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Thread #80980   Message #1481811
Posted By: GUEST,Richard in Manchester
10-May-05 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: Tips for teaching a lefty guitar?
Subject: RE: Tips for teaching a lefty guitar?
"For example, it is often said, that, when playing flamenco guitar, the strummimg/picking hand/arm has more demands placed upon it that the fretting hand; therefore, it would seem logical for a beginning flamenco guitarist to use his dominant hand for strumming. Does this make sense?"

Yes and no. Of course it's logical for a flamenco guitarist to use his dominant hand for strumming. Why would he do otherwise? But the strumming/picking hand does not have "more demands placed on it", just different demands. They're doing two different jobs. (I'm conscious of an earlier post that said strumming is intuitive. So by this reasoning, our hypothetical flamenco player is behaving both logically and intuitively, which is self-contradictory and therefore illogical. Thank you Mr Spock.)

There are plenty of lefty guitars around. True, if you look no further than a regular high street music store - in the UK at least - you're unlikely to find anything very interesting, or even playable. But if you're prepared to spend a bit of time searching out what you really want, it's out there somewhere. And the thrill of the chase...