Practical Penmanship: Left Hand Cursive


hello friends welcome back dieyen dualpen another video on practical penmanship here focus today is left-handed writing
so if you’re a left-hander and you would be interested in improving your
penmanship stay tuned and if you’re somebody who writes with the right hand
you definitely want to stay tuned because I myself I’m also a right-handed
individual but I have taught myself to write very well with both hands find out
why so I want to start off by talking about
the problem I see encountered by people who write with the left hand so in the
English language cursive handwriting travels from right sorry excuse me
travels from left to right now when you are writing with the right hand
typically what happens is the angle the page slightly to the left about 45
degrees we angle our body as well and we write naturally pulling outward across
the page now if I take this exact same form and I toss the pencil into my left
hand and I try to write in the same fashion typically what happens is I have
to hook my hand downward like this in order to write so for example I’m just
going to do some of the drills here and this although feel somewhat natural the
longer I do it I notice I have some strain up here in my wrist it isn’t a
comfortable position for the wrist to be in and as I move along I can’t easily slide the arm across I
can but I loose a little bit of control so have to stop slide the paper now what
happens over time as I move down the page because my hand is above the line
like this I’m going to start going over what I’ve already written now if you’re
a left-handed person you know the problem that arises from this your palm
will get covered in graphite now if you have a wet pen you could potentially
smear the ink there are some factors that contribute to that that are out of
your control but I’m I’m naturally a right-handed person so my perspective on
this problem comes from teaching myself to write with the left hand now when I
was taught to write with the right hand it came totally easily right arm
naturally will slide in that direction no problem I can do loops at these my
wrists will glide easily so when I was encouraged to start training my left
hand to write I was told that I should write in mirror image so if I enjoyed
the paper now the opposite direction I turned my whole body the opposite
direction and with the left hand I’m going to write a mirror image so in
reverse all my L’s will travel the opposite direction and this is how I
learned to write with my left hand and so I began to build up some dexterity
some considerable dexterity with the left hand and as that continued to progress I
thought oh well I might as well learn to write forward as well and in trying to
learn to write forward I looked for the position that would be the most
comfortable and since I had done a lot of restructuring in the way my right
hand wrote for example my right hand used to buckle the index finger and that
created a lot of tension I used to write with a lot of pressure
on the page there were a lot of problems that I had to correct so I look for the
most comfortable position to write because now I was starting to handwrite
for long periods of time and in my search to write comfortably with the
left hand forward I found that if I turned the whole page sideways now
here’s the solution to the problem and turn your whole page sideways and write
vertically down the page your left hand flows at a more natural position
I have much nicer left-handed penmanship I can write with much less pressure and
my palm doesn’t have to rest down on the page one of the main problems with the
left-handed handwriting when you’re writing forward in the way that they
teach you a lot of people don’t teach you specially because you’re a
left-handed person so you have to go and find your own way to handwrite and
because of that there are tons of different methods for left-handed
writers everyone’s coming up with their own method and some of them are good
some of them could be better and it’s not to say that you’re if you’re
left-handed person that you have to change if you’re comfortable you can
stay this way and keep your method of writing however when I was teaching
myself to write with the left hand I found that pushing this way across the
page was very difficult because I didn’t have a natural flow of the race
I had to bring my wrist in over a contract the wrist down in order to flow
nicely and this pushing motion across the page wasn’t extremely comfortable
and I had remember seeing left-handed people right with their hand above the
line like this and I was trying to figure out how it worked and when I was
doing so although I’m not horribly bad I’m fairly ambidextrous now so I can try
something and be proficient at it with the left hand but I digress see the
motion that’s coming here is a lot of it’s in my fingers
there wasn’t much option for my hand to do its natural rotations or its natural
flows and because of that I looked for a different way of hand writing which I
left hand forward so the best way I found again was riding vertically down
the page this allowed for the wrist to also pronate a little bit more because I
like to write with my hand and the knuckles pointing upwards that’s a
little bit more comfortable for me I can hold the pencil more comfortably that
way and I write vertically down the page this also allowed me to hit this slant
that it was similar to my natural right-handed writing it was at about 45
degrees to the horizontal line getting smaller as I go along there but
this was the best way I learned to handwrite with the left hand and so what
I’m doing right now this is these drills that you’re seeing right now are the
drills you can do to say if you’re left-handed writing and you want to
improve your handwriting you want to find a different way of writing that
would allow for a little bit more natural motion in the arms and in the
wrists these are some of the drills you can do just simple loops simple else of
pay attention to the slant of your elves pay attention to the spacing in between
the letters now they don’t have a ton of space
because there’s a camera right here but I would slide the paper up more rather
than pushing the arm down if I was writing this way I notice that if I go a
little slower I’m a little shakier so if I write quickly I go up quickly
and I go down quickly up slow curve down fast so up quickly it’s a little curve
damn yeah nice and gradually slow curve and down so we’re picking up speed as we
go up taking the curve very slow and then we can go fast down you see this
shape right around here remember I’m not a natural left-hander so I’m doing a
bunch of different movements here I don’t have as much dexterity as my left
hand as I do with my right hand so you see these shaky moments when I’m moving
so even when I’m circling shaking but it’s in part because my left hand is
only six years old that’s only been writing for six years my right hand
started writing when I was five is over two decades old so if you’re a
right-handed person you’re watching this video and you’re thinking wait a second
this person is ambidextrous and he trained himself to be so can I do it too
absolutely you can you can become ambidextrous also and I highly recommend
you do so because it does wonders for your brain if you’re interested in
learning about what ambidexterity can do for you make sure you check out a book
called whole brain power that gets into a lot of the neurological evidence that
supports ambidextrous practice and why you should do it for your brain and keep
yourself healthy for long periods of time through different types of brain
exercises involve coordination and I have a book
that I’ve just recently published called creative brain training and this
creative brain training book covers the class that I offer in the prison system
currently it’s an art class it talks about how conscious breathing how
ambidextrous handwriting and drawing and coloring as well as other exercises such
as juggling anything that you can imagine do it ambidextrously because
this is going to force the brain to adapt and change and become stronger the
same way your muscles adapt and change and become stronger through running
handwriting and ambidextrous practice developing the opposite side of the body
to have equal coordination stimulates new areas of the brain and I highly
encourage you to jump into some ambidextrous training so if you’re left-handed
person and you have kids for whatever reason and they turn out to be
left-handed or you’re ambitious and wish to teach your kids from a young age how
to be ambidextrous consider all of these different things when you’re teaching
them to handwrite proper handwriting is so important for the development of the
brain and the education system is really doing a disservice to the upcoming
generations by not teaching this basic practice it does so much for
communication for creative and critical thinking cognitive functioning we need
adequate blood flow through the brain and penmanship ambidextrous
handwriting does that to a very great degree and I
highly encourage you to teach your kids if you have any or to share this
practice with any loved ones who really look into the ambidextrous handwriting
because it will change your life I could go into storytime about this but that is
way too long over the video and we can cover that in another segment if you
guys are interested let me know with a like in the comment section below
or a specific common saying that you would like to learn a little bit more
about the ambidextrous handwriting and what it can do for the brain because I’d
love to provide you guys with that content so this is the very basic
exercise the left-handed penmanship done vertically down the page I find this motion and position to be
the most natural and comfortable for the left hand to right forward do notice
that this exemplar is primarily in cursive handwriting and that is also
because cursive handwriting demands more effort from the brain the consistent
point of contact the consistent point of contact allows
for the brain to multitask on the act of handwriting as well as the cognitive
act of thinking thoughts it is one of the most unique exercises
because it allows for the combination of kinesthetic intelligence and cognitive
intelligence in the form of linguistic communication to work together unlike
any other exercise there is not a single exercise that is akin to penmanship in
any language for that matter if you are Arabic or Chinese or Japanese write hand
write in your form of calligraphy thank you for watching this video I hope that
it has been helpful if you have any questions please leave
them down below if you have any suggestions please leave them down below
I would love to start a discussion on this I am very much interested in
cursive handwriting ambidextrous handwriting so if you are someone who is
naturally ambidextrous or if you’re someone who is the left-handed please
leave some feedback on this video let me know if it helps let me know if it’s
absolutely ridiculous whether or not this technique actually works for you I
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very much for watching all right friends that’s all I have for you today I hope
that if you’re a left-hander that this video has helped you in your pursuit of
left-handed penmanship and if you’re somebody who’s right-handed I hope that
this video has inspired you to go out and also develop your left hands ability
when it comes to penmanship if you want to find out more about why ambidextrous
handwriting is an incredible exercise for the brain and how it’s going to keep
you mentally fit make sure to check out the book whole brain power by Michael J
Lavery it’s got an intense amount of information that goes into why
ambidexterity is neurologically sound and why it is worth your time and why
you should incorporate it into your life as soon as possible
I’ve also released a book entitled creative brain training which covers a
class that I offer to incarcerated participants and this program goes into
how you can pragmatically approach ambidextrous exercises in a creative way through coloring drawing handwriting all
sorts of different ways it also talks about my conscious breathing exercise so
if you’re interested in any of that make sure you check the link below
I’m currently offering the first three chapters completely free and take
advantage of the offer because this practice has completely changed my life
it’s really important and I hope that it can also affect your life in a positive
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