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Myths about Left-handed Guitars and Left handed Guitarists SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES

by Gaskell Guitars
There are various very FALSE "ideas" floating around about on the subject of learning to play guitar that have to do with being left or right handed. These ideas stem from ignorant right handed guitarists, lazy guitar teachers, or money-motivated sales staff at musical instrument shops who are on kickbacks from some particular guitar brand, and sometimes even from bitter and twisted left-handed guitarists themselves who somehow feel "cursed." However the latter only comes about because of the former.

Mainly these myths have sprung up because of lack of overall knowledge with the unfortunate consequence of these false data influencing people in their choices of playing or learning guitar.

Let's get one thing very straight. These common misconceptions ARE myths.
A myth ceases to be a myth once it has been revelaed to be otherwise. It is dispelled by providing TRUE DATA, ie. "the Truth."

So, lefty guitarists and right handed guitarists can equally learn something here. You may be very surprised to know some new things here or have some misconceptions dispelled. I hope so!

MYTH ONE. "A guitar is like a piano. There is only one way to play it."

This is one of the biggest, outmoded, ignorant, and totally incorrect statements there is on this subject. Yes, a piano is played one way. No, a guitar is not played one way.
In fact, the way people play guitars in Rock and Pop music today, in would benefit a right handed person to actually play guitar left handed - with his or her dominant hand on the fret board, instead of the other way round which is the traditional way. For modern music, it is not about being just a "strummer" like it was 100 years ago. Guitar playing has EVOLVED. Isn't it surprising that some of the world's best guitarists are left handed people playing guitar right handed - the reverse scenario?

MYTH TWO. "It is harder to learn guitar left-handed in a world dominated by right-handed teachers and right handed instruction books."

This is a doozer. In fact learning guitar left handed is EASIER from a right-handed teacher than a left-handed teacher because everything the teacher shows you is a MIRROR IMAGE of what you are doing and easier to follow! Right handed guitarists learning from a right handed teacher have to do a mental switcheroo to get what they are doing right! That is an extra step a lefthanded learner does not have to take!
And books? There are books for lefthanded instruction. They exist and they are not hard to get. There aren't as many but that is a good thing. Less possibilities of confusion. Right handed guitar instruction materials are so abundant that there is an OVERSATURATION of material which frankly makes anyone giddy when trying to make sense of it all.

MYTH THREE. "You can't get many left-handed guitars." Or "It's hard to find a left handed guitar."

This WAS true until recently. In 2006 an Australian company called Gaskell Guitars came to be. Gaskell Guitars makes left handed guitars and basses EXCLUSIVELY, and is the only company in the world that does.

Gaskell has grown in the last few years to be the number one brand in the world for left handed guitars. Several major guitar brands have stopped making lefthanded guitars: Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, Rickenbacker. They stopped due to "lack of demand." That is another myth.

MYTH FOUR. "There is not much demand for left handed guitars"

This is the biggest myth of the lot. This idea is definitely a commercially motivated right handed guitar manufacturer's point of view. Although there are much less left handed guitarists in the world there are still many. Lefty guitarists do exist - and they are all over the world - young and old. This is a fact that right handed guitar companies will never be aware of because they operate on TURNOVER and their turnover consists of right handed guitars. Understandable, but not true!

If you are a left handed guitarist reading this realize this: there are plenty of people like you in the world - PLENTY!

You do not need to feel bad about being a left handed guitarist.

And parents take note, let your son or daughter play the way they feel is comfortable for them. Do not change that because some lazy teacher or kick-back motivated shop salesman tries to tell you otherwise. There is a lot of garbage still thrown around on this subject. Realize they are self-serving myths and don't fall prey to that!

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