Should a left handed person use a left handed Guitar ?

Author: Ian-Bush  Date Posted:3 August 2013 

What to consider when you buy your first guitar

This is a subject which is one that a lot of people have an opinion on and to be honest there is no right or wrong answer. 

As any serious guitar player will tell you, the hand that does most of the work is the left hand (the hand pressing down on the frets), but for all us right handed players we are using our weaker hand to do the hard work and our stronger hand to strum. Now if you are fingerpicking you might be using your "other hand" more. 

So this strikes me as something a little odd, for a right handed guitar player (which is what I am) I am using my weakest hand to do the hardest part. Mind you, if I'm playing a left handed guitar I feel incredibly awkward (but is that just the result of being used to one way for 30 years?)

Now if you are a left-handed player and are considering your first guitar there are a few things to consider

1. Left handed guitars are very hard to find, as generally in the population about 10% of people are left handed a lot of these people will pay a right handed guitar, so the actual market for left-hand guitars is about 6-7%. We do stock a broad range of left handed guitars 

2. All music books, video's, DVD's and tuning guides are all written on the basis of a right-hander. Now, it is pretty easy to convert these in your head once you know how, but for the average beginner, this can be an extra burden. 

3. If your friend has a guitar you want to borrow or play it's probably a right handed model

If you can already play or have even started to learn left hand then you probably need to continue with the way you are going, but if not I would strongly recommend you have a think about the choice of guitar. A lot of left handed beginners find strumming difficult but after a while, you will realise that this is actually quite easy to do (compared to the hand that presses down on the strings.

While I was researching this subject I found a great blog post by Michael Murray on the subject, and he has similar views to me, it's well worth a read for more information and another point of view.


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Comments (4)

Left Handed Guitar

By: Anonymous on 27 March 2014
Hi there, I am a beginner and I have purchased a left handed guitar. I have tried to learn on right handed guitars before and a friend of mine lent me his guitar and changed the strings around for me but it never felt comfortable. This one feels right for me, but now I am worried about reading music or not???? Confused now.

Left-handed guitarist

By: Anonymous on 12 December 2013
I am left-handed and play left-handed guitars and drums. I first owned a right-handed acoustic guitar in 1963, which I modified and restrung left-handed. I didn't advance very far on it and took up playing drums. Fifty years later, I decided to give the guitar another go. I was so grateful to find Artist Guitars made a range of left-handed models. I bought my first one, a dreadnought acoustic electric in April 2013. I have since bought a parlour sized model as well. I made use of the first free guitar lesson and the teacher told me that I know a lot about guitar playing. I have been practicing on a regular basis and that is the way to master the guitar. I write songs and perform in a duo. We will be recording our debut album next week.

Made to be a Lefty

By: Anonymous on 15 November 2013
I did my best to learn right handed but after 6 months of struggle I decided to get a left handed guitar and have moved forward with my playing and really enjoy it now, I'm just made to play left handed.

Lefties ??

By: Anonymous on 7 November 2013
Ultimately its up to the individual - but look at Hendrix ????

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