When I return to Mozambican bush in August, I will be teaching a young man named Fanni how to play guitar. My hope is that he will become one of Mozambique's new young worship leaders.

 

We will have to buy Fanni a guitar, (yes, I'm accepting donations to Fanni's music fund on my Mercy Tech Mission website ) but here's the problem: Fanni is left-handed. Guitars in Mozambique are hard enough to find as it is; finding a left-handed one is even tougher if not impossible.

 

1) What is involved in turning a R/H guitar into a Lefty, and

 

2) Should Fanni just learn to play right-handed?

 

I've played guitar right-handed since I was 13-years old; I can't imagine doing it the other way. Any good advice would be welcome!

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I'm left-handed, and I play guitar right handed.  I think it's the best decision because:

1) It means you can borrow some-one else's guitar easily enough, and

2) To be honest, when you play guitar, your left hand does quite complicated things, your right hand does different complicated things, so I don't think it really makes that much difference which way round you play.  There are some advantages in being a left hander playing a RH guitar.  It makes learning the chords easier, I'd say.

I've noticed this as well. My son has a friend who is left handed and he chose to play right handed. Actually, he can play either way. It doesn't seem to matter that he is left handed, he can play well.

I'm a leftie as well, as is my son, and we both play normally.  It is the best way to go.

 

Do you ever see left handed pianos or flutes?  Didn't think so! 

 

OK, so Paul McCartney managed it, but start this guy now as a normal player and it will pay dividends in years to come. 

Okay, I'm getting the message that a person can learn to play left or right handed. Kind of makes sense; if you think about a piano player, the left hand does some pretty amazing stuff (and I've never seen a left-handed piano...).

 

But if a person was going to go the lefty route, what changes are usually involved? I'm sure there's more than just putting the strings on backwards.

Okay, just a word of advice though, some left-handed players decide to play left handed by turning the guitar upside down.  They think that it is the same thing - NOT.  It might seem obvious but when they turn it upside down they invert the chord meaning strumming from high note to low note making the root the high note. 

 

I'm amberdexterious but I think I was originally left handed.  I have left handed and right handed instruments because recently when I injured my right shoulder I couldn't use the right handed guitar very well.  Playing the left handed for awhile developed that side of coordination.  But I  agree with the others that he should just play normally.

 

Finding a left handed guitar is relatively easy comparing to finding a left handed bass.  I live in Vancouver, BC Canada.  My left handed bass had to come from California, go through the customs in New York through Montreal then to Vancouver.  It took a month.

A good point to consider, Sue. I watched some videos on it this morning, but didn't catch on about the bass string being reversed and affecting sound.
This may have been made famous by Albert King. Jimi Hendrix played right handed guitars but was left handed. He didn't invert them - instead he strung them upside down so that the bass note was in the correct position. At least that's how I saw it in most pictures of him.
I remember seeing a guitarist on TV playing with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, who had just turned the guitar upside down. It looked very odd..... but I guess it's possible....
You're not talking about Albert King are you?
I wasn't, no..... but it does appear that he did the same thing. I didn't know that.

I think this clip shows the guitarist I was thinking of.... though he's playing slide guitar, and the guitar appears to be a left-handed strat body with a right handed neck and the strings put on upside down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg9u1Ffv19M

I'm pretty sure it's Coco Montoya.  Later, he found a left handed Strat but sill strung it inverted. 

 

One thing to note, this wouldn't work as well with an acoustic and certainly you would need bigger hands to get away with it. Although if you did string your acoustic inverted, you would be able to create a very unique style.

Well, it just doesn't sound the same to me.  But maybe different is better than the same eh?

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