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Should You Play Left-Handed or Right-Handed?

Guitars come in right-handed and left-handed varieties. But, most people, when they pick up a guitar, don’t immediately show a strong tendency for either right-handed or left-handed playing. That’s because playing the guitar is complex, and it is not clear which hand plays the dominant role until you’ve spent some time practicing. 

Today, we’ll review a few indicators to help you choose the right guitar (and hand) for you!

Tuesday, October 18th

If you are right-hand dominant, it’s probably safe to assume that the right-handed guitar suits you. However, left-handed or ambidextrous learners need to think about it a bit.

If you’re left-hand dominant, get a left-handed guitar; if you are not sure, many people are ambidextrous or a mixture of left-handed and right-handed.

A simple test

Holding the right-handed guitar, try a few things:

  • Play a simple scale to see if it’s comfortable
  • Play some simple chords to see how those feel
  • Now, block the strings with your fret hand, and try to scratch out some rhythms on the strings

Once you’ve performed this test, get a left-handed guitar or flip the guitar over and do it again. Do this several times. Does the left-handed guitar seem to be coming more quickly, or does the right-handed guitar?

Do not be intimidated by other people’s suggestions; this is a very personal decision. Most of them know better than to try to influence this decision, but some of them, well-meaning as they may be, may try to take control of the decision or influence your choice. Take your time!


This article is a re-post, with minor modifications, of “Should You Play Left-Handed or Right-Handed?” published on hubguitar.com

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