I've always wanted to play the guitar (like really bad). I bought an electric guitar about 30 years ago when I was in college. I played it for a
minute, was impatient, and decided I sucked completely. I put the guitar away in the case and kind of forgot about it. Fast forward 30 years, I'm
cleaning out the basement and tagging stuff to go to Good Will. I tagged the guitar. Well, I took my haul to Good Will and forgot about the
Later, I noticed the guitar and was kind of frustrated I forgot something. Then I opened the case of the guitar and, wow, it's actually a pretty nice
guitar. I'd forgotten this. It's a Peavy Patriot, and after some short research I found it's actually in demand now...like worth more than I paid
for it back in 1983. When I'd bought it, it was hanging on the wall of the guitar shop next to a bunch of Fender Stratocasters, and there was no way
I could afford one of those. In fact, I practically went broke even buying the Peavy. (I actually did go broke).
Well, I thought, what the heck I'll learn to play this guitar, and if I suck (which I do), I'll just keep trying.
In about 1987 I was in a horrific truck accident and I badly smashed my left hand. I had a compound fracture of my left metacarpal just above the
knuckle of my index finger. The bone of my hand had shot out of my skin when my hand went through the dashboard. It was the least of my injuries and
it went unattended for a day or so. Then I wound up having several surgeries on my hand (among other things). When they finally finished, the
orthopedic hand surgeon said I'd probably never type on a typewriter again, but otherwise would be okay.
Well, I set out to prove the orthopedic surgeon wrong. It took time, but now I type over 120 words per minute on a keyboard or typewriter. And, I
use all my fingers, including my damaged index finger. So, I thought I'd overcome this same handicap on the guitar as a beginner. Hmmmmm....this is
a bit harder, but I'm still determined. I will overcome!
My problem is, my index knuckle is pointed down at a 45 degree angle, so I can't bar with my index finger without contorting my shoulder around like a
retard. That, and I've had to compensate with my other three fingers for my grip, so they are many times stronger than my index finger. What this
has caused is a pronounced lack of dexterity on my ring finger. It moves in unison with my middle finger and I can't divorce the two.
So...to my question...As a beginner, I wonder how difficult it would be for me, a right handed person, to learn to play a left handed guitar? OR,
should I just fight it out and try to figure out how to compensate for my handicapped left hand? A left handed guitar would eliminate my fret hand
issues, but I don't know how well a righty can make rhythm on his right hand.
Any advice is appreciated!!
I'm just a guitar newby.
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