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Famous Left Handed Musicians


Sir James Paul McCartney

English singer-songwriter and composer. He gained fame with the Beatles. He is recognized as being one of the most successful performer and composer of all time. He started off playing right-handed but wasn’t making progress. He saw a photo of Slim Whitman playing left-handed and he reversed the guitar and reversed the strings.

Paul Simon

American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. His fame began as part of Simon & Garfunkel. He learned to play the guitar right-handed.

Barry Gibb

British singer-songwriter and producer. He gained fame co-founding the group the Bee Gees. He’s listed in the Guinness World Records as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. He mastered playing the guitar right-handed.

Jimi Hendrix

American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist. He is known as the most influential electric guitarists of popular music. He used guitars for right-handers, but restrung them to be played left-handed.

Phil Collins

English singer-songwriter, and record producer. He’s known as a solo artist and also the lead singer and drummer of the rock band Genesis. He played drums with his kit backwards so the kick drum and the snare would feel natural for him.

Kurt Cobain

American musician, songwriter, and artist. He formed the band Nirvana. He restrung right-handed guitars to be played left-handed.

Ringo Starr

English musician, singer-songwriter. He gained fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He learned to play drums on a right-hand kit. He said “the limitations brought on as a lefty drummer playing on a right-handed drum set helped me to create my playing style.”

John Lydon aka.Johnny Rotten

English singer-songwriter. He’s known as the Sex Pistol’s lead singer. He disliked religion from being told at catholic school, “Oh, you’re left-handed, that’s the sign of the devil.”

David Bowie

English singer-songwriter and actor. He was known for his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust. He chose to play his instrument with his right hand.

Lady Gaga

American singer-songwriter and actress. She is known as one of the best-selling musicians of all time.


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