Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Thu Sep 22 13:36:28 BST 2011

It's the hand the is plucking/strumming that requires the greater 
manipulation with the fingers--the chords don't change as often and the 
movement of the fingers or the bow over the stringers for making the sounds.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ed Burkhead
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:17 PM
To: 'Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.'

Guitars?  "Right handed?"

It seems to me that it's the LEFT hand that requires the greater dexterity
with guitars, violins, etc.

Why would a sane person want to string it backward and use their less-good
hand for the difficult stuff?

It seems to me that in most of the left-hand/right-hand discussion of using
objects, the left hand has the high dexterity task on an awfully lot of
those cases.

And, yes, we fly most airplanes left handed - all those that have control
yokes (i.e. wheels).  That's OK, though because really, it's handling the
knobs and switches that takes more delicate control and dexterity.

On the other hand (pun intended), the airliner copilot flies right handed
and uses his left hand for a lot of the switches and knobs and adjustments.
Then, when s/he becomes a captain, now in primary control, s/he has to
suddenly use the opposite hands to do things.  Do you want your brand-new
captain handicapped by having to switch around everything s/he does?
(Actually, the changeover occurs with a LOT of realistic simulator time so
it's not really an issue.  I'm just having fun with the thought experiment.)


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