Re: Forcing a lefty to play tighty - thoughts?
hah! just to drag this one back up....
When I'm teaching I also encourage beginners to learn right handed, and as also mentioned on a previous post, I always use the piano reference too... try buying a left hooker joanna! but I never force it and if they end up feeling more comfortable as a lefty, then so be it! If they want a Jem when they're shredding, they can still go and buy one.... and just do a Jimi!
I used to have a lefthooker to hand when I was teaching regularly and it served two purposes. 1) it was a good moral booster to the student when they see me trying to do what I'm teaching them on a lefty, and rather humbling to one's self too. and 2) you can half come up with some very cool sounding chords on a lefty played righty upside-down that wouldn't be achievable on a right handed, and vice versa. This was shown to me years ago by a former work colleague and bassist, Lee Pomeroy, (google him!) who not only is left handed, but plays upside-down too (there's a few of them out there) and used to come up with all these chords with amazing voicing due to open strings that would normally be muted and stretches that if not impossible, are very painful when played conventionally.
Try this one out: -
take your righty (or lefty) and turn it the other way so you're playing opposite (comfortable? *big grin*)
now bar your new fretting index at the 2nd fret on the bottom E, A, D & G (leaving B & top E open)
then middle finger on A-string at Fret-4 and the pinky finger a 5th up on D-string Fret-6.
This is basically a F#m11 but sounds lovely. Now go and flex your fingers and wrists and find the ONE way you can do this as a static chord playing your normal way. Be prepared to look like you're in a wrist lock being busted!
By the way, my mother is ambidextrous and can write left handed, swap hands, pickup the telephone (umm because she only likes using her left ear....) and continue writing right handed while talking.... but she is a nutter....