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Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007, 12:07 pm

I'm beginning to suspect that I might actually be right handed when it comes to the bass. This wouldn't be entirely without precendent since lefties often find themselves unable to use left handed devices, for example if you handed me a pair of left handed scissors I'd likely end up losing an eye. This is supported by my ability to play Free Bird on medium difficulty level in Guitar Hero 2 right handed but my complete and total inability to manage a three note progression left handed on the bass. Granted, there are certain major functional differences between the buttons on the guitar controller and the strings on a guitar but I am suspicious. I'm going to swing up to a music store at lunchtime I reckon and have a strum on a right handed one to make sure I'm not going mental.

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

Somewhat counter-intuitively, guitar playing (actually all fretted and fretless string instruments played with a "fingering" and a "plucking"/"strumming" hand) seem to work best when the left hand does all the complicated stuff.

I'm generally amazed that my left hand is able to do the stuff I ask it to do on the fretboard whilst it remains utterly incapable of doing other comparatively un-dextrous things.

What's even more peculiar is the reversal of the situation on the keyboard, where my left hand bumbles around like an un-invited trombonist at a flute recital.

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

My entire life, whenever I picked up a guitar its been a left handed one and I've always ended up having to quit in frustration so this is something of an epiphany to me. I took a trip to the music store "Perfect Pitch" on wicklow st at lunchtime (I prefer those guys, they're not as busy as waltons and it seems to be staffed by musicians and isn't packed than one-riff posers like some other stores) and one of the blokes there saw me plucking away, asked some questions, did a few exercises with me and we arrived at the conclusion that I'm definitely mainly right handed with some slight oddness in possessing a lot of rythm in the left hand - so I'll have to pracice a lot of strumming (though Guitar Hero is helping there believe it or not)

The upshot is that I'll be bringing my bass and my old six string in to them tomorrow and trading them in/up for a very nice refurbished Bass he was just after finishing working on as I walked in - sure, it was a soft sell and all but I'm not going to be out of pocket and I'll be able to learn without a lot of annoyance.

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

is something of an epiphany to me

Don't you mean Epiphone-y....?...arf arf...tut....oh, god...

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

You're getting a two hour ban from the internet to think about what you did...

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

Two hours without a wank...?....damn...

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
aidian

i'm the same way on guitar or bass. i'm left-handed at most things naturally, but i play both guitar and bass right-handed. it just makes sense - i think it's the right handed folks have got it backwards all this time, myself. the left hand does the complicated bits and the right handles the rhythm of hitting the strings.

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I seem to be in the slightly odd situation (according to the bloke I spoke to at lunchtime) in that my dexterity is mainly in the left hand - not entirely unusual be it for left or right handed players, but also a lot of the rythm is in the left hand as well but its easier to train rythm into a hand than it is to train dexterity so I'd seem to be onto a winner by switching hands.