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Person wrote at 2010-05-28 14:55:10
I have been doing this same thing for two months, and it can be very hard! I recommend 3rd fret on the low e with your fourth finger, 2nd on the a with your middle, and reaching your thumb around to press the 3rd on the high e! this also makes it soooo easy to go to eminor


roger wrote at 2010-12-02 16:21:47
I have been playing "upside down" for 15 years plus. I have always made good use of barre chords, while these might take practice (and what dosen't) it works in most situations. you should be able to find books in most music stores that detail barre chords. while being harder on the hand initially you can generaly play major minor 7th chords ect. one thing I have finally learned is that some theory can really help. My other tool has always been playing along with recorded music also playing in a group is really helpful.

try to develop your ear, and as Jimmy Bruno says music comes first theory second. also some of the most pivital players in blues especially play the way we do. like Albert King Otis Rush Elisibeth Cotton. STICK WITH IT. Also I think bending is easier upside down. HAVE FUN


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Alan Barrett wrote at 2014-10-12 10:43:17
Hi - I play a right-handed guitar left-handed. I play regularly with a pub band. When I play bass, this is no disadvantage at all: in fact, to me, it's logical - my low notes are low strings and my higher notes are the higher strings. With a six-string, you just have to keep at it. Use the thumb, too (ignore what 'real' guitarists say). G7 is easy if you bring the thumb into play! Look at alternative chord positions - and, as another comment says, not all strings need to be sounded in a chord anyway. Barre chords, for me, are generally four-string chords; I can also sound the root note on the low E string along with it. Same with barred minors. I'd love to see some site for us left-hand but right-guitar people, including chord shapes etc. I might just start one on Facebook or somewhere. Keep at it.


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Upside down left handed guitar playing

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I have played an upside down guitar for the past 30 years. Although it is somewhat unique, there are many distinct limitations as one becomes more serious musician. Many bad habits (partial chording) are picked up because many finger positions (alternate chords included) are totally impossible. Picking stings requires the "pinkie" to carry the bass line. I took classcial lessons for 12 months or so and it just became a physical impossibility to duplicate the "proper positioning". I am able to play several difficult pieces, but I do have to "cheat" to complete them. My advice to all new guitar players (less than 3 years experience) would be to restring the instrument properly. The reward will be there down the road. We probably would never have heard of Hendrix had he chosen to play upside down and backwards.

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I am a self-taught guitar player with no formal training.

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