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Playing Violin and Fiddle Left


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Playing Violin and Fiddle Left Handed

The world's first documentary book that makes the case for

Left Handed Violin Playing! - $24.95

"Yes, you can play left handed and be a great

violinist or fiddler - it's not necessary to play like a


How did this book come about? Click here to read

an essay by Ryan Thomson which was published in

several music education journals including New

Hampshire Quarter Notes, and Utah Music

Educators Journal.

This book is a compendium of left handed violin

and fiddling facts and contains everything you

might want to know about the subject of playing

violin left handed. It documents the biographies

and experiences of over 100 people who play violin

lefthanded, including professional folk fiddlers,

chamber music players, and concert violinists.

There's a chapter on where to find a left handed

violin or get a right handed fiddle converted to

left, including a list of violin makers who are happy

to oblige lefty players and a detailed discussion of the conversion process.

Click here to read a review of this book.

This is NOT an instruction book about HOW to play the violin, but Includes a critical

analysis of why - It's better to bow with your dominant hand, whether you are a right or

left handed person! The myth of the "left hander's advantage in playing right handed" is

debunked with numerous logical, scientific, and common sense arguments! Despite the

previous right handed bias towards playing bowed instruments, jazz violinists, old timey

country fiddlers, Cape Breton fiddlers, symphony violinists, and leaders of several major

string quartets have discovered the benefits of bowing lefty. Some fiddlers even play

regular right handed violins left handed with good results!

This approach can be applied to viola, cello, and other string players as well, including folk

instruments such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, sitar, ukelele, etc. Violists, cellists, and

other stringed instrument players can take best advantage of their body's natural

inclination, strength, and coordination. This book is a good read even for the righty

player, string and music teacher! 8.5" x 11" size, illustrated, table of contents, index. ISBN

978-0-931877-42-1 $24.95 Secure Online Payment. Free shipping within the


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In the field of folk fiddling and non-classical violin playing I recommend these instruction


Left Handed Fiddling for Beginners, book and video DVD. Click here for more information.

Irish Fiddle, First Lesson, for left handed playing, video DVD. Click here for more


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