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you know any more lefties
people play guitar or electric bass in one of three ways:
(1) Play a right-handed
guitar right-handed. (eg. Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler, Phil Hilborne)
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.
AL McKAY: American
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
more 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
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
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 All Time".
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
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
teaches bass to all levels.
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 the Smashing
Billy was also in a Pumpkins' side project called Starchildren, in which he was
the only permanent member.
American lefty who led his own band early in the 1940s, before joining Lionel
Hampton in 1944. He worked with Hampton, with occasional intermissions, for over
thirty years, touring and recording with him copiously. In the 1940s he also recorded
with Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and others, and worked with Billy
Williams in the '60s
American country singer-songwriter, musician and actor; A multi-platinum selling
recording artist best known for his hit single "Achy Breaky Heart".
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 day.
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
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 albums worldwide.
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 Public.
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 some.
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 solo appearances..
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 in 1971.
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 solo career.
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.
GREGG WRIGHT: American
lefty (upside down) guitarist who began his career on the U.S. Southern circuit
in the '70's. An '80's move from Louisiana to LA saw him become a top session
man and "hired gun" touring guitarist. His reputation grew over the
next decade doing albums and tours with the likes of Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson,
the Gap Band, Berlin and Spencer Davis, to mention a few and opened several times
for Albert King and Freddie King. Gregg was inducted into the Louisiana Music
Hall of Fame in
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 long career.
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.
lefty flower-child lead guitarist in the Muppet House Band, Dr. Teeth and The
Electric Mayhem. As well as The Muppet Show, they appeared in various Muppet movies
and television specials, and have also recorded album tracks. They made their
debut in 1975's The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, the pilot for the The Muppet
Show. Her name is an homage to Janis Joplin and favourite guitar is a Gibson Les
Paul with cherry sunburst colour scheme.
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
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 her uniqueness.
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).
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
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
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,
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 in 19951997.
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 present day.
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.
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 the
playing and singing with an unbridled enthusiasm, maybe the most flamboyant blues
LEE JACKSON: British
lefty who played upside-down bass guitar in the pop band The Nice
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.
Puerto Rican 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.
OSCAR GRANIER:Argentine guitarist, singer,
composer and co-founder of the rock and pop group The Super Mice in 1985 and still
remains with the band today. They were invited by Jerry Lee Lewis to the United
States where they recorded in the legendary Sun studios and produced by DJ Fontana,
drummer for Elvis Presley.
OTIS RUSH: Influencual US blues guitarist and singer; his distinctive guitar
style features a slow burning sound, jazz-style arpeggios and long bent notes.
PAUL GRAY: American bassist and one of the founding members
of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot. An award was named after Paul
titled "Paul Gray: Best Bassist of the Year", as a tribute to him. Slipknot
presented the award to Nikki Sixx, of Sixx A.M. and Mötley Crüe.
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.
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 HILBORNE: A natural lefty, writing, kicking everything, but plays
the guitar right handed; a No.1 studio, touring and live call player in London,
he's performed over 1,000 shows in Queen musical We Will Rock You,
toured extensively with his own band and for about 30 years with Iron Maiden drummer
Nicko McBrain and
has worked with dozens of internationally known artists such as Uli Jon
Roth, Brian May, Les Paul, Steve Vai, Keith Emerson, Jethro Tull, Steve Morse,
and so many others.
PHIL PICKETT: Lefty bass guitarist, and ex
member of UK band Culture Club, he co-wrote 'Karma Chameleon'. He
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 years.
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'
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
SGT. FLOYD PEPPER: the funky lefty bassist
in the Muppet House Band, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. As well as The Muppet
Show, they appeared in various Muppet movies and television specials, and have
also recorded album tracks. They made their debut in 1975's The Muppet Show: Sex
and Violence, the pilot for the The Muppet Show. His name and pink color are homages
to the classic rock act Pink Floyd, and the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,
the album by The Beatles.
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
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.
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 Duncan Band.
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
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
AL SOBRANTE: also known as
John Kiffmeyer, American drummer and founder member of the punk rock band Green
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 Davis, Paradox,
Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Jack
Bruce,Stanley Turrentine, Glass
Menagerie, Jazz Is Dead, Missisippi Knights, George Duke and a host of others
a right-handed kits, but plays the hi-hats
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with the left
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 playing.
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 cymbal
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
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.
CHUCK MORRIS: American drummer, he has toured with artists such as Chaka
Khan, Cameo, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Barbra Morrison and Bobby Blue Bland,
to name a few, as well as his own band Super Slamm. During his six years on The
Arsenio Hall Showthe show he performed with
artists as Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Grover Washington, Quincy Jones, Chick
Corea, and even President Bill Clinton.
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 many more.
DON HENLEY: American drummer best known
as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career.
Henley was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 19711980,
when the band broke up, and from 1994present, when they reunited.
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.
(Gylve Fenris Nagell) Norwegian
drummer better 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 the group.
IAN WALLACE: English rock and jazz drummer, best known as a member of progressive
rock band, King Crimson, a member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X and as Don Henley's
drummer. He formed his first band, The Jaguars, at school, before going on to
join The Warriors with Jon Anderson in his pre-Yes days.
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 Melao.
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 others.(used
a right-handed kit, but played the hi-hat
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with the left
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,
Pastorius, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans,
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
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 artist.
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 lefty drummer; he was a co-founder of Faith No More
playing for the duration of the band's career and now plays with Ozzy Osbourne.
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
heavy metal band from the NWOBHM era .. Grim Reaper,
formed in 1979.
PACO SERY: Ivoirian world music and jazz fusion drummer. He has played
with many artists including Joe Zawinul, Nina Simone, Eddy Louiss, and Jaco Pastorius.
well as having has his own band, he was a
member of the band Sixun for over 20 years.
PAT BAUTZ: American 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 others.
PETRILLO: American drummer, he has performed and recorded with artists
from many genres of music including Gloria Gaynor, Patti LaBelle, Dee -Lite, Patti
Smythe, and Glen Burtnik, as well jazz guitarist Ed Hamilton, and most recently
the world music group Oko Jumu. His versatility extends to Broadway in New York
City, having played such shows over the years as "A Chorus Line", "Grease",
"Footloose" and "Dreamgirls".
PETE RILEY: British lefty played with guitar greats including recording
work with Motorhead's Eddie Clarke and touring work Phil Hilborne (a fellow leftie),
as well as drumming as a member with bands including Republica and the Keith Emerson
PHIL COLLINS: English 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.
American percussionist, internationally respected
as an inventive, volcanic and versatile drummer in music, having amassed stellar
credits with virtuosos ranging from Jean-Luc Ponty, The Stanley Clarke Band, George
Duke, to Dave Koz, Anita Baker and Michael Jackson.
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
at school, he has his drums set up for right-handed playing, however, he still
leads with his left hand.
ROD MORGENSTEIN: American 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
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 more.
right-handed kits, but plays the hi-hat
and ride cymbals mounted on the left with the left
SIRSENDU CHAKRABORTY: Indian
lefty drummer born in Asansol and now based in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal.
Sirsedu has done many solo drum performances and noted for his 'Sonar Kella' a
tribute to the
famous Bengali writer Mr. Satyajit Roy.
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
STEVE JANSEN: English drummer, best known
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
he writes left handed, he uses
right-handed kits, but his left handed-ness really comes to play in his intricate
hi hat work)
WILL KENNEDY:American drummer, he has
been a member of the internationally acclaimed group Yellowjackets for over nine
years, recording ten records garnering an amazing fourteen Grammy nominations
and accolades. In addition to countless world tours, Will's performances with
the Yellowjackets included numerous TV and radio broadcasts that spanned the globe.
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
SO IS CANADIAN VIOLINIST ASHLEY MACISAAC.
you know anymore Lefties please email
thank you indeed for doing your Website in your spare time. It can
be a very inspiering mood for young lefthand Musicians or Beginners, to keep their
courage to play instruments with left Hand, against wrong advices and aducation
from Parents and Musicteachers. Walter Mengler wrote a book about these young
Guys. (Musizieren mit Links; Schott). I don´t know if it is translated and
available in Enlish. One fact he tells us: "The number of Lefthand playing
musicians in the comunity of Musicans increase from day to day, in raise up pace.
And all of them feel very comfortable, playing without unnessesarely trouble between
their Hands." They all want to see their Name on your Website , and keeping
So your Website is very helpful for the revolution from left.
For me it was helpful too, because now I know why Jimmy Hendrix collaboration
with Mitch Mitchell was much better, in compare to Buddy Miles.
Bassman to confirm my Theory: Lefty Paul Grey played together with Joey Jordan.
to a Contributer to the Revolution.
again Hendrik for your email and kind comments!
Beverley (not Phil)
June 21st 2015.
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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.
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?
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; Bassus".
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
Please take also Tony Allen into your list,
showing us his Beat on right side, prescribed by birth.
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.
the website is my retirement hobby, I am ambidextrous, Phil is the musician!!
May 4th 2015
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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 Sweden
for this interesting info, I will try and find the article. I can't find any evidence..
as yet.. to say Bob
Brozman 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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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