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Old 09-07-07, 03:10 PM   #1
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Was: Left Hand Rant. Now: Beginner Acoustic Guitar Search

Yes, I'm a 'South Paw', and yes sometimes it's just not fair. Most of the time I don't notice the disadvantages that the world throws at us lefty's. I learned long ago to use a mouse with the right hand (except those couple weeks healing from surgery on my right forearm) and other things that are erogomically set for the right hand. In cycling I shift my downtube shifters with my right hand by choice as my stronger left hand stays on the bars. But darn it if when it comes to music I just keep getting slapped in the face by my left handed ways.

First it was trombone when I was in middle and high school (yes, I was a band geek too, stop laughing). On the trombone the left hand is used to hold the instrument, and the right hand does all the slide movement. No, you can't just switch it around, yes I asked that the first day in beginner band. But I learned to play nonetheless, and other than getting braces on, then off, then on, then off, and a jaw surgery somewhere in there I learned to play decently for a HS band member with no intentions of making it my life's work. Most brass instruments are the same way. The right hand does all the valve movement.

Fast-forward 7-8 years and I'm considering picking up a new instrument. One that I can play solo with a bit more repertoire than a trombone. (Side note: there is the last I heard one and only one Trombonist in the world talented enough to make a living playing solo trombone. Christian Lindberg. He can play Flight of the Bumblebee on trombone, and it is amazing, more so in person.) So, I'm thinking of picking up guitar. Figure everyone has to take a stab at guitar some time in their life if they have any musical talent in them. And I work with a fantastic blues guitarist and his son (and fellow coworker) is one of the most amazing Bass players I've ever heard. So there's no shortage of guitar talk around the office.

So I start tossing the idea around, make a trip over to Guitar Center with the guys at lunch one day. And suddenly the one thing I had over looked slaps me in the face... the need for the left handed guitar. GAHHHHH! Of course I was first looking at electrics, and on the wall of a hundred guitars I could never afford, there is one, and only one on display, that is left handed. I of course hadn't even had the thought about needing left handed guitar till I saw that left handed model. And WHAM (insert Batman comic bubble), so much for finding a lightly used guitar to start with!

I've since decided, at the recommendation of my guitar/bass playing coworkers to consider an acoustic guitar first, but still doesn't change the fact I'm going to have to go new, and the resale possibilities of it later down the road plummet in a fiery ball of smoke. And that, for all those who have read this far, is my Friday afternoon rant about being left handed. Now I get to go home and put together my new computer for which the parts should have arrived by now. Once this computer upgrade is complete I can start saving for this lefty guitar... unless I take up something like the drums before then. Do drum kits come in left and right hand versions?
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Old 09-07-07, 03:14 PM   #2
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buy a right hand symetrical accoustic and restring it for leftie, or stop by the house and borrow mine, I never play it
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Old 09-07-07, 03:15 PM   #3
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If you can, learn to play righty. It can be done.
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Jsharr - might take you up on that.

Crankshaft - considering it. I've actually gone by guitar center again today and tried to get a feel for what felt more comfortable and while left is certainly more natural I think I could get myself to learn right handed. I managed with trombone. And being someone who works with computers a lot, both hands have a lot of finger dextarity to them to touch type at a reasonably high rate of speed. That is when I'm not constantly hitting the back-space key
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How about piano? Not easy to haul around though. My daughter is left handed and it doesn't seem to bother her. Maybe as she moves up in ability there will an issue I don't know. Of course pianos are usually more expensive than a guitar would be. There are always the electric keyboards too.
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Yup, get yourself a symmetrical acoustic and learn to play slide.

Or a banjo.
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Restring a regular strat upside down...it worked wonders for Jimi Hendrix.
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This is exactly why my mom took up violin as a kid and my brother drums. I'm left-handed like they are, but all I play is the stereo.
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Isn't only 10% of the population left handed? Then expect to get only 10% of a product selection to be custom made for left handers.

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Must be bucking the odds in my family. I am left handed, my oldest son is left hand and my youngest son is showing every sign of being left handed.
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Or do like legendary bluesman Otis Rush... play a righthanded guitar upside down and backwards.

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Or do like legendary bluesman Otis Rush... play a righthanded guitar upside down and backwards.

I find this looks awful. Just my opinion, if you can learn to play righty it's your best bet.
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I find this looks awful. Just my opinion, if you can learn to play righty it's your best bet.

It might look awful, but you oughta hear him play that thing......
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It might look awful, but you oughta hear him play that thing......
Tell me about it. The man's incredible, I just can't watch him play. Then, I can't watch Hendrix either.
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Find a nice left handed electric. I dunno why everyone swoons to the acoustic for noobs. Electrics are quieter to start with and can get much louder when you want them to. Playing around with effects is fun as well.
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Find a nice left handed electric. I dunno why everyone swoons to the acoustic for noobs. Electrics are quieter to start with and can get much louder when you want them to. Playing around with effects is fun as well.
Acoustic is much more difficult physically to play, so if you want to play unplugged it's best to start that way. I did.
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I find this looks awful. Just my opinion, if you can learn to play righty it's your best bet.
Yes, well we don't think much of how righties look when they play, either.
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Acoustic is much more difficult physically to play,
Why would anyone want this?
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How about flute?
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'Cause if ya learn on it you can play. Unplugged is fun.
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Find a nice left handed electric. I dunno why everyone swoons to the acoustic for noobs. Electrics are quieter to start with and can get much louder when you want them to. Playing around with effects is fun as well.

Without going on and on.......there is nothing better for learning than an
acoustic. An acoustic separates the players from the noisemakers. Really.
Im a dyed in the wool Marshall-to-12 guy but have to give props to keeping
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Oh yeah....
Just play 'normal'...forget that lefty stuff.....
Yer fretting hand is already the good one if your left handed
so why screw that up with guitar magazine type hype
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Both my parents are right handed. Two of the three kids are left handed. I'm one of them.

Can't help you out with the guitar thing.
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Or do like legendary bluesman Otis Rush... play a righthanded guitar upside down and backwards.

There was a guy who visited my LGS who played like that. Amazing to watch, beautiful to hear.
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