TOTD 2020-2-23: On The Other Hand

I have been using my other hand, the less dominant one, to write. It was hard going and very scratchy and just didn’t feel “right”. I have done this about a week and I just try writing for about five minutes and when I want to I doodle or do writing exercises. What I found out is that a good way to built up dexterity is to just draw basic shapes and lines. I make a line of squares, triangles, and circles. I also try to make lines of various letters.

This morning I was surprised by the added benefit of seeing more comfort in doing a simple task with the less dominant hand. For the most part anything that required any dexterity I have always done it with my left hand.

Part of my daily five minute drill is to write the same memorized text to see if I am getting faster and smoother as the days go by. Today I was faster but the legibility was down. Hey, it’s only been a week and I get paid by the word.

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5 thoughts on “TOTD 2020-2-23: On The Other Hand”

  1. You have been doing it wrong all these years. You will be amazed when you can do it properly. The world will open up to you. You will think better, be more efficient, everything will come to life.

    Right hand is where it’s at.

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  2. Kevin Schulte:
    You have been doing it wrong all these years. You will be amazed when you can do it properly. The world will open up to you. You will think better, be more efficient, everything will come to life.

    Right hand is where it’s at.

    Yes, now I can have empathy for those in the lower 90%.

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  3. Strong dominance of one hand gives you less options.

    Take drumming. IF you can do something independently with the left hand and the right hand, you can be a great drummer; if you can’t, you will never be anything but a simple pick-up drummer. ALL the great drummers have/had “left hand independence”. Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Joe Morello, Ginger Baker, Joey Kramer to name just a few, all have left hand independence.

    If you think writing with the “other” hand is hard, try keeping two different rhythyms going simultaneously (like Joey Kramer does in “I’m Back in the Saddle Again”.

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  4. Devereaux:
    Strong dominance of one hand gives you less options.

    Take drumming. IF you can do something independently with the left hand and the right hand, you can be a great drummer; if you can’t, you will never be anything but a simple pick-up drummer. ALL the great drummers have/had “left hand independence”. Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Joe Morello, Ginger Baker, Joey Kramer to name just a few, all have left hand independence.

    If you think writing with the “other” hand is hard, try keeping two different rhythyms going simultaneously (like Joey Kramer does in “I’m Back in the Saddle Again”.

    Pianist and organist do this too.
    A person trains the one hand and muscle memory takes over.

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