POLL: Righty, lefty and both

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by djole94hns, Dec 8, 2013.


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Which hand do you use to strum the strings?

  1. Left

    27 vote(s)
    12.9%
  2. Right

    177 vote(s)
    84.3%
  3. I'm ambidextrous

    6 vote(s)
    2.9%
  1. djole94hns

    djole94hns

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    Hello there!
    I know it is not a very informative thread, but I am personally interested in statistics, so I would like to see what is the precentage of lefties compared to right handed players. This is also a good thread to discuss the problem of low production and high prices of left handed bass guitars, your personal experiences and the way you learned to play (e.g. right handed bass with strings in correct order, reversed, etc.).
    So, let's see the results :)
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Aren't you going to use the Talkbass polling software???
  3. djole94hns

    djole94hns

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    Sorry, I am new to the forums. What is that? :D

    EDIT: If you tought about the poll option in the thread making process, I used that as you can see. I just accidentally added "POLL:" before the name, even if it is generated automatically. So, if some admin sees that, I would ask him/her to change it :)
  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Ah yes, it came up after my post. Best of luck. Oh yes, one other thing—I am left-handed, but play right-handed. Your poll neglects that option. Is that unimportant?
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  6. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    I can play both. Play right handed to avoid the lefthander tax
  7. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    But this is a bass, I don't strum the strings. That would be on a guitar.
  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Why limit your technique? :smug:
  9. djole94hns

    djole94hns

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    Ok, english is not my primary language. I could add more options if I delete this thread and post again. Only I cannot do that sadly... Just votr ambi if you do not play with your primary hand, ok?
  10. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    No, this thread is fine. Its an interesting question if people conform to playing right handed due to only instument availability.

    I chose righty because of the price and availability of righty instruments
  11. djole94hns

    djole94hns

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    I am not here do judge, but by doing that we are practically letting the companies screw us lefties. I would like to see the precentage of left handed players here and compare it to a precentage of left handed basses made by top companies. When I bought my first bass (a lefty Yamaha) I had 2 choices: a second hand RBX270L for about 160 euros, or a new Squier, 320 euros. Guess what I choose? I would like to have more options for low to mid range basses.
  12. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate Supporting Member

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    That was my thought, too. It's all good. :D
  13. DeadZeriousBass

    DeadZeriousBass

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  14. southpaw723

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    We need lefty jaguars!
  15. delta7fred

    delta7fred

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    I'm left handed but play right so voted ambi. When I started learning I just picked up a friends right handed acoustic guitar and never even thought that there may be left handed ones.

    I'm Very glad I did it that way.
  16. thunesBARROW

    thunesBARROW

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    I play lefty, and do almost everything else lefty. Even in Long Island and NYC it's almost impossible to find lefties (as we all know). GC almost never has them. I encourage all of my left-handed students to play righty, if at all possible. Also, Carvin is your friend! I've come to the realization that custom is the way to go for us lefties.

    I can play both ways (a semi-useless skill acquired while teaching) but voted lefty.
  17. TigerInATrance

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    It always seemed to me that lefties had an advantage when playing a "right-handed" instrument in that their left hand should have more dexterity for fretting. Certainly if you are playing a "right-handed" instrument from the get go your muscle memory doesn't know the difference... it's all very interesting to consider, yes?
  18. Immigrant

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    :D No one else thought it was funny, but I sure did.

    Learn some Primus just for kicks. It'll expand your strumming ability and attitude! I strum the crap out of my basses. They likey.
  19. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

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    Lefty here, and have paid the aforementioned tax. :rollno:

    We need video of players strumming their basses. Any out there? I'm keen to check this out. :eyebrow:
  20. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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  21. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist Supporting Member

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    Right handed. For some reason, the only time I find myself feeling like a lefty, is when I pick up a hockey stick.

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