he plays lefty he wont have to lend any guitars to anyone and he could pick up a right hand guitar and at least play a few chords without to much trouble,he could even pick up more chicks!

if he does decide to play lefty flipping his guitars might not be easy.

If he decides to play right handed than he's condemned with the rest of the masses to mediocrity.

Jake
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West Chester PA

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Nov 7th, 2013 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If he decides to play right handed than he's condemned with the rest of the masses to mediocrity."

Because the lefties all got a step up, hmm? :-)

Thanks.

smokey blue

USA

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Nov 17th, 2013 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If he decides to play right handed than he's condemned with the rest of the masses to mediocrity."

I'm sure this was tongue-in-cheek, but I do feel obligated to mention that Robert Fripp, Steve Morse, Danny Gatton, Ted Greene, and others would disagree with the above.

(This message was last edited by smokey blue at 02:27 PM, Nov 17th, 2013)

Texican
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Nov 17th, 2013 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm one of those who tried playing right-handed before switching to left-handed. My timing is so much better with the pick in my left hand.

LeftRightOut
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Nov 17th, 2013 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Smokey,
"I'm sure this was tongue-in-cheek, but I do feel obligated to mention that Robert Fripp, Steve Morse, Danny Gatton, Ted Greene, and others would disagree with the above."

Who are they never heard of them? ;{

smokey blue

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Nov 17th, 2013 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LeftRightOut:

All are very (practically universally) respected guitar players, and all lefties who play right handed. Google or Youtube them.

reverend mikey
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Nov 17th, 2013 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Who are they never heard of them? ;{ "

I'm pretty sure that was tongue-in-cheek, too. I doubt there's anyone who hangs out here that doesn't know who those guys are...

LeftRightOut
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Nov 17th, 2013 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey gets it he's from the left side of town!


Smokey do you know any famous righties that play lefty?

I don't know why that didn't work try this one

I know of one

(This message was last edited by LeftRightOut at 07:39 PM, Nov 19th, 2013)

reverend mikey
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Nov 19th, 2013 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That link didn't work for me ... did it work for anyone else?


LeftRightOut
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Nov 19th, 2013 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Works now don't know why the first didn't

search duelling banjos Kermit on the you tube its pretty good

(This message was last edited by LeftRightOut at 07:41 PM, Nov 19th, 2013)

6tringr

PHX, AZ

Aug 2nd, 2014 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a lefty who taught myself how to play on right-handed guitars flipped upside-down, ala Albert King, Otis Rush, etc.

NOT RECOMMENDED.

If I had it to do over again, I would get a left-handed guitar stung lefty (way more choices today than in 1970)and take lessons.

reverend mikey
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Aug 3rd, 2014 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

6tringr,

How hard would it be for you to relearn to play chords and lead lines the proper way, since you're already picking and fretting with the proper hand for your left-handedness?

I would think that would be a pretty quick transition... I say this because I play right-handed guitars upside down in the shops all the time (because lefties are non-existent), and it's not perfect or seamless, but I can get along and play a little. Playing "upside down" just takes a little rethinking and practice.

reverend mikey
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Aug 3rd, 2014 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also, for the person who asked if any righty players have learned to play lefty, look no further than

Jerry's Lefty Guitars

6tringr

PHX, AZ

Aug 3rd, 2014 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

reverend mikey: "6tringr,
How hard would it be for you to relearn to play chords and lead lines the proper way, since you're already picking and fretting with the proper hand for your left-handedness?"

I've picked up properly-strung LH guitars a few times, and can't make any sounds that are are any more musical than those that happen when I hold a RH guitar right-handed.

I'm totally disoriented either way.

LHW

Southwest Ohio

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Aug 4th, 2014 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am left handed, but I first learned to play guitar right handed, because I played the violin and viola for 9 years in school. An industrial accident in 1974 took my index finger and part of my middle finger on my left (fretting) hand. I had to learn to play all over again, left handed. It was very frustrating, and at times I wanted to quit.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Nov 14th, 2014 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know that this is 'old' thread, but here goes my pathetic story:

I'm a natural lefty who was forced to be right handed by mother (a lefty!) and my teachers. In some ways I'm ambidextrous, but for the most part I'm confused.

When I was 17 or so I had a guitar class at school & did OK playing RH, but I didn't stick with it. Three decades later I decided to again take up guitar, but wondered if I could play LH. I failed spectacularily.

I have since learned that I have the musical aptitude of intellectually challenged gnat. And I'm tone deaf.


To the OP, do you have update regarding your friend?

reverend mikey
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Nov 14th, 2014 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony,

So if you're still playing, which way do you play?

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