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Aug 22, 2019 - 11:45:21 AM
64 posts since 10/22/2003

Has anyone ever had to relearn the banjo with thier opposite hand? If so can you tell me how it went? Was it smoother than learning initially?

I've recently had little nerve pinch that made my pinky and ring fingers a little weak. While I'm hoping it recovers quickly, some old (unrelated) thumb and wrist injuries have made fretting and holding some chord shapes challenging. I've occasionally thought about trying to learn lefty and use my stronger (less banged up) right hand for fretting. I could just flip my guitar strings and give it a go but tye banjo would take the added commitment of acquirimg a lefty banjo. Not an insignificant cost for what could be a frustrating and fruitless effort.

I'm fairly ambidextrous but I wonder if after years of playing starting from scratch and the difficulties that come with making your fingers learn to fret chords and hold strings while knowing I could just pick up the old banjo and frail away would be to frustrating?

Has anyone had this experience?

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:42:03 AM

74 posts since 8/25/2009

I had a south-paw roommate in college who played mandolin and tried to switch hands (I've forgotten which way) and hadn't succeeded by the end of the semester, when we both graduated. Not sure how applicable this is.  There was a recent thread by a teacher asking about a student who wanted to learn banjo left-handed.  The consensus seemed to be against it, but it was not unanimous and your situation is a little different.   If you want to see all the opinions (including mine) the link is: 

Good luck,


Edited by - Half Barbaric Twanger on 08/23/2019 08:48:47

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:10:02 PM

4625 posts since 9/5/2006

i don't think i could switch after all these years

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