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Comment by Walt Pilcher on February 6, 2012 at 7:31pm

Jennifer Kennedy, welcome to you too!

Comment by Walt Pilcher on February 6, 2012 at 4:09pm

Welcome to the group, Ric Nac.  You'll find a diverse bunch here, including some really accomplished guitarists who lend their wisdom to us newer players.  We all learn from each other.  Have fun!

Comment by Newbie Dean on January 7, 2012 at 9:31am

Arlie:  Absolutely NO offense taken.  I kinda liked the analogy to politics.  Politicians screw up their stuff as bad as I screw up songs on the guitar.  ALWAYS Keeping It Fun, Dean

Comment by Robert F. Booth on January 6, 2012 at 9:44am

The only thing, that I can say is just PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 6, 2012 at 9:23am

An interesting fact...classical instruments like a cello are only played one way, which I guess would be considered right handed.  My son, who performs with me on cello and bass, took up the cello at age 8 and despite the fact he is left handed had to learn the "classical" way, as a right a result he plays guitar and bass as a rightie and has a much more readily available range of those to choose from.  Now, don't get me wrong, some of my favorite people, including my son, are lefties!  But this seems to be the way it is in the classical world...except with classical guitar I guess!  ;-)  Edward 

Comment by Denny Baer on January 6, 2012 at 9:12am

Dean, most of the time I do have to "think" about things for awhile but that was one of my rare moments when the thoughts just popped right out of my noggin'.

Somewhere in the vastness of the internet there is a guy who is a guitar player and has a book of exercises for developing ambidextrousity (is that a word?). For example, practice writing your name with the opposite hand i.e., if your right handed practice with your left. One of his claims to fame is being on the Dave Letterman show and bouncing a golf ball on the head of a hammer using his left hand. I think he's right handed. He has ads on various guitar related websites.

Comment by Newbie Dean on January 6, 2012 at 8:49am

Referring to playing guitar in terms of politics is NOT the way to keep my interest in the guitar!  But, I can relate the the "3 Ring Circus".  That is a very acurate description of my playing.  Keeping It Fun, Dean

Comment by Newbie Dean on January 6, 2012 at 8:21am

Wow, Denny, you have WAY to much time on your hands to spend that amount of time analyzing left vs right (lol)!  So, the ideal player would be ambidextrous so they can switch depending on where they are in their guitar "journey" or what style they are playing at the time.  Keeping It Fun, Dean

Comment by Denny Baer on January 6, 2012 at 7:29am

Very good question, Michael. Here are my thoughts on it.

As a beginner, starting the guitar, your left hand makes a single move to position your fingers on the various strings/ frets to form a chord. Once there it no longer moves until you're ready for the next chord. Meanwhile your right hand is constently moving. Trying to strum only those strings that make up the chord.

As you progress in skills, your left hand still only moves when you need a new chord while the right hand has advanced to various strumming techniques, muting, travis picking or finger picking.

It's really not until you've begun picking individual notes, playing lead that your left hand is called upon to move faster. Even then it has to sinc and move equally with your right hand.


M-m-m-m-m..........just my thought.

Everyone have a great New Year!!

Comment by Michael Miller on January 6, 2012 at 6:44am

Just a thought - if most of us are right handed, and the hardest part of playing the guitar is the fretting portion, why do we use our left hands for that? Wouldn't it be better to use the right hand for fretting and the left for strumming?



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