#1
Where I strum with my left hand and play the cords with my right. I am right handed but I had surgery on my left hand which takes away from dexterity.

Basically my pinky on my left hand is slightly pushed away, and there are some motions that are very hard to do. So should I just keep that my strumming hand?
#4
If it's possible that your surgery will eventually lead to a good or full recovery, wait until it fully recovers and buy a right-handed guitar an don't look back.

Learning guitar left-handed offers very few advantages to left-handed players and all of them are only short-term. Learning to play right-handed really isn't much more difficult to a left-handed person as it is a right-handed person. Unless there's a particularly special circumstance that physically completely prohibits you from holding a pick in your right hand and fret strings with your left and there's no hope of recovery, then definitely go right-handed.

Otherwise, you're going to have to get used to being incredibly disappointed that the guitar you've always wanted to own doesn't come in a left-handed version. 99% of guitars in the world are right-handed only. Manufacturers very rarely bother to make left-handed versions as they're so much less profitable to make; they're significantly more expensive to produce from a mass-production standpoint and customer demand for left-handed guitars isn't enough to justify that additional cost.

The only way to get out of that trap is to learn the instrument in the more popular orientation in the first place. It sucks but that's the reality, and manufacturers are not going to change their minds any time soon.
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have you gone through occupational or physical therapy? I would ask them.
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If it's possible that your surgery will eventually lead to a good or full recovery, wait until it fully recovers and buy a right-handed guitar an don't look back.

Learning guitar left-handed offers very few advantages to left-handed players and all of them are only short-term. Learning to play right-handed really isn't much more difficult to a left-handed person as it is a right-handed person. Unless there's a particularly special circumstance that physically completely prohibits you from holding a pick in your right hand and fret strings with your left and there's no hope of recovery, then definitely go right-handed.

Otherwise, you're going to have to get used to being incredibly disappointed that the guitar you've always wanted to own doesn't come in a left-handed version. 99% of guitars in the world are right-handed only. Manufacturers very rarely bother to make left-handed versions as they're so much less profitable to make; they're significantly more expensive to produce from a mass-production standpoint and customer demand for left-handed guitars isn't enough to justify that additional cost.

The only way to get out of that trap is to learn the instrument in the more popular orientation in the first place. It sucks but that's the reality, and manufacturers are not going to change their minds any time soon.

actually there are no advantages to playing leftie at any point. i know i'm a leftie. in most modern music (ie rock, country, pop) the reasoning for using your weak hand to fret isn't there so has no advantage. so in theory being a rightie  and playing a leftie guitar would work just fine. as pointed out though most guitars are made for rghties so that is a huge consideration.