Welcome to the left handed guitar blog. In this post we’ll be discussing why left handed guitars are superior and also provide some tips for playing.
The reasons why left handed guitars are superior are numerous, and we’ll get into them further down below, but before that let’s talk about how to play.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that a left handed guitar is the same as a right handed one, except upside down and backwards. This means that you hold it different than a right handed person would. It also means that you strum in the opposite direction (or rather, downwards). You can use this to your advantage when playing along with right handed players.
As a left-handed guitarist, I will admit I am a little biased. However, there is some evidence that being left handed has its advantages. Learn why left handed guitars are superior and tips for playing in this post.
For starters, there are very few left-handed guitarists out there compared to right-handed guitarists. Among the most famous, we have Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Paul McCartney (Beatles), Zack Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), and Albert King. Though a number of the most famous left-handed guitarists play right-handed guitars upside down, there are also those who play left-handed guitars such as Jimi Hendrix and Noel Gallagher (Oasis).
Left Handed Guitars Are Superior To Right Handed Guitars
Imagine a world where left-handed guitars are the norm and right-handed guitars are an exception. In this world, right-handed guitar players struggle to play the guitar. Sound weird? It should, because the current world is that very world.
The common notion is that the guitar was “invented” by Orville Gibson in 1894. However, if you look at cave paintings from thousands of years ago, you can see they were a lot more advanced than Orville Gibson’s early models. They had frets, strings, tuning pegs and even pickups! We can only speculate on how they did these things (perhaps with magic or aliens), but one thing is clear: they played them left handed.
While playing a guitar may seem easy to most, it can be hard for others. I want to share my tips on how to play a left handed guitar and why I think they are superior to other guitars.
As you know, the strings are in reverse order for a left handed guitar. If you were to hold a right handed guitar and strum the strings, it will sound like this: E A D G B E. This is the standard way to tune a guitar and many people prefer it this way. With a left handed guitar, when you strum your strings it will sound like this: E B G D A E. This makes more sense since you can use all of your fingers without having them cross over each other.
If you have an older sibling or friend that plays the same style of guitar as you do and they have decided to switch over to using their right hand instead of their left hand (or vice versa), it might be in your best interest to follow suit if they are willing to teach you. People who play with both hands at once will usually feel more comfortable switching hands when they need to than people who don’t know how and like using their right or left hand depending on which is dominant for them.
Left handed guitars are superior to right handed guitars because of their ability to be played by both left and right handed people. This is important because it allows both left and right handed people to play the guitar without having to buy a new one for the other handed player.
Left handed guitars also have a more balanced sound than right handed guitars, especially when used in solos. This is due to the fact that left handed people usually use their left hand while they play which allows them to reach higher notes more easily than right handed guitarists who typically use their right hand while they play.
Another benefit of playing with your left hand is that it allows you to get used to playing at different angles from those you normally would when using your right hand on a guitar. This can help improve your music skills over time because you will learn how to adapt quickly if needed in order for you to play better with either hand as opposed to always using just one side of your hands during performances or rehearsals.
There are many reasons why left handed guitars are superior to right handed guitars.
1. You can play guitar with your right hand and play drums with your left hand at the same time. The greatest example of this is Keith Moon from “The Who”.
2. If you have a short arm you don’t have to stretch so far for that high note.
3. Guitar is a mirror image of piano, in the sense you have to go from low note to high note on the fret board, where as on the piano it’s high note to low note. This makes it easier for left handed people to play both instruments, if they can afford them, or if their parents can afford them for them.
4. Having a left handed guitar means that you are in a very elite group of musicians: Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Phil Collins (drummer), Albert King, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Slash from GnR, Brian May from Queen and many others through-out history and today who play left handed guitars but still live life as a normal person.
5. You can sit next to someone playing a right handed guitar and they will not see what you are
Ok, so you’re left handed. You’ve just gotten your first guitar and you want to begin learning how to play. You go to the guitar store to buy your first guitar, but there’s a problem. All of the guitars are made for right handed people. What’s a left handed guitarist to do?
Well, there are a few options for you here. The first option is that you can play the guitar backwards (i.e. put it in your left hand) and learn how to play with all of the strings backwards as well. This may seem like the most logical choice at first, but trust me…it isn’t!
Option number two is to buy a right handed guitar and learn how to play it properly. This is what most lefties actually end up doing because they get tired of playing an instrument that feels awkward in their hands. But what they don’t know is that they could have been playing a more comfortable guitar all along…a left handed one!
You see, there are several problems with playing a right handed guitar as a lefty, no matter how hard you try and convince yourself that “it’s just like any other guitar.” These problems range from difficulty controlling the strings to dealing with an uncomfortable neck position (i.