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Jack E

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As a 'leftie' born in 1962 I consider myself very lucky that no one ever tried to make me use my right hand as the dominant, although I know there were some people of my age that were made to change. For some reason though playing a valved instrument with my right hand has never felt wrong. I guess that as there was no alternative for me I just got on with it.
It's very odd that I've never had any problems playing brass right handed - yet with fretted instruments, I immediately notice the difference, and it's a massive difference, too. For all the research and advances we've made in understanding how our minds and brains work, I suspect that - as yet - we've barely scratched the surface.
 

GordonH

Active Member
I didn't decide on being left or right handed and my school decided I should be right handed. If I have problems playing a difficult technical passage on the cornet I find I can learn it easier by playing left handed! I was originally a French Horn player which is left handed, because the right hand was used for stopping.
 

John Brooks

Well-Known Member
As a 'leftie' born in 1962 I consider myself very lucky that no one ever tried to make me use my right hand as the dominant, although I know there were some people of my age that were made to change. For some reason though playing a valved instrument with my right hand has never felt wrong. I guess that as there was no alternative for me I just got on with it.
I'm a "lefty" as well, born in 1945. I well remember having my knuckles rapped with a wooden ruler in school for writing left-handed......the teacher's name was James Forrest and I never forgot him!! That said, I continued to write with my left hand and also learned to play cornet right handed which, as you said "Never felt wrong".
 

John Brooks

Well-Known Member
It's very odd that I've never had any problems playing brass right handed - yet with fretted instruments, I immediately notice the difference, and it's a massive difference, too. For all the research and advances we've made in understanding how our minds and brains work, I suspect that - as yet - we've barely scratched the surface.
Ah, but do we scratch the surface with our left hand or our right Jack - lol.
 

BrianSA

New Member
Anything happening in bands these days?

I'm a member of three bands. Two SA neither of which are meeting or playing at present and a 2nd section competing band. The latter has over 100 members spread through beginners, training, ensemble and senior band. Training band has had a few Zoom rehearsals and senior band has held four outside sessions each comprising of five players. Enthusiasm does seem to be waning. A wind band I occasionally dep with has done some outside performances. An amateur orchestra are hoping to commence rehearsals in a school hall in October but ... 'guidance' changes all the time so who knows.
 
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