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Posted by Katie on May 01, 2001 at 20:23:28:
In Reply to: Upright for lefties??? posted by GR on May 01, 2001 at 12:23:17:
: I've been seriously considering picking up an upright bass for a while now, but i have a big problem (aside from the fact that they're pretty expesive)... I'm left handed. I've been playing other stringed instrument for a couple of years, and therefore I can't really play any other way.
: I looked into switching around a right handed bass, but i hear that it's just a bad idea because of the bracing and the fingerboard is sloped. Is this true?
: If it is, then are there companies who make lefties normally? The only way i can see myself ever getting one is by having it custom made, or buying someone's custom made one. There's just nothing out there that beats the huge bottom of an upight bass.
: Any help or info about this stuff would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
GR- Just a thought, but what are you going to want to do with your left handed bass? If you just want to play in say, a band it might work out fine, but if you ever want to pick up orchestral or concert band playing you may run in too trouble, as adding a left handed player not only disrupts the continuity of the ensemble but also requires twice as much space so that you are not jabbing the guy next to you the whole time. Also, moving up to a higher-end instrument may eventually cause you some troubles. I'm not an expert but I'd imagine converting a fine bass and converting it to left-handed might decrease its value and performance quality. I know what you're saying, I'm left-handed too but I also think these are points to consider. Plenty of left handers play string instruments(a rather large percentage actually) in the conventional set-up. In fact I think we have in advantage! Giving our left hand the hard fingering work and the right the grunt work! whatever you decide, good luck!
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