I have never seen a violinist playing a left-handed violin held by the right arm and the bow held by the left arm. Since there are plenty of left-handers in this world, I am inclined to conclude that both right-handed and left-handed violinists play the violin using always the same "right-handed" violin, and that probably there is not such a thing as a "left-handed" violin for left-handed people as it is the case with guitars : Left-handers can buy "lefties" guitars for them and likewise with mandolins.
I have a two-year old grandson who already loves music and has a toy violin that he is in love with. The problem is that he is left-handed and tends to hold his toy violin with his right arm and the bow with his left arm. His parents and I are planning to start his formal violin education when he is three or four years old, but we don't know if we should encourage him to hold the violin as everyone else does, or ... should we try to find a left-handed violin for him ?
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