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« on: Dec 08, 2006, 04:42AM »

A simple question as per the Fast Brain topic in Chit Chat.
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 2006, 10:36AM »

couldnt resist, huh?  actually, i was about to set one up like this as soon as i checked the new posts.  guess you beat me to it...  Don't know
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 08, 2006, 11:30AM »

I've broken my arm twice and had to learn to write and throw left-handed, as well as play the euphonium left handed. I also learned to shoot left handed (basketball and guns)and kick left footed (soccer) for reasons not related to injuries. I normally try to switch hands when doing repetetive manual labor tasks (raking, sweeping, shoveling).

I've never tried to play trombone left-handed for any significant period of time, although I know a cruise ship player from Oakland who played left and was (and I don't use this word often) awesome.

The GF and her son are lefties, one of my brothers is lefty forced to be righty by idiot teachers-----I tend to agree with Timothy42B that lefties should not be forced to  do tasks right-handed.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 2006, 11:37AM »

I'm mostly right, though I can write passably with the left.  Also can play euph or tuba lefthanded (actually prefer it).

As a kid I was right handed but left eye dominant, which isn't a big deal except when it comes to throwing a ball or firing a gun.  Now I'm right eye dominant, so it doesn't matter.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 08, 2006, 02:18PM »

I heard it said once that "Just because you only write with your right hand does not mean you are right handed, it only means you only write with your right hand."

I do almost everything left handed, save trombone playing, running the mouse, and writing.

I've gotten used to using both sides of my brain at the same time because of waaaaaaaay too many Bach Inventions on the piano.

Boo, I think, is going to be a total lefty.  She is sitting next to me with a bowl of peaches, eating them with her left hand.
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 08, 2006, 02:49PM »

I'm definitly right handed...but almost functionally ambidexterous.  Mostly because my coordination isn't to great right handed, so the left doesn't have much catching up to do.

Working with tools my first choice is righty, but often I don't get a choice, so left it is.

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 08, 2006, 03:46PM »

Right, that's right :D lol I've been trying to learn how to draw with my left hand too lately :D
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 08, 2006, 08:14PM »

i'm a righty, but with some concentration can fool some into thinking i'm a lefty. back in high school, whenever i had to write on the board, i'd switch hands mid-word, just to see if anyone noticed. they usually didn't, but the rare people that did were usually amused.
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 08, 2006, 08:36PM »

I'm strongly left-handed.  I do everything with my left hand, although I have not bothered to try to switch "right-handed" instruments (like guitar or trombone) to left-handed.  I also don't use my left hand to operate a 10-key calculator---they just aren't set up well for lefties.   I've adapted to most of those sorts of things.  I can use a computer mouse somewhat better with my left hand, but I did, with some persistence, manage to learn to use one well with my right hand.

   
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 09, 2006, 10:53AM »

tbone 62, I've often wondered why people play a guitar or banjo left handed. To me, it seems that each hand performs an equally complicated function, so what would be the advantage of changing?
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 09, 2006, 11:10AM »

tbone 62, I've often wondered why people play a guitar or banjo left handed.

I asked a guitarist friend once, and he was adamant about wanting to use his strong hand for the sound creation.  To him it made perfect sense that a lefty would want the instrument reversed.
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 09, 2006, 12:07PM »

On a guitar or banjo, it seems to me that the strongest hand should be that which presses down on the frets....?
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 09, 2006, 12:42PM »

On a guitar or banjo, it seems to me that the strongest hand should be that which presses down on the frets....?

I might have thought so, too, but as I said, I asked a guitarist, and what he said was different.  He's just one person, but he is a very good guitarist.

I've never heard of a righty guitar player switching the instrument around to play lefty for reasons of strength on the fingerboard, and lefty guitars are quite easy to come by.  If it were somehow an advantage to have your stronger hand on the fingerboard, you'd think at least a few people would do it that way.
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 09, 2006, 03:07PM »

On a guitar or banjo, it seems to me that the strongest hand should be that which presses down on the frets....?

its not about strength... its dexterity.  the fine-motor skills needed for tone prodution outweight the need of movement on the fretboard.  the fretboard is static- you have this chord or that chord and it almost never changes.  the control over the strings is more requiring of minute control.  anyways, strength of fingers is easier to develop than dexterity.

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« Reply #14 on: Dec 09, 2006, 05:55PM »

On a guitar or banjo, it seems to me that the strongest hand should be that which presses down on the frets....?

I agree, and I do play guitar, although I am not by any means an "accomplished" guitarist.  It really seems to require a good bit of dexterity with both hands, in my opinion.  I have a lot of guitar music that requires very rapid chord changes, and unless I am playing classical guitar, I generally am strumming the chords with my right hand or picking the strings in a more or less set pattern, with some variation. 

I would think that it might depend a lot upon what style of music you're playing? Also, perhaps it might depend upon the degree of dexterity you can manage with your non-dominant hand? :)  But for me, I just never felt that there would be enough of an advantage to go to the trouble of switching the guitar over, and I've known some wonderfully talented and accomplished guitar players who are left-handed who play many different styles of music on a "right-handed" guitar.

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« Reply #15 on: Dec 10, 2006, 04:34PM »

I write with my right hand, and generally play trombone right-handed (except when goofing around).  That being said, when I played baseball I was able to throw left handed and right handed with equal skill, and I was able to bat left and righthanded.  It was actually quite fun to pitch one inning righthanded, and then switch to throwing lefthanded for the next inning.  It certainly confused the batters...
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 10, 2006, 09:19PM »

Right-handed, but I mouse with either hand - usually left, and type with only my left hand using a left-handed Dvorak (not the composer) keyboard, due to an old car accident catching up to my right arm. I play "normally" though.

I have a friend who can draw with both hands at once, mirror images of the picture, and who can do the same thing writing, i.e., the writing unfolds on the left as a mirror image of the writing on the right, at the same time. It's a trip to watch.
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 10, 2006, 09:26PM »

Right-handed, but I mouse with either hand - usually left, and type with only my left hand using a left-handed Dvorak (not the composer) keyboard, due to an old car accident catching up to my right arm. I play "normally" though.


Wow, I've never met anyone who actually uses a Dvorak keyboard.  I've read that they are supposed to be a more efficient design, have you found this to be the case?  Its good that you've found something that helps you use the computer as these contraptions tend to be ergonomically unfriendly don't they?

Anyways, In my case I am very strongly left handed and do almost every thing left handed.  Exceptions are I use the mouse right handed since I've used computers since I was 6 and I had to use a right handed one because they were molded to only fit that hand so I adapted.  I also play trombone and euphonium right handed because I was played bass trombone which doesn't work very well assembled the wrong way, and euphonium  isn't very comfortable to hold is you try to play it with switched hands.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 10, 2006, 09:53PM »

Wow, I've never met anyone who actually uses a Dvorak keyboard.  I've read that they are supposed to be a more efficient design, have you found this to be the case?  Its good that you've found something that helps you use the computer as these contraptions tend to be ergonomically unfriendly don't they?

Because I use the keyboard with only one hand, I am actually a little bit slower than with both hands and make more mistakes, some letters are in tough positions - the Q is a big reach with the left pinky. But if you use two hands with Dvorak, I understand it is not too hard to reach upwords of 100 wpm fairly easily.

When I made the switch to left hand Dvorak, the way I did it was to not allow myself to type normally. If I was on a keyboard that I had not done the switch on (to do it, go through Microsoft Accessibility options, you can set up multiple optional keyboard configurations), I just made myself hunt and peck rather than return to my old qwerty keyboard configuration. It took me about 3 months to be easy with it, about a year to be proficient. And - way reduced pain, instantly, a great benefit and motivator to continue with the switch.

The other disadvantage is that unless you have the keyboard diagram in front of you, it is hard to remember where all the weird keys are ... and since the keyboard has the qwerty characters printed on it, I often have to poke around looking for things like ^ or +.

A very funny element is when people see me typing and they just cannot figure out what on earth I am doing with my left hand flying all over the keyboard but the words coming out right on screen. Our tech support guys won't touch my keyboard, they just grant me rights to do everything and then coach me if I need help.
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 11, 2006, 07:13AM »

For the benefit of those who also might have been wondering what the layout looks like.

Standard Dvorak:


Left-handed Dvorak:


Right-handed Dvorak:
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