Any lefties out there that play guitar right handed.

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  1. Cheap guitar guy

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    This will probably be a short thread. I am left handed but anything I do with both hands at the same time I do right handed. For instance I throw a baseball left handed but I bat right handed. I golf right handed. I play guitar right handed. I write left handed. I know I'm a little strange.
     
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    Will not be a short thread. There are lots of us. More than you think.

    I eat, write, and use some tools with left hand. Throw with right. Bat and golf right. Kick with my left. Ride/board/surf left forward (reverse goofy). Right handed guitar has always felt right to me.
     
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    Sounds like you're just ambidextrous to me. I'm what I would call very left handed and still learned guitar right handed. It's been slow progress, but mostly from laziness :p
     
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    I am lefty playing righty.
    When I was going to get started about 4 years ago, my brother asked which way I air guitar.
    I didnt know off hand: righty didnt feel weird though lefty felt a little more natural.

    He suggested I try righty just because of the equipment availability and here I am today.
    I think I woud pretty much suck just as much lefty.

    I played golf lefty at first but switched to righty and was better at it.
     
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    My left handed brother in law not only learned to play guitar right handed, he learned to rope right handed just so's he could be a header. Him being a left hander would have been perfect for being a heeler, but he wanted to catch the front of the calf!
     
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    I wish I were either truly ambidextrous, or truly left or right handed. I can't do anything very well, much less do it well with both hands/feet. Seriously. My writing is atrocious. I can't throw to save my life. And I'm a mediocre guitar and bass player to say the least.

    I can ski pretty good. That uses both feet. That's about it.
     
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    Lefty here but play right handed.
     
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    Yes it is a strange thing. I played Trumpet from elementary school until I graduated high school and yes I played it right handed.
     
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    Lefty that plays righty but I am pretty much ambidextrous if I work at something.

    I tore up my shoulder during college lifting weights during one of our softball seasons and had a hard time throwing a ball. We needed a player so I moved from first base to third, for two reasons. I was a good fielder and they figured I could knock the ball down and not let it get to the corner of left field saving doubles. Secondly I was pretty good at the hot corner so they figured I could field it and then flip it to the shortstop to throw the runner out.

    I took a couple of ground balls before the game and found that if I double clutched the throw I could wing it to first. It was the weirdest thing, I could zing it to first right handed and on target but only if I smacked the ball into my glove one time before I threw it. I tried to just throw it without the double clutch and I threw like a girl. But if I popped my hand with the ball into the glove first I made a good throw.

    I play golf lefthanded as well with everything but the putter. I won a right handed Ping putter in a tourney one time and tried putting right handed and I see the line better. I have threatened to change to righty on all the clubs as there are more club options available. But I have found that I suck at golf both left handed and right handed.
     
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    I write left handed, most other things right handed, including guitar and scissors.
     
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    I'm an extremely left-handed lefty playing righty. You count Duane Allman, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Joe Perry, Johnny Winters, Gary Moore, and Billy Corgan in the lefties-playing-righty camp as well. The term ambidextrous is pretty much an insult to a lefty because it means both of your hands are right-handed. Nevertheless I've learned many things cross-handed:

    I use a computer mouse or track pad right-handed because I share work stations with right-handers.
    I punt right handed but kick off left handed. Weird, huh?
    Though I catch and throw like a lefty, I am a switch-hitter in baseball and was often used as a cleanup man.
    As a recording engineer I've gotten used to executing master fades with the right hand because the master fader is usually on the right.
    My right-handed father noted that 99% of screws and thus screwdrivers are right-handed and work against the power stroke of a lefty.
    Almost all tools work against a lefty except a measuring tape. Measuring tapes are left handed. I don't know why.
    I shoot rifle and pistol profoundly left handedly. As a result I prefer to shoot semi-auto with "ambi" features. I shoot sharpshooter on an Army three-position test.

    More fun facts: Humans see handedly. A typical right handed oriented person scans pictures in a counter-clockwise spiral from the bottom-left corner into the center. A left starts the spiral from the bottom left and goes clockwise. As a result, righties will naturally orient cars and many other objects traveling from right to left.

    Your two ears listen differently. On a righty, the left side is used to listen to sustained tones and the left for impulses and sibilants. As a result, a producer/engineer will almost always orient a right-handed drummer in the mix sound field as you would see him on stage but will quite often orient a left-handed drummer from the drummer's perspective because it sounds more normal to him. As a lefty entering the recording field, high-hat on the right used to drive me CRAZY but I taught myself to listen that way and now, thirty-eight years later I am only comfortable with it that way.

    Bob
     
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    Michael Bloomfield was left handed, but played right handed.
     
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    Another lefty. Everything but stringed instruments and a computer mouse. I can use the same crap those pompous right-handers can! I'm also not willing to pay more for left-handed crap. All joking aside, when I took classical guitar in high school, everyone else was a righty. I figured why not, all the difficult stuff was on the neck. That was about 32 years ago and no regrets.
     
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    Same as OP pretty much.
     
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    I'm definitely left handed but the 9yo version of me thought Jimi looked silly playing an upside down guitar. I decided if I ever got a real guitar I'd do it right handed.
    Years later I consciously stated playing golf right handed just because of the better equipment choices.
    Looking back, I wonder if I might have been better at both of these things if I'd allowed nature take its natural course.
     
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    I’m also same as the OP.
     
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    I'll bet more of us lefties play righty than play lefty. I grew up poor, and there was no way I was getting a left-handed guitar. Later, when I learned to golf, same thing. There are only right handed clubs around to borrow -- so you learn to play that way. I'm a good player, but I totally regret losing the opportunity to learn lefty, or at least to try both.
     
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    my lefthandedness was thrashed out of me at a young age..... my handwriting is terrible with my right hand as a result.....

    though, they couldn't get at my feet... I surf goofy and kick a ball with my stronger left foot....

    guitars? I just learned to play the same way as the others (righty's) without any weirdness..... tools I can use with both hands, spanners, hammers, welding, etc...

    and I've made as many lefty guitars as rightys..... to be fair..;)... actually I've considered only making lefty guitars as the righty market is saturated....
     
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    Yeah I do.
     
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    Another lefty here. The nuns and their weaponized rulers tried to beat me into going righty but I persisted.
    Let's see...
    Sousaphone - righty, I guess. I think they only come one way.
    Keyboards - better with my right hand.
    guitar - only right handed
    Ambidextrous for just about all sports
    Even though I am a lefty, my right hand/arm is stronger. Go figure.

    Mark
     
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