Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Aiming for Ambidexterity

Do you ever feel like you could play anything with your right hand, but your left hand just can't seem to figure it out? (or the opposite for you leftys out there) There are a few different ways you can increase your level of ambidexterity.

The simplest way has to do with your mouth. You heard me right--the place where you put food. Eating is simple and something we do at least 3 times a day. What? Your family doesn't like when you tap rhythms on the dinner table?? No worries--this doesn't involve any drumming.

It's simple: Use your weak hand to feed yourself. Seriously--try it. Every day at every meal. I challenge you. The result? Well, perhaps more food will go on the floor than in your mouth. Or people will look at you funny when you eat. Or your eating mates will get tired of waiting 2 hours for you to finish eating.

But, really, if you try this every day you'll find that playing taiko with your weak hand is much, much easier. In fact, doing anything with your weak hand will suddenly become easier.

If your eating times are rushed during the day, choose another daily ritual where you can take your time to make improvements. Like, brushing your teeth. Or washing dishes. Have other ideas? Post a comment!

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