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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2015, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lefties in a Righty world

I'm left handed but have been playing right handed since I started playing 20-some years ago. This was the advice that was given to me when I first picked a guitar up, that if I had never played either RH or LH to learn on a RH since there would be SO many more options available to me in terms of guitars. It's not even something I think about when playing anymore.
I saw this post this morning on GearGods about this exact same thing, and I wholeheartedly agree with Josh's reasons for picking up a RH axe if you've never played either.
http://geargods.net/dad-lectures/jos...t-is-he-right/

Any other lefties out there in this right handed world?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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Re: Lefties in a Righty world

I was about 13 when my Mom took me to a guitar shop for my first guitar. When the salesperson saw me pick it up upside down, right-handed didn't even seem like an option and we didn't know any better, so I got a lefty MIJ Squier (which by the way the other guitarists in my school had convinced me was a POS, didn't find out that wasn't the case until I picked up an MIA Strat years later that wasn't much better). Not being able to try friends' guitars and not having good options for guitars has been a little annoying over the years, but on the other hand, I have gotten some great deals on the used market because of the lack of demand.

I have read on the Lefty Forums about a lefty player that had played righty for years and years, and hit a point where he couldn't excel anymore. He re-learned lefty (which obviously was a huge step back) but eventually managed to surpass the wall he hit playing righty.
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Re: Lefties in a Righty world

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I have read on the Lefty Forums about a lefty player that had played righty for years and years, and hit a point where he couldn't excel anymore. He re-learned lefty (which obviously was a huge step back) but eventually managed to surpass the wall he hit playing righty.
That's awesome, I can't even fathom going back at this point and re-learning everything but there have definitely been some times where I've hit a wall and wondered if my hand preference had anything to do with it.
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Re: Lefties in a Righty world

Works for Steve Morse. He is a lefty playing righty.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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Re: Lefties in a Righty world

Fellow lefty playing righty, same reason, started when I was 8, was told neither hand has the advantage, and that left handed guitars were more expensive and harder to find.
Have not looked back. If anything I wonder if my dominant hand (fingering hand) has the advantage.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 06:53 AM
 
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Re: Lefties in a Righty world

i'm not left handed, but my cousin is. I started teaching him guitar at a fairly young age and this was a question i needed to address. After learning about Steve Morse, MAB, Vinnie Moore, Gary Moore and others I decided to steer him towards right handed playing figuring we could always switch if it appeared uncomfortable or if he wasn't progressing. Fast forward about 20 years and he is a very good player and if you ask him he will say it feels natural and couldn't imagine playing the other way. I suppose this might not be the best choice for everyone, but when first learning if the person doesn't have a strong bias one way or the other it seems to make sense to go righty. There is something to be said for being able to walk into a room and just pick up a guitar in the corner and play.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 01:38 PM
 
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Re: Lefties in a Righty world

I think my daughter is going to be a lefty. If she decides she wants to learn to play guitar I'm going to start by trying to teach her righty.
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