Due to the mirror effect, left handed guitar players will generally find it much easier learning from a right handed teacher. I’ve often wondered if the opposite is true in that right handed players would find it easier learning from a lefty teacher? I see no reason why not…
As a left handed player I have always found it incredibly easy learning from other players whether it be in real-life or on the screen. I learned to play guitar using the DVD course from MetalMethod and never thought twice about the difference it made being left handed and using these lessons – I just got on with it. Years later I realised that the reason I found guitar so simple to learn from other players was because I was playing left handed and for the most part, they were playing right handed. The instructor would appear on screen perfectly mirroring my position and therefore making it exceptionally effortless to duplicate what they were playing.
Now flip this idea on its head – I find learning from another left handed player more difficult. And not even slightly more difficult, it’s blatantly much harder (for me personally). Without the mirror effect I am looking to the right on screen to be seeing what I should be playing on the left on my own guitar and vice versa. Even if the player was sitting next to me I would still be giving myself a sore neck constantly turning to the side.
This is why I find it so perplexing why all instructional guitar DVDs don’t have their video image flipped so that the teacher appears left handed on screen. As a lefty, if I find it so much easier learning from a right handed teacher then doesn’t it make sense that right handed players would experience the same effect learning from a lefty tutor? Seeing as right handed players are probably 95% of the market doesn’t it make sense to cater to them?
To illustrate my point here is a screen grab from one of Justin Sandercoe’s YouTube lessons. In the first image he is right handed, and in the second he is left handed – which one would you find easier to follow? Maybe it’s just me, but the mirror effect wins every time – as a lefty, image one is my choice.
Theodore Tziras is a monster player who is left handed, but when he makes a video lesson for his YouTube channel he always flips the image so that he appears right handed. He says he does this so as not to confuse people but I honestly think if he left the video untouched it would be so much easier to follow for right handed players. Perhaps right handed players are just so used to 95% of videos being by right handed players that they’ve never experienced how easy it would be to follow an opposite handed player.
Unless i’m just a very peculiar individual who perceives things completely differently to everyone else, I think this concept is just a massive advantage to left handed players. Not only can we learn from other people much more easily, we can also teach other people much more easily (as long as you sit opposite your student ;)). Great news for all of you budding left handed guitar teachers out there!
Let me know what you think in the comments section below – do you agree or disagree with what I’ve said. Ask your right handed friends to consider this idea and see what they think as well.