Is one of them holding the guitar the wrong way? It sure seems like it but in fact, Jimi Hendrix (left side) is famously a left-handed guitar player! It may never have crossed your mind, but guitars and other instruments are massively built for right-handed people. Think about which way the strings have to be put on, or a drum set is set up, or even the way you hold a flute.
Here are some fun facts! Approximately 10% of the population is left-handed. Out of the entire population, roughly 35% of adults play a musical instrument. That means that of all musicians worldwide, everybody you know who picks up an instrument at least once a week, only 3.5% of all musicians are left handed. Wow!
You could say that being left handed is a challenge in the music world. It certainly can have disadvantages, like finding the coolest guitar, but here’s just a small list of famous musicians that are lefties and have made it big.
Jimi Hendrix- Jimi Hendrix experience
Kurt Cobain- Nirvana
Toni Iommi- Black Sabbath
Billy Ray Cyrus
Cameron Liddell- Asking Alexandria
Zacky Vengeance- Avenged Sevenfold
Paul McCartney- The Beatles
Paul Grey- Slipknot
Robbie Merrill- Godsmack
Paul Wilson- Snow Patrol
Nathan Maxwell- Flogging Molly
Phil Collins- Genesis
Dominic Howard- Muse
Joshua Eppard- Coheed and Cambria
Carter Beauford- Dave Matthews Band
Ginger Fish- Marilyn Manson/ Rob Zombie
Just because you can’t find that cool guitar in a left-handed model, don’t be discouraged. There are so many amazing musicians that fit in that 3.5%. Don’t think you can’t take lessons either! If you’re in the Denver area, or Littleton Area, and want to learn to play an instrument, beginners are welcome, and so are lefties! Call us today to set up your first lesson to become the next Jimi Hendrix.
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