Andy James, shredmeister extraordinaire and well respected LickLibrary.com tutor recently took part in a webcast where he answered questions from many of his fans. One question posed to him was from a lefty who had chosen to persue the right handed guitar path…
I’m a lefty playing a right handed guitar – been playing 6 years – practice about 6 hours a day – i still can only play Slayer at half speed – should I switch over to a lefty guitar?
Andy: I think if you are left handed, you should play a lefty guitar. Your left hand will control your picking and general timing and would be more natural for you to use the hand that you would use for anything else. Playing with the right hand might be weird at first but you will probably find that your technique will improve playing the right way.
As you know i’m completely fed up of right handed players giving poor guidance to lefties so it’s refreshing to see someone finally give some solid advice regarding playing left handed guitar. The question posed here just really goes to show that some lefties just have to play left handed guitar, no questions asked. It’s not even as if this guy is a casual player, six hours of practice a day is a lot, even for many professional players!
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