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reldridge

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I'm left handed and chose to learn to play right handed before I ever picked up a guitar. I am interested in mostly Blues, Rock, and some Metal. Any ideas or tips on increasing speed and accuracy with my right hand.

I'm still early in my learning, but eventually I would like to be able to build speed enough for some metal tunes. Am I asking too much out of my weaker hand, or is it just a matter of practice?

Any advice would be awesome!

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I'm left handed and chose to learn to play right handed before I ever picked up a guitar. I am interested in mostly Blues, Rock, and some Metal. Any ideas or tips on increasing speed and accuracy with my right hand.

I'm still early in my learning, but eventually I would like to be able to build speed enough for some metal tunes. Am I asking too much out of my weaker hand, or is it just a matter of practice?

Any advice would be awesome!

Guitar Tricks Admin

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Hey there!

Great question.

If you are a beginner, we would suggest learning to play right handed since you use both hands anyway. And you'll be better adapted on your fretting hand, which is the one that does most of the intricate work!

Jon Broderick, the Guitar Tricks founder is a lefty himself, and this is how he learned. We don't have any lessons available for the left hand position, though.

You are not asking too much of your other hand. You just need to practice playing right handed and it will get easier with time. I suggest going through the Guitar Fundamental lessons with your right hand to adapt to playing that way. By practicing each lesson you will increase your speed and accuracy, it's always good to learn the basics.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

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Hey there!

Great question.

If you are a beginner, we would suggest learning to play right handed since you use both hands anyway. And you'll be better adapted on your fretting hand, which is the one that does most of the intricate work!

Jon Broderick, the Guitar Tricks founder is a lefty himself, and this is how he learned. We don't have any lessons available for the left hand position, though.

You are not asking too much of your other hand. You just need to practice playing right handed and it will get easier with time. I suggest going through the Guitar Fundamental lessons with your right hand to adapt to playing that way. By practicing each lesson you will increase your speed and accuracy, it's always good to learn the basics.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

cjp0

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I'm left-handed (writing, sports, nearly everything). I had never even tried playing until my friend in college had a gorgeous acoustic guitar that he never touched. When I saw it he offered to lend it to me and I my mission began. To be honest, it never crossed my mind that it was right-handed in the beginning, so I learned the easy couple of chords, practiced a ton and that all seemed fine since of course, my fretting hand was my dominant.

That was until I started to apply these chords and finally start playing songs. I have a decent ear for music but something just wasn't right. Strumming was so unnatural but it was all new to me so I didn't think much of it until I searched, and searched and searched and it started to make sense.

In short, I ended up finding the one left-handed electric guitar (had to make the 2nd attempt somewhat easier) in Miami, without even know if it would solve the "problem". Within a day or two, I relearned the chords and that was the best thing I ever did. If righty feels wrong, just get a left-handed guitar!

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I'm left-handed (writing, sports, nearly everything). I had never even tried playing until my friend in college had a gorgeous acoustic guitar that he never touched. When I saw it he offered to lend it to me and I my mission began. To be honest, it never crossed my mind that it was right-handed in the beginning, so I learned the easy couple of chords, practiced a ton and that all seemed fine since of course, my fretting hand was my dominant.

That was until I started to apply these chords and finally start playing songs. I have a decent ear for music but something just wasn't right. Strumming was so unnatural but it was all new to me so I didn't think much of it until I searched, and searched and searched and it started to make sense.

In short, I ended up finding the one left-handed electric guitar (had to make the 2nd attempt somewhat easier) in Miami, without even know if it would solve the "problem". Within a day or two, I relearned the chords and that was the best thing I ever did. If righty feels wrong, just get a left-handed guitar!

tweety67

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I agree with cjp0!

I'm left handed and tried to learn right handed like everyone says you should since you use both hands anyway and it didn't work for me either!

Try it but if you get a chance to try out a left hand guitar,do it since it might save you time on your guitar learning journey to start out with the right(no pun intended) guitar.

Tweety

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I agree with cjp0!

I'm left handed and tried to learn right handed like everyone says you should since you use both hands anyway and it didn't work for me either!

Try it but if you get a chance to try out a left hand guitar,do it since it might save you time on your guitar learning journey to start out with the right(no pun intended) guitar.

Tweety

srikanth.thuy

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I have a dominant right hand. But when I'm learning, I see the use of my left hand on the fret board is stressing me. Thereore, I'm considering shifting to left hand style to make use of my dominant right hand on the fret board, instead of usint it for strumming.

Any suggestins please!

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I have a dominant right hand. But when I'm learning, I see the use of my left hand on the fret board is stressing me. Thereore, I'm considering shifting to left hand style to make use of my dominant right hand on the fret board, instead of usint it for strumming.

Any suggestins please!

martinphillips286

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Yeah I find it strange that anyone would advise a lefty to play right-handed. What is the benefit, as left handed guitars are available why would you need to?

Would you tell a left handed youngster learning to play tennis or golf to play right handed, a student to write right handed?

I see no logic.

#6

Yeah I find it strange that anyone would advise a lefty to play right-handed. What is the benefit, as left handed guitars are available why would you need to?

Would you tell a left handed youngster learning to play tennis or golf to play right handed, a student to write right handed?

I see no logic.

mcchuck47

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I am left-handed and I have no issues playing and learning from some one that is right-handed, it's like you are looking in the mirror. I dont understand why others try too discourage people from playing left-handed. One thing too get used to as a lefty is the chord charts are made for right handed players, so us leftys have too use our brains more.

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I am left-handed and I have no issues playing and learning from some one that is right-handed, it's like you are looking in the mirror. I dont understand why others try too discourage people from playing left-handed. One thing too get used to as a lefty is the chord charts are made for right handed players, so us leftys have too use our brains more.

bbriant

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when I was in school way back in the 50ths they used to beat left handed kids over the knuckles to try to change them.

They said you are deliberately being rebelious.

That did not work for me and im still left handed.

When I first started to learn to play guitar in the mid 60s there was hardly any left handed guitars around, so I started to learn upside down on a friends right handed guitar.

I managed to learn 3 chords G-C-D. but was having problems with strumming up all the time so I gave up.

Now there is hardly any guitar manifactures that do not make left handed guitars.

So stick with what feels the most natural.

Barry

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when I was in school way back in the 50ths they used to beat left handed kids over the knuckles to try to change them.

They said you are deliberately being rebelious.

That did not work for me and im still left handed.

When I first started to learn to play guitar in the mid 60s there was hardly any left handed guitars around, so I started to learn upside down on a friends right handed guitar.

I managed to learn 3 chords G-C-D. but was having problems with strumming up all the time so I gave up.

Now there is hardly any guitar manifactures that do not make left handed guitars.

So stick with what feels the most natural.

Barry