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LeftyMeister



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Nov 23rd, 2017 07:04 AM        

Tony's thread got me to thinking if we've ever covered this topic. Who can play a true RH guitar (ie, strung RH) upside-down?<br /> <br /> As a pre-teen, I'd pick up my older brother's RH acoustic and I tried to play it righty. That was never gonna happen. I'm a true lefty and my hands just wouldn't cooperate. So, I flipped it over and learned the first-position chords upside-down. Thru the years, I learned to play chords in most positions but not proficiently. Lead is another story. I could never play scales upside-down. The muscle memory just wasn't there. <br /> <br /> It wasn't until I was 18 and in the navy that I bought my first LH guitar. I was walking by a pawnshop in downtown San Diego and saw a LH acoustic in the window. I walked in and bought it on the spot.<br /> <br /> Playing a RH guitar upside-down is a nice party trick to impress people, especially after they've been drinking. :o)



Leftee

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Nov 23rd, 2017 07:07 AM        

I can, very badly.



Texican



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Nov 23rd, 2017 12:24 PM        

I'll echo Left' comment, "I can, very badly." <br /> <br /> But then again, quite a number of leftys play a left-handed guitar, strung righty.



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Nov 23rd, 2017 12:47 PM        

I think Doyle Bramhall II does. Albert King too, IIRC.



Leftee

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Nov 23rd, 2017 02:04 PM        

They donât do it badly.



LeftyMeister



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Nov 23rd, 2017 05:03 PM        

Yeah, I hate watching Doyle because I can't steal chops.<br /> <br /> Michael Card plays that way as well. He was a Christian artist in the 80's.



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Nov 23rd, 2017 09:17 PM        

Yes - Michael Card always amazed me doing that, because he would often fingerpick upside down, not just strum. <br /> <br /> But that's how Elizabeth Cotton also played, which is equally amazing. <br /> <br /> I can play a righty guitar upside down well enough to test it out in the store to check out the tone, action, neck feel, etc. ... both strumming and picking lead parts. However, the strumming always sounds a little off because it's upside down - striking the high strings first, unless I adjust my strum, which is only adequate at best.



Steve M

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Nov 24th, 2017 05:11 AM        

Coco Montoya is another lefty strung righty player who is excellent.



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Nov 29th, 2017 08:25 AM        

A guy I play with, who facilitates the Song Farmer circles plays both the guitar and banjo that way. The first couple of times I played with him I had some trouble figureing out what chords he was playing, until I figured out his instruments were upside down.



reverend mikey

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Nov 29th, 2017 09:30 AM        

Never heard of anyone playing banjo that way - wow.



LeftyMeister



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Nov 29th, 2017 07:28 PM        

Ditto on the upside-down banjo.



digiboy



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Nov 30th, 2017 01:43 AM        

I can play a few open chords like and a few bar chords upside down on a righty.<br /> <br /> Check out Eric Gales,<br /> <br />



LeftyMeister



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Nov 30th, 2017 04:42 AM        

Not too shabby!



Texican



Cypress, TX

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Dec 1st, 2017 06:02 AM        

I remember a time when I was in Dallas on business and stopped in for dinner at this little place that advertised live music. The band's lead singer was playing a right-handed Taylor dreadnought cutaway upside down. He sounded good, but it the cutaway dreadnought just didn't look right.



LeftyMeister



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Dec 1st, 2017 10:50 AM        

Was it strung righty too?



LeftyMeister



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Dec 14th, 2017 01:11 PM        

We forgot about Dick Dale.



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Dec 14th, 2017 01:45 PM        

otis rush was another



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