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Old 01-03-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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Anyone Else Left-Handed But Play Guitar Right-Handed

Anyone else in this boat? I am naturally left handed (writing, eating, throwing, etc.) but I play guitar/bass right-handed. This is most likely because my mom did not know there was a difference when she bought me my first guitar when I was little (I was too young to know the difference). I can't remember how I first held the guitar when I picked it up, but regardless I learned to play guitar right-handed. I am not upset at this though. I love being left-handed and love to embrace it, but when it comes to guitar, I feel like there are more pros to playing right handed:
For one thing, my dominant left hand is doing the fretting, which is not the easier task (Not saying picking is easier, but they are different and both challenging in their own ways). This also helps me with hammer-ons, etc. Also, there are so many more options in terms of guitars! I went to guitar center yesterday to get some new strings and I was in awe seeing the hundreds of guitars and basses lining the wall. I then saw a dinky little rack of not even 10 lefty guitars/basses, and that was practically all I saw of lefty merchandise.
It's not that it wouldn't feel comfortable strumming with my left hand, but I learned to strum right handed and I feel that I can naturally keep a rhythm better with my right hand, and that it would just feel foreign playing lefty and that my right hand would feel at little awkward doing the fretting. I still sometimes (now and then) run into difficulties such as my right hand hitting the wrong string when I am picking on guitar. I don't know if this relates to my playing right-handed despite my natural left-handedness or not though. I am thinking of going to a guitar center or something like that just to try a left handed guitar for the giggles.

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Old 01-03-2013, 11:54 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:10 AM   #3
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I advice every left handed person to go right handed on guitar, simply because it doesn't matter what your dominant side is, you have to learn it anyway. They don't build left handed pianos either.
I'm right handed but I know someone who's lefthanded and went right on guitar.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #4
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I am. It always made more sense to me to have the dominant hand on the fretboard
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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Lefty here. I made the choice of playing left-handed guitar. I knew could, perhaps, try playing right handed, but it seemed like it would be too much work. I don't regret playing with my dominant side, cause I like standing out from the crowd; it's fun. But I just wish guitar companies would make more left handed model's of guitars, cause it's such a pain finding them online or at guitar stores, so im really limited overall to guitars/basses, etc. I play keyboard, too, and I feel that playing guitar for 3 years has helped me play keyboard very easily.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:21 AM   #6
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I do!

When I first held the guitar I was holding it left handedly, but my father said I was holding it wrong, so I switched hands and learned from there on to play it right handedly.

He didn't know at the time, but it was probably for the better.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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I'm also a lefty playing right. I agree that it's for the best. Especially considering the fact that I buy my guitars used on Kijiji, because a lefty guitarist would have very limited options.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:25 AM   #8
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I am. It always made more sense to me to have the dominant hand on the fretboard

Same deal with me
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:26 AM   #9
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I do!

When I first held the guitar I was holding it left handedly, but my father said I was holding it wrong, so I switched hands and learned from there on to play it right handedly.

He didn't know at the time, but it was probably for the better.

Actually that's pretty much my story, except my grandfather told me to play it right-handed, not my dad.
So, yeah, lefty playing right-handed here.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:32 AM   #10
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Same here! Didn't even know they had left handed guitars when i first started but it's for the better. Finding left handed guitars must be a pain.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:35 AM   #11
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I am. It always made more sense to me to have the dominant hand on the fretboard

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:37 AM   #12
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I'm in the same boat. I didn't even know there was a left-handed option until it was too late to pick it up. I prefer it this way anyway, more guitar choices, and also I think the dominant hand fretting has helped me a lot.
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My guitarist is the opposite, right handed playing a lefty guitar. I don't really think it matters because whichever you start with you will eventually be good with due to muscle memory.
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My guitarist is the opposite, right handed playing a lefty guitar. I don't really think it matters because whichever you start with you will eventually be good with due to muscle memory.

Why the **** did he do that.
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Why the **** did he do that.

At a guess it was probably a mistake just like other people said
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:35 AM   #17
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Yep.

It gave me a pretty unique style on electric as a result, focused more on legato, slides, bends and vibrato, though my alternate picking is weak, but I don't like the way alternate picking sounds anyway so I never practice it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:42 AM   #18
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I am. It always made more sense to me to have the dominant hand on the fretboard


It depends on what you're playing though. If you're just flatpicking, sure, but if make extensive use of styles demanding high levels of dexterity (mostly more than is required in the fretting hand) in the picking hand fingers, such as chicken picking or eight finger tapping. For this reason, there are certain instruments, such as bluegrass banjo, where it far more advantageous to have your dominant hand picking since your fretting hand fingers do much less work. And there are even more extreme cases such as PSG.
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I'm not sure about his whole dominant hand thing.

It's not just guitar, every string instrument has been made with your left hand fretting for centuries. They do make left handed violins I believe, but they're incredibly rare.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:16 AM   #20
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I'm a lefty playing lefty. Tried right-handed and it felt unnatural and uncomfortable. Being 16 at the time, I figured I was never going to want to carry on right handed if I was forcing myself to do it in a configuration that I found uncomfortable, so I just went with lefty. I'm a freak.
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