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AuthorTopic:   late bloomers
Pete
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posted: 3/29/2005 at 6:04:24 AM ET
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As toonz says, the left hand does much of the work on guitar..which is why it is crazy to lose the advantage of lefthandedness by playing a left-handed guitar, to say nothing of having to reverse every chord chart for the next sixty years or so.
Left-handed persons learn 20% faster than the average right-handed student, if the student is started on a right-handed guitar.
I have a dream (now where have I heard that expression before..?) that some kind and thoughtfull person will one day pile every left-handed guitar in the world onto some tiny deserted South Pacific atoll and then tow it out to sea, and sink it.

suzyq
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posted: 3/29/2005 at 9:22:17 AM ET
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Hi Pete,

I'm happy for guitar players, but how but left-handers learning to play the piano or other instruments?



toonz
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posted: 3/29/2005 at 11:52:46 AM ET
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Pete,
I never thought of it that way but I guess a student with a left handed guitar must be a guitar teacher's nightmare.
I didn't need a left handed guitar to give my teacher nightmares. Poor kid. They don't pay him enough.



mags
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posted: 3/29/2005 at 5:40:12 PM ET
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my son plays the saxophone he is left handed....he did have a left handed guitar but jacked it in....he now wants to learn banjo....and i was wondering if should get a left handed banjo if there was such a thing.......you've got me thinking now......

Pete
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posted: 3/30/2005 at 4:49:42 AM ET
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There are left-handed Banjos, and they have all the problems associated with guitars and bass guitars, etc.
Now he has played a guitar backwards he may feel uncomfortable holding a banjo in the normal way, sadly.
Do you think the difficult nature of reversing every chord chart and every piece of TAB influenced his giving up on it?
As for suzyq's comment regarding left-handers learning to play the piano or other instruments, I think that guitar along with mandolin, bass and banjo is an isolated case of the left hand dominating the need for playing ability.


suzyq
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posted: 3/30/2005 at 9:22:28 AM ET
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Pete,

Learning to play the piano, I think being left-handed makes it a little tricker since has you know the melody is in the right - I find that my left-hand is much stronger. Sometimes wonder if right-handers have the same problem. It's just a learning process in either case.

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Dear LBC, I've just started teaching myself the piano, a New Year's resolution I've actually kept. I'll probably get a teacher when I've picked up enough bad habits to make it interesting for them. I love the Microcosmos. I've only played a few so far, but I sit at the piano saying 'Hey, here I am playing Bartok!' However, I do get rather depressed at my slow rate of progress. It still seems to take me ages to translate the black dots on the page into note names and fingerings. I find myself peering up at the cardboard keyboard on top of the piano long after I assumed I would no longer need it. As an adult I think one makes very ambitious mental demands on oneself in terms of the types of music one would like to be able to attempt, but the physical coordination may not be as smooth as it was decades ago. Some books I found encouraging when I was thinking about starting to learn were the one about the Piano Shop in Paris (I forget the exact title) by T E Carhart and there is a good essay in a recent Granta compilation about Music by Alan Rusbridger, who wrote about taking up the piano again after a lapse of some decades.

suzyq
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posted: 4/4/2005 at 10:23:27 AM ET
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To our newest member, welcome to the fold.

I admire your efforts to teach yourself, but please find a good teacher - it ain't easy but a good teacher will help you progress.

I only got halfway through the 2nd vol. of Mikrokosmos - and found it difficult because I had a hard time "hearing" it and if I can't hear the music it makes it harder for me to learn and I have a good ear for music. The teacher I had at the time offered no corrections or instruction of any kind, so I never knew whether I was right or wrong. He once asked what I thought of the music and I said it sounded like a bunch of misplaced notes. Have since left him and am now with a great teacher.

The best of everything in learning to play and keep us up-to-date on how things are going for you.


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