Can I play a guitar like a right hand person?

I am a left handed, I want to learn to play the electrical guitar but all the guitars are for right handed. I know if I get a left handed guitar my options for future guitars will dramatically decrease. Is it possible for me to learn to play the guitar like a right hand person?

Chosen Answer:

Some companies make left-handed guitars. It’s not an un-common thing.
Or you could go Hendrix-style, and just learn normal guitar, and still be a lefty.
by: Roonil24
on: 25th June 12

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5 Responses to Can I play a guitar like a right hand person?

  1. Nicholas says:

    I had the same problem so at age 11 I decided that i would simply play right handed from now on. I taught myself how to do it.

  2. Roonil24 says:

    Some companies make left-handed guitars. It’s not an un-common thing.
    Or you could go Hendrix-style, and just learn normal guitar, and still be a lefty.

  3. cathrl69 says:

    The vast majority of people who play instruments do so right handed, whichever hand they write with. Most instruments don’t even exist in a left handed version.

    It’s not like you won’t be using both hands to play.

  4. Tony B says:

    Many left handed people have done as you suggest. I seem to remember that Mark Knopfler and Gary Moore are/were both left handed but learnt right handed. Some left handed people though say that this is just impossible for them. You don’t see left handed violinists or ‘cellists though!

    I’d say, give it a good shot. Playing right handed is an advantage.

  5. TommyMc says:

    It possible to learn either way, so learning the same way as the majority of players makes sense. Both of your hands are going to need to be trained. Your weaker hand is going to need more attention…this is true for all players, whichever hand they favor. While guitar is not a particularly difficult instrument to learn, there is still a ‘clumsy’ period where your hands feel like clubs at the end of your arms. It takes everybody a few months before it starts to feel normal, so don’t attribute this to your left handedness. This is perfectly normal.

    If you were to learn on a left handed guitar, you would be limiting your future options for expanding to other instruments. If you think left handed guitars are hard to find, try finding a left handed violin, banjo, sitar, etc.

    Best of luck to you.

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