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Left Handers Club Newsletter – September 2009

In this issue..

1.   Music and left handers

2. Left handed guitar and book offer

3. Left handed Business Club?

4. 2010 Left handed diary and block calendar

5. Left Handers Day 2009 report

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1. Music and lefthanders

Left handers have been very succesful in music over the years and our natural “right-brain” thinking may give us an advantage in this area.   Set against that is the difficulty of finding left-handed instruments and the challenge of finding a teacher who can help you to play them in your natural way!

 

We are starting a series of articles about  music and the challenges left-handers face with various intruments and we will be very interested in your contributions and comments, so please add your thoughts at the bottom of the relevant page.

Left-handed guitar

Uncommon Sound – The left-handed guitarists that changed music

Left-handers and wind instruments

Other instruments  

If you have written any article about left-handed music or musicians and would like us to include them, please use the Web Site Contact Page to send us details.

2. Left handed guitar and book offer

We have been talking recently with fellow lefty Jon Engel who is the author of “Uncommon Sound – The left handed guitar players that changed music”.

This set of 2 beautifully designed and printed books is the ultimate reference guide to left-handed guitars and the people who have played them.   These oversized books are 14  by 10 inches by 2 inches this, each, and weigh in at nearly 20 lbs!   With over 2,500 photographs and more than 1,500 album covers it covers everything to do with the history of left-handed guitarists and the left handed guitars they have played. An absolute delight to dip into at random or to work through section by section, it will be something you will want to leave on the coffee table!

Uncommon Sound - left handed guitar books

Jon had to invest a lot of his own money as well as years of his time to bring this project to completion and the books ended up costing a lot more than planned to print and finish to the quality he wanted.   He is now keen to get some of the books out so he can get feedback on them and recoup some of his costs.   The normal selling price for the set of 2 books is £140.00 or $US 199.00 but Jon has made a limited quantity available to Left Handers Club members at only £59 or $US 97.00 plus the cost of delivering them by courier.

Click here to see full details on the books and our videos showing the contents

Click here for full details and to order your set of books before Jon changes his mind!

3. Left handed business club?

Do left handers do business differently?

We have found over the years that left-handers in business do think differently and tackle problems in different ways.   Our own surveys and the results of various research projects do seem to indicate that there are more successful left-handed entrepreneurs and business people than the percentage of lefthanders in the population would suggest.

We think that people like Henry Ford and Bill Gates succeeded as entrepreneurs in part because being left handed encouraged them to challenge convention and think differently to come up with creative solutions to problems.

Keith was contacted recently by best selling left handed business author Robert Ashton to see if we had any common interests and if we could be of any help to fellow left-handed business people.   We arranged a meeting and were amazed at how fast we got on the same wavelength – we even both use mind maps to record our ideas and plans.

We are planning to start a Left Handed Business Club where we can share resources and provide a forum for lefties in business around the world to help and support each other.   We are keen to hear from fellow lefties who can contribute any resources or expertise or from people in a business at any level who would be interested in participating.

Click here to see our full information page and give us your feedback

4. 2010 Left handed diary and block calendar

We now have stock of the 2010 Left-Handers Calendar and Diary. They are in the same format as last year and still the same prices. We only have limited stocks of these and are not sure we will be able to get more when they are gone.

Left handed block calendar 2010

The BLOCK CALENDAR has a tear-off page for each day of the year. Celebrate what it means to be a southpaw with trivia, facts, quotes, anecdotes, legends and more about left-handers and handedness as well as famous left-handers birthdays.  365 pages. Size:5.5 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches; 140 x 140 x 43mm. GBP 9.99 (USD 16.18)
Use this link to order yours while stocks last


(you can see our video demonstrating the product on that page as well)  

         

The Left Handed Desk Diary is tailor-made for us lefties and printed in reverse to open left to right. It features planning pages on the left side of each weekly spread and ample space for notes.

The right side features an interesting fact about left-handedness and the calendar includes the birthdays of famous left-handed people. 52 double-page spreads, one for each week of the year. Size: 7 x 9 x 0.5 inches; 178 x 229 x 13 mm GBP 9.99 (USD 16.18)

Use this link to order yours while stocks last   (you can see our video demostrating the product on that page as well)

5. Left Handers Day 2009 report

August 13th has been and gone again and, as usual, we had a great interest from Club members and the media with record numbers of visits to the Left-Handers Day website and downloads of Left Zone posters.

Click here to see background information on Left Handers Day

Click here to see Lauren’s report on Left-Handers Day 2009

That’s all for this month – we will be in touch again soon

Best wishes

Keith & Lauren

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This set of 2 beautifully designed and printed books is the ultimate reference guide to left-handed guitars and the people who have played them.   These oversized books are 14  by 10 inches by 2 inches this, each, and weigh in at nearly 20 lbs.   With over 2,500 photographs and more than 1,500 album covers it covers everything to do with the history of left-handed guitarists and the left handed guitars they have played.

An absolute delight to dip into at random or to work through section by section, it will be something you will want to leave on the coffee table!

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7 comments on “LHC NL September 2009
  1. admin says:

    We received this from Jennifer
    Hi, looks like a nice diary, but why the heck do you still have the dates on the left hand side?
    I have found that with my son’s homework , ie spelling, he does better when he can see what he is meant to be copying and learning down the right hand side of the page as opposed to the left where his writing hand covers it. could the same not be said for a diary?
    Admin – we agree and will pass on your comment to the manufacturer / author

  2. Brian Rice says:

    Hi,
    I am left handed and left footed. I had never tried a string instrument until 2 years ago when I took up the 5 string banjo….Since 5 string banjos have to be made for left handed people, not simply re strung, left handed banjos are not common. I had no previous experience so I decided to learn the instrument right handed. I have had no special problems in this; in fact it’s the left hand that seems to do the more complex movements….chords …pull offs… hammer ons…slides etc. The right hand, at least at my level of learning, has a fairly easy job in comparison.
    I wonder what other lefties experiences are on this is; there any advantage to learning a guitar or a banjo left handed if you are starting from scratch?
    Brian

    • Nancy says:

      Hi Brian!

      I play only “upsidedown and backwards”. I also have a 5 string banjo. You are so correct. The only way I can play a standard banjo is to loosen the shortest string and remove the peg so it won’t get in my way. Playing only 4 strings is clearly not the best way to play a banjo. I think I’ll stick to guitar……Best of luck in playing it any way that is best for you! While a standard banjo obviously doesn’t work for me, playing a standard guitar flipped over without the strings reversed is very easy. I started playing this way for 2 reasons. 1) The pickguard on my first guitar went all the way around the sound hole so I wasn’t stopped by “hmmmm,,,,this doesn’t look right”. 2) No one I knew played the guitar so I picked it up on my own. Brian, as you have discovered with the banjo, you’re learning what feels correct to you. For me it was natural to strum/fingerpick with my left and fret with my right. To others, it isn’t. If you decide to learn the style I play, you’re facing an uphill battle. Left hand guitar books are almost exclusively written for those who play with the strings reversed or those who play flipped over with the strings reversed. I say almost exclusively only becuase, although I have searched for many, many years, I have yet to find anything written based on my style of playing. You are pretty much on your own (as I found out) learning to play upsidedown and backwards. It’s a crying shame that teaching this is rarely available and is often referred to as “not ideal”. In all sincerity, left handed guitarists are missing out on a simply marvelous way to play. Sadly, I suggest you try playing in one of the two styles readily available on the market. Should you go my way, I will be glad to help you all I can with chords, tips and tricks. In any case, all my best to you in finding the style that suits you the most. The bottom line is – enjoy what you decide to do!

  3. Catherine Edwards says:

    Hello–I’m the mother of a left-hander and while I’m somewhat ambidextrous (I’m right-handed but can also write left-handed and a few other lefty things) I cannot seem to get the hang of knitting left-handed so I can show her how to do it. Any suggestions?

    • Ani Sonam says:

      Use a mirror.

    • Nancy says:

      Hi Catherine!

      There are many beginner’s how to books for left handed knitting. You can also download many free instructions from the internet. Just type in “knitting left hand” and several will eventually come up. The other way I know is to place a mirror in front of your hands and ask your daughter to watch the mirror, not your hands. It will reverse your right hand knitting into left hand knitting. Best of luck!

  4. susan says:

    hello.
    Having the lh usual trouble with this item before…i was pleased to note that one strap back packs are available for lefties from Mountain Equipment Co-op based in Vancouver BC.
    I wasn’t sure if you knew of them already.
    susan

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