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Leftie playing a right hand bass questions

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by RPeters, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. RPeters


    Mar 24, 2009
    I'm a left handed player, as cursed as I may be, but I was lucky enough to be left with a great precision bass from my brother. Unfortunately, it's right handed. Here's some questions...

    -The guitar doesn't look built for reverse tuning. Keep in mind this is a US made P Bass.
    Your thoughts?

    -What should I keep in mind as far as technique goes? It doesn't feel natural and I can't play at all when I try to rest my thumb on the pickup.

    Overall, I'm just looking for some general advice :meh:
  2. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I'm left handed and just play right handed. It worked well for me. I found that starting out my fretting hand was a quicker learner than my plucking hand. This is partly due to my negligence to work on playing with fingers a lot back when I started and possibly also being left handed... To this day I still prefer a pick but that's besides the point.

    I tried learning left handed (after already playing right handed). For this I strung the bass like a left handed bass. I think you'd be putting yourself as a disadvantage by playing strictly upside down. If you're going to play lefty, I'd string it lefty (you might have to file the nut... I did) and then get some cash together and get a true left handed bass.

    There are great players who play upside down, I just feel like it might be an unnecessary hurdle you'd be able to avoid by deciding to play strictly left handed or right handed.

    I'm sure a bunch of our other lefties here can throw in some great insight too. :D

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