Re: Diatonic handedness question
- Subject: Re: Diatonic handedness question
- From: "Stephen Shaw" <moorcot@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 23:13:39 +0100
>From: "Jimbeau Harp" <jimbeauharp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: "Jimbeau Harp" <jimbeauharp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: Diatonic handedness question
>Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 17:00:09 +0000
>>From: fjm <2738540@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Every other left handed person
>>I've ever met plays flipped, numbers down. Is there anyone else on the
>>list that employs this grip? Personally if I had it to do over I think
>>I would have either played flipped which is how I started out or
>>switched to righthanded, holding left cupping right. fjm
>I hold the harp in my left hand with the numbers up.
>I will sometimes consciously hold it in my right hand so I can use my left
>hand for effects.
>Like many things about the harp, I did this instinctively . It wans't until
>I read threads about this on Harp-L that I began to think more about my
>grip on the harp and its effect on my tone.
I'm a confirmed leftie too. Or cack-handed as we say on this side of the
Big Pond. I had to get a harp out before I could reply to this (no
tribulation there). I woke up my wife in so doing, forgetting that I didn't
actually have to BLOW the thing. I hold the harp in both hands, but I
suppose the right hand is subsidiary. Low notes to the left. Effects
achieved mostly with the left hand. I read somewhere once that Woody
Guthrie played the harmonica upside down. Can anyone confirm this? Was he
left-handed? Does it make any difference?
All the best
Steve Shaw in the UK
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