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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

Buckeye Country, USA

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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

Buckeye Country, USA

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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.

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

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Jun 2nd, 2017 11:58 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"?"

Nope!

Texican

Cypress, TX

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Jun 5th, 2017 05:57 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 remember seeing a guy in Atlanta doing just that when he was doing Hendrix covers. He played a regular right-handed Strat for all the other tunes.

reverend mikey
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Jun 7th, 2017 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If there aren't any right-handed guitarists who have chosen to play left-handed, it kinda shows how asinine it is for people to tell us lefty players that we should just play right-handed, because it puts our strongest/dominant hand/fingers on the fretboard ... okay, they why don't right-handed players do the same thing, and play left-handed guitars?

Sigh. Whenever you point this out to someone, they act like you've totally missed the point, when it is they who are clearly clueless.

>>RANT OVER

hushnel
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Jun 7th, 2017 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, at least handedness and instrument orientation could dictate a certain finess with the strong hand, whether it's at the fingerboard or at the strings would be a moot point. There are amazing talents in each, and with enough practice it become irrelevant as either hand gaines mastery of it's location.

I don't think I suffered, playing right handed instruments since the age of 7 and doing nothing else considered right handed. In my original post I just explained how I became a right hand style payer. At that age and inexperience it would have been awkward either left or right. Beside the choice of instruments it's also nice to be able to sit in even if I don't have an instrument with me.

reverend mikey
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"Everywhere I look, I see guitars..."
Jun 8th, 2017 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Beside the choice of instruments it's also nice to be able to sit in even if I don't have an instrument with me."

This is so true.

The main advantage to being left-handed is that it keeps other people's greasy mitts off your guitars (for the most part...they still have to touch 'em at least once!).

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 8th, 2017 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

""The main advantage to being left-handed is that it keeps other people's greasy mitts off your guitars (for the most part...they still have to touch 'em at least once!).""

So true!!


hushnel
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Jun 8th, 2017 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The main advantage to being left-handed is that it keeps other people's greasy mitts off your guitars (for the most part...they still have to touch 'em at least once!)."

"o) I've managed that by playing fretless. It scares off the Bozos, my experience is any bassest who asks to play the fretless is usually competent.

digiboy

New York City

Sep 9th, 2017 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently saw Eric Gales. He plays left handed on a righty guitar strung right handed. Takes full advantage of the "upside-down" string placement. This guy is a force of nature. Yes he does some Hendrix covers but he's more than that. A real performer and show-man. Check him out. You won't regret it.

fadehook

Texas

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Sep 13th, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(This message was last edited by fadehook at 05:56 PM, Sep 13th, 2017)

hushnel
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Oct 22nd, 2017 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The mando player in my group has me going to the Song Farmers Circle out at the State Park. The guy who facilitates the group is left handed and he plays both right handed banjo and guitar strung for right and played left handed.

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