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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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learning to play with the opposite hand

Has anyone here tried to teach them selves to play with the other hand? In my formative years I had some injuries to my left hand (fingering hand) and it had a distinct influence on my playing. I watch so many people for instance who can hammer a trill with their 3rd finger like nobodys business, like Steve, SRV, and probably most of you. I can't to save my life. It seems my right hand is able and the fingers feel more fluid and less arthritic so I am thinking of taking a year and seeing if I can't transfer some of my abilities to the other hand.
I met a guy in Alaska who did that. Played 2 identical white Strats and rubberbanded a pick to each thumb and strapped the guitar on his back and could go back and forth with relative ease! I don't want to do it as a trick, I just want to play better and just in case the left hand goes south one day I would like to have a back up!

Anyone?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

Some people can do it... I think most can't though. I know I can't. Just can't get comfortable... (I tried due to an injury to my left arm)

My uncle has tried to learn right handed (he's lefty) for many years and can't. Again, due to injury....

Michael Angelo Batio is left handed, but he plays (mostly) right handed... but that's now he learned to play.

I suggest try it, give it a while and see if you can do it.

If you can't, learn to play around your limitations. Sometimes it can help you develop a unique style having to deal with things you simply can't do. It motivates you to work on it, but at the same time your strengths will be exaggerated since you'll be more likely to lean on them more.
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Yeah I play with the other hand.In the beginning felt like a drunk stranger was there with me but now it's cool.
Oh wait............are you talking about playing a guitar?
No never tried
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

I sometimes have a play with the other hand, works out well as I can't really get used to using my right hand on the mouse.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 05:30 AM
 
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

I bought a left handed Ibanez RG and leaned to play some leads, chords were easy.
The picking was the hard part.
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

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Yeah I play with the other hand.In the beginning felt like a drunk stranger was there with me but now it's cool.
Oh wait............are you talking about playing a guitar?
No never tried
Wow. Just wow ha

I tried, broke my hand a few years ago. Got decent but I stopped, and I lost all the progress I made.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

I've wondered if I would have been a better player if I had learned to play left handed.

Is there a reason why traditionally the dominant, more coordinated hand is not on the fretboard?
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I've wondered if I would be a better player if I had learned to play left handed.

Is there a reason why traditionally the dominant, more coordinated hand is not on the fretboard?
Yep, your hand is smarter than your brain, it took control and chose what it wanted to play and not........... the opposite
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Yeah I play with the other hand.In the beginning felt like a drunk stranger was there with me but now it's cool.
Oh wait............are you talking about playing a guitar?
No never tried

hehe....i thought that was really funny...
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-01-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

Sounds like it would be tough, but if you're ambidextrous enough you could do it.

I too have had much left hand damage. I wish you luck.
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In the beginning felt like a drunk stranger was there with me
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-01-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

I'm ambidextrous, playing opposite handed still is not easy at all though. You'd think that what you've learned with one hand would transfer over to the other, but to put it simply, if you switch hands then each hand has to learn a new skill it isn't used to. These new skills also have to be coordinated together, learning opposite handed won't be any easier than learning to play in the first place except for that you've done it once before.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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I'd say it wouldnt take time to learn everything again, the hard part would be getting used to the feel.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 04:21 PM
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Re: learning to play with the opposite hand

Steve Morse did it. You can do it too. Just takes time.
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