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Righties who play lefty?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dr doofie, Apr 24, 2018.


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  1. dr doofie

    dr doofie

    Jul 6, 2017
    After perusing around a bit, I found the “lefties who play righty” club; are there any righties who play lefty? On purpose and with conviction?
    Forgive me if this is threaded elsewhere
     
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  3. zontar

    zontar

    Feb 19, 2014
    J-5
    I have a friend who does that--right handed--plays guitar & bass lefthanded...

    Just the way it made sense when he first picked it up--he's also not bad at playign upside down--so he can play my guitar & bass--but the otehr way around isn't so easy--although I could do okay with an SG he had...
     
  4. dr doofie

    dr doofie

    Jul 6, 2017
    I mean I have it strung correctly for a lefty, is that what you're saying, too? but do most other things (eat, write, etc.) right handed. I play drums left handed, too, apparently, cause I don't cross my arms. That never made any sense.
     
  5. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Eric Gales is a guitarist who is right handed but plays left handed. He plays a right handed guitar flipped upside down.
     
  6. zontar

    zontar

    Feb 19, 2014
    J-5
    He strings a left handed guitar lefthanded--but still does pretty good playing a righthanded guitar upside down
    he also did take up drums at one point & drums lefthanded--he was copying Ringo...
     
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  7. Jewce

    Jewce

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I guess it's like drummers that either ride the hat with thier left or right. Right? Predominantly I mean. Right hand has the rhythm for me. But, I know a few that always ride the hat with thier left, even though they don't really need the hand freedom in the beat they're playing.
     
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  8. dr doofie

    dr doofie

    Jul 6, 2017
    There's a logic to all of this to me, which is illogical to others. For drums, why would one cross one's hands when one didn't have to? Seems like asking for disaster to go in for a tom fill and getting your arms all tangled up in the process. But I'm afraid to leave snare kick and hat anyways cause it always cause flying sticks :)
    And guitar/bass... Logic tells me your dominant hand should be doing the fretting and non dominant the picking/plucking. Not so apparently.i think its just the way I first picked up a guitar. Who knows. I just know my choices of instruments is limited and expensive. But no one ever asked to borrow my gear...
     
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    A good friend had to get a "remote high hat" because he is right hand dominant and left foot dominant. So his high hat mechanism is a cable that runs from his left foot pedal to a position between other cymbals where he plays it mainly with his right hand.

    I'm left handed and play right handed.

    I shoot right handed but I'm left eye dominant so I have to cross my arm over to line a pistol up with my left eye.

    I baseball I throw left handed and hit (mostly) right handed. When I played tennis, I could hit a forehand with either hand but my right hand could place the ball more accurately.

    So I'm all scrambled up. :D
     
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  10. Jewce

    Jewce

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    Haha, yeah you're pretty jacked bro. Hahaha
     
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  11. Jewce

    Jewce

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    For me, it's the snare that's the reason. Right kick, left snare. 1, 2. So, in turn my right plucks/slaps/picks. Fully accustomed to a steady flow of motion. Something my left isn't. But, for fills and such, my arms go where they need to all pretty fluently. But, I've also been playing drums longer than I've been playing strings. Just not as consistantly. I chose bass, it didn't choose me. I can make music with anything that makes noise. Fairly well. But, I'm left brained to the core. Right dominant.
     
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  12. spigmu

    spigmu

    Mar 25, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm on all the drumming hand dominance connection with you. I do basically everything in my world righty except musical stringed instrument playing lefty. My right hand is by far the dominant hand yet it's the hand with the natural backbeat in it. I can play a drum set righty because I've gotten used to it, but the backbeat naturally falls on my right hand, not the left, which is what a righty drummer would use on the snare/beakbeat. This can be worked around and weak aspects built up, but the fact is that's how it was delivered and it's written in stone. Oddly, when I play piano, the downbeat being in my left serves me well being that it's hammering the downbeats (generally) on the bass keys on the left, and even though the right hand doesn't really play backbeats all the time, that the right is where the internal backbeat is fits my right hand perfectly.

    Being a lefty player, I've been asked by parents with a child who is regarded as a lefty whether they should get a lefty guitar and play that way. My test is to have them play a simple drumbeat on the table, just a kick snare pattern I sing to them. In my experience they overwhelmingly play the downbeat/kick with the right and backbeat/snare with the left, the way a righty would, and to me it's a clear indication that they are natural righty guitarists regardless of their writing and throwing hand being their left.

    If the two kinds of side dominance were completely linked (the coordination/strength associated with writing and throwing and the musical) we would have many more lefty players in the world than we do, as normal world righty/lefty has a far closer ratio than righty/lefty musicians, even taking into account that so many beginner natural lefty players learn as righty for a variety of reasons. It's my belief that they're not linked, at least not to the extent one would expect.
     
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