Switching a Guitar to Your Left Hand

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Switching a guitar to your left hand is tricky, but its not impossible. Learn about switching a guitar to your left hand with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name's Jessica Delfino. I'm a performer and musician in New York City. I also teach guitar and ukelele when I'm not busy rocking. So you can find out more information about that at yourocknyc.com. That's y o u r o c k n y c.com. Today we're going to talk about playing a guitar for your left hand. And this is something that is, it's a little, it's tricky to play guitar with your left hand if you're not automatically left handed. Playing guitar is kind of a challenging instrument anyway. So use whatever you have to be able to do it as well as you can. If you're right handed, play with your right hand. But if for some reason you are you know, you want to play with your left hand, or you want to be ambidextrous or what have you, you can turn your guitar around just like that. However, it's still going to be a little bit strange because if you turn your guitar around then your strings are going to be basically upside down. Whereas they normally would go E, A, D, G, B, E, now they go backwards. And the low E string is at the bottom. So it would go E, A, D, G, B. E in the up direction. So if you have a specific guitar that is made for a left hander, it will be strung properly and the neck and everything will be adjusted so that's it's good for a left hander. But if this is all you have for now, I'm sure that you can work around those obstacles. So, let's try to make an E minor chord in this direction. It's a little bit awkward for me because I play right handed. My fingernails are a little long on my right hand because that's normally my strumming hand. But I'm going to take my fingers, I'm going to place them in E minor position which is on the E, it's on the A and the D string on the second fret. Right there. Now when you strum it's kind of interesting because normally this what your E will sound like because when you start strumming, you're strumming from the low E string and going down. If you want it to sound that way, you have to strum up if you're playing the guitar essentially backwards. But then if you do want to just normally play it in the down position, the chord will sound a little bit different. Check it out. It's got a little bit of a different sound because essentially you're strumming upside down. But this is basically how you would play your guitar with your left hand if you're left handed. You would fret with your right hand and strum with your left hand. And that's pretty much all there is to it. There are a lot of courses on line, there are a lot of resources out there for left handed players. Just takes a little bit of time and practice and it doesn't matter what hand you use. You can rock if you want to. Just practice as much as possible. Have fun. Thanks for watching.

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