My wife has always been a highly accomplished air guitarist and yearns to learn to play
properly. Seeing all my guitars every day makes it worse. She is left handed, in that she
writes with her left hand. Although she says she is more ambidextrous in other ways. I am
right handed. Herein my dilemma: It would obviously be great if she learnt to play right
handed because she could then enjoy all my guitars. But I don't want to force her down
that road if she is more naturally a left handed player. So how does one know? For
example, a bass player friend of mine, who turns heads when he plays, is left handed but
plays right handed. This is because he first learned, many years ago as a part of a local
theatre group production in which he was told he had six weeks to learn to play bass for
some production or other, and was duly issued with a right handed bass. So that was that!
We both reckon to this day it has given his sound an idiosyncratic quality he might
otherwise never have developed. Then I was discussing this with a luthier friend last
week, who pointed out that you don't see left handed violins...
All I've done
so far is acquire a cheap spanish type nylon strung guitar and strung it for the left hand
(they're kind of ambidextrous themselves, which is handy - no pun intended). And I was
thinking of borrowing or otherwise acquiring another which we can string right handed, so
she can have a try at early stages with both and then get a sense of which way to go
without much time, learning or money having been spent on the wrong course. Seems sensible
to me. Kind on the fingers, kind on the bank account etc. But it would possibly draw out
the 'pain plane' of slow progress before rewarding sounds start coming out of her
Am I worrying about this too much? Should I just chuck her in at the
deep end with her right hand? What are other people's views/experiences about left handed
versus right handed playing for beginners?
All advice appreciated.
Strictly project and just for fun