Friday, August 20, 2010

Left handed electric guitar – reversed rules

Many well-known guitarists are used and using left handed electric guitar. The difference between right-handed and left-handed guitarist in his working hand which need to strum strings in a comfort position. Some guitarists even learned how to play in both ways. However, manufacturers of guitars quickly set up the production of left-handed electric guitars, so nowadays people can buy it all over the world.

Left handed electric guitar – correct strings
When the left-handed guitars were not popular, getting such guitar was really difficult. Guitarists tried to play like right-handed players but that was very uncomfortable and annoying practice. Some players reach expected level of playing, that's famous guitarists like Richie Blackmore, Steve Morse, Billy Corgan, Robert Fripp, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King and many others. Other guitarists decided to use right-handed guitars but with reversed position of it. Reversing the strings they got what they looking for, but with some problems. One of that problem is the intonation. Bridge designed for appropriate diameter of strings in a reverse position doesn't have possibility to use thicker strings where must be thinner strings. And intonation turns not so perfect. The other bad thing for using reversed right-handed guitar is a seizure like on a Fender Stratocaster models. So higher frets are more difficult to use, anyway Jimi Hendrix played in such way.

Left handed electric guitar – method of learning
Many left-handed guitar beginners completely lost when they starting to learn guitar because right-handed learning are more popular and almost every training is designed for right-handed guitarists. But one of the good instructional materials for left-handed players were published in 2001. That was a Troy Stetina – famous rock and metal guitar player who made many instructional materials, such as Metal Rhythm Guitar, Metal Lead Guitar, Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar and others. So, in 2001 his book Left-Handed Guitar – Complete Method was released and got many positive reviews from left-handed guitarists. In that book you can find basic and advanced technique researched for left-handed guitar players.