Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Dear Dorothy Dix #1

The first in what may become an occasional series where I ask readers to answer questions that have me puzzled.

Being a left hander I always find it interesting to see someone performing a task left handed. But I have never seen anyone play a violin left handed. I have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible.

Does anyone play a violin left handed?


  1. I came across this link:
    which I found rather intersting if it helps at all. Interstingly I found this comment appeared often too: "left handed playing is fine unless he/she wants to play in an orchestra, in which case it would ruin symmetry" if that is the only reason then that has to be the most stupid thing I've ever heard!

  2. Kezza - what a little treasure you are finding that article. Thanks.

    I should award you your own g-string as a prize but in order to that I would have to get my hands on it first, lol.

  3. As I read, I wondered too. Answer here in addition to Kezza'a link. http://www.violinslover.com/lefthandedviolins4_4.php

  4. I am right handed generally, but I notice every time I brush my teeth or brush my buzz cut, I look like am left handed, do ya reckon it might be the mirror? LOL

  5. Being a "southpaw" myself, I find many instances where the instruments are designed for the right-hander. When I played the trombone, I first assembled the two parts together with the bell on the right side of my head and I wanted to play it with my left hand; until I was told to do otherwise. Playing the baritone and euphonium gives me no choice.

    Your question now has me thinking if there is a difference in interpretation when I "sign" (sign language) with my left hand instead of my right hand.