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you know any more lefties
Left-handed people play guitar or
electric bass in one of three ways:
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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.
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.
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: 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. .
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.
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: 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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!
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
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!.
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: 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 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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 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)
A BY THE WAY ... CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAS A LEFTY VIOLIN PLAYER
suffered severe prejudice during the 18th and 19th centuries and it was often
"beaten out" of people.