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Thread #65866   Message #1088136
Posted By: Jeanie
07-Jan-04 - 03:36 PM
Thread Name: Left Handers and Strings?
Subject: RE: Left Handers and Strings?
I am *very* left-handed (if that makes any sense), but learned guitar straight from the outset, at age 11 or so, the standard right-handed way. (Bert Weedon's 'Play a Tune A Day' - remember ????)

I personally think that the "standard" way of playing guitar etc. actually favours left-handers, especially at the outset: it is the left hand which has to do all the hard work when struggling with the chord shapes and chord changes. Playing the right-handed way has the important advantage that you can play other instruments, other than your own, differently strung one.

Here's something else that favours left-handers: driving a car (in Britain, anyway) - where it is the left hand that has to do all the gear-changing and working most of the switches on the instrument panel.

Writing from left to right (which means the arm always moving across the body, rather than more easily away from it) you just do, because you know nothing else. (As an aside, it must be the *right*-handed in Israel who have this hindrance, writing Hebrew).

The only task I have difficulty with, from being left-handed, is doing the ironing. Well....that's my excuse, anyway !

Have fun, Ducks and Ducklings !

- jeanie