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hushnel
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May 29th, 2017 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I drop in this forum from time to time. I am totally left handed, always have been. Dad even stormed into P.S.104 in 1958 to lay down the law about trying to convert me to right handed.

I was 7, when I first expressed an interest in playing, I saw a movie with Elvis riding down the road on a motorcycle with a guitar strapped to his back. Told my father I wanted to play guitar, he took me down to the school and we talked to the orchestra leader. I told him I wanted to play the guitar, he said Excellent, and that we came to right place. Then he said we'll start you off on the violin so you can learn about music. I was a pretty dumb kid I guess, I just assumed OK that's how it's done, Elvis must of started off the same way.

I mentioned to the Orchestra Leader that I'm left handed, and he told "great" it'll be easier for you, you'll have your dominant hand on the finger board and your weak hand on the bow, kind of made sense to me and I said OK.

I still kind of feel that way, I know that when the guitar was originally built the style of playing required much more right hand dexterity than was required of the left hand, but now a days with picks doing much of the work, I'll mention the logic above and tell the right handed guitar player that the right handed guitar is the lefty revenge for scissors.

Any how I'm glad you guy are finding instruments, it hasn't always been that way and most instruments still do not have left handed versions.

I meet a left handed bass player once that was really different, he had learned how to play the right handed bass upside down, so when he finally got a left handed bass and strung it properly he was uncomfortable, he had never changed the string position of the right handed bass he just played them upside down G,D,A,E. When I sat in with the band it was weird, I was playing his upside-down lefty bass strung for a righty. It was confusing for a few minutes,

LeftyMeister

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May 29th, 2017 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Leftys that play right handed"

They're called communists. ;o)

hushnel
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May 29th, 2017 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I blame it on early indoctrination. Also it ain't the only part of me that leans towards the right "o)

Seriously I had no clue. In my limited experience at the time their were no left handed instruments.

I thought communists where people that shacked up with a lot of other people. Man I gotta get off the farm now and then.

LeftyMeister

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May 29th, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I thought communists where people that shacked up with a lot of other people. Man I gotta get off the farm now and then."

:oD


littleuch
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May 30th, 2017 05:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too am a lefty that plays righty. Ditto on the dominant hand thing. The left hand shapes the forms, the right hand follows its instructions. I never understood how the picking/strumming hand determined the designation.

Leftee
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May 30th, 2017 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

According to a lefty test I took recently I'm only 34% lefty. I have always suspected that I'm a lefty guitarist because I play trumpet. My fretboard fingers are also my valve fingers. I played trumpet long before I picked up guitar.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 07:19 AM, May 30th, 2017)

littleuch
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May 30th, 2017 05:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just took a righty/lefty test. 63% lefty. "Average lefty". Maybe I'll change my FDP handle. :-p



Leftee
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May 30th, 2017 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wanna trade?

hushnel
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May 30th, 2017 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I never understood how the picking/strumming hand determined the designation."

Watch a classical guitarist or a Flamico guitarist, in the early days of the instrurument, even with the 4 string instruments the primary hand created the sound, the complex finger picking or bowing was doing most of the work. A few instruments still follow this technique, like the banjo and mandolin lots of right hand work with less effort in the chording changes.

LeftyMeister

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May 30th, 2017 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm 89% lefty. I'd be higher except there are no lefty can openers that I know.

Leftee
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May 30th, 2017 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was initially surprised by my result. But, thinking about it, yeah... I am that mixed up.

I struggled telling my left from my right until 6th grade. It was marching band that fixed that.

LeftyMeister

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May 30th, 2017 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I am that mixed up."

:oD

hushnel
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May 30th, 2017 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

79% the strum the guitar with and the can opener.

It's kind of like providence, if I had learned how to play left handed I wouldn't be able to play at all. I've paralyzed most of my right arm and crushed the elbow, the only way I can hold a guitar with the right hand is perpendicular, like lifting it off a guitar stand. I can't strum a guitar with a pick either, I have to use a flamico style finger roll or strum the E and A with the thumb while pulling the D,G,B & E with the other 4 fingers. The elbow thing makes it impossible to play any kind of slap style on the bass, no rotation, with the radial head fused their is no rotation at the wrist. I manage quite well though, I've never not been in a band, in 50 some years of playing I've only not gotten the job at an audition once, and that was because I couldn't play bass and sing.

The right handed "tendency" is BS, try opening a can with a P-38, some tools have to be used the way they are made. Most scissors I can use left handed, some, like pinking shears have to be used right handed to cut properly.

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Jun 1st, 2017 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am naturally left handed, but, as a teenager, I first learned to play the guitar right handed. It was more comfortable for me, because I played the violin and viola right handed in the school orchestra.
I suffered an industrial accident in 1974 that left me unable to play right handed. It was several years before I even touched a guitar again, but in the late 1980's I began all over, learning to play left handed.

hushnel
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Jun 1st, 2017 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's had to be tough. How long until you caught up and passed your previous level?

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Jun 1st, 2017 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was basically just a self-taught player as a teenager, although I could play more than just cowboy chords. Starting over was very frustrating, as I knew where to position my fingers, I just couldn't get my right hand to work fast enough. I decided to start taking beginner lessons, and within a year or so, I had surpassed my former ability.
I am still hindered, of course, by the lack of left handed guitars, but I guess it keeps my GAS in check!

hushnel
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Jun 1st, 2017 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LHW, are you near Naples?

LeftyMeister

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Jun 1st, 2017 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I grew up with a dad, mom, and older brother who played guitar. As a youngster, I tried to play their guitars RH but it felt awkward, so I flipped them over. I learned to play all of the cowboy chords upside-down. It wasn't until I was 18 that I bought my first real lefty.

reverend mikey
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Jun 2nd, 2017 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This makes me wonder - does anyone know of a guitar or bass player who plays a lefty flipped upside down to play it "right-handed"?

I can't think of a reason why anyone would do that - but I suppose somewhere there's someone...

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Jun 2nd, 2017 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

""LHW, are you near Naples?""

I am about 80 miles north of Naples. We go there a couple times a year for art shows. My girlfriend is an artist.

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