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Left handers
« 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.

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #1 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

There are many lefties in the forum, and they will be able to offer better advice than me, but this is just a starter.

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #2 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!

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2010, 11:05:24 am »
I'm on it - this needs to get sorted! J
"You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room." Dr. Seuss

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #5 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 .i`ve just turned 60 , all i can tell you is gets easier. remember, lefties rock. ;D

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #6 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!
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Re: Left handers
« Reply #7 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.


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Re: Left handers
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011, 05:17:22 pm »
Flyhead, is the spanking a deterrent or an incentive?

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #9 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.

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #10 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.

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2011, 09:35:46 am »
I think playing a right handed guitar is the best plan for left handers.
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Re: Left handers
« Reply #13 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

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Re: Left handers
« Reply #14 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.






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