[quote="Alan Carruth" post_id=1215534 time=1501523397
.....Surprisingly, there seem to be some right handed players who seem to regard playing lefty as a sort of moral failing: "You could
do it, if you only tried hard enough"....
Normally I find this whole topic rather amusing and like to poke fun at it but this is the only aspect that puzzles and saddens me.
Most things I prefer to do left handed. A few I learned to do right handed because of the tool (e.g. scissors or field hockey stick) or because I was taught that way (e.g cricket batting, though I bowl left handed and play all racquet sports left handed.)
When I picked up a guitar I wanted to do it left handed. Probably I could have learned it right handed but I was initially self taught and I did it left handed. I don't regret it though it has its very minor drawbacks. But they are drawbacks affecting me, not others. What harm does it do others?
Sure, you don't generally see left handed pianos. And I can't convert my piano by restringing it, altering the pedals and keyboard etc. So I play right handed. But restringing a guitar is quite simple and some makers and luthiers are kind enough or financially wise enough to produce left handed guitars. So, if I want to why on earth shouldn't I play left handed?
I coach trampolining and recently a young girl, aged 10 transferred to me from her previous coach. In twisting somersaults she likes to twist left but her previous coach, for reasons completely bewildering to me, required her to twist right. The result was confusion, imbalance, untidiness and, worst, accidents and huge upset to the point that she nearly quit. I let her twist left and she is progressing very nicely, competing successfully and enjoying the sport.
A very few seem to see people like this child and me as morally disreputable. Fair enough. I find that sad but at the same time I really enjoy winding them up! Shifty? You ain't seen nothing yet!