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Lone Walnut - Posted - 01/22/2024:  13:35:36


I'm curious to know how many left handed players are on the Hangout. True Lefty's. I'm not concerned if your left handed and play right handed. I want to hear from us lefty's that play left handed banjo's and other instruments. In addition, let's hear what you have. Maybe this could help us out finding a banjo you've been looking for. I currently have a Ken Levan that he built for me about 4 years ago. It's wickedly awesome, like putting on your favorite flannel shirt. I also have a Pisgah Dobson Rambler. This banjo is a workhorse. Next would be a Helix Cherry Blossom. My very first banjo. A joy to play. And finally, a Deering Artisan. My garage player. It takes a lickin and holds up well. I should part with a few of them, but it would be painful. Looking forward to hearing from you Southpaws.

martyjoe - Posted - 01/22/2024:  13:57:48


Lefty & right hand tenors for juniors.



 

GP banjo - Posted - 01/22/2024:  14:51:10


I'm a lefty who plays right handed, but for fun I learned to play left handed (on a righty banjo) and I switch between playing right and left as a show trick. I play a deering goodtime.


Edited by - GP banjo on 01/22/2024 14:52:03

longmonsterrr - Posted - 01/22/2024:  14:57:38


I'm a for-real lefty. I know another lefty banjo player in the Boulder area, but there aren't a lot of us.

SirenSong - Posted - 01/22/2024:  14:58:14


Raising my left hand here!
I started last year playing ukulele. Everything I had read online (and the local shop) said to just learn to play righty, flip the strings, don't flip the strings but flip the instrument...so I tried all of the above.
I constantly felt like it was an uphill battle against myself. But this was supposed to be fun, right? It wasn't.
The first uke was a righty. The second was a far better quality righty. Then (insert "I Saw the Light" music here) the third arrived - fully set up lefty tenor uke. NOW it's fun and I feel like the world is back on its axis. The righty ukes got donated to the shop for student use.
Then I got a hankerin' for learning banjo. I've always loved the sound. So for my starter banjo I have a Deering Goodtime, but I'm already drooling over an upgrade...

stanleytone - Posted - 01/22/2024:  15:41:31


Im all in! I have a lefty HD28VR , a lefty 40th anniversary Stanleytone, a lefty Bowtie copy, one of the first banjos Richie Dotson built, and a lefty D35.

And ive got a video to prove im a lefty!

Its was done many years ago.

Got one vid on my homepage that shows me playing right handed but its because the cell phone reversed it.


Edited by - stanleytone on 01/22/2024 15:43:59


Lone Walnut - Posted - 01/23/2024:  15:16:26


quote:

Originally posted by SirenSong

Raising my left hand here!

I started last year playing ukulele. Everything I had read online (and the local shop) said to just learn to play righty, flip the strings, don't flip the strings but flip the instrument...so I tried all of the above.

I constantly felt like it was an uphill battle against myself. But this was supposed to be fun, right? It wasn't.

The first uke was a righty. The second was a far better quality righty. Then (insert "I Saw the Light" music here) the third arrived - fully set up lefty tenor uke. NOW it's fun and I feel like the world is back on its axis. The righty ukes got donated to the shop for student use.

Then I got a hankerin' for learning banjo. I've always loved the sound. So for my starter banjo I have a Deering Goodtime, but I'm already drooling over an upgrade...






There has been numerous conversations on here over the years about what you said. I believe there are true right handed people and true left handed people. Most people are somewhere in between. Ambidextrious. They can do most things with their dominant hand, but can still do things with their other hand if needed. I took the same path as you. Once getting my first left handed instrument, it was a pleasure learning. 

bob chappell - Posted - 01/24/2024:  11:30:09


I am true lefty from the beginning. I have owned and played four banjos (Gibson RB250, Stelling Staghorn, two Frank Neat built banjos), all left-handed. I also have three guitars (two acoustic, one electric), and had a MSA pedal steel guitar. Good luck with your musical journey.

Joel Hooks - Posted - 01/24/2024:  12:22:31


I write with my left hand but play banjo with both. I'm not sure how I would play it with just one. I'd figure that out if I ever lost a hand I suppose.

My banjos are "regular" in that my left hand stops the strings and my right plucks the notes. I understand that there are circumstances where a reverse instrument might be needed for an individual special situation. But there is probably a good reason why there are so few.

Since both hands are fully engaged in playing, I feel there is no such "handedness" to banjo (or guitar, violin, etc.).

Through practice I have forced myself to learn to use things like scissors. driving nails, saws, etc. with my right hand but it was not easy and did not come "naturally". But I approached it the same as I would trying to learn to juggle, card tricks, or any similar thing. A skill that takes practice.

Believe it or not, I had teachers try to change me in the early 1980s in elementary school. My mother was a huge advocate of my "left-handedness" and raised a big fuss with the school when she found out. She always made sure I had all the left-handed gizmos, even notebooks that were bound backwards! (Later I just used them upside down, and even later I just got over it.)

When I wanted to learn violin, she got me a standard instrument with the same logic-- both hands play. When I wanted a guitar to play punk music as a teenager, same thing. I am thankful that she did not force me into a reverse instrument because I wrote and used a fork/chopsticks with my left hand. This is just my personal anecdotal experience.

I am glad that the OP found a solution around the awkward initial learning phase to make it easier. Sadly this closes the door to playing (or owning) so many great instruments old and new.

monstertone - Posted - 01/28/2024:  14:19:14


I am a natural lefty, southpaw, whatever. But as Joel said, there are some things you just can't get around. Scissors were the first challenge I encountered. The world, it seems, revolves around right-handers. The only break I got, as a kid, was revolving spool bait casting reels. Back then, there was no other choice. I watched as my father & grandfather cast right-handed, & switched hands to retrieve. Not knowing any better, I cast left-handed & retrieved with my right hand.



When Mother found me playing harmonica by ear, she enrolled me in (RH) violin lessons. That didn't take. She then enrolled me in piano lessons, which didn't take either. When I showed up for my first lesson with a (RH) 5-string banjo, I was told "at this point, neither hand knows what to do, so you may as well learn to play the (RH) banjo you have"



Ron LeGrand R.I.P. was a lefty & he owned some very nice Gibson Mastertone left-hand conversion banjos. None of which I was able to play. Ron & I once stood face to face while playing FMB note of note, lick for lick, exactly alike. For the life of me, I could not tell WTH he was doing. Close my eyes & listen? Yeah, but watch him play, no way.



Banjo Lefty, on BHO, has an interesting story to tell.



Different strokes for different folks is all can say. I guess we're all wired differently.


Edited by - monstertone on 01/28/2024 14:29:43

carlb - Posted - 01/28/2024:  15:00:02


Left handed as I write, throw and kick left handed. Play clawhammer banjo, guitar and fiddle right handed.

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