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10 Reasons why left-handed people should play the guitar in the standard position

    Written by Luis Padrón
    Posted in Blog

Today I bring you a topic that could generate controversy or endless discussions, and it is understandable the different opinions that could generate, but there are things that are as they are and you have to be very analytical, critical and understanding to understand the advantages of accepting things such which and progress without adding new obstacles.


In today's article I will talk about the reasons that should be taken into account for left-handed people to play the guitar in the standard (or right-handed) position, considering that this article is written with the intention of helping to make a difficult decision. that left-handed guitarists face when they start learning this or other string instruments, be it the guitar, bass, or ukulele among others.


In principle I will make a very technical presentation of the points that support learning in a standard position and later I will add some sections related to my experience as a guitar teacher for more than twelve years, in which I have been able to teach more than a thousand students.


Why play the guitar in the standard position even if you are left handed?

    There are many more guitars on the market to place in the standard position than for lefties.
    Left-handed guitars tend to be more expensive and there is less variety.
    To play the guitar you have to use both hands, and it is more important to train them correctly from the beginning than to let preconceived ideas influence our results.
    The right-handed tend to have more complications at the beginning with the ability to place chord positions and step on strings, since this action is done with the left hand, and left-handed people have an advantage in this aspect by being more skilled with these fingers.
    The chord and scale diagrams, and the tabs, are standard, there are no adaptations for left-handed people (although I have rarely seen inverted tabs or diagrams).
    When playing with several instruments of the same species, its location on a stage is easier and reduces the danger of blows with the masts or other type of hindrance. (This point is important especially in the world of classical guitar, since ensembles is where you can see how practical it is that all the masts are oriented in the same direction).
    There is the possibility of accepting a borrowed guitar in any type of event. (It can be interesting if necessary, for example: that our guitar has suffered some mishap in a displacement, or simply in leisure time).
    We can lend our guitar. (The same as in the previous point but in reverse. Example: A musician friend moves to our location and his guitar has suffered some mishap on the trip, jeopardizing his performance, we can help you by lending you our guitar).
    If in the future the student wants to dedicate himself to teaching, it will be easier for him to facilitate his students' learning thanks to imitation.
    You will avoid future problems and it will be easier to learn by imitating other guitarists.



Last modified on Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:36