Day 98 : instruments


There are four different families of musical instruments in an orchestra: wind, brass, string, percussion. We found an example of left-handed musicians to represent almost each group. There is a long list of professional musicians who are left-handed and play a left-handed guitar (Paul McCartney). Then there are some that play a right-handed guitar with their left hand so the strings are backwards (Jimi Hendrix). Most in the latter group were forced play this way for various reasons including that left-handed guitars weren’t readily available and were expensive to buy one custom made which seems true of many left-handed musicians playing different instruments.

Sandy: When I was young I learned to play the piano and flute. I’m trying to imagine when playing these two instruments being left or right hand dominant would make a difference. With the flute, maybe it might feel awkward but if the flute were designed to be played on the left side, one would learn how to do it, regardless of being left or right handed. That said, there are a lot of professional left-handed flutists.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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