Left-handed Student Question 09:31 on Monday, January 24, 2005
My seven-year old left-handed daughter wants to learn the Viola. While she is quite ambidextrous, she is still primarily left-handed. I know that some teachers insist on teaching kids to play a "right-handed" instrument. Can anyone provide information one way or another on this topic? I don`t want to do anything that might limit her in any way.
Re: Left-handed Student Question 21:57 on Monday, January 24, 2005
A viola is no more a right handed instrument than a piano. Bow is right arm, viola left arm. Right handers have a slight advantage in bowing, left handers have a slight advantage in fingering. It`s an essentially ambidexterous instrument for right handers or left handers. Let her learn the normal way; even if you could get someone to invent a special left handed viola, she wouldn`t be able to play in an orchestra that way.