{RANT}The universe sucks sometimes.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dragon2knight, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. dragon2knight


    Jan 23, 2016
    Bronx, NY
    ..it really does. After getting the news from the second nerve specialist in as many weeks that my fretting wrist is pretty much shot (motorcycle accident), I'm gonna have to stop playing an instrument that I literately just started taking up....crap. I thought that a shorter scale might help alleviate the pain, but nope, it just lets me play for a bit longer. According to the specialists, if I keep playing I risk permanent damage so as of today, I'm stopping :banghead: I'm not liking this one tiny bit, mind you, I'm no quitter, never was never will be. But this ones a matter of health, so I'm listening to the experts here....BUT there might be another way to do this :)

    This actually leads me to a serious question: Has anyone here successfully switched from playing righty to lefty or vice versa? I was born lefty but had that, um, "exorcised" from me in Catholic school at an early age ;) I'd like to think I might be able to pull it off as the only reason my wrist is getting pummeled is the angle I have to keep it at while playing. I can both type and, after trying it out, pluck just fine with no issues to said wrist...just wondering if I'm crazy to try it or not...like I said, I'm no quitter, and the challenge might just be at least an interesting one. Any thoughts on this?
  2. Try it a few weeks with your current bass and see how it feels and how you come along. Since you were born a lefty, who knows, you just might be a phemon in the making.
  3. Michael B

    Michael B

    Dec 16, 2015
    Lowell, MA
    I say that's a great idea. I have a left handed friend who played righty so he could easily get guitars.

    How about:
    - smaller frets
    - lighter strings
    - come up with a unique grip
    - try different width necks
    - 2nd opinion Dr
    - Sports Dr?

    Man, good luck.
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  4. dragon2knight


    Jan 23, 2016
    Bronx, NY
    Thanks...two different specialists say exactly the same thing, stop or else. I'm gonna give the lefty playing a shot, got nothing to lose that's for sure.
  5. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    What about drums?
  6. tedious1


    Feb 14, 2014
    If you taught one hand to pluck and the other to fret, you can certainly flip it around, all it takes is time. If you didn't go through an instructor before, this might be a good time to retain one. If you're basically going to have to start teaching hands from scratch, may as well get the techniques right from the get go instead of bringing any bad habits to a new hand and correcting later.

    Whoa there! He's just got a simple nerve problem, not a lobotomy!
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  7. dragon2knight


    Jan 23, 2016
    Bronx, NY
    Funny story...or not...I was a drummer, for over 30 years actually,lol. Had a few back operations due to a motorcycle accident around 5 years ago(I really should stop riding those 2 wheeled death machines ;) ) I chose a bass as a replacement instrument...*sigh*
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  8. dragon2knight


    Jan 23, 2016
    Bronx, NY
    Hey, I resemble that remark ;) We are not so different you and I :D
  9. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    You can do it.
    If you have music in heart and in brain, all you have to do is train fingers.
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  10. Gaebrial


    Mar 8, 2016
    He said instrument :p

    I would try lefty. It is going to be hard at first, but people can learn anything if they are persistent enough.

    My roommate is rather good at guitar. He is left handed but plays righty, and he said that learning the chord shapes were easy, but learning to pick properly was difficult.

    Really, it is a question of practice and persistence rather than ability. At first you will think it is impossible, then something will "click". They you are proabanly going to sound crappy for a while, then something else will click. After that, you will be playing bass just fine and dandy and you will look back fondly on the frustrating process of relearning.
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  11. My friend is a guitarist and he is left handed and played guitar left handed. He ended up breaking his right hand, fretting hand, so he took his brothers right handed guitar and learned to play it well enough that he will sometimes switch between left handed and right handed guitars during gigs. I think you can do it, after enough time you maybe a better player overall.
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  12. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Definitely try lefty. It's what your body should naturally settle into. Give it time and be patient. Good luck with it. As Kate Bush said to Peter Gabriel...

  13. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    I'm all for playing lefty
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  14. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    C.C. DeVille (from Poison) is left handed, but his parents couldn't afford a lefty guitar, so he learned righty. Turned out pretty well for him...

    That said, if I were in your predicament, I would turn to the drum kit.
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  15. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    How about an upright...totally different more natural wrist position.
  16. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I don't think you are crazy. And indeed I can share my experience with Right-Left reversal with you. I've never reversed bass or guitar from right to left, but I will say that I always sort of thought that guitars were backwards where you wanted your fretting hand to be the strong one. But I was never enough of a believer in the theory to actually try to switch bass. BUT I do play drums. And let me point out the goal in drumming is to be totally ambidextrous. You should be able to play anything with either hand equally well and also start any patterns equally well with either hand. Most drummers can't do this (witness playing hat "cross-over" with right hand)

    Anyway back when PC computers were new I got a PC at work and my office was such that the mouse could only go on my left side. And I thought, hey, I don't know how to run a mouse now, so what difference would it make which hand I learn to run it with? And besides as a drummer, it would be cool to exercise my left hand for coordination etc. So I did. It was a bit of a struggle with the weak hand at first but soon things came along. I have a friend who is lefty and he learned his mouse righty for the same reason. He got the best deal. I found out my mistake in trying to buy left handed mice and as they slowly disappeared from the market.

    But I also found that using the other side of your brain is a trip! There really are different things going on over there! I believe that the reversal will make you better artistically. It certainly made my drumming killer! Like I said there are strange things going on in the other half of your brain. From my experience since you are between a rock and a hard place, I'd recommend reversal. But getting your weak hand strong does take some SERIOUS woodshedding! But then on drums the goal is both hands equally good. On a bass, like I said it may be easier because I think a person would do better with a strong fretting hand anyway.

    Personally given the choice between lefty and quitting, I'd go lefty. It will change your playing more than you think. And in my opinion the changes will be all for the better.

    Good Luck!
  17. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area

    1) give up the motorcycle as it's obviously beating the crap out of you.

    2) fretless maybe? Far less pressure

    3) as mentioned, fret with the other hand

    4) take up harmonica

    Good luck to you!
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  18. DOMIT


    Feb 16, 2016
    He mentioned instrument.
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  19. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    One more idea:

    Upright electric like a Zeta or NS.

    Proper positioning of the arm with an upright will eliminate the angle.

    Use of a stand will allow you to set any angle that feels comfortable and works for you.

    Try it with your current bass by standing it up on a table and playing like an upright.
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