Poll: How many members are left-handed?

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by Carey » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:33 am

I do everything left-handed (boy do I) except playing the guitar, which I do right-handed.

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by OldC1guy » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:27 am

At my first lesson in 1947, the deal was take so many lessons and the guitar is yours. All he had wa flat top Stellas and they were all right handed. So this lefty became a righty. Made sense to me, I was using 4 fingers on my left hand, and held the pick in my right. Still does, even though I now use the thumb and three on my right.
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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by stevel » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:46 am

I'm a lefty.

I play righty.

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by oc chuck » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:00 am

I am left handed.
I am left eye dominant , write and throw lefty and
bat and golf righty and play guitar right handed.

When I played football I punted lefty and kicked righty.
Go figure!

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by Alan Green » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:09 am

Writing, throwing a ball, snooker cue, tennis bat (or whatever it's called), baseball bat and anything that requires fine motor control - left handed

I have left-handed scissors in the kitchen, and a left-handed ruler in the office.

Playing guitar, cricket bat - right handed

Catching a ball, using a knife and fork - either way.

Phones, calculators, PCs and pianos are only made in right-handed forms. I use my PC mouse in my left hand but with a standard right-handed button configuration. In reality, most left-handers can use both hands to do things; we have to, because the rest of you lot simply refuse to cater for us :-)

How many guitar manufacturers fail to make a left-handed model? Isn't PRS one of them?

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by simonm » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:34 am

Alan Green wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:09 am
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I have left-handed scissors in the kitchen, and a left-handed ruler in the office.
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Interesting. At some point as a teenager I got a pair of left-handed scissors: I could not get used to them. Recently, I became aware of how newer bread knives (cheap to medium priced at any rate) are very right handed. We got two new ones recently (two because I got so frustrated with the the first) and I can't cut straight with them and have slipped and cut myself instead of the bread. The older ones we have are much better.

Very interesting is what I would consider a pretty high number of ambidextrous folk here. When at university many years ago, one of my colleagues (female) was about the write simultaneously two different things with both hands. She was a piano player and said it was a bit like keeping the bass and treble separate.

Some tools are so right handed that I get put off every time I think of buying one. Electric mitre saws for example. Could be that their are some suitable for lefties but the typical one in European big box shops is uncompromisingly right handed: I suspect that there may be higher end versions that are reversible but I haven't seen them.

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by tormodg » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:02 pm

I am very left-handed (throwing, batting, shooting etc), also use left leg for kicking etc. I struggled with tendonitis in my left hand many years ago, so I learned to use a computer mouse the "right" way - which I still do. But just about everything else is done primarily with my left hand.

I play a regular, righty guitar.
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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by tormodg » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:02 pm

Double post, sorry.
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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by bear » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:06 pm

simonm wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:34 am

Very interesting is what I would consider a pretty high number of ambidextrous folk here. When at university many years ago, one of my colleagues (female) was about the write simultaneously two different things with both hands. She was a piano player and said it was a bit like keeping the bass and treble separate.
I like to do this when I have to sign a lot of papers. During my recent surgery. there were people on both sides asking for my signature et.al. and I had 2 pens going at once.
I don't play the piano. Martial Arts may have reinforced it. We trained both sides equally back then. There seems to be more of a deference to handedness these days.
I think my father was ambidextrous. My mother was a righty.
This thread has gotten me curios about left handed guitars. It might be an excuse to tour the flea markets (boot sales - for those of you who speak English).
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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by Les Backshall » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:31 pm

Left writing, right plucking - but I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by Bododio » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:00 pm

I write and throw left-handed. But I golf, bat, play tennis, and play guitar right-handed. BTW, I was informed many years ago that if you do some things left-handed and some things right-handed, you are bidextrous. But if you are able to do things equally as well with either hand, you are ambidextrous.
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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by soltirefa » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:27 am

Bododio wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:00 pm
I write and throw left-handed. But I golf, bat, play tennis, and play guitar right-handed. BTW, I was informed many years ago that if you do some things left-handed and some things right-handed, you are bidextrous. But if you are able to do things equally as well with either hand, you are ambidextrous.
Interesting.

I remember hearing that dextrous means right and sinister means left. Ambi means both. So Ambidextrous means both right.

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by simonm » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:09 am

Summary to date.

18 lefties plus 3 ambies. I never thought of counting ambies before. :-)

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by Pat Dodson » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:31 pm

I always thought Ambidextrose was a gel or tablet that a diabetic person could take irrespective of whether they are left handed or right handed.

Eraserheads' song Ambi Dextrose however seems to sum things up:

"Well I talked to my baby on a Saturday night
She said it doesn't matter what is left or what is right"

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Re: Poll: How many members are left-handed?

Post by kloeten » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:59 am

write: left
pluck: right

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