What do Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and Courtney Barnett have in common? Yes, you got that right. They are famous left-handed guitar players who have become true icons. It’s not easy being a left-hander as most guitars have bodies made for the right-handed players. Nevertheless, left-handers don’t need to fret. There is still have a chance to make a guitar their favorite instrument.
Tip #1: Relax!
Inhale and exhale - don’t overthink when learning how to play guitar. It helps loosen up your arms, neck, shoulders, and fingers for outstanding play. Staying loose while maintaining a good posture is essential for an aspiring guitarist.
Tip#2: Do Not Turn a Right-Handed Guitar Into a Left-Handed One
Some people may ask, why not learn the right-handed guitar position? Although some lefties have mastered playing in the right hand, it’s best to use the hand you’re most comfortable with. You should find a guitar intended for your left-hand path. If you don’t have a choice but to play a right-hand guitar, we recommend you replace the nut and saddle. Otherwise, you’ll be playing backwards.
Tip #3: Position Your Fingers Behind the Fret.
Now that the roles are reversed (for some), it is possible that your hands may not feel the same as before. Place your finger directly on the fret to stop the buzzing sound so you can strum to the true resonance of the note.
Tip #4: Practice! Practice! Practice!
Nothing happens overnight! Practice a little every day, even if it's only for a few minutes. There are useful sources on YouTube for learning the guitar at home.
Are left-handed guitar players more gifted?
Believe it or not, most left-handed musicians are more gifted than right-handed ones. Some say it’s because they are naturally fast learners, while others say they are far more creative.
If you're a left-handed player and would like to learn more, leave a comment below or here on our YouTube channel!
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