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Learning Left Handed Guitar

Finding a patient teacher who can instruct in reverse is almost as difficult as finding a left-handed instrument, since most teachers are right-handed. Some even refuse to teach left-handed pupils!  Yet the solution can be simple: just seat the left-handed pupil opposite the teacher, so it is like looking in a mirror - a simple and effective way to learn.

Some teachers will even argue that with any stringed instrument the right hand has to be pretty dextrous so it shouldn't make any difference which way round the instrument is played. For folk or classical guitar playing, the argument goes against this theory because much of the control is carried out by the right hand, which left-handers might find difficult.

But what if you have already been encouraged to play guitar right-handed - is it too late to change?


The Guitar Workshop in New York made a detailed study of left-handed guitar playing and found that it took three to six months for players who changed over to regain their previous level of attainment, after which they improved even further!  Composer and guitarist John Duarte, a 'changed' man said: "Now I would not encourage a lefty to learn right-handedly, and when I inherit a student who does play that way round, I advise him to change if he does not appear to be reaching his potential. I think there has been much irrational prejudice against lefties, and such things die hard".

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