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Just starting out-question

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by holland, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. holland


    Jan 17, 2006
    I've been recently practicing on an old electric bass. I feel most comfortable with my right hand on the neck, and left had plucking. I want to get more serious and I'm looking to purchase a fender jazz bass, early 70s...But, there are so few "left handed basses" do you suggest to get a right handed bass, and then switch the strings? Is that possible? And does it make it an issue when it comes to reading music, if I played a bass with my right hand on the neck?

  2. It is possible to use a righthanded bass and switch the strings, basically this is what Jimi Hendrix did on his guitar (he played a righthanded guitar lefthanded).

    But I would not recommend it.

    Search further and buy a lefthanded.

    When it comes to reading lefthanded/ righthanded is not an issue. Only when you read instructions, such as 'mute with your left hand' you should read that as 'right hand'.