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Technique...sort of

Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by old and tryin, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    Wasnt really sure as to where to put this...mods can move if required.

    I heard a stat that says 10% of 10% of all guitar players are Lefthanded(that's the sort of technique) a stretch I know.

    Based on that there should be about 130 people on this forum who are Lefthanded.

    So....how many Lefties are here?
     
  2. Bullet

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    Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain
     
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  3. johnnyshaka

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    My guitar instructor is left-handed but plays right-handed...does that count?
     
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  4. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    Was more looking to see how many lefties (lefthanded players) are here.
     
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  5. Mooh

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    One of my former students can play either handed well enough to switch hit in her live shows. One of my current students was a righty who switched to lefty after a traumatic brain injury.

    10% of 10%? Maybe. If my figuring is any indication, a greater percentage of lefties are self taught than righties, at least in my catchment area, so my registrations wouldn't be a clear indication.

    For many years I played in a sort of celtoid acoustic outfit where the original guitarist played a right handed guitar left handed, but left handed banjo left handed. When I switched from bass to guitar he switched to mandolin/fiddle/octave, playing a left handed fiddle and banjo but right handed everything else, though still left handed. Hand watching was weird, good thing I have ears. He's a stellar player and now leads his own band. How his brain works I have no idea.
     
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  6. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    Interesting that you find more lefties are self taught than righties. Always impressed with those who can play both ways...I don't even know how it's possible.. but you're right...the mind is pretty amazing.
     
  7. fretzel

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    I’m a lefty that plays right. Also self taught. LOL

    I’m a funny lefty though, I write and eat with my left but everything else is righty. Baseball, throw and hit, hockey and golf. For hockey I would have a hard time being goalie as I would want to hold stick in left hand but I catch with my left.
     
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  8. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    If you play lefty, you will quickly find you are somewhat limited for options.

    If you can play guitar or bass right handed, do so.
     
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  9. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    Yup. Very limited.
     
  10. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    Like @fretzel I am lefty who does a bunch of things right-handed including guitar.
     
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  11. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    I think we all do from years of trying to use right handed things.
     
  12. gtrguy

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    So 1%...
     
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  13. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    Basically...but that how he stat was read. Dont know why.
     
  14. Lincoln

    Lincoln Gold Member

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    the oldest son is a lefty, but learned to play right-handed guitars for two reasons. 1 - that's all there was in the house, and 2 - I thought it would be an advantage for his dominate hand do the fingering. Was it? I don't know. How do you judge something like that?

    As a twist, the youngest son (an excellent player) who is right handed, now wants a left handed guitar so he can learn to play left and "challenge" himself.
     
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  15. nbs2005

    nbs2005 Gold Member

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    Write left, throw right, eat with whatever hand won't bump into the person sitting next to me. Guitar is played right, but I'm fairly sure if a lefty was around that would have been fine.
     
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