Even if you are left-handed, you can find a custom designed left handed electric guitar to suit your natural ability. Left-handed people do not have to play right-handed guitars, so can choose a guitar based on their hand strengths. While most of the guitar scene performs on right-handed instruments, left-handed guitars are similarly used with the same features in reverse. This is so the pick end is played with the left hand, and the fretting end is played with the right hand. When a left-handed electric guitarist plays, the neck is pointed to the right of the body, with the guitar appearing as a mirror image of a right-handed electric guitar.
As with any electric guitar, ensure your guitar is properly tuned before playing it. It is best to select a simple method and stick with it, until you are able to learn other learning methods with experience. When playing an electric guitar upside down, be careful of the knobs as they may prevent you from strumming. Famous left handed electric guitar players include Jimi Hendrix and Albert King. Albert King played upside down with a right handed guitar with his left hands, which is also another suitable option. This results in the normal low E string being the highest string, and the high E string becoming the lowest string. Jimi Hendrix similarly played guitar left-handed, however took a right-handed guitar and restrung it to be played left-handed.
A restrung or specifically left-handed electric guitar has the strings in the correct position, with the low chord on top and the high on the bottom. The bridge is altered to make the lower strings longer than the top strings. A nut is changed to handle new widths also. The controls are reversed on electric guitars to handle the strings naturally, just as a right-hander would play a normal guitar. To hold the left handed electric guitar, hold the guitar pick in your left hand between the knuckles of your thumb. Position is over the guitar’s sound hold, by striking the lowest string with the edge of the pick. Practice using your wrist only, by ensuring the pick strikes the string in a downward motion, and then an upwards motion. Play simple scales, with your right index finger held firmly on the first fret to strike the bottom string with the pick and then alternate playing consecutive strings. Lastly, learn how to play chords, which are sequences of two or more notes with G major being the easiest.
Overall left handed electric guitars are suitable for both left-handed people and those who play electric guitar upside down as they rock to the music.