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(@rahul)
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As Tom ("Noteboat") says, and as any guitarist will tell you, the guitar is first and foremost a rhythm instrument, so having confidence and control of your rhythm has to be your first priority. Whichever hand makes you feel that way, go with it.

And to illustrate how rhythm is important...here is a video which I recorded yesterday - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ySVCYY_Djw

My left hand does all the rhythm work and is the key factor in getting the 'feel' of the song. 8)


   
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(@notes_norton)
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A<...>But I have to tell you that I'm at a loss to mention any right handed people who play left handed. <...>
Peace

FYI: Jimi Hendrix.

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(@noteboat)
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Jimi was mix-handed, a variety of ambidextrous - using his right hand for some things (signing autographs) and his left for others (pitching a baseball).

In true ambidexterity you can do things with either hand. In mix-handedness, you have different dominant hands for different tasks. When I was a kid, I was probably ambidextrous... but the nuns in grammar school got mad about me writing with either hand, so I got trained to be right handed with a pen (and I'll blame my lousy penmanship on not being able to keep doing it both ways!). But in things that I didn't do that frequently (or didn't have ruler-holding nuns standing over me), I went different ways - I'll shoot a pistol right handed, but a rifle lefty, etc. Jimi was probably the same way.

There's actually an academic paper that examines Jimi's mix-handedness

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 Nuno
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My father is like NoteBoat, he writes with his right hand and he does other things with his left hand (he also had ruler-holding nuns in his early days). My brother in law is funnier: he writes with both hands.


   
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(@trguitar)
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My son is a lefty, plays bass righty. He thanks me for that every time we visit a music store and he plays all the bass guitars they have, except the 2 left handed ones. :P I say go with what feels right (or should I say correct) but it is a right handed world out there.

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grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
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(@daven)
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Another lefty playing right handed here. When my brother-in-law asked me if I wanted to learn to play bass and be in his band 30 some years ago he had me learn right handed to avoid clashing guitar heads on the very small stages where we played. So when I decided to learn guitar 30 years later I pondered whether to go righty or lefty. I decided to go righty and it's been working fine. I sometimes think I might be better with a pick the other way but rythm-wise it seems fine. It's sometimes tempting to get a lefty guitar just to see if I can learn it left handed, but it might get confusing. :lol:


   
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(@notes_norton)
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I had ruler wielding nuns when I was young too. I'm a natural righty, but my penmanship is and has always been pretty awful. In school I'd take notes in class, and a week later I couldn't even read them ;-)

The only thing I do left handed is play the saxophone. Thankfully they only have one "flavor" of sax so there was no decision to make.

My big sister is a lefty, and she always sits on the other end of the dinner table. Growing up with her I saw some of the disadvantages of being a lefty in a right-handed world.

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Bob "Notes" Norton

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(@imalone)
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The only comment I can add is not actually playing related: it's quite annoying to have fretting calluses on your dominant hand. Enough to make me wonder whether to start over again before I'm too committed to playing right-handed.


   
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