Antigua Winds
AW Reeds
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 31
  1. #1

    Default As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed players.

    I mean, in the sense that >>

    Did the position of your hands seem Natural when you first learned to play a woodwind instrument?

    I remember (when I was 7) and my Father brought home a Clarinet for me to learn. I put my left hand on top ...ah..I guess, rather instinctively and I wonder if that's the same "Feeling" that Right-handed people have had.

    I don't think it makes any difference in a persons playing ability...but I'm curious about how others felt when learning their instrument.

  2. #2
    Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2009
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,228

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    As a teacher I've had to switch the hands of a few young recorder players and clarinetists to make sure the left hand is on top. It is unnatural for some righthanded musicians because the top hand seems to do all the work with those first few notes.

    Here's a recorder player Benoit Sauve who is amazing with his right hand on top.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pZm7...eature=related

  3. #3
    Prodigal Son and Forum Contributor 2008 martysax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Boston (pronounced: Bahsten), Massachusetts
    Posts
    10,695

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    I swing both ways on the golf course so I don't even think about it.
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

    Songs I recorded with The Cyclones

    Check out my new informative site!

  4. #4

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    With an instrument like the sax it would be a lot harder (to well nigh impossible) to work the thing with the hands reversed. Same same on most mechanically intense instruments- pinky keys, trill keys, chal. Ab/A ETC just don't go. It's possible to reach over and play a recorder and a simple flute very well indeed though and some make it over the bell throat and go for it on the trumpet with decent results ( no "name" pros that I know of).

    I helped out at a "the very first let's put our instruments together and make our first sound" class for next year's crop of fifth grade band players earlier this week though and can testify that a matter of instinct the "left hand on top" is by no means hardwired into right handed kids.

    So Martysax swings both ways....!

  5. #5
    Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2009 & Auntie Mame AltoRuth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    1,218

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by martysax View Post
    I swing both ways on the golf course so I don't even think about it.
    I would have thought that would get you thrown off the course in short order!

    Another totally irrelevant aside---did anyone else catch the short blurb somewhere in the news this week about there being a disproportionate number of left-handed US presidents? Both current candidates are left-handed.

    Ruth (left-handed and happy to be so)
    "Already too loud!"
    Bruno Walter at his first rehearsal with an American orchestra, on seeing the players reaching for their instruments.

  6. #6
    Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2010 magical pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    6,369

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by AltoRuth View Post
    Another totally irrelevant aside---did anyone else catch the short blurb somewhere in the news this week about there being a disproportionate number of left-handed US presidents? Both current candidates are left-handed.
    That explains a lot. Weren't left-handed associated with the devil some time in the past?

    Victor.

  7. #7
    Distinguished SOTW Member and Forum Contributor
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Kansas City
    Posts
    4,380

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by magical pig View Post
    That explains a lot. Weren't left-handed associated with the devil some time in the past?

    Victor.
    Sinister in some old languages means on the left. So lefties are "sinister".
    "Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink ..." e.e. cummings

  8. #8
    Prodigal Son and Forum Contributor 2008 martysax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Boston (pronounced: Bahsten), Massachusetts
    Posts
    10,695

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by magical pig View Post
    That explains a lot. Weren't left-handed associated with the devil some time in the past?

    Victor.
    Quote Originally Posted by retread View Post
    Sinister in some old languages means on the left. So lefties are "sinister".
    A lot of true lefties were forced by Nuns to write right-handed exclusively and used that as a primary reason.

    My wife also..........no this will not turn into a political discussion.
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

    Songs I recorded with The Cyclones

    Check out my new informative site!

  9. #9
    Prodigal Son and Forum Contributor 2008 martysax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Boston (pronounced: Bahsten), Massachusetts
    Posts
    10,695

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Fixit View Post
    So Martysax swings both ways....!
    Quote Originally Posted by AltoRuth View Post
    I would have thought that would get you thrown off the course in short order!
    Get your minds out of the gutter, this isn't the lounge.

    My hands actually have two distinctive styles. Most guys might relate to this.

    My left hand is more precise and delicate whereas my right hand is more forceful and demanding.

    On the driving range I have a straighter drive while lefty but my right hand swings drive the ball further.

    With my sax solos I have a prettier technique with my left hand and a dirtier technique with my right. I sometimes answer one with the other.
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

    Songs I recorded with The Cyclones

    Check out my new informative site!

  10. #10
    Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2010 harmonizerNJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    USA, NJ
    Posts
    4,170

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    I am right-handed, and the position of my hands on the sax never seemed strange to me. I had already played the violin for 2 years before starting the sax, so I was already used to the idea that both hands would be used in playing an instrument, and I had already tried some switch-hitting in little league baseball around that time - but I'm not sure if any of this really mattered.

  11. #11
    Distinguished SOTW member/Official SOTW Sister bandmommy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Lake Odessa, MI
    Posts
    17,463

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    I'm extremely right hand dominant but never had any trouble with hand placement on any of my woodwinds.

    Piano is where I have the greatest difficulty.
    Old reed players are like fine wine. They only get better with age. Tom Hagen

    Play the Music, not the instrument.

  12. #12
    Prodigal Son and Forum Contributor 2008 martysax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Boston (pronounced: Bahsten), Massachusetts
    Posts
    10,695

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by bandmommy View Post
    I'm extremely right hand dominant but never had any trouble with hand placement on any of my woodwinds.

    Piano is where I have the greatest difficulty.
    I promised myself not to raise the Organ as an example, but the two+level keyboards always intrigued me.
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

    Songs I recorded with The Cyclones

    Check out my new informative site!

  13. #13
    Distinguished SOTW Member and Forum Contributor
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Kansas City
    Posts
    4,380

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by martysax View Post
    I promised myself not to raise the Organ as an example, but the two+level keyboards always intrigued me.
    ... and the foot action.
    "Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink ..." e.e. cummings

  14. #14
    Prodigal Son and Forum Contributor 2008 martysax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Boston (pronounced: Bahsten), Massachusetts
    Posts
    10,695

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by retread View Post
    ... and the foot action.
    I wasn't going there, but since you did, do you prefer to pound your organ with your left or right foot?
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

    Songs I recorded with The Cyclones

    Check out my new informative site!

  15. #15
    cosine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Southeastern WI
    Posts
    30

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Right hander here. For me, no, it wasn't natural. When I got my first soprano recorder at age 7 or 8 I instinctively put my right hand on top. My dad soon corrected me, and I learned to play a few tunes with my hands in the proper order. By the time I got a clarinet when I was 13 or 14, the hand position of left on top, right on bottom felt perfect natural. It now poses to difficulty at all on recorder, clarinet, or sax.

  16. #16

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by AltoRuth View Post
    I would have thought that would get you thrown off the course in short order!

    Another totally irrelevant aside---did anyone else catch the short blurb somewhere in the news this week about there being a disproportionate number of left-handed US presidents? Both current candidates are left-handed.

    Ruth (left-handed and happy to be so)
    That may be so but *all* of them are underhanded.

  17. #17
    SOTW Administrator hakukani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    big island Hawaii
    Posts
    23,806

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Being equally bad with both hands, I've never understood this 'handedness' thing. My feet, however....
    Sound guy theory of relativity: E=mc^2 (+or- 3dB)
    Sax player theory of relativity: E=mc^2 (+or- .010" at the tip)
    "Free jazz is the vegemite of the musical world. It's an acquired taste."-J. Jacques

  18. #18

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Before taking up the clarinet, I had always just assumed that your right hand would go on top (I also assumed that you made a noise on the trumpet just by blowing). I figured out both pretty quickly.
    "It's always easier to leave than to be left" -Dave Matthews, on the death of LeRoi Moore
    RIP LeRoi

  19. #19
    Distinguished SOTW member/Official SOTW Sister bandmommy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Lake Odessa, MI
    Posts
    17,463

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    We should all play the Kazoo.

    They sound the same regardless of which hand you hold it with.
    Old reed players are like fine wine. They only get better with age. Tom Hagen

    Play the Music, not the instrument.

  20. #20
    Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2009
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,228

    Default Re: As a LeftHanded person, I've always been a little curious about right-handed play

    Quote Originally Posted by bandmommy View Post
    We should all play the Kazoo.

    They sound the same regardless of which hand you hold it with.
    Yes, that's true, but the goldplated kazoos have a more complex tone.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •