15 thoughts on “15 Struggles Only Left-Handed Guitarists Understand

  1. I’ve been playing right handed guitar for 20 years now, but I’m left handed. I always played my air guitar left handed, naturally. And I’ve always wondered what it would be like to play a left handed guitar, if it is too late now, or if my technique would improve. Well now I am about to find out as I have just inherited a left-handed fender squire!

    1. I know this is old thread, but how did you make out?
      Did it improve your strumming?
      Same boat, lefty playing RH for 20 years, but feel like I can’t progress with certain things, thinking of switching?

  2. I totally agree with most of these. However I DID find a vintage 65 Strat left handed. And it was a bit pricey. I will add that learning fr Nother guitar players is way easier because of the “mirror” effect at least in my opinion. I can’t speak about chord charts or anything like that, I know completely self taught and have been doing so for the past 35 years

  3. I’m strongly left handed. But that comes to an advantage to me, because chords are easier to play with my left hand. So I just simply play right handed. I just leave all of the strumming to my right hand. You’re just kind of making people think that leftys can ONLY play left handed, but that’s just simply not true. We can actually play both ways with not that many problems, and right instruction (either from an instructor or perhaps self-taught).

    1. “You’re just kind of making people think that leftys can ONLY play left handed, but that’s just simply not true. We can actually play both ways with not that many problems, and right instruction.”

      Err..what? The author isn’t saying that. Did you read where he mentions that it’s not uncommon for leftys to learn to play right handed, such as yourself. It’s the first one on the list, which is ironic because you’re being one of those “convincing” guys he’s talking about.

  4. As a righty, I never knew the struggles of left handed players. Always had mad respect for them though. Hell, most of my heroes were left handed. Keep on rocking, guys! \,,/

  5. Really good post! I have no regrets of playing as a lefty, though im curioused about how well/different i would play if I’ve learned as a right handed.

    My doubt is, how do you (leftys) avoid moving accidentally the knobs? i use tape, but it’s not that cool cause when you want to do an adjustment, you cant.
    Sorry for mi english

  6. I been playing lefty for about 9 years now I struggled at first but once I got the hang of it it was really easy to play

  7. Ive been playing left handed for 30 plus years, and my only grudgeis about the guitar quality. For example you can buy a right handed Ibanez Jem loaded with all the best Ibanez has to offer. However, if you were to buy thesame guitar left handed, ir would be a scaled down version with cheaper electronics, and the bridge for sure. Im fighting that struggle now! The right hand Jem features an Ibanez Edge Pro tremolo with a push in arm. THE LEFT HANDED VERSION gives you a plain old ibanez double locking tremolo of substandard quality. And the pickups are brand name in the right hand, but standard quantums in the Left hand version. Where is it written in law that LH guitarists deserve SUBSTANDARD quality??????

    1. If it is priced the same as a righty, should be same quality, Just ordered a lefty Taylor acoustic electric, 414CE-R. If it is substandard I’ll be shipping it back!

  8. My daughter is a left handed player. It’s next to impossible to find a short scale guitar that fits her and is a color she likes.

  9. I’m a left handed musician. I can’t find a decent back up acoustic guitar for cheap. Always horrible quality and double the price. The action is always way way high. I can only play using a capo. At least that brings the action down. I am poor. Every right handed guitar I come across is perfect. Action is wonderful. How hard can it be to make it perfect for the left handed models? I feel like I’m being discriminated because I’m a left. Where is the love? Plus it cost insane money to get a good left handed acoustic guitar. I know I can get a Jameson or some other crap brand but they never stay in tune and the sounds is off. It can’t be that hard to make a mirror image of something. It’s the same thing. Why 150 dollars more? I can’t even try it out before I buy it. Sucks all the way around. I can’t even find a hard case for my guitar. They don’t make them. ?????????? What? Spent almost 400 bucks for a left handed acoustic electric Ibanez and I can’t even buy a case to protect it. The action is super high. I love on a tight budget and can’t afford and don’t trust people touching my guitar as apparently most people only repair right handed models. I just want to play on stage at my church without looking out of place. I already feel like an outcast because I’m a lefty. It’s hopeless. This will probably fall on deaf ears as this isn’t my first rodeo and actions speak miles more than words can travel. Being a lefty sucks. But I won’t conform to the Catholic ways. No one is going to force me to switch to right handed. Even if it’s encrusted with diamonds and it’s my dream guitar. I’m a South paw. I will rage against that machine until my voice is gone. Ibanez at least tries. But all the other names out there don’t seem to care. Thanks for letting me vent.

    1. I feel your pain man. I just bought a Fender Redondo Lefty from Sweetwater $399 they literally just got them in this past Monday and I’ve been waiting on the release of this guitar for two months. I got it in yesterday and it’s amazing. You might want to check it out. Beautiful guitar and it comes with the strat headstock instead of the regular fender acoustic head.

  10. I’m a lefty had got a right handed guitar
    So got a different guitar I got a Stratocaster… should I move back to a right handed if it’s bard on me for a left handed guitar

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