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I am left-handed and 2 years ago I began to play guitar for right handed and I do not know whether this is good or bad for me so I'd like to hear what you think. :crazy:

 

I think whatever way you figure out to make the music you hear in your head is the best way to do it. Do what works for you.

 

 

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There have been lefties who played lefty, lefties who played rightie, lefties who played right-handed axes flipped-over with the strings still arranged righty (upside-down), and lefties who played right-handed axes flipped-over with the strings also changed (rightside-up). Whatever works best for you is alright!

 

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Being left-handed but playing "rightie", you may well have an advantage on the fretboard, over right-handed players who pick with their favored/strong-hand.

 

Ultimately, only you can decide which way is best for you. :cool:

 

Keep at it, whichever way you go, and stick arond and keep us posted on your development!

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RIk Emmentt with Triumph(a 70's/80's band out of Canada) plays right handed while being lefty, and he's pretty facile, so it's not necessarily a bad thing. The main question is, is it working for you? If so, keep going. If not, change over.

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Left & Right is not like Back and White. There's a LOT of grey. Think of it like a sliding scale. We all know hopeless righties and lefties and then we know folks who can do something right and some things left and we may know a person who is ambidextrous.

 

Most players will play in a style that feels natural to them based on where they fit on the scale. I am a lefty that plays right, meaning my left hand is my fret hand and is very active. On the other hand (pun intended) when I play keys, it's my right hand that is more active and capable.

 

Stick to what feels natural. More often than not it will match the way you're wired.

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I'm left-handed, and have always (45 years or so) played a right-handed guitar. One of the big advantages to playing right-handed is that you can pretty much choose any guitar you like, or that suits you, and you're set. While there are left-handed guitars out there, walk into GC, or any music warehouse like that, and ask to see the lefty guitars. You'll be lucky if there are even 8 or 10 models for you to choose from - more likely 4 or 5. Say you like that lefty LP, but you wanted in another color - great, that's a special order item only, so add that inflated cost to your budget.

 

Final word - if your axe fails at a live gig or recording session, there's a nearly 100% chance you can borrow another right-handed guitar, on the spot. Looking around for a lefty axe could shut down your session, right then and there.

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Guitar playing isn't left/right handed in my opinion. Yes, there are those stubborn people who insist on playing a guitar backward (or upside down in some cases), but insisting on a left-handed guitar is about crazy to me as insisting on a left-handed piano.

 

PS: I'm a southpaw, and I play regular guitars, basses, and pianos, not backward ones. :D

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Welcome aboard LR Player...I'd go with a left or right handed guitar depending on the one you like best (seek and ye shall find), over playing the guitar upside down...just bring two guitars to the gig in case you break a string...
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I'm a left-handed person who has played stock right-handed guitars from the beginning (I started in 1980). I've nearly always encountered frowns from staff in guitar shops and also at gigs. 'How are you DOING that?' is the usual question when I start playing a few chords. It's amusing after a while. I wonder what they'd say if I told them I almost always play in an alternate tuning (which I do!).

 

So it's great to read all the positive views on this thread. I would add a few more things: guitars will look strange on you but you'll attract attention. Conventional fingerstyle isn't possible, but you can do it YOUR way. Likewise with chords - I've developed a lot of unusual voicings through using my thumb to fret the top strings. It's rad to be odd!

 

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I'm a left-handed person who has played stock right-handed guitars from the beginning (I started in 1980). I've nearly always encountered frowns from staff in guitar shops and also at gigs. 'How are you DOING that?' is the usual question when I start playing a few chords. It's amusing after a while. I wonder what they'd say if I told them I almost always play in an alternate tuning (which I do!).

 

So it's great to read all the positive views on this thread. I would add a few more things: guitars will look strange on you but you'll attract attention. Conventional fingerstyle isn't possible, but you can do it YOUR way. Likewise with chords - I've developed a lot of unusual voicings through using my thumb to fret the top strings. It's rad to be odd!

 

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I take it that you take a righty guitar, still strung righty, and flip 'em over, right? Ehr, correct? :D:thu:

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Hang on... are you right-handed or left-handed?

 

I'm right-handed, but amusingly enough, it confused people who saw a lefty playing a flipped-over righty-instrument, and then hand it to me, flipping it righty and playing- as if this was some incredible trick or something.

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Ah, yes I've had that too - but the other way round! Right-handed person passes his/her guitar to me and onlookers are a bit nonplussed to see me flip it over and start playing it.

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Ah, yes I've had that too - but the other way round! Right-handed person passes his/her guitar to me and onlookers are a bit nonplussed to see me flip it over and start playing it.

 

In THAT case, it IS a bit surprising and impressive; it just amused me that I got that kind of reaction from non-players when it was the other way around.

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