First the really "weird" and important question - Is it even possible to play the guitar missing a finger on each hand? It's a very long story, but, in effect, I don't have an index finger on either hand. I can explain the situation further if necessary, just let me know... it'll just take a good bit of typing, lol. Manual dexterity isn't a problem - I've learned to play the piano with conscious competence, although I'm out of practice. My concern is that I won't be able to play certain notes or chords on the guitar without having that finger. Will this limit me significantly or prevent me from being able to play at all? shock:
Assuming that I can physically play the guitar at all, I do have a couple of more "normal" questions...
I'm a lefty... do left handed guitars really help that much? I've watched a lot of righty guitarists, and fingering with the left hand and strumming with the right just seems like it ought to be more comfortable... is there a hard and fast rule, or should I just look for what is most comfortable for me?
Acoustic or electric? Is this another personal preference thing? I'm not a newbie to music, but I've never played a stringed instrument before. I like the idea of an electric, and the slimmer profile seems like it would be easier to hold, but in the research I've done over the past couple of weeks it seems like a lot of people recommend starting with an acoustic. Besides the obvious, are there any major differences between acoustic and electric in terms of actually playing the instrument?
I'm not really aiming to go pro or anything, this is just something that I've toyed with picking up as a hobby for a while.
Thank you for reading, and for any input that you can give!