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 Welcome to the platform for left-handed music 

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

"The bow can be guided much better with the dominant hand and that is eminently important. Giving and taking weight, bow changes, leading and feeling melodies... The whole world of feeling goes down if the dominant hand is not allowed to express itself, because the musical "plan" is in the bow."

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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Photo credits: Alexander Englert

Linksgespielt in the (german) news

FAZ: »Es fühlt sich für mich so richtig an«. Zeitungsartikel von Guido Holze, 12.08.23.

Frankfurter Rundschau: Mit links in Frankfurt musizieren. Zeitungsartikel von Anja Laud, 12.08.23.

Frankfurter Neue Presse: Mit links musizieren. Zeitungsartikel von Anja Laud, 11.08.23.

WDR 3: Tonart. Radiointerview von Nele Freudenberger, 11.08.23.

Deutschlandfunk: Linksgespielt. Wenn die rechte Hand nicht mehr zur Verfügung steht. Radiosendung von Blanka Weber, 25.07.23.

SWR 2 Wissen: Linkshänder. Kaum erforschte Laune der Natur. Radiosendung von Alina Metz, 01.03.23.
FAZ: Wir musizieren mit links. Zeitungsartikel von Guido Holze, 13.08.22.
Hessenschau: Warum es sich lohnt, ein Instrument auf links umzulernen. Onlineartikel von Anne Heigel, 13.08.22.
MDR Klassik: Weltlinkshändertag. Radiointerview von Blanka Weber, 13.08.22.
You FM: Radiointerview am 13.08.22.
hr 2: Am Nachmittag. Radiobeitrag von Anne Heigel / Ulrich Sonnenschein, 12.08.22.
Frankfurter Rundschau: Mit links in Frankfurt musizieren. Zeitungsartikel von Anja Laud, 06.08.22.
Stretta Journal: Streichen mit links: Ein Plädoyer für die individuelle Händigkeit beim Musizieren. Onlineartikel vom 13.08.22.
Taunuszeitung: Endlich spielt sie mit der richtigen Hand. Zeitungsartikel von Katja Schuricht, 13.08.22.
Oberurseler Woche: Linksherum, rechtsherum, ein »Richtigrum« gibt es nicht. Zeitungsbericht von Nele Cramer von Laue, 25.08.22.

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

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