Hello everyone... very nice forums you have here.
After 31 years of life, I have finally decided to buy a guitar (acoustic first) and try and learn to play. However, I have a bit of a problem here. Through my whole life, anytime I was handed a guitar or was "jamming" to the radio in my car... I have done so in a left-handed manner (eg. left hand for strumming). I never thought about it, it just happened that way. Well, I am a right-handed person generally... as I write with my right hand. However, when I play basketball I dribble better with my left and can shoot just as well with the left as with the right.
So Saturday afternoon I went to Guitarcenter and looked at those Acoustic "starter packs". I asked the guy there which way I should play (explained the info above), and he said I should use the hand I feel more dextrous/fast with for fretting. Since I feel my left hand is both faster and more accurate (which is admittedly odd for a righty) I bought a right-handed guitar pack (Epiphone). I immediately went to my buddies house so he could show me some chords and start teaching me tab.... I explained the left/right dilemma to him as well, and he had no real suggestions.
I guess I am just looking for suggestions on whether I should stick with playing righty or if lefty is best. I think if they would have had a lefty "starter pack" in the house I would have bought it instead of the righty, as it just feels more natual. But I am afraid that is just because I have allows held a guitar that way (though I never actually played them).
Like I said above, the left hand feels much faster than the right for strumming... and much more "casual/comforable".... Wheras with the right hand strumming is slower and takes more mental work to do. That would all make me believe I should just go lefty, but then again I am afraid that I am giving up on the right hand too early and that I should just work hard on it and bring it up to speed/comfort and use the faster left hand for fretting (which doesnt feel at all natural at this point with either hand, but again feels faster/better with the left at this point).
Any suggestions guys?
Thank you so much in advance for your help here!!!