Hi there.Yep, I am a TOTAL lefty.Taught myself when I was 18 and have played that way for 25 years.Hats and snare on my right,Toms starting from right and rolling down to left side floor tom.Ride on left and Crashes centre to right.
I STILL get stared at by other drummers who are just mind boggled by watching me and it's a great discussion starter with ny fellow hitters!!!!.
I can knock out a good backbeat on a righty kit, and I am naturally two footed with the Bass Drum.The problems start when lifting the hats with my left foot.As soon as that happens, my lefty side just takes over and you get two bars of utter rubbish until the right side kiks back in.
I have read on so many forums how important it is to learn right-handed because of the problems it causes at a multi band event.Well I have been playing such events for 2 decades and NEVER have I had a problem with ANY rightie drummer about switching the kit.It takes a matter of minutes and as long as you warn the main man beforehand, he will always be accommodating. In fact, they take a keen interest in sitting behind it and having their heads blown by the switch.
If I am the headline drummer ,I have no problem in the undercard switching my set up, and mine is BIG.Still only takes about ten minutes to unclip the mics, swap it and reset them.
I play a Vintage 1994 Premier XPK
8" and 10" Concert Toms
12" and 13" Rack Toms
!6" Floor Tom
22" x 18" Bass Drum
14" x 6.5" Deep Chrome Snare with Groove Wedge on Upper Left Quadrant
Paiste Alpha 14" Medium Hats with LP Ice Bell and Jam Block attached to Hat Stand
Sabian B8 Pro 14",16", 17" and 18" Crashes,18" Chinese,10" Splash and 20" Heavy Rock Ride
LP Black Beauty Cow Bell
And all set up arse about face and will NEVER give in to the Righty Mafia.lol