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Left-Handed
Guitarists

&
Drummers

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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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LEFTY GUITAR PLAYERS

Jimi Hendrix 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
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 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 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".

Ali Campbell ALI CAMPBELL:
English 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

Andrew White ANDREW WHITE: British lead guitarist and original member of the band Runston Parva, which later became Parva and then the indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs.

Andy Young 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 All Time".

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 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 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 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 Pumpkins. Billy was also in a Pumpkins' side project called Starchildren, in which he was the only permanent member.


Billy Ray Cyrus BILLY RAY CYRUS: American country singer-songwriter, musician and actor; A multi-platinum selling recording artist best known for his hit single "Achy Breaky Heart".

Blake Schwarzenbach BLAKE SCHWARZENBACH: American musician who was the singer and left handed guitarist of Jawbreaker from 1988–1996, Jets to Brazil 1997–2003, The Thorns of Life 2008–2009, and Forgetters from 2009 to the present day.

Bob Geldof BOB GELDOF
: 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 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.

Buddy Miles BUDDY MILES: American lefty, although mainly known for his drumming with Jimi Hendrix and many other top musicians, he is also an inspired guitarist too.

CALOGERO "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 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 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 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 Gatton 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.

DAVE 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.

Dave Wakeling DAVE WAKELING: 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 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 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 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" Cotten 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 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.

ERIK SPROOPEN: 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.

Finian Darby FINIAN DARBY: Irish 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.

Gary Moore GARY MOORE: 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 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 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 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.

Jacques Djeyim 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.

Jenny Leigh 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 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 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 Coast’s annual "Best of Music Reader’s 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 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".

John Flansburgh
JOHN FLANSBURGH: 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 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.

Billy Mackel JOHN WILLIAM “Billy” MACKEL: Billy was originally a lefty banjo player, playing around his birthplace of Baltimore during the early 1930’s. He switched to electric guitar and led his own group from 1940, until he joined Lionel Hampton in 1944. He was Hampton’s most loyal sideman, he toured and recorded with Lionel until the 1980’s.
Billy also recorded with Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and Billy Williams among others.

Johnny Jenkins 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 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.

Babyface KENNETH "BABYFACE" EDMONDS: Besides his musicainship, he has produced and written music for artists including Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Whitney Houston, Katharine McPhee, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Tamia, Bobby 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 in 1995–1997.

Klaus Eichstadt 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.

KRIS ROE: American guitarist, 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 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 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 Baker LEFTY BAKER: 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.

William "Lefty" Bates 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 LEFTY DIZZ: American guitarist who played with many greats and fronted his band, Shock Treatment.
He played a standard right-handed model flipped upside down, without reversing the strings, playing and singing with an unbridled enthusiasm, maybe the most flamboyant blues man.

Lee Jackson 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.

Matthew Curry MATTHEW CURRY: 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 Gaglairdi MICHAEL ANTONY GAGLIARDI:
Guitarist and writer for the band "Penny Unniversity". He has 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. Michael has performed from Toronto, Canada, to Sunset Strip in Hollywood C.A.

Michael Bloomfield 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 couldn’t play well. I took lessons for about a year, a year or so. I learned rhythm. When I played right-handed, I got better
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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 guitarists, with 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.

OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ: Puerto Rican lefty, with the rock group The Mars Volta. He also has 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 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 McCartney 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.

Perry Bamonte PERRY BAMONTE: 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 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'.
He has also worked with such artists as John Lodge, Hugh Masakela, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Malcolm McLaren and Musical Youth. Also a key member of Sailor since the 1970s.

Robert Fripp 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.com’s 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 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 SLIM WHITMAN: American country singer,
guitarist and songwriter;
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 Clarke 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 Deczi’s Celula New York Band, among many others.

Tavo Kupinski TAVO KUPINSKI: 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.

TIM ARMSTRONG TIM ARMSTRONG: 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 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!

Toni Iommi 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!.

ZEKUUBA ZEKKARIYAS 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.


LEFTY DRUMMERS

Al Sobrante aka John Kiffmeyer AL SOBRANTE: also known as John Kiffmeyer, American drummer and founder member of the punk rock band Green Day.

Andy Steele ANDREW 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.

Billy Cobham BILLY COBHAM: American "ambidextrous" drummer, one of the greatest fusion 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, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nordic, Carlos Santana, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Jack Bruce,Stanley Turrentine, Glass Menagerie, Jazz Is Dead, Missisippi Knights, George Duke and a host of others (uses a right-handed kits, but plays the hi-hats and ride cymbals mounted on the left with the left stick)

Brett Reed BRETT A. REED: American drummer best known for his 15 years with the punk rock band Rancid.

Buddy Miles BUDDY MILES: 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 BUN E. CARLOS: American drummer for American rock band Cheap Trick, he alternates between left-handed and right-handed playing.

Carter Beauford CARTER BEAUFORD: American
"ambidextrous" 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 CHRIS ADLER: American drummer and member of the metal band Lamb 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 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 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.

Eric Kalb 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.

Fenriz FENRIZ: (Gylve Fenris Nagell) Norwegian drummer better known for his work with the two-piece black metal band Darkthrone.

Fran Christina FRAN CHRISTINA: 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 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 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.

Javier Weyler JAVIER WEYLER: 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.

Joe English JOE ENGLISH: American "ambidextrous" drummer, played 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 stick)

Lenny White LENNY WHITE: 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 artist.

MICHAEL STEPHEN: 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 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 Ozzy Osbourne.

MIKE GIBBINS: 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 others.

Pete Riley 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 Emerson Band.

Phil Collins 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
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 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 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.

Simn Phillips SIMON PHILLIPS: British "ambidextrous" 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. (uses 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 Candye’s 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 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 known as a founding member of the group Japan, after which he played with The Dolphin Brothers and Nine Horses.

Stewart Copeland 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)

Zac Hanson ZACHARY HANSON: American drummer and youngest member in the band Hanson with his brothers with Clarke Isaac and Jordan Taylor.

JUST A BY THE WAY ... CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAS A LEFTY VIOLIN PLAYER
AND SO IS CANADIAN VIOLINIST ASHLEY MACISAAC.

If you know anymore Lefties please email

SOME INTERESTING FEEDBACK
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
Thankyou Igor 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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WIERD LEFTY FACTS
to the modern increase in left-hand usage:

*Left-handers suffered severe prejudice during the 18th and 19th centuries and it was often "beaten out" of people.
*In adulthood, left-handers were often shunned by society, resulting in fewer marrying and reproducing.
*As prejudice slowly declined in the 20th century, the number of natural left-handers who stayed left-handed increased,
*The rising age of motherhood contributed as, statistically, older mothers are more likely to give birth to left-handed children.

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