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  • #22245

    MattKnox
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    In my last post (or my intro I can’t remember) I stated that I learned to play guitar right handed and I am a lefty.  I don’t consider myself a very good guitar player and it’s ok because I do this for fun and couldn’t ever imagine myself without a guitar in my hand.  I love it so much.

    My parents bought me a VHS tape on Christmas ’96 to learn to play.  It taught me my first 2 songs acoustically but I wanted to learn metal!! So I bought Doug’s tapes and that is how I have learned and continue to learn.  Anyway…

    I had really been contemplating on learning to play lefty since I am a natural.  I went to a couple guitar stores and the workers kept saying don’t do it, you have more options for guitar as a righty, top that with the fact that we don’t have any left handed guitar hero’s left, I bit the bullet and bought a left handed squier strat.  I’m not gonna let someone tell me what I should do.

    So this is what I gave myself.  Starting yesterday (3 September), I am running a hardcore experiment until 8 December (my birthday, and the anniversary of the death of my all time favorite player Dimebag Darrell).  Meaning I won’t touch a right handed guitar.  I will focus all my energy towards this.  I will be going through the Metal Method course I bought years ago from stage 1-3, then practice Monster Power Chords, Metal Riffology, Classic Metal Licks, the warm ups to Speed Kills, then pick back up and finish the course if all goes well.  If I keep getting better, I will keep going.  I will film this and maybe upload it to youtube or just to here.  I will not be posting the tabs to what I am practicing, in hopes that people may see it and buy Metal Method.

    Wish me luck

  • #22246

    superblonde
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    Good luck for sure. It will be like going back to zero. In the end I’d guess you’ll be a much better player because coordination will improve. Definitely if you go back to normal even for a day, it will set you back really fast. I wonder if maybe your hybrid picking will be amazing?

    I had a similar experience because a bunch of years ago, I decided to switch computer keyboard layout to the “old school underground” keyboard layout of dvorak. You can make this switch on apple computers, they still support it. I thought it would be fun to try. I popped all the keys off my keyboard, rearranged them, and reconfigured the software.. Wow, everything was horrible for the first week, couldn’t type to save my life. I really learned something about the feeling of being a 100% novice again, I just felt completely dumb. Progress was going OK for three weeks until I used someone else’s computer in a lab and had to type ‘normal’ again.. wow, what a switch, and my dvorak gains were lost within a single day. I couldn’t keep the dvorak format on my computer because I had to do some work and couldn’t sacrifice having a handicapped speed, so I switched back to normal. It was fun to try though.

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #22250

    bdickens
    Participant

    I wish I had learned to play right handed.

    Byron Dickens

  • #22258

    Doug Marks
    Keymaster

    This should be interesting. Michael Angelo Batio is left-handed.  He began by learning to play right-handed.  With his double-guitar it became necessary for him to also learn to play left-handed.  I’ve never seen him play anything left-handed that approaches what he’s able to do right-handed. Still, this should improve your dexterity and coordination.

    I’m right-handed and play right-handed.  My picking hand is my right hand.  I’m way more of a hammer-pull guy (left-hand does the work) than an alternate picking guy.  For that reason, I’ve always wondered if it might not have been better to play a left-handed guitar so my dominant hand was doing most of the work.  Hope this isn’t too convoluted.  I don’t want to discourage you but it helps to look at these things from all angles.

    Metal Method Guitar Instructor

  • #22282

    bdickens
    Participant

    That’s actually why Jimi Hendrix played left-handed; his reasoning was to fret notes with his more dexterous, dominant hand.

    Byron Dickens

  • #22285

    MattKnox
    Participant

    I tried to post a reply before but it didn’t work for some reason.  But thanks for chiming in everyone.  I did a bunch of research on this and everyone is saying don’t do it, you already know right handed, and lefties are better that way because you use your dominant hand to fret.  If that were the case, then every righty should play left handed so they could do the same.  It is all just what people think really.

    Doug I am the same playing right handed, hammer/pull legato style.  My favorite player ever, Dimebag Darrell was the same way.  John 5 and Zakk Wylde pick everything, so as you explain in the videos (the original ones I bought in ’96 and back a few years ago) you have to work more on strengths.  Once I figure out which style will be better lefty, I am thinking I will be able to make a lot of progress.

    Today is the end of week 1 and it has been challenging and fun.  I basically combined Stage 1 lesson 1 and 2 together.  I have met all exercises at speed, so tomorrow starts lesson 3.  I will keep you posted.

  • #22453

    MattKnox
    Participant

    So It has been a month since I started this experiment.  I am pleased with my progress.  I can play chords good, though some transitions are hard.  It has definitely been fun to say the least.  I I’m on stage 2 lesson 2 now so learning 5th’s and the pentatonic scale.  Trying to learn different songs instead of ones I already know, but it’s hard since my brain wants to revert back to where it was.

  • #22455

    superblonde
    Keymaster

    There’s many blues guys, and some classic rock guys, who hybrid pick, or only finger pick, so they get the full benefit of dominant right hand as picking hand. But metal guitarists, do any of them hybrid pick in heavy songs? I cant remember any?

    George Thorogood comes to mind as a thumb strummer and finger picker (I failed to play his licks with economy picking). Jack White also hybrid. Blues guys. Jeff Beck does a lot of hybrid in blues classic rock.

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #22493

    rorygfan
    Participant

    In addition to those SB named as Hybrid pickers:  Billy Gibbons, Blackmore (like smoke on the water, middle and ring finger dyads… read his interview how people play it wrong), Rory Gallagher of course, and Joe Bonamassa on many songs.  I cant think of any recent players, I assume John Mayer too, but dont listen to his stuff.

  • #22499

    MattKnox
    Participant

    Good call on the hybrid pickers.  One goal I have once I am good enough is to learn chicken pickin’ ala Chet Akins, Brad Paisley, John 5.  It is a great skill.  Even Jason Hook from 5FDP uses it (watch his documentary, it’s awesome).

    But really right now it is all about getting proficient.  The rest will come with time.  We will see when December rolls around how all goes

  • #22503

    rorygfan
    Participant

    The forum bot blocking software is preventing me from usage. Weird.

  • #22634

    MattKnox
    Participant

    Two month update.  This experiment is going “pretty good”.  There are days I definitely get frustrate and want to go back to playing righty but I have stuck with it.  After I finished stage 2, I did a week of Monster Power chords and that made it fun.  I need to learn more songs though.  That to me is what I think would make this much much better.  I think I got it stuck in my head that I want to be able to shred that I forgot to learn more songs.  I started playing with the the opening riffs to Enter Sandman, Master of Puppets, N.I.B, Crazy Train, and the first breakdown of Iron Man.  I need to sit down and learn complete songs like Doug has always taught, but I haven’t listened to that advice.

    Stage three has started ok with the first and second position of the minor pentatonic.  I think to make this more fun would be to add some stuff to Classic Metal Licks.  Thoughts?

  • #22635

    superblonde
    Keymaster

    How about try an arpeggio based song that basically has like 2 parts to it? Should make it easier because arpeggios are slower fretting hand moves, kind of?
    I might try Pantera This Love next (played in standard tuning with drum machine.. and not doing the solo). I havent tried playing it so maybe it is harder than it looks.

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #22644

    MattKnox
    Participant

    Good call Superblone.  Pantera is my all time favorite band!  I haven’t tried to play that song in years, so I will give it a go

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