Karen wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:39 pm
This brings up a question I have been really curious about. I am right handed so maybe I just don’t understand. It seems to me that lefties would have a advantage when playing guitar the normal way as the strength and dexterity required by the left hand would already be better formed when starting. If it is about difficulties learning to play, I can assure you playing guitar is difficult for righties to learn as well, at least for this one.
I see lots of disadvantages to switching to a left handed guitar so please help me understand why one would go through this effort. It’s got to be worth it to you somehow!
Like myself, I suspect many left handed players end up on "right" handed instruments due to the relative inconvenience of acquiring a non-standard instrument. I started playing on the guitar because there were guitars sitting around the house...
And as you say, there is plenty of work to go round for both hands.
On the other hand, no pun intended
, developing proper right hand technique has been challenging. Perhaps someone with more knowledge on the subject can chime in, but I sense that the plucking hand requires more fine motor skill/development than the fretting hand. Given this, I sometimes wish I had started on a LH guitar and even now occasionally consider switching to LH plucking.
Perhaps the challenges right handed folks encounter with the fretting hand are foreign to me - fretting with my left hand has always been fairly easy. Much easier than it seems to me when I've watched right handed players, especially students developing LH technique.