Andy James Talks About Left Handed Guitar

Andy James, shred guitarist extraordinaire and well-respected LickLibrary 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 pursue the right handed guitar path…

Andy James Fan Question

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 giving some solid advice regarding which way to play. 

The question posed here 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!

Check out Andy in action in the video below, or take a look through some of his many lessons and DVDs over at

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Neal has been playing guitar (left-handed!) for over 20 years, and has also worked in various roles within the guitar retail industry since 2012. He started LeftyFretz in 2010. More Info