In honor of International Left Handers Day we have compiled a list of the most kick-ass, left-handed musicians that you probably didn’t know were in the left-handers club. Only about 10 percent of the population is left handed, which means about 1% of them are musicians (or something like that…).
2. Duane Allman of Allman Brothers
Also dominantly left-handed, Duane taught himself to play righty which made his playing all the more special!
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Corbiso
3. Paul McCartney of The Beatles
In a 1963 interview, Paul said,“The only thing I couldn’t cure myself of was being left-handed. I do everything with my left hand, and no matter how I try I can’t change the habit. I just seem to do everything back to front. I used to even write backwards.”
4. Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band
One of the most influential drummers, Carter Beauford is known for his open-handed style. This means that his left-hand leads on a traditional right-handed set-up.
Photo by Rodrigo Simas
5. Jimi Hendrix
Although naturally left-handed, Hendrix’s father refused to let him play lefty which ultimately led him to re-engineer his guitar by flipping and re-stringing a standard right-handed guitar.
6. Dick Dale
The king of surf rock shreds his guitar left-handed, don’t miss him in action at the Bowl on Saturday, August 19!
Other lefties who have never stopped rocking our world include: Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Lauryn Hill, Sting, and even Robert Plant!
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