10 famous left handed musicians
1 June 2020, 14:14 | Updated: 14 August 2020, 18:22
Some of the finest musicians in the world are southpaws… even though it may not be immediately obvious. Here are ten of the most notable.
The most famous musical left-hander in the world, Macca realised he couldn’t play guitar right handed when he saw a poster of country star Slim Whitman and decided to switch the order of the strings.
The Nirvana frontman was a natural left-hander but was taught to write with his right hand. After years of having problems finding left-handed guitars, Fender made him special Mustangs once the band had become famous.
Contrary to popular belief, the legendary axe-man didn’t play his guitar upside down, but simply strung it the other way round.
The Doves bassist and singer is proudly left-handed.
Macca wasn’t the only left-hander in The Beatles! Ringo is a left-handed drummer playing a right-handed drum kit.
The legend was left-handed but can be seen many times playing guitar right handed.
Not only does the Black Sabbath guitarist play left-handed, but he also lost the tips of his middle and ring fingers in a horrible industrial accident when he was 17. Inspired by the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who lost the use of two fingers in a fire, Iommi persisted and created plastic fingertips to help him invent heavy metal.
The Blur frontman once described himself as a “neurotic, middle-aged left handed man talking nonsense out there into the void”… but he also plays guitar right-handed.
The former Oasis man plays right handed, but he’s a natural left-hander. He claims that guitar is the only thing he can do left-handed, and you can see he signs autographs with his left.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman is another musician who is naturally left-handed but taught himself to play guitar right-handed.