[LMB] We've been discussing gene engineering on people...

M. Haller Yamada thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 17 01:23:51 BST 2019

On Monday, October 14, 2019, 09:06:36 AM GMT+9, Howard Brazee 

I know a left-handed guitar player who strings his guitar “backwards”.  This doesn’t make sense to me as guitar players need to be facile with both hands, like piano players.

Micki: There was a guitarist named Elizabeth Cotten (I think -- 
"Freight Train" composer, anyway) who played upside down and 
left-handed. I believe she was self-taught. Strumming and picking 
with the dominant hand is a bit different than holding down chords 
and notes with the non-dominant hand. (I play ukulele.) I bet 
different brain parts get trained, too. 

It's hard to say which hand needs the most agility, but with thousands 
of years of stringed instruments (and people actually making their own 
and teaching themselves -- thereby getting some wild experimentation 
in the mix), it seems that most people wind up with dominant hand 
strumming and plucking and picking. I'd guess that there's a reason 
for that. 

I would also guess that if you learn it the other way, you get by OK. And 
I would guess having to switch would be extremely frustrating once you 
learned -- you are training muscles as well as parts of your brain. 


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