Tagged: Left handed fiddler
August 5, 2018 at 9:58 PM #63917
Should a young (8-10 yrs) fiddler that is left-handed play a regular violin or a left-hand violin? Also, can a regular violin be refitted for playing left-handed?August 5, 2018 at 10:09 PM #63918
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Vanja my daughter 10y is left handed. We start on the regular, and she learn fingers faster then most. Then she also can join orchestra where they pretty stright…
I would let the young start with regular.
August 5, 2018 at 10:21 PM #63920
- This reply was modified 10 months ago by The future streetfiddler!.
If it weren’t for the bass bar inside the fiddle ,you could string it backwards , but I don’t think it would work out because the high strings would be over the bass bar ? On the violin/fiddle both hands come into play and the bow hand is every bit as important as the hand that plays the fingers on the neck , So I personally would let him/her use a standard fiddle/violin as he/her will use both hands anyway in order to learn and being Ambidextrous will help him/her in life ! Just my opium .
August 5, 2018 at 10:37 PM #63924
- This reply was modified 10 months ago by Steve Srader.
Hi Tigerking, and welcome to the forums.
John is left-handed but plays a regular fiddle.
Ditto to what Steve said. I don’t think you can string a regular fiddle to be a left-handed one. That’s why they make specific left-handed fiddles. Can sometimes be cheaper OR more expensive than regular; depends where you buy it. There are some left-handed fiddlers out there playing left-handed fiddles; but I think in the main, the majority of left-handed fiddlers play a regular fiddle.
The child you mention could find it a bit difficult in a group learning situation if he or she is left-handed and playing a left-handed fiddle while all the other kids are playing a regular fiddle. Most everything taught to the group would be directed to right-handed students playing a regular fiddle. But you never know until the child tries. Why not take the child to a store and let him or her try out both regular and left-hand fiddles and see which one they feel most comfortable with. Maybe get a few private lessons on both a regular and a left-handed fiddle and see which one is better suited to the child (as per the teacher’s thoughts). Some teachers have extra fiddles for the kids to try.August 5, 2018 at 10:37 PM #63925
All the advantages are for standard, right hand playing set up. There would be no advantage to learning left hand, but only disadvantages. Being left handed would mean starting out with the dominant hand on the strings instead of the bow. The universal experience for left handed people learning standard violin set up is that it’s no big deal at all. Right handed people have to learn to use the left hand to do the challenging finger work. Left handed people have to learn to use the right hand to do challenging bow work. It all come’s out in the wash just the same. (Wash is properly pronounced war-shh.) We don’t even think about it. We had one youngster that was left handed and I didn’t even know it until she was quite a ways along, and before long she had the most beautiful bow control than most adults.August 9, 2018 at 8:33 PM #64020
Thanks for all of your thoughts. We had considered the problem with playing in a group/orchestra. I can see how a lefty would have a slight advantage with the strong hand doing the notes.August 10, 2018 at 8:19 AM #64023
I agree with all of the above! Since the fiddle is a melody-based instrument, left-handed people have an advantage with the notes. However, lefties sometimes struggle with intricate bowing and rhythm. I would not recommend buying a left-handed instrument.September 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM #65189
Yesterday I downloaded a few versions of the fiddle tune, “Snow Shoes”. One if the fiddlers was playing in reverse?.
Katrina Nicolayeff is a lefty who plays a right-handed fiddle “upside down”. She puts the chin rest on the other side and she doesn’t restring her instrument.
Katrina has won at Weiser’s National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest four times and has twice been named Grand Master at the Grand Master Fiddle Championship in Nashville.Watch her play. Enjoy?September 18, 2018 at 1:25 AM #65203
Just… WOW! Great fiddling and no need for a special-made instrument. Just grab any fiddle and switch shoulders!September 18, 2018 at 8:51 PM #65244
Nice “lefty”! Great fiddling. Thanks for posting, Nancy.
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