Did you know that lefties make up about 13 percent of our population? They’re all around us, but you may not know it. They even invented a holiday for themselves, National Left Handers Day, which we’re celebrating today. In the music biz, there are a few left-handers that we know and love, so today is the day to pay them homage. Step aside you 87 percenters, it’s time for the lefties to get their due. Here are some of our favorite lefties in rock.
Iommi has a trademark heavy guitar sound by accident. The lefty had the tips of his middle and ring finger on his left hand cut off in a work accident. This could’ve been a lethal blow for any other guitarist, but Iommi persevered. He got extra light strings for his guitar and had his fingers extended with thimbles. In the video below, Iommi tells the story in his own words.
The king of grunge was, appropriately, left handed. Cobain was anti-fame and anti-mainstream, so of course he would be left handed just to go against the grain.
The voodoo child stood next to a mountain and chopped it down with the edge of his left hand. Hendrix learned to play with a right handed guitar flipped upside down because his father thought left handedness was evil and tried to force him to be a righty. Even at the pinnacle of his stardom, he still used a right handed guitar.
The bassist was one of the founding members of Godsmack and is supremely underrated. According to an interview with AskMen, he traded in his train set for a bass guitar when he was 14 years old. Smart life decision there.
Vengeance is a founding member and rhythm guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold. He’s the anchor of the rhythm section and is a pretty decent shredder himself.
And let us not forget perhaps the first southpaw/rock god of them all...Sir Paul McCartney!
Blake Froling is a classic rocker who can be seen on the road belting out AC/DC songs in his car.