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Just a quest out there for anyone who is a lefty playing as a righty. I have been playing on/off now for about 20 yrs. I'm left handed but have always played right handed guitars. Not a prob. But I have developed a thirst to play thrash metal. My only prob is developing some speed on my picking hand. Any other lefty's experience this issue and overcome it? I would love to hear from you.
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don't go thinking it's a lefty problem, that probably has very little to do with it..

how to develop speed: play as fast as you can CLEANLY, until you can go a bit faster.
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Just a quest out there for anyone who is a lefty playing as a righty. I have been playing on/off now for about 20 yrs. I'm left handed but have always played right handed guitars. Not a prob. But I have developed a thirst to play thrash metal. My only prob is developing some speed on my picking hand. Any other lefty's experience this issue and overcome it? I would love to hear from you.

You've misdagnosed the problem - it's not about speed and it's certainly not about one hand being "faster" than the other. Being left handed has nothing to do with it either.

Your issue is simply that you're not good enough at using both hands together. You need to slow everything down to a speed at which you can keep it together and work on developing both hands together so you stay in sync.
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You've misdagnosed the problem - it's not about speed and it's certainly not about one hand being "faster" than the other. Being left handed has nothing to do with it either.

Your issue is simply that you're not good enough at using both hands together. You need to slow everything down to a speed at which you can keep it together and work on developing both hands together so you stay in sync.


not necissarily, im a lefty and i play righty for both guitar and bass, i find my left arm has much more muscle compared to my right and hence find speed picking and three finger technique (on bass) much more difficult. The only way i got over the three finger technique on bass was lots of practise, im still working on the guitar technique so i cant offer much advice accept defend the lefties who play righty :P
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You've misdagnosed the problem - it's not about speed and it's certainly not about one hand being "faster" than the other. Being left handed has nothing to do with it either.

Your issue is simply that you're not good enough at using both hands together. You need to slow everything down to a speed at which you can keep it together and work on developing both hands together so you stay in sync.

not necissarily, im a lefty and i play righty for both guitar and bass, i find my left arm has much more muscle compared to my right and hence find speed picking and three finger technique (on bass) much more difficult. The only way i got over the three finger technique on bass was lots of practise, im still working on the guitar technique so i cant offer much advice accept defend the lefties who play righty :P


No, I'd say Seagull has it nailed. One hand is always going to be stronger than the other (even if ambidextrous) so this isn't the issue. The issue is with accuracy and as we all know; Speed is a byproduct of accuracy. Practice is the only way to solve this issue, there is no short cut to playing accurately and fast.
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No, I'd say Seagull has it nailed. One hand is always going to be stronger than the other (even if ambidextrous) so this isn't the issue. The issue is with accuracy and as we all know; Speed is a byproduct of accuracy. Practice is the only way to solve this issue, there is no short cut to playing accurately and fast.

Perfect practice. Read about correct technique for practicing. There's a lot of stuff on this site about it.
EDIT I too am a lefty playing a righty.
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I'm a lefty playing right handed and you definately can train your right hand to be just as good as any right handed guitarist. You might be a little more inclined to play legato at first because of not being comfortable with your right hand, but with proper practice, it becomes second nature
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