i doubt namory would apply this thinking to all
lefties. more than likely, this person was struggling with learning things left handed. possibly he might even be ambidextrous but identifies as a lefty. a teacher is responsible to all students and must make decisions on the fly which are best for the situation at hand. that should not necessarily be taken to imply a policy or way of thinking that the teacher holds in all situations.
The Dank wrote:Namory feels that there is *fundamental* difference in sound and feel between the right and left hands, regardless of which one is dominant.
possibly the language gap caused a little misunderstanding here. most people would agree that the left and right hand sound differently, even with a lot of very accomplished djembefolaw. this difference does exist equally among lefties and righties. however, this should be more properly thought of as a difference between the dominant and non-dominant hand. it would be incorrect to say that your right hand sounds a particular way regardless of whether you're a lefty or a righty.
in practice, the main difference that this makes is not so much to the sound of any particular stroke, but to the whole phrase. your non-dominant hand cannot quite keep up with your dominant hand. therefore certain phrases are taught by many teachers to be led with the dominant hand (although when certain rolls are concerned, they commonly teach them leading with the non-dominant hand).
ambidexterity is a good thing for a percussionist but when you are learning something new or getting a handle on the basics, it's a lot simpler to stick to the handing that works best for you.