Sick of being lefty

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mayers, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Mayers

    Mayers Guest

    Sep 28, 2007
    Hi, I was wondering how many lefty bass players get frustated playing lefty and decided to play righty ?

    It has been 10 years now of lefty bass playing, after 2 years of college playing upright bass I want to play right handed bass as well and finally get the bass I want.

    So is there anyone else who've done something similar ?
  2. I'm left handed, but I play bass right handed. Always have, so I can't really comment on switching.
  3. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Me too.
  4. Hector_G


    Apr 6, 2009
    El Paso, Texas
    How in the world do you do this? My friend was left handed, and I've tried to play his bass numerous times. I'd never be able to actually get used to it, let alone good at it.
  5. hippiesandwich


    Aug 29, 2003
    Coarsegold CA
    Affiliated with Looperlative Audio Products
    Steve Lawson is left handed.
  6. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'm 100% lefty, play righthanded basses, flipped righty basses with inverted strings like Jim Haslip, lefty basses normal, and never found a problem finding a bass that I could not play or had a great tone I enjoy.

    if your going for the "I need a MIA 1976 Fender Jazz, and there is no lefty version" stuff your S.O.L..... :rollno:
    well....your brain can adapt as mine did over the years to play whatever orientation you want, but if it is more "natural" to play lefty...why switch JUST to match the desires you have on your "wish" bass in your future?

    buy a lefty bass to match your wants/needs it IS out there, and that's a easy way to solve the problem.
  7. Me three.
  8. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Fender has made lefty Jazz basses every year except 1983-86.
  9. spigmu


    Mar 25, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm the opposite. I'm a true righty in everything else but in all musical things I'm lefty. Those include string instruments and drums, because where both the downbeat and backbeat resides in you is crucial. You can learn the other way but I'm firm believer in going where your natural side is.

    If you're talking about just getting a righty bass, that's another thing. Most lefty guitarists/bassists could do a gig on a righty instrument flipped over, no restringing, just from having picked them up for so long. But getting frustrated and switching to playing righty? Nah. Might be a good idea for someone who was never a true lefty player, such as someone who went lefty because they did other things lefty and really are not a natural lefty player.
  10. dangorange


    Mar 25, 2009
    I'm a lefty and play right handed. When I was young my dad had an old acoustic guitar that I could never play because it was not left handed. I ended up playing clarinet throughout grade school and high school and somehow I feel that got my brain rewired to play right handed.

    I see that with new instruments, particularly a boutique bass, a left handed model commands a higher price in most cases. In vintage though, a lot of times it knocks value off since there's a smaller crowd after them. Are you wanting new or old?

    Also, do you playing upright right handed?
  11. I was thirteen when I first picked up a guitar by the neck with my right hand and started plucking with my left; my music teacher immediately switched me to righty, explaining how much mosre costly lefty instruments would be. I've been a righty ever since, though lefty in all other things. Back then, the early 60s, there was no Mccartney or Hendrix to popularize--or legitimize--lefty playing. I've tried to go back, but can't.
  12. Mayers

    Mayers Guest

    Sep 28, 2007
    I learn to play classical upright bass during my two years college, I also play hockey, base ball like a right handed player.

    well , I'm more of a 6 strings bass players. I have one, but the strings are too close.
  13. Bassflute


    Jun 24, 2006
    Endorsing Artist: MTD basses and strings; Bergantino Amps & Cabs
    That's going to be tough...10 years of experience. I don't think I'd advise that. IMHO. And I'm left handed. Left-handed string basses must be hard to come by...:meh:

    Wow, there's more of us than I thought. I never even THOUGHT left handed basses were available, my mom gave me a right-handed Beltone 6 string bass guitar when I was 11, I played it right handed and never thought about it. People do mention I have (I guess) 'phenomenal' left hand technique, and I guess that's because that's my dominant hand.

    They were INCREDIBLY rare when I was growing up; I think special order only. And you had to know they were available, which I didn't. So I just grew up playing right handed.

    Good luck with your conundrum. It's tough out there being left handed - scissors, 3 ring binders, can openers et al...

  14. mat666


    Apr 3, 2007
    I wonder wich bass can make you change from lefty to righty?

    I'm lefty and never had this feeling...
  15. jmccain


    Sep 14, 2007
    If switch-hitters can train themselves to hit a 100 mph fastball under the scrutiny of 1,000s of fans and the potential loss of their job, learning to play with the other hands shouldn't be so tough.
  16. bwest9


    Apr 14, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I thought this was a post about ideology.
  17. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    Play your bass like Jeff!
  18. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    My friend is one of LA's best guitar teachers. He always teaches Righty.
    1. There are many more choices of instrument
    2. There may be an advantage to your "better" hand being the fretting hand.

    The first time you picked up a bass, it was just as awkward - switching would be less difficult as a lot of the knowledge is already there.
  19. K Marshall

    K Marshall Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. :D
  20. Murphys Law

    Murphys Law

    May 7, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: SPECTOR® - Stuart Spector Designs, LTD.
    Another one here.
    Lefthanded but I play basses righty. :p
    I started with playing violin at the age of 6 and I learned it righthanded. left hand on the neck, right hand on the bow. As a few years ago I decided coolness demands playing an electric instrument, I went for Bass for terms of even more coolness and the simple fact that I thought I would "know my way around 4 strings" :D. And of course the bass was righty.