Can You Guess These Left-Handed Musicians?

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They say approximately 12% of the world is left-handed but that a disproportionate amount of left-handed people are of high intelligence and talent. Perusing some of rock n’ roll’s most preeminent southpaws it would be hard to argue considering some of music’s most talented and groundbreaking artists strum with their left hands. Check out the pictures below and see if you can guess these musical lefties just from their instruments alone!

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This legendary rock guitarist got his start playing behind R&B greats such as Wilson Pickett and The Isley Brothers.

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Jimi Hendrix spent years touring the southern soul “Chitlin’ Circuit” before being discovered in New York’s Greenwich Village.

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This heavy metal Godfather briefly played with Jethro Tull before finding fame with his own band.

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi filled in for Tull in the early days and even appeared with them in The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus.


One of rock n’ roll’s biggest stars, this lefty bassist recently teamed up with the surviving members of another groundbreaking band.

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Former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney recently played with the surviving members of Nirvana for Dave Grohl’s Sound City film and album.

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This southpaw singer-guitarist’s band helped put the Seattle music scene on the map.

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Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s breakthrough album Nevermind broke alternative rock into the mainstream in the early 1990s.

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One of new wave’s biggest bands featured the tasty lead guitar work of this lefty axe slinger.

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Elliot Easton’s guitar playing was an integral part of The Cars sound.

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When not fronting his punk rock band this heavily tattooed guitarist has been known to collaborate with pop princesses.

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Rancid frontman Tim Armstrongs has co-written songs with Pink and Gwen Stefani.

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This groundbreaking guitarist has played everything from emo to progressive rock over the course of his varied career.

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Omar Rodríguez-Lopez played with post-hardcore band At The Drive-In before exploring more complex musical styles with The Mars Volta and Bosnian Rainbows.

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This left-handed bassist’s band got their big break appearing on the annual Ozzfest tour.

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Robbie Merrill and Godsmack emerged from the Massachusetts metal scene in the late ‘90s and cemented their career with relentless touring.

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This guitarist actually learned to play guitar on a right handed guitar played upside down.

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Zacky Vengeance plays rhythm guitar in popular metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

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This roots rocker’s much loved band broke into the U.S. top 10 with a cover of the oldies classic “La Bamba.”

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Cesar Rosas and his band Los Lobos had a hit in 1987 with the Richie Valens number from the movie of the same name.