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Title: Left handers
Post by: dennis55 on September 23, 2010, 06:56:47 pm
Im a left hander with a great desire to learn. Unfortunately Im a left hander and Justin caters only for those right handers. I have trawled the internet for print out of left handed chords which are easy digested as Justins, but without any luck. I bought the beginners course last year but Im finding I have to read everything as upside down, some illustrations are not possible to do so. I watch the DVDs carefully and get to a point where I cannot go on much more simply because my mind is processing too much at once including deciphering upside down chords. At 54 years old Im not as quick as I was and its now becoming an impossiblity to continue with everything done for right handers, If someone could come up with a good illustrated chord book similar to the ones Justin has on his DVDs and on here Id be the happiest bloke in England. I dont want to give up, I did pack it in but I keep looking at the strat in the corner which asks me to pick it up each time I look at it.

Kind regards Denn
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: flyhead on September 23, 2010, 07:09:18 pm
Hi Denn.
I understand your plight, it is quite difficult to follow tabs while playing even for right-handed beginners. I would, however, suggest that this is a short phase, since you will, like the rest of us, become familiar with the chord shapes and eventually memorise these.
A quich search revealed a few sites dedicated to lefties. Perhaps you could peruse these and see if you find a resourse of benefit for you.
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&expIds=17259,17311,25757,25854,25941,26209,26218,26340,26629,26751,26757,26758&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=left+handed+tabs&cp=15&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=f&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=left+handed+tab&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=318a230e0f4722ee (http://www.google.com/#hl=en&expIds=17259,17311,25757,25854,25941,26209,26218,26340,26629,26751,26757,26758&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=left+handed+tabs&cp=15&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=f&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=left+handed+tab&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=318a230e0f4722ee)

There are many lefties in the forum, and they will be able to offer better advice than me, but this is just a starter.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: LievenDV on September 23, 2010, 07:23:40 pm
I often recommend this site to our users.

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_chords_left.php

being a lefty myself, it ocmes in very handy from time to tome, not only for chords but for scale shapes, arpeggio's etc...

it sohuld be a fixed bookmark in your browser!

hurray army of lefties +1 :)
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: flyhead on September 23, 2010, 07:26:32 pm
My dad was beaten by G-d fearing nuns for using his left hand. I should send a sister of mercy to give you a good spanking too, Lieven.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: justinguitar on September 27, 2010, 11:05:24 am
I'm on it - this needs to get sorted! J
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: tawny on November 25, 2010, 02:50:19 am
hey denn
            i feel your pain man.gave up in the seventies for same reason. life is much easier with the internet.you should be able to find something online.heres a place in oz that might help.  http://www.pksmusic.com.au/listProduct/Music+Books/Left+Hand+Music+Books  (http://www.pksmusic.com.au/listProduct/Music+Books/Left+Hand+Music+Books) .i`ve just turned 60 , all i can tell you is gets easier. remember, lefties rock. ;D
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: justinguitar on December 13, 2010, 05:32:52 pm
Liev is helping out making left hand images, so it's going to happen, I just need time enough to get onto it!
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: UncleTupelo on February 02, 2011, 01:49:56 pm
I'm left handed and find this site to be handy as a substitute to a chord book or as an enhancement to Justin's instruction site.

http://www.chordbook.com/guitarchords.php

You can select either LH or RH and even has a "strum" button to sound out the chord.

Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: Wally on February 02, 2011, 05:17:22 pm
Flyhead, is the spanking a deterrent or an incentive?
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: flyhead on February 02, 2011, 05:20:47 pm
Flyhead, is the spanking a deterrent or an incentive?
By nuns? For me it's just too bloody expensive.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: shearer on February 19, 2011, 09:41:15 pm
Hi there dont know how many there is out there but i am left handed and play it right handed, reason for this is daughter started playing guitar at school she is right handed so had a bit mess about and just carried on with it, i suppose if you know nothing else your hands just work with it, i would love to here from other people who have done the same, Alan.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: Arriflex on March 18, 2011, 08:58:42 pm
I'm also a left handed person.  But I thought I'd get a right handed guitar as I was starting from scratch, and force myself to use it as a right hander.  It's worked and I couldn't possibly go and buy a left handed axe now.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: justinguitar on March 24, 2011, 09:35:46 am
I think playing a right handed guitar is the best plan for left handers.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: tawny on May 05, 2011, 02:56:45 am
Et tu Justin? People, please dont complain about the difficulties of being Left Handed. The righties just get all patronizing... "well, you should really play right handed". Rubbish. Reading chord charts and tabs upside down is really quite easy once you get the hang of it. Left Handers have an advantage in that we are generally more intelligent than right handers (and also better looking).You dont even need a Left Handed guitar, just restring it or play that sucker upside down. Left Handers, play the way you were meant to play, embrace your uniqueness, dont let them grind us down. Stand tall, my Left Handed Brothers and Sisters. We are the Chosen.  ;D
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: LievenDV on May 05, 2011, 10:52:24 am
Et tu Justin? People, please dont complain about the difficulties of being Left Handed. The righties just get all patronizing... "well, you should really play right handed". Rubbish. Reading chord charts and tabs upside down is really quite easy once you get the hang of it. Left Handers have an advantage in that we are generally more intelligent than right handers (and also better looking).You dont even need a Left Handed guitar, just restring it or play that sucker upside down. Left Handers, play the way you were meant to play, embrace your uniqueness, dont let them grind us down. Stand tall, my Left Handed Brothers and Sisters. We are the Chosen.  ;D

hehe very funny plea. :)

I started out on an upside down (not restrung!) righty guitar. (crazy right!)

A very important part is finding out how dominant your left hand is...
I do a lot righty and a lot of lefty style but to start guitaring, my left hand was very dominant (even before, when playing air guitar ;) )

I have a lefty Strat and it's so handy to be able to reach the higher frets becasue the cutout is useful (flipping over righty : no cutout)

Of course, there are a lot more righty guitars to pick from and if your left hand isn't too dominant you can learn to play guitar righthanded. If you find out, after 6 months, that perhaps playing lefty was a better idea ...sjah.. "told you so?" :)

Seriously; as one of the "Lefty Ambassadors' of this forum, I take the "lefthandedness" and it's disadvantage in the guitarmarket serious.
Justin already contacted me before and I transfered a bunch of scale shapes to lefty scale shapes already. Chord boxes are on the programme too. I'm gonna bother him sooner or later again to check how Justinguitar.com can facilitate lefties but I understand that for now; it hasn't got J's highest priority. I'm going to contact him again today about this ;) perhaps a "lefty resource material page" can be a manageable idea.






Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: justinguitar on May 11, 2011, 01:19:23 pm
And soon there will be a specific area for the south paws!!
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: Died244 on August 15, 2011, 07:25:21 pm
yeah, lefties for life!!! (got no choice actually :))

to be honest, I don't have many problems as a lefty, when I read chord shapes I start at the thinnest string and go to the thickest one, so it doesn't matter for me how it is written, as long as the string names are known to me.... Perhaps that can help you?

Good luck!
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: Sundance on December 24, 2012, 06:40:31 am
Hiya,

sorry for posting on a old topic but I just wondered how the left handed section / chords on the website was going?
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: captainamerica on December 14, 2016, 03:35:26 am
This book solved these issues for me, and its only about $3:

https://www.amazon.com/Mel-Left-Hand-Guitar-Chord-Book/dp/0786635746/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481686488&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=mel+bay+chord+book+lefhanded
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: LievenDV on December 14, 2016, 08:39:14 am
Got myself a lefty chord booklet a while back as well to make my practice of jazz chords smoother. Indeed no excuses, these things are cheap! :)
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: Buckeye1971 on December 14, 2016, 09:37:02 pm
I just learned how to read them the way they are. Never had a problem because I never had a pre-conceived notion of how they should be read. Guess it just didn't effect me that much.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: stitch101 on December 14, 2016, 10:04:37 pm
I just learned how to read them the way they are. Never had a problem because I never had a pre-conceived notion of how they should be read. Guess it just didn't effect me that much.

My wife is the same way learnt how to read then the way they are. Never dawned on her
that being left handed made music backwards. 
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: Buckeye1971 on December 15, 2016, 12:09:44 am
Quote
My wife is the same way learnt how to read then the way they are. Never dawned on her
that being left handed made music backwards

Your wife and I are fortunate then because it makes it a lot easier when learning songs, considering that nearly all internet tutorials that use chord boxes are right handed. No need to translate from right to left handed.
Title: Re: Left handers
Post by: skinnyT on December 17, 2016, 02:41:55 pm
I am a lefty and been playing 7 months using the beginners book and I have not had an issue with right handed chord diagrams. I looked at some left handed ones and find them confusing now. This site has some lefty stuff:
http://leftyfretz.com/

Another thing that may help if you only have right handed diagrams is playing in front of a mirror. You will see yourself playing right handed so just use the mirror image. It also helps with posture as you do not have to hunch over the guitar to see what you are doing.