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you know any more lefties
Left-handed people play guitar or
electric bass in one of three ways:
(1) Play a right-handed guitar right-handed. (eg. Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler)
(2) Play a true left-handed instrument or a right-handed instrument that
has been altered to play left-handed. (eg. Tony Iommi)
(3) Turn a right-handed guitar upside down, pick with the left hand, but
leave the strings as they were - which makes them reversed from the normal
order for a left-handed player. (eg. Gus Isidore)
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JIMI HENDRIX: American guitarist,
singer and songwriter; considered one of the greatest and most influential
guitarists in rock music history.After initial success in Europe, he achieved
fame in the USA following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival.
guitarist; winner of 5 Grammy Awards and multi-platinum songwriter, veteran
session player, sideman on stage and studio with Earth, Wind & Fire,
Tina Turner, The Emotions, Deniece Williams, many
and his own Alstar Band.
ALAIN PEWZNER: French guitarist
who has been a member of Martin CIrcus since 1969 recording over 200 tracks
of varied genre in his 40 year career with them.
ALBERT KING: American blues guitarist and singer; one of the "Three
Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with B.B. King and Freddie King),
he stood at least 6' 4", weighed in at least 260 lbs and was known
as "The Velvet Bulldozer".
lead singer, second rhythm guitar player
and co-founded the Birmingham-based reggae group UB40 in 1978. As part
of UB40, he sold over 70 million records world wide and toured the globe
for 30 years. In 2008 he left UB40 and embarked on a successful solo career.
AMO CHIP: American
lefty who plays guitar left handed upside-down. He has recorded and performed
with African, World-Beat, Reggae, R&B and Jazz bands from, coast to
coast, and worked with Sun Ra and his Omniverse Arkestra, O.J. Ekemode
and the Nigerian All-Stars, Zedeco's Queen Ida, International Blues singer
Katie Webster, Country Music legend Vassar Clements, the Avant Garde ensemble,
ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pop music's Jean Carn and more
lead guitarist and original member of the band Runston Parva, which later
became Parva and then the indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs.
ANDY YOUNG: UK guitarist and member of the band Blue Pulse.
He plays guitar left handed with default stringing, but he is one of the
rarer lefty guitarists, he is right-handed and chose to play left-handed
to use his stronger hand for fretting.
B.B. KING: American blues musician, he is a lefty but plays righthanded.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No.6 on its 100 greatest guitarists
list of all time (previously ranked No.3 in the 2003 edition of the same
list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of
BEEB BIRTLES: Dutch/Australian guitarist,
founding member and one of the principal songwriters of the 1970s supergroup
Little River Band. He plays guitar left handed with default stringing
BEN HAMILTON: British
bassist experienced in a wide range of musical styles from Jazz to Hip-hop.
He has performed with many successful bands as well as being the musical
director of his own band. Ben works extensively with members of the ACM
Gospel Choir and also
teaches bass to all levels.
BARBARA LYNN: American R&B artist;
she has toured with such soul music greats as Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder,
Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding,
James Brown, Al Green, Carla Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner,
The Temptations, and B.B. King.
BILLY CORGAN: American lefty but plays rightys, right handed. At
19, he moved to Florida, and formed a band, The Marked, named after matching
birthmarks on Billy's and the drummer's hands. The band lasted for nine
months. He moved back to Chicago, where he met James Iha, and they formed
Billy was also in a Pumpkins' side project called Starchildren, in which
he was the only permanent member.
American country singer-songwriter, musician and actor; A multi-platinum
selling recording artist best known for his hit single "Achy Breaky
BLAKE SCHWARZENBACH: American musician who was the singer and left
handed guitarist of Jawbreaker from 19881996, Jets to Brazil 19972003,
The Thorns of Life 20082009, and Forgetters from 2009 to the present
Irish singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor and political activist; came
to fame in 1978 with The Boomtown Rats band having their first No. 1 in
the UK with "Rat Trap", which was the first New Wave chart-topper
in that country.
BOBBY WOMACK: Started his career with his family musical group
The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, his career has spanned
more than 40 years, with a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul,
rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, country and funk.
American lefty, although
mainly known for his drumming with Jimi Hendrix and many other top musicians,
he is also an inspired guitarist too.
"CHARLY" MAURICI: French
singer, bass guitarist; Founder member, singer and bassist of the pop/rock
band Les Charts in 1989, staying with the band member until he launched
his solo career in 1998.
CESAR ROSAS: American singer, songwriter
and guitarist for Los Lobos. He also participates in the Latin supergroup
Los Super Seven and has been active in side sessions and guest appearances
in the studio for decades. .
CHARLES WRIGHT: American guitarist has spent his
life making music, famous for his Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd
Street Rhythm Band, the pioneering American soul and funk band.
CHRIS REA: British singer-songwriter and guitarist, learnt to play
the right-handed instrument in the despite being left-handed. Instantly
recognisable for his distinctive, raspy voice, he has sold over 30 million
COCO MONTOYA: American
upside down, left handed rock blues guitarist with a fine pedigree that
includes 10 years with John Mayall's Blues Breakers and learning his chops
with Albert Collins, first as a drummer and then as a guitarist. Since
becoming a solo artist in his own right in the mid 90's.
DANNY GATON: American
guitarist who fused rockabilly, jazz, and country styles to create his
own distinctive style of playing. He is a true lefty in every sense, who
painstakingly taught himself to play right-handed, but he still possessed
a classical guitar left hand technique, thumb behind the neck, fretting
with arched fingers.
MARTONE: Canadian lefty, one of Canada's
finest international guitarists, he started to play left handed as a child,
but was eventually taught to play the regular way by his Dad.
English rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, most famous for singing
and writing songs for the 1980s ska band The Beat (known as The English
Beat in the USA) and also was a founder member of the rock band, the General
DAVID COOK: American rock singer-songwriter-guitarist,
and winner of the seventh season of the reality television show American
Idol. His post-Idol self-titled album released on November 18, 2008 and
has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
DEAN TIDEY: English lefty guitarist
with the alternative rock band Feeder. He has been a member of two other
bands alongside his work with Feeder, indie rock outfits Sandstone Veterans
and Velvet Jones.
DICK DALE: (Richard Anthony Monsour) known
as "The King Of The Surf Guitar", plays with his backing band The Del-Tones.
He experimented with reverberation and made use of custom made Fender amplifiers,
including the first ever 100 watt amp.
DJAMEL LAROUSSI: Algerian guitaist
who excels at combining his Arab-Kabyl roots with an in-depth understanding
of Western sounds ranging from jazz to rock to Latin genre.
DOYLE BRAMHALL II: American singer and lefty
guitarist, known for his work in Arc Angels. He has also toured with Roger
Waters, has played as guitarist and vocalist in his band Smokestack and
he was also the second guitarist in Eric Clapton's band from 2004 to 2009.
DUANE ALLMAN: American guitarist,
sessionist, co-founder and primary leader of the The Allman Brothers Band,
until his tragic death in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of
24. He was a lefty, but learnt to play right handed.
DYWANE THOMAS Jr: American bassist
from Memphis. He plays a right-handed bass upside down and has performed
with the likes of The Stylistics, Deniece Williams, SouthSoul, Rick Flanagan,
World Soul Project, Kevin Davidson and The Voices, and others.
EDDIE "The Chief" CLEARWATER:
(aka Edward Harrington) American Chicago blues musician who performs both
in the US and internationally at blues festivals in France, Germany, the
Netherlands etc. In 2004 he was nominated for a Grammy Award with Los
Straitjackets for their collaboration, Rock 'N' Roll City.
ELIZABETH "Libba" COTTON: American self taught leftie,
her unique style
of finger picking, and her signature, alternating bass style is known
as "Cotten Picking". Her
unmistakably original chords, melodies and finger picking techniques would
go on to influence many other musicians. Charles Seeger discovered her
in the early 50s when Libba was 60 years old. She performed at the Newport
Folk Festival on many occasions throughout the 1950's, 60's, and 70's,
and played at Carnegie Hall in 1978 and on the television show, "Austin
City Limits," in 1979. Her album, "Elizabeth Cotten Live!"
won her a Grammy Award in 1984. Her songs, especially her signature track,
"Freight Train", written when she was 11, have been covered
by Peter, Paul, and Mary, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Devendra Banhart, Matt
Valentine, Laura Veirs, His Name Is Alive and Taj Mahal to mention just
ELLIOT EASTON: American guitarist,
played lead guitar for The Cars after which he joined Creedence Clearwater
Revisited and currently is a member of The New Cars as well as makng guest
ELVIS COSTELLO: English singer-songwriter and guitarist; he began
as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became
associated with the first wave of the British Punk/New Wave movement of
the mid-to-late 1970s. He found it impossible to player football because
he was so lefty... quote: "I'm totally left-sided, I am completely
left-handed, completely left-footed", but he learnt to play guitar
as a righty!
ERIC BOGLE: Scottish born lefty leader of Eric and the Informers,
then he turned to folk music prior to emigrating to Australia. Several
of his most famous songs tell of the futility or loss of war. Prominent
among these is "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", written
Dutch leftie, who, in 1992 started in the death metal band Inquisitor,
before joining the Belgium metal band Ancient Rites in 1996. He also plays
in the bands Menticide and Plusminus.
bassist from Dublin; he played bands from the eighties from rock to country,
funk to soul and blues, which included tours of Europe the USA & Canada.
At present he is the resident bassist for Paul Harrington who won the
Eurovision in 1994 with Charlie McGettigan singing Rock n Roll Kids.
Northern Irish guitarist, a left hander, but learnt to play with his right
hand. He has played with artists including Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Greg
Lake and the Blues-rock band Skid Row, as well as having a successful
GEORGE JOHNSON: aka 'Lightnin' Licks' is long term guitarist in
The Brothers Johnson band along with his brother Louis E. Johnson aka
'Thunder Thumbs'. Among their most popular songs are I'll Be Good to You,
Strawberry Letter 23, Ain't We Funkin' Now, and Stomp!
GRAHAM RUSSELL: British lefty guitarist
and member of the soft rock band Air Supply. He is still with them today,
36 years down the road.
GUS ISIDORE: British lefty upside down guitar player; has strummed
his fretboard for the likes of Seal, Mark Bolan, Peter Green, Peter Gabriel,
Phil Lynott and co-writer of the Seal 2 Album amongst many others in his
JACK LUKEMAN: Irish
singer-songwriter and lefty guitarist, he plays right-handed guitar upside-down.
Jack became popular in Ireland with his 1999 album Metropolis Blue and
has also appeared with Nick Cave and writer Patrick McCabe.
JACK DJEYIM: a.k.a. Jacques Djeyim,
Cameroonian musician who plays a left-handed upside-down guitari. He has
recorded and performed with a variety of world music artists, including
Manu Dibango, Busi Mhlongo, Charlotte M'bango, Epee & Koum, Djamel
Laroussi, and others.
JEFF SCHMIDT: American bass soloist;
he is left-handed, but having learnt to play on an inverted right-handed
bass he still plays with the strings the opposite way to convention. He
also tunes his basses higher than normal using lighter strings, also known
as Piccolo bass. In 2005, he was placed first in the Bass Extremes International
Contemporary Solo Bass Competition.
JEN LEIGH: American lefty guitar
virtuoso; she was guitarist with the NY based, rock band Big Sister. Now
solo, she has toured with the likes of George Clinton, 420 Funk Mob &
Drugs, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Toshi Reagon, Merl Saunders, Kelis, and
Ferras. Her left-handed style able to play strung either way, adding to
JERRY KNIGHT: American smooth jazz,
latin jazz, R&B, and blues lefty guitarist, composer, producer. He
is the founder of Jerry Knight band whose latest cd "Soulful Jazz",
is aired on tv.wrote music to film live shows and live radio.
JILL BARBER: Canadian lefty singer-songwriter,
guitarist; she has released 6 solo albums. She won the Female Artist Recording
of the Year award for her debut album Oh Heart at the 2005 Music Nova
Scotia Awards. In 2007 she earned her fourth win as Best Local Solo Artist
(Female) in The Coasts annual "Best of Music Readers
Poll", and her first win as Best Canadian Solo Artist (Female).
JIMMY HASLIP: American electric
bass player and record producer born in The Bronx. He best known as a
founding but ex-member of the pioneering fusion group Yellowjackets. He
was also an early user of the 5-string electric bass. He has also worked
with, and is working with, many notable artists, including Jeff Lorber,
Eric Marienthal, Bruce Hornsby, Rita Coolidge, Gino Vannelli, Kiss, Tommy
Bolin, Allan Holdsworth, Marilyn Scott, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Donald
Fagen and Anita Baker.
JOE PERRY: American lead guitarist with Aerosmith; Joe is a lefty,
he writes with his left hand and he shoots using a left handed rifle,
but when he taught himself guitar, he laboriously taught himself to go
against his nature and play with the "wrong" hand. Joe frequently
used various Fender Stratocasters; many of these guitars were left-handed
Strats turned upside-down and appropriately restrung. One of these "upside-down"
models is still played occasionally onstage, usually for "Sweet Emotion".
American guitarist and actor; he is half of the longstanding alternative
rock duo They Might Be Giants, for which he writes, sings and plays rhythm
guitar, he also plays in his own band Mono Puff.
JOHN WETTON: English
musician who is left-handed but plays bass and guitar right-handed. He
has played with artists and bands such as Brian Eno, Uriah Heep, Mogul
Thrash, King Crimson, Phil Manzanera, UK, Family, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry,
Jack-Knife, and Wishbone Ash. His biggest commercial success was as the
frontman and songwriter of the supergroup Asia.
JOHN WILLIAM Billy MACKEL: Billy was originally a lefty
banjo player, playing around his birthplace of Baltimore during the early
1930s. He switched to electric guitar and led his own group from
1940, until he joined Lionel Hampton in 1944. He was Hamptons most
loyal sideman, he toured and recorded with Lionel until the 1980s.
Billy also recorded with Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and
Billy Williams among others.
JOHNNY JENKINS: a renowned left-handed American blues guitarist,
his flamboyant style of guitar playing influenced Jimi Hendrix, who would
later use some of Johnny's tricks in his stage show. In the 1960s Jenkins
was the leader of a band called the Pinetoppers, he employed a young Otis
Redding as a singer for the Pinetoppers.
JOHNNY MAC POWELL: American guitarist singer-songwriter and producer
who co-formed the Christian rock band Third Day. He won the 2001 Gospel
Music Association award for "Male Vocalist of the Year".
JOHNNY WINTERS: American blues guitarist, singer, and producer.
Best known for his late 60s and 70s high-energy blues-rock albums and
live performances. He is a lefty, but plays guitar as a righty.
JONATHAN BUTLER: South African lefty, his first single was the
first by a black artist played by white radio stations in the racially
segregated South Africa and earned a Sarie Award, South Africa's equivalent
to the Grammy Awards.
Besides his musicainship, he has produced
and written music for artists including Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Whitney
Braxton, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Tamia,
Brown, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Shola Ama, 3T, Sisqo, Dru
Hill, Fall Out Boy, Céline Dion, Boyz 11 Men, Mariah Carey, Vanessa
L. Williams, En Vogue, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Japanese
singer Ken Hirai, Pink, Marc Nelson and Phil Collins among many others,
and received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year
KLAUS EICHSTADT: American lefty and founding member of the rock
band Ugly Kid Joe. He has played with the band throughout it's history
from 1987 to 1997 and again in 2010 when the band re-united until the
singer and songwriter in the alternative rock band The Ataris who formed
in 1994. He plays guitar left-handed and is known for playing an upside-down,
right-handed Les Paul, but apparently contrary
to popular belief,he
is in fact right-handed!
KURT COBAIN: American musician, best known for his roles as lead
singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Seattle-based rock band Nirvana.
He plays guitar with default stringing.
HALF BLIND LEFTY: a blues musician
from Breda, The Netherlands, specializing in electric blues, slow blues
and ballads. As well as a soloist, he is also at present a member of The
Tired Starlings. Blind in one eye, and a lefty, he started out on a right
handed guitar with altered string order, before buying his first (of now
a few) left handed guitar.. his '83 Tokai goldstar Strat.
American lefty guitarist, he was a member of Spanky & Our Gang, having
hits including "Sunday Will Never Be the Same", "Lazy Day",
"Three Ways From Tomorrow,"" and "Give a Damn",
in the late 60s.
LEFTY BATES: American
Chicago blues guitarist, born in Leighton, and raised in St. Louis. While
attending Vashon High School he helped form the Hi-De-Ho Boys. In 1936,
they relocated to Chicago, and recorded for Decca Records. He later joined
the Aristo-Kats, who recorded on RCA Victor. He was a regular on the Chicago
blues scene with his Lefty Bates Combo, and worked as a session musician
with the likes of the El Dorados, John Lee Hooker, the Flamingos, Jimmy
Reed, Buddy Guy, Etta James, the Moroccos, and the Impressions among others
LEFTY DIZZ: American guitarist who played with many greats and
fronted his band, Shock Treatment.
played a standard right-handed model flipped upside down, without reversing
playing and singing with an unbridled enthusiasm, maybe the most flamboyant
British lefty who played upside-down bass guitar in the pop band
formed in the 1960's .
MARK KNOPFLER: British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer
and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist,
and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits. Mark is left-handed,
but plays right-handed.
American lefty, some describe him as a protege, others as the boy wonder.
When he was eleven a veteran Blues artist bestowed upon him the nickname
Little Big Man. He has been on the blues scene and festivals since in
single figures, trading hot licks with blues greats such as Tommy Castro,
Coco Montoya, Bernard Allison, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Derek
Trucks and many others.
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO: Mike is a self-taught totally true ambidextrous
American guitarist, able to play two guitars at the same time either in
synchronization or using separate harmonies or even playing completely
different parts at once, as shown when he plays his famous Double-Guitar.
He was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One
Magazine in 03, also listed in 2008 as one of the "Top 100 Greatest
Metal Guitarists of All Time" by Guitar World Magazine, for which
he writes the column Time to Burn, and one of the "20 Greatest Shredders
of All Time" by Total Guitar Magazine.
MICHAEL ANTONY GAGLIARDI: Guitarist
and writer for the band "Penny Unniversity". He
created a new genre called "trans-fusion", this classifies the
intermingling styles of jazz, fusion, latin, and global rhythms, which
is showcased in his songs.
has performed from Toronto, Canada, to Sunset Strip in Hollywood C.A.
MIKE BLOOMFIELD: American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago,
who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn
his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess ... Michael
Bloomfield quote: I am left-handed and I couldnt play well.
I took lessons for about a year, a year or so. I learned rhythm. When
I played right-handed, I got better.
NOEL GALLAGHER: English singer-songwriter, formerly the lead guitarist,
occasional lead singer and principal songwriter of Oasis. He is currently
fronting his solo project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Noel is
left handed, but plays right handed.
OLLIE HALSALL: One of Britian's most under-rated
incredable virtuosity, inventor of the fluid
4-finger 'hammer-on' runs taken up by everyone today.
Best known for his role in the bands Patto
and Boxer, and for his work with Kevin Ayers. If
the world made any sense he would have been up there with the guitar heroes.
lefty, with the rock group The Mars Volta.
a prolific and genre-defying solo career, frequently described as experimental,
avant-garde and/or progressive and has collaborated with numerous artists
spanning from John Frusciante to El-P.
OTIS RUSH: Influencual US blues guitarist and singer; his distinctive
guitar style features a slow burning sound, jazz-style arpeggios and long
PAUL McCARTNEY: Grammy Award-winning English rock singer, songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the
founding members of The Beatles.
An Anglo-Italian lefty best known for his work with The Cure. After playing
keyboards he took up the role of playing dual lead guitar alongside singer
Robert Smith. He also plays 6 string bass.
PHIL GUY: American blues guitarist
and singer. He
tried to figure out how to play guitar, upside down and backwards didn't
work, so he forced himself to play right handed. Besides playing and touring
internationally with his with his brother Buddy Guy, Raful Neal, and Junior
Wells, he also backed up Son Seals, Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Memphis
Slim, John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton among others.
PHIL PICKETT: Lefty bass guitarist,
and ex member of UK band Culture Club, he co-wrote 'Karma Chameleon'.
has also worked with such artists as John
McCartney, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Malcolm McLaren and Musical Youth. Also
a key member of Sailor since the 1970s.
ROBERT FRIPP: English
lefty, but learnt to play guitar right-handed; best known for being the
only constant member of progressive rock band King Crimson. His work,
spanning 4 decades, encompasses a variety of musical styles. He was ranked
42nd on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists
of All Time" (2003). In 2010, he was ranked No.47 on Gibson.coms
Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
RUSTY BURNS: American lefty, the founder, leader, main songwriter
and lead guitarist of the band Point Blank formed in 1976 and still performs
and tours with the band. He has toured virtually non-stop for over twenty-five
RYAN WASTE: American guitarist from
Richmond, Virginia; he is a founding member of the crossover thrash metal
band Municipal Waste formed in 2000. In 2010, the band was confirmed as
being part of the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' 2010 remake of Splatterhouse.
RYAN WEBB: English lead vocalist, lefty resonator and banjo player
with the Birmingham based cowpunk gospel blues band Rhino & The Ranters.
He is also known for his solo work under the name Rantin' Ryan John.
SLIM WHITMAN: American country singer, guitarist
one of the best-selling and most influential artists in country music
history and yet at the same time is one of the most unrecognized by the
American public at large.
STAN SARGEANT: American bassist born in Washington DC. He has performanced
and toured with artists such as Keiko Matsui, Bobby Caldwell, Jonathan
Butler, Patti Austin, Dolly Parton, Dianne Caroll, The Jazz Crusaders,
Vanessa Williams, Suzanne Sommers, Peggy Lee, Next, Montel Jordan, Rick
Braun, Oleta Adams, Richard Elliott, Lou Bega, Paul Jackson Jr., Peter
White, Barry Manilow, Al Jarreau and many others.
STEVE CLARK: American lefty bassist from Bridgeport Connecticut,
as well as his own trio, Steve has performed and/or recorded The Drifters,
The Coasters, Mary Wells, Ben E. King, Sam & Dave, Sherry Winston,
Yellow Jackets, Theresa Wright Quartet, Patxi, Tower of Power, George
Baicea, Melvin Sparks, Pieces Of A Dream, Chris Tolfield Band, Walter
Duda, Francisco Molina, Phillip Maniatty, Willie Randall, Charles Dukes,
TNT Jazz Band, Greg Bernard, Greg James, Off Da Hook, and Laco Deczis
Celula New York Band, among many others.
Argentinian lefty and founder member of the rock band "Los Piojos";
in 2009, he moved on to play with Las Pelotas band, also along with Paul
Guerra, Sebastián Cardero and Changuito Gómez Farías,
he formed the band Revealados.
American lefty and songwriter best known for his work with punk rock bands
Rancid, Operation Ivy, Downfall, and the Transplants. He is also the owner
and operator of Hellcat Records.
TINY TIM: American singer-songwriter
and lefty eukele player, most famous for his hit .. "Tiptoe Through
The Tulips" and his awesome appearence at the Isle Of Wight Fest!
TONY IOMMI: British guitarist best known for his tenure
in the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He is the only person to have remained
in Black Sabbath throughout the band's entire lifespan.
TONY KAYE: American lefty who has been an in-demand jazz and classical
session player for many years. After having played guitar left-handed
upside-down for over 20 years, he suddenly decided to reverse the strings
and relearn everything as an orthodox left-handed player.
VICKI VOMIT: German satirical musician and comedian who plays guitar
left handed with default stringing. He became famous with titles such
as "Arbeitslos und Spaß dabei" /Funemployed, "Sex
mit Claudia Nolte"/Sex with Claudia Nolte and "Ich wär'
so gern George Bush"/I'd like to be George W. Bush.
WAYMAN TISDALE: American pro basketball player in the NBA and a
three-time All American at the University of Oklahoma, he was elected
to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He launched
his music career with Power Forward in 1995 on the Motown Label. Primarily
a bass player, he recorded eight albums, with the 2001 release Face to
Face climbing to No.1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. In 2002,
he was awarded the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
WESLEY TUTTLE: American lefty singer-guitarist, who was one of
the top stars of country and Western in the 1940s and 1950s. His biggest
hit With Tears In My Eyes and Detour
WILLIE DUNCAN: British guitarist;
from 1967, he has played with The Spectical Booth, Fate, Boaster, Claymore,
Buzzard, The Duncan Ford Band, Duncan-Smith and the Machine, and The Willie
YOMO TORO: Latin guitarist and one of Puerto Rico's most famous
cuatro players; probably best known for performing the opening theme song
to the 1971 Woody Allen film Bananas, and various Willie Colón
and Héctor Lavoe's albums.
ZACKY VENGENCE: American lefty rhythm guitarist for the metal/rock
band Avenged Sevenfold. Despite being left-handed, the first guitar he
learned on was right-handed which his parents had bought him for his 13th
birthday. He learned by playing it upside down. He has been ranked as
the 2nd best rhythm guitarist's of all time in Kerrang!.
aka Cecil Womack:
Afro-America lefty whose favourite guitar is his left handed with white
finish TB2000. He started his career with his brothers and in the 80s
formed Womack & Womac with his wife Linda.
AL SOBRANTE: also known as
John Kiffmeyer, American drummer and founder member of the punk rock band
STEELE: British drummer, he had been a member of the bands Gary Farr &
the T-Bones, The Herd and Stealers Wheel, as well as his work in the studios as
a session drummer.
drummer, one of the greatest
drummers in the world, also one of the first drummers to play with 3 or
more snare and/or bass drums and multiple hi-hats. Drummed with Miles
Santana, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Jack
Bruce,Stanley Turrentine, Glass
Menagerie, Jazz Is Dead, Missisippi Knights, George Duke and a host of
a right-handed kits, but plays the hi-hats
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with
the left stick)
BRETT A. REED: American drummer best known
for his 15 years with the punk rock band Rancid.
American lefty, he has played with many top musicians
including Carlos Santana, but he is probubly best known as being a member
of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys from 1969 through to January 1970.
BUN E. CARLOS: American drummer for American
rock band Cheap Trick, he alternates between left-handed and right-handed
CARTER BEAUFORD: American
drummer, percussionist, and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band
(DMB). He is known for his ability to mix together countless percussion
styles with his ambidextrous approach to playing.
(plays a right-handed set, but with the ride
and the hi-haton his left...because
he rides with his left, but does fills leading with his right, and comes
out of them crashing a cymbal with his right!)
CHRIS ADLER: American drummer and member
of the metal band
of God. He plays on a right-handed
set of drums even though he plays left-handed. He is known for the speed,
power, innovation and precision of his drumming.
CHRISTOPHER GUANLAO: American lefty with the alternative rock band
Silversun Pickups is left-handed but plays a right handed set primarily
in "open style" (opposite to cross handed) and has his ride
cymbal to his left.
DOMINIC HOWARD: UK drummer for the
English rock band Muse, inspired by drummers like Stewart Copeland, Roger
Taylor, Buddy Rich, Nick Mason, Tre Cool, Tim Alexander, Dave Grohl, and
ERIC KALB: American
drummer, best known for his high energy live performances while touring
Europe, Australia, North America, and Japan with such notables as Sharon
Jones and the Dap Kings, John Scofield, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Greyboy
Allstars and Deep Banana Blackout to name a few.
Fenris Nagell) Norwegian
known for his work with the two-piece black metal band Darkthrone.
American blues and country rock drummer; a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds
from 1980 until 1995, has also worked with the likes of Michael Duke Robillard
and Al Copley.
GLEN GRAHAM: American
drummer and founding member of Blind Melon, recording on all 4 of the
bands albums from 1992 - 2008. He has also drummed with Abandon Jalopy,
Jas. Mathus And His Knockdown Society, and Joe Tullos.
IAN PAICE: English drummer, made his
name with seminal heavy rock band Deep Purple. As of Jon Lord's departure
in 2002, he is the only founding member of the band still performing with
Argentinian lefty; after playing with Venezuelan band Claroscuro, he moved
to London, UK. In 2004 Javier joined the Stereophonics and in 2008 he
released his first solo album, Lagrima, under the pseudonym of Capitan
in Paul McCartney's band Wings and in the Southern Rock/Jazz group Sea
Level, the Compassion All Star Band and his own Joe English Band among
a right-handed kit, but played the hi-hat
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with
the left stick)
American drummer, best known for playing
in Chick Corea's Return to Forever and being one of the forerunners of
jazz-rock/funk. He has also played with many of the greatest jazz musicians,
including Joe Henderson, Jaco
Pastorius, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil
Evans, Stan Getz
and many more (self
taught lefty on a right-handed kit, but plays the hi-hat
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with
the left stick)
MARK JACKSON: a member of the British futurepop
duo VNV Nation, responsible for electronic drums, percussion and live
keyboards. He is also established as a professional Club DJ and remix
American lefty drummer from New Jersey. Michael
is a studio drummer and also a member of the band Groove Authority who
are featured in the 2010 Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz movie Knight and Day.
MIKE BORDIN: Scottish drummer; he was a co-founder of Faith No
More playing for the duration of the band's career and now plays with
Welsh drummer and member of the band Badfinger, once protoges of the Beatles
at Apple records. They had numerous hits including four top-20 hits which
charted in the USA: Come and Get It, No Matter What,
Day After Day, and Baby Blue. He joined the band
in 1965 when it was still called the Iveys.
NICK BOWCOTT: British drummer and
founder of the
heavy metal band from the NWOBHM era .. Grim
Reaper, formed in 1979.
PAT BAUTZ: US drummer for Three Dog Night since 1993;
he has also worked with artists such as Dave Mason, Freddy Fender, Everett
Harp, Little Richard, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Tiny Tim and numerous
PETE RILEY: UK lefty played with guitar greats including recording
work with Motorhead's Eddie Clarke and touring work Phil Hilborne, as
well as drumming as a member with bands including Republica and the Keith
PHIL COLLINS: UK musician best known as the lead singer and drummer
of progressive rock group Genesis and as a Grammy and Academy Award-winning
solo artist. He is also an actor, having starred in numerous films.
RINGO STARR: English
drummer formerly of the legendary Beatles. Ringo quote.."I'm your
basic offbeat drummer with funny fills. The fills were funny because I'm
really left-handed playing a right-handed kit. I can't roll around the
drums because of that". Ringo is naturally left-handed but as he
was taught to write right-handed, he has his drums set up for right-handed
playing, however, he still leads with his left hand.
ROD MORGENSTEIN: US drummer
known for his work with the heavy metal band Winger and with the jazz
fusion band Dixie Dregs. He also played with Fiona, Platypus, Jelly Jam
and has also done session work with Jordan Rudess among others.
SAM APPLEBAUM: American lefty, his
first serious group was death metal band Insurrection, but is best known
for his work and as a founding member of the deathcore band Veil of Maya,
formed in Chicago, Illinois in 2004.
SCOTT COLUMBUS: American
lefty and former drummer of Manowar, from 1983 until 1990, but returned
for "Louder Than Hell" in 1996 and remained with the band until
the summer of 2008. He plays the so-called "Drums of Doom",
a kit made of stainless steel, because his drumming technique is too rough
on standard kits which had to be replaced too regularly.
drummer, played with Toto,
The Who, Judas
Priest, Big Country, Jeff Beck, Michael Schenker, Jack Bruce, Brian Eno,
Toyah, Mike Oldfield, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Gary Moore, Asia,
Duncan Browne, 10cc,
Mick Jagger, Ph.D., Mike Rutherford, John Wetton, Juan Martin, Stanley
Clarke, Derek Sherinian, Gordon
Giltrap, Nik Kershaw, Jordan Rudess and many
right-handed kits, but plays the hi-hat
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with
the left stick)
STEVE GELLER: He
has played with the San Diego blues band Candye Kane and the Swinging
Armadillos. Steve recorded on three of Candyes cds, Diva
La Grande, Knockout,
and Swango. He toured with the band at home and internationally,
made TV appearances and played major blues festivals, sharing the same
bill with such greats as The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Ben Harper, John
Lee Hooker, Johnny Lang and David Lindley to name a few.
STEVE HEWITT: British drummer for the band
Placebo between 1996 and Oct 2007. Previous bands included Electric Crayons,
K-Klass, The Mystic Deckchairs, Boo Radleys and Breed. Steve now has a
new band, Love Amongst Ruin.
STEVE JANSEN: English drummer, best
as a founding member of the group Japan, after
which he played with The Dolphin Brothers and Nine Horses.
STEWART COPELAND: American drummer, best
known as the drummer for the band The Police. During the group's extended
hiatus from the mid-1980s to 2007, he played with many other artists and
bands as well as composing soundtracks. (Although
he writes left handed, he uses
right-handed kits, but his left handed-ness really comes to play in his
intricate hi hat work)
ZACHARY HANSON: American drummer and youngest member in the band
Hanson with his brothers with Clarke Isaac and Jordan Taylor.
A BY THE WAY ... CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAS A LEFTY VIOLIN PLAYER
AND SO IS CANADIAN VIOLINIST ASHLEY MACISAAC.
you know anymore Lefties please email
I would suggest to make an opposit list of real righthandmusicians. Because
if you look closer to Beatmusicians you will notice that they are naturally
powered by there sence
of human rhythm. This rhythm is such a small part of the rhythm wich drives
the Universe, Earth, Seasons, and any movement you can see.
We are all born with the power of that rhythm, and we didn´t been
able to make any movement without.
As a musician you know about beat, offbeat, groove and timefeelilng. Well
the spell of beat goes either to right or to left hand and foot, depeds
on wich side you are born.
If a musican don`t follow these prescription, the spell of the beat went
into the wrong hand.(either the one wich holding the chords on guitar,
or the one wich is normally responsible for offbeats)
The offbeat got to go to the assisting hand (alternate hands on singledrum).
Nobody can change that rule.
Take a closer look
to the techniq of Allen Hodsworth left hand and you will see a very good
rhythm power on the griphand, and have one more for the list.
Have also a sightseeingtour to basstutorials in internet: First most of
them have a stupid drumcomputer to hide there lack of timefeeling ; then
they search the beat with the left foot, then the beat goes into left
hand , but is played with right hand, laid back of the beat. If they play
with the same sort of drummer there can´t be neither a beat which
you can play laid back of, nor dance to.
Thats the reason
why B.B. King uses two drummers who deliver a steady time, and he can
play laid back. Did you ever heard a rhythmic accompainment with chords
played with his right hand?
Who delivers the beat
of the Beatles? Mc Cartney with his left hand, or Rimgo Star with his
Right hand and foot? Take sightseeingtours to open jamsessions, look for
the foot of the bassmen, hand and feetsof the drummers, open your ears,
and then imagine Beatles, with Paul playing his bass with right hand.
For a better understanding look for the greek meaning of the word "Bass;
Now your list
have at least one million lefthand musicans more.
If not I give
you: Derreck Mckencie; Roger Blavia; Mohammed Zaki, Simona Abdallah; Patrice
Helal; They show us the resuts of playing completly on there by birth
prescriped BEAT in there left hand
also Tony Allen into your list, showing us his Beat on right side, prescribed
If you lookout
for good succesful bands you have at least one Beatcontroller. For example
the Guitar of Black Sabbath.
But if you
want to keep your list as small as it is yet, make one of real, naturally
born and playing righthandmusicans.
Hendrik for your email ... very deep, but I understand the logic.
Beverley (not Phil, the website is my retirement hobby, I am ambidextrous,
Phil is the musician!!)
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Hi ~ I learned from Guitarist Summer 2006 issue, which investigated are
leftys better? It contained some good research in the topic, including
why some left handed guitars look good and some do not (even in the eyes
of leftys). In that issue i learned that also prominent players Johnny
Winter, Mark Knopfler, Danny Gatton, Bob Brozman and Michael Bloomfield
all are/were left handed, although play normal right handed. These guys
would surely qualify to be your interesting list.
Kind regards ~ Igor Lishajko (Right handed playing right handed) ~ Stockholm
Thankyou Igor for this interesting info, I will
try and find the article. I can't find any evidence.. as yet.. to say
is a lefty. In an interview he says he has
a weak left hand!! ... QUOTE: 'I happen to have a killer right hand and
I'm very good with slide and everything, but my left hand isn't brilliant,'
he admits modestly. 'So in terms of playing really fast scales, I just
don't do it". The others check out and are up on the page.
Thanks again Igor ~ Beverley
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to the modern increase in left-hand usage:
suffered severe prejudice during the 18th and 19th centuries and it was often
"beaten out" of people.
adulthood, left-handers were often shunned by society, resulting in fewer marrying
*As prejudice slowly
declined in the 20th century, the number of natural left-handers who stayed left-handed
*The rising age of motherhood
contributed as, statistically, older mothers are more likely to give birth to