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    String-Bending Heretic mandocrucian's Avatar
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    I love "ambidextrous"-oriented activites: drumming, harp playing, accordion playing (stradella and free bass), windsurfing, skiing, basketball (especially in the paint.. I sometimes play tennis with a two-handed forehand as well as backhand just for kicks), dance ...

    Since spending nearly all my life holding a guitar, I'm very conscious of problems of un-balance and love to do things requiring more balance ..

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    When I grew up I tried playing guitar 10 different times. There was always a guitar lying around and it was always right-handed. Invariably, after a month or so of not making progress, I would quit.

    When I decided to learn mandolin, I decided to ignore the "standard" advice and convert an A-style to lefty. I'm several years in with steady progress and daily practice. Upon reflecting on the actual struggles between playing left-handed and right-handed, there are two things I noticed:

    1. My left hand has a much better sense of rhythm than my right
    2. My left hand likes to lead and my right hand likes to follow

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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I wonder if there are any right-handed folks who opted to play lefty. Maybe somewhere in the world, like in a mirror or another dimension?
    I should elaborate on my question. Aside from those folks who have, through accident or medical condition, had to switch handedness, are there any right-handed players who decided to switch because it felt right or for some other reason.

    The most interesting case for me outside of music is Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis player, who was born with a tendency to do things right-handed, but was advised by his uncle (his coach) to learn to play left-handed. There is a distinct advantage to left-handedness in tennis. When I used to play I always had to think very differently when playing against a lefty.
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    I’m a lefty who played fiddle the usual way for the usual reasons, but I am now exploring lefty mandolin due to multiple injuries. I’d be interested in pooling experience in a lefty forum or group. The group mentioned in the original post seems to be dormant — is that still the best place to start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I know a few lefties and they donít have it easy. I donít know why they are in such a minority. You would think that it would be 50% of the people on earth. Strange. Some tools are more difficult for them like scissors. . . .
    Scissors are easy. Can openers are the killers!

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