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?