This year I decided I can play the bass good enough to start giving private lessons to boost my income (no need to say gigs don't really pay rents... not that the lessons do, but that's not the point). A pianist friend of mine set up this music school and I joined in as the bass teacher. Today I got my first student, a 18yo boy, and gave him my first lesson. Everything went fairly smoothly, but he told me one thing that got me thinking: The thing is: he is really just starting. Never studied theory, never played any instruments before but has a lot of musician friends and chose the bass. He doesn't have a bass, so I take mine to the lessons, and he said he will borrow one from a friend. AND he's left handed. The way he mentioned to me was "yeah, I'm really excited about playing the bass, it's just going to be a drag to learn to play it reversed". When he told me that I said something to the effect that since he was just starting out, it was no problem to study the bass right-handed, since he will find the very first hand movements difficult regardless of which way he chooses, and it could be a good opportunity do develop his right hand. That said, afterwards I felt a little uncomfortable. He will kinda need to make a big decision now: to learn to play a right handed bass upside down; to learn to play the right handed bass right handed; to go and find a left-handed bass OR find a right handed bass that he could restring (kinda Jimi Hendrix-like). And me being his first ever music teacher have to help him in this decision, and I'm not really sure if what I told him is 100% true. I've seen in some threads here that there are lots of left handed bass players that play just like a right handed person with no trouble, but I'd like to know how the process was, if it was painful in any way. The cousin of a friend of mine (a 10yo girl) is left handedly trying to play a right handed violin, and apparently it's very frustating to her. I wouldn't want to make a burden out of this kid's first contact with music. That being said, however, I can't restring my bass every time I give him lessons (also because I wouldn't be able to play anymore...), I don't know if he will be able to restring his friend's bass and I find it really really unlikely that he can 1) find and 2) afford a decent left handed bass here, plus the fact that if he ever needs to borrow a bass for an emergency (the band is on the stage, 10 min to start playing, the A string broke!) it will make things much more difficult. So for the sake of practicality, I want to stick to the first answer I gave him, but I would really much appreciate the insight of the community to guide me through this.