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Beginner Electric Guitar for Lefties
Beginner Electric Guitar for Leftiesthumbnail It is a challenge to find a guitar suitable for playing left-handed.
Finding the best guitar for yourself is a hard job in itself, and it is made even harder when the guitar has to be a left-handed guitar. “Lefties” are given the short end of the stick when it comes to musical instruments, particularly the guitar. It is difficult to find left-handed guitars, and converting a right-handed guitar for a lefty is not easy or ideal. Once you have chosen a guitar, playing it left-handed is the same as playing a right-handed guitar with the hands reversed.
The neck of a left-handed guitar is played with the right hand while the left hand strums the strings. When learning techniques like chords on the guitar, most books will be biased towards right-handed players. The left-handed student should keep in mind that chord diagrams will be shown in reverse of what he should play.
Like any other guitar, left-handed guitars come in acoustic and electric varieties; however, left-handed guitars are much harder to find. Many places can special-order lefty guitars, and you can see the references below for ordering them on the Internet.
It is a common misconception that left-handed people cannot play a right-handed guitar. In fact, it is quite often recommended that a student learn on a right-handed guitar, no matter which hand is preferred. The guitar requires a great deal of coordination from both hands, and it might even work better that the left hand play the fretboard. If you are left handed, try playing a right-handed guitar and learn beginner skills on that guitar—if it is not too awkward, you will want to seriously consider playing right-handed.
It is possible to make a right-handed guitar into a left-handed one by reversing the strings, but it is highly not recommended. The guitar, especially an electric one, is built to deal with the different gauges of the strings in the order of a right-handed guitar; all the parts must be reversed, not just the strings, to have an effective and playable instrument.
The benefits of playing right-handed guitar even if you are left-handed is that you will more easily find a teacher who can help you, and any method books you pick up will be geared towards a right-handed guitarist. Tablature and other Internet resources are also typically made for a right-handed guitar. You will also have more choices with the instrument you really want. However, if you must have a left-handed guitar, there are instruments out there for you, and you can use almost any beginner learning material, keeping in mind that it will be a mirror image of what you are playing.
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