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Why do right handed players not use their dominant hand on the fretboard?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by LPBlue, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah. And don't most of those guys pluck with their right hands?
     
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    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dunlap disease huh?:D
     
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    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Except for the left handed ones.:D
     
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    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Without reading all 4 pages of responses, it's because your picking hand is just as important as your fretting hand.
     
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    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, but they need to find a left-handed jaw harp first. :sneaky::whistling:;):thumbd:
     
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    Well if one hand is dominant, then the other must be submissive, so it makes sense it has to do all the work.
     
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    Even better with an 'a' at the end of it imo!
     
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    Buy one of these and see which way you prefer
     
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    I am a natural lefty but when I was a kid I was taught to throw and bat right handed mainly because my hand me down mitts were all for the left hand but I could never be taught to write with my right hand.

    I can box equally well both left and right handed though and in many tasks it doesn't matter what hand I use but I have never tried to play a lefty guitar as all that was ever around when I did were right handed so when i finally got serious I just went with a righty.

    I think I probably could have played lefty if I was exposed to it when I was younger but now the right handed guitar feels natural because it's all I ever used

    Maybe lefties are more flexible in these things
     
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    This is the truth.

    Righties are full on righties. Lefties are typically comfortable using their right hand for various tasks.

    This thread could equally be about right handed hockey players holding their stick in lefty fashion.

    Try being a righty trying to teach your lefty kid how to tie his shoes. It’s not easy.q
     
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    I tried to play a left handed guitar, left handed, and I couldn't even get comfortable hanging it around my shoulders.

    Same reason I can't shoot pool left handed or fire a rifle with the non dominant hand/eye (the eye thing is probably the biggest thing there).

    My brother can shoot pool well with his left hand (good enough anyway). My buddy Reggie is ambidextrous.

    I was at his house one time, he was doing a stipple drawing of Kurt Cobain from Nirvana Unplugged (acoustic guitar, with a cigarette in his mouth the smoke and Kurt's hair obscuring his face). As I was watching Reggie switched hands with the pencil. I asked his how he could do that, and he wasn't even aware he'd switched hands.

    Another time we were playing darts at a local bar. Cricket, we had everything closed just needed the bull's eye to win (3). The other guys were steadily closing their targets, we were pointing them to keep ahead. But couldn't for the life of us (me) hit a bull.

    Reggie threw his first dart, and hit the bull. He was a little buzzed, and said "Hey!! Lookit that!! Maybe I'll try left handed on the next throw..." Sure enough he hit another (double, game over), and said "Whoa, I should throw right with the last and see if I can hit it." Sure enough, he hit a third (fourth), said "Hat trick for the win! YEEE HAW!!"

    The guys on the other team thought we were sandbagging them, and didn't want to pay up (we were playing for beer). Got kinda hairy and I thought it would come to blows. Eventually they bought us a round and nobody wanted to play us. We drank our beers and left.
     
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    Because we are ambidextrous?
     
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    what?

    never mind that there could be four pages of blatant tos violations stacking up behind this...

    a mod who ignores four pages of thoughtful prose elaborating upon the existential and metaphysical properties of our spiritual connection to our pursuit of harmonic bliss?
    (by way of example, merely read the first post following the OP)

    well i never!
     
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    No, the dominant hand should be the picking/strumming hand.
    I am also a Lefty, having the dominant hand on the board is a handicap.

     
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    you will have a limited choice of guitars too if you play lefty.

    and if you're a right dominant playing lefty, turning the knobs on the guitar would be awkward.
     
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    Fretting notes is easy. Controlling a pick and fingers is hard.
     
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    That must have it's advantages?

    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.... :sneaky:
     
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    Stupid stuff folks say around lefties:

    "Congradulations on winning the contest! Awesome playing. Just think how good you'd be if you played right handed!"

    "Why do you play left-handed?"

    "How in the world did you learn to play left-handed?"

    "But you can't find left-handed instruments, right?"

    "The left hand is the better hand for a lefty, so it should be on the fretboard."

    "Violins CAN NOT be played left-handed. There are rules."

    "Well, maybe you can convert a violin, but not the bow!"

    "Ever thought about playing right handed? Its easier you know."

    "Are you seriously going to convert this vintage instrument to a lefty? Don't you think that's a mistake, even if you are going to play it a lot?"

    "I've got a daughter that tried to learn lefthanded, but she's playing right handed now. After six years, she's almost thru the 3rd Suzuki book. Glad we switched her early."

    "Lots of lefties play righthanded. You should too."

    "Lefties should play right handed because its an advantage with the strong hand on the fretboard. Why right-handed folks don't play with their strong hand on the fretboard? Oh, because they are already playing right handed."

    I could go on. Actually, I can't.
     
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    Musekatcher Strat-O-Master

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    Watch it! You don't mess with the mod with no eyes.
     
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