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Lefty Bass player

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Suzi72, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Suzi72


    Sep 27, 2008
    Any insight on learning left handed? I'm a lefty and just starting out. I wondered if I need any special learning techniques or will a typical bass training be sufficient.

  2. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    No, you will not need any special learning techniques except from that you will have to mirror every scale diagram or so that you will see. I don't know if there's any education material made exclusively for lefties.

    By the way, try both left and right handed basses unless you have purchased a lefty already. There's a lot of lefties playing right handed basses here on this forum, myself included. Anyway, there's pros and cons with both. Do a search here on TB, there have been a million threads on left vs right already. :)
  3. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I'm a left handed person playing right handed. (When I started, I couldn't afford a left handed bass). I feel it's helped my fretting hand but my plucking hand was slower to become useful. lol.

    I'm not sure if there's special left handed bass playing instructions around... I haven't really checked. I think standard stuff should be fine. Notes are notes, technique is the same, rhythm is rhythm, etc.

    A teacher would probably make this easier for you though.
  4. mrokern

    mrokern TB's resident Rush freak

    Jul 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'm a lefty playing...well...lefty. You'll get the hang of re-doing the diagrams in your head pretty quickly. Of course, if you learn to just read the music it won't be an issue at all...;)

    It can actually make things a little easier for you if you're watching someone play...it's like looking into a mirror.

    Play whichever way you are comfortable. I can't play righty to save my life, but give me a lefty and it feels perfectly natural.

  5. Suzi72


    Sep 27, 2008
    Thanks for your input!
  6. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Inactive

    Nov 5, 2004
    I'm a lefty and I teach a lot.
    One of the thing that is helpful is the fact that when I play in front of the student it give the mirror effect which is very practical for the teacher AND the student.

    So, find yourself a right-hand teacher which shouldn't be too hard LOL

  7. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005
    I love being lefty for this reason. And the fact that no one can play my instruments. :)

    If you want to learn righty you can (I've seen it done), but I don't necessarily advocate it. I maintain that the best way to learn is the most comfortable.

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