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I once heard that if you switch hands when the violin, guitar or any other instrument that each hand has a separate task, it enhances your technical capabilities in music, general technique, and is good for your brain, is that so?

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I would guess that it's fun as a mental exercise, but I'm not sure it would make any difference in your technique, since you're doing the exact opposite of the regular technique. – ecline6 Apr 16 '13 at 15:16
If I switch my hands on guitar I'm completely and utterly useless. I'm normally alright with swapping on other tasks (at one point I could throw a baseball properly with my off hand/arm) but I think spending time on this would just be a waste. – Matthew Read Apr 17 '13 at 17:58
It would be interesting to see the links to the original scientific data related to the question. The question is great. – Sergey Sukhotinsky Apr 17 '13 at 18:09
up vote 7 down vote accepted

The only times I find myself doing this is when, as a teacher, I need to remember how it was to be a beginner. I don't think this is a particularly bad idea but I reckon there's much more useful ways to spend your practice time.

As a side-note:

This is just my opinion but I never really understood why would people play guitar left handed. The left hand is actually the one that does most of the work so lefties benefits from playing right-handed guitars.

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