my daughter could be left handed

Irene said: Oct 13, 2010
Irene Yeong160 posts

i think my 26 month old daughter could be left handed. we’ve attended 5 suzuki lessons, and teacher asked whether she uses left hand to hold the spoon. that time, i replied, sometimes left, sometimes right. off late, she is been using more of her left hand to hold her cutlery, pencil, i am thinking she could be left handed. should i start practising with her,, holding bow on the left hand? is it possible, playing violin for left handed ppl?
feeling a little discourage now.

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 13, 2010
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Almost every musical instrument has complex tasks that need to be performed by BOTH hands. Do not be discouraged: there are many left-handed violinists, violists, cellists and bassists in the world.

Handedness does not really matter in whether or not a person should take up an instrument. For a right handed person, the bowing tasks may be slightly easier and fingerings may be more challenging, whereas for a left-handed person, the fingering tasks may be slightly easier and the bowing may be more challenging.

P.S. For extreme cases, if a person has a disability that causes them not to be able to move five fingers independently on the left hand, there are violins sold in a “mirror image” to the norm that are played on the right shoulder and the left arm gets to bow; although I wouldn’t recommend this as a first resort for a left-handed person who has no other special circumstances. You can see such an example of a violinist playing on the right shoulder and bowing with the left hand in the Suzuki Documentary “Nurtured by Love”.

Irene said: Oct 13, 2010
Irene Yeong160 posts


thanks. we’ll stick to practise as usual for the time being. i hope we’ll practise alright.

said: Mar 8, 2011
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My son is left-handed. I was a little worried, so I mentioned this to our violin teacher when he started. She wasn’t concerned. She made him bow with his right hand. He’s now in Book V and doing fine. I wanted to respond to let you know that there are people out there who are left-handed and playing just fine!

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