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 Welcome to the platform for left-handed music 

 presenting musicians who play their instruments 'the other way round'

"Taking my clarinet with my hands reversed was a huge aha experience. For the first time, I felt how it really feels when I play it: its full length, its weight held by my strong arm. From that moment on, I realized what I had been looking for the whole time."

Ulrike Scheuchl, left-handed clarinetist

Holding up a mirror to convention

To this day, the way instruments are held is strictly standardized in terms of laterality. Especially in the classical field, there is usually only one possibility for the distribution of functions of the hands on the instrument:

"bow right, viola left" is the rule for string instruments, "left top, right bottom" for woodwinds, and the valves of the vast majority of brass instruments are operated with the right hand. 

Those who question this convention - be it due to injury or the engagement with their own handedness - often have difficulties finding like-minded people and reports of experiences in the professional field. Where do I get instruments? How will this work in an orchestra? Would someone teach me the other way around? Is relearning possible at all?

That's why we created Linksgespielt. Because they do exist, those who play the other way around, those who relearn, those who have been retrained. We introduce them and make their experiences accessible. Voilà!

Also conventionally playing left-handers and pedagogues with different views on the topic will have their sayHere we are talking about 'reversed' string players in professional orchestras.

Links to the topic of 'handedness and instrumental playing' (German only, so far...) can be found here. If you have further questions or want to share your experience, feel free to contact us.

Linksgespielt is a long-cherished project, but fairly new in its implementation. It is based on extensive research, many years of experience and lively exchange. The pages went online for the International Left-Handed Day on August 13, 2021, are still under construction and will be continuously supplemented.

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-> Meet the Musicians

Photo credits: Alexander Englert

March 02, 2024

Lucerne (CH)

What changes through handedness?! (Lecture at the International EPTA Conference – European Piano Teachers Association)

March 23, 2024

Husum (DE)

Händigkeitsorientierte Musikvermittlung (Further training at the Schleswig-Holstein State Association of Music Schools)

April 11-13, 2024

Vienna (AT)

Various lectures & workshops on handedness in music (Symposium "Body, Mind & Music" of the ÖGfMM - Austrian Society for Music and Medicine)

April 20, 2024

Oberursel (DE)

Linksgespielt – Das Potenzial der Händigkeit
im Instrumentalunterricht
(Further training at the Hesse Association of German Music Schools (VdM))

May 19, 2024

Vienna (AT)

Warum Links-Flöten? (Lecture at the Austrian Flute Festival)

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Linksgespielt in the (german) news

Das Gelbe Blatt: Sie musizieren mit links / D. Skodacek, 27.01.24.

KulturVision: Die Hand, die den Ton macht, macht die Musik / D. Skodacek, 25.01.24.

BR-Klassik / ARD-Audiothek: LINKSGESPIELT – Initiative für musizierende LinkshänderInnen / M. Regele, 16.01.24.

 

BR-Klassik: Musizieren mit links: Der Konvention den Spiegel vorhalten / M. Regele, 16.01.24.

Tegernseer Stimme: Wenn die linke Hand den Ton angibt / S. Haslauer, 12.01.24.

FAZ: »Es fühlt sich für mich so richtig an« / G. Holze, 12.08.23.

Frankfurter Rundschau: Mit links in Frankfurt musizieren / A. Laud, 12.08.23.

Frankfurter Neue Presse: Mit links musizieren / A. Laud, 11.08.23.

WDR 3: Tonart / N. Freudenberger, 11.08.23.

Deutschlandfunk: Linksgespielt. Wenn die rechte Hand nicht mehr zur Verfügung steht / B. Weber, 25.07.23.

SWR 2 Wissen: Linkshänder. Kaum erforschte Laune der Natur / A. Metz, 01.03.23.

Oberurseler Woche: Linksherum, rechtsherum, ein »Richtigrum« gibt es nicht / N. Cramer von Laue, 25.08.22.


FAZ: Wir musizieren mit links / G. Holze, 13.08.22.


Hessenschau: Warum es sich lohnt, ein Instrument auf links umzulernen / A. Heigel, 13.08.22.


MDR Klassik: Weltlinkshändertag / B. Weber, 13.08.22.


You FM: Radiointerview / 13.08.22.


Stretta Journal: Streichen mit links: Ein Plädoyer für die individuelle Händigkeit beim Musizieren / 13.08.22.


Taunuszeitung: Endlich spielt sie mit der richtigen Hand / K. Schuricht, 13.08.22.

hr 2: Am Nachmittag / A. Heigel, U. Sonnenschein, 12.08.22.

Frankfurter Rundschau: Mit links in Frankfurt musizieren / A. Laud, 06.08.22.

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Supported by the Cultural Foundation of Hesse in the program ‚Reopening Hesse innovatively‘

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Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR

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