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August 13 marks National Left-Handers Day, which allows lefties everywhere to celebrate their ‘right’ to be left! Though icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney may come to mind immediately as the most famous lefties in Rock and Roll, there a ton of other rockers whose left-handed tendencies have definitely contributed to their abilities as musicians.
Check out our list of the Top 5 Lefties Who Rock and tell us what you think!
1. Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain, the late singer, songwriter and guitarist of Nirvana, was quite the innovative lefty, often altering right-handed guitars to fit a left-handed style.
In 2004, for the first time, an original Cobain guitar was one of the items up for sale at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction, according to Rolling Stone.
The 1960s Mosrite Gospel right-handed guitar that was strung upside-down for left-handed playing was originally purchased by Cobain himself in San Francisco in 1990, and also included the original case with “Nirvana” painted on it.
2. Billy Corgan
Singer, guitarist and head-songwriter of the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is technically left-handed, but prefers to play the guitar with his right hand.
Corgan was born with Klippel-Trenauney Syndrome (KTS) which caused a large birthmark on his left hand that covered most of the palm and fingers. With some physical impairment caused by his condition, Corgan decided it would be easier to learn to play the guitar right-handed.
3. Tony Iommi
Tony Iommi, lead guitarist and founding member of Black Sabbath, is a known left-handed player.
Learning to play as a teenager he joined several blues-based rock bands and formed his own group shortly after high school. However, his days of Rock and Roll almost ended prematurely when he had an accident while working at a sheet metal factory and a machine sliced off the tips of the fingers on his right hand.
Tony almost put the guitar down for good when his boss turned him on to guitarist Django Reinhardt who lost use of two fingers after a fire. Reinhardt inspired Iommi to keep trucking, and he began using soft plastic tips attached to the ends of his fingers to enable himself to play without it being painful.
4. Zacky Vengeance
Zacky Vengeance, co-founder of Avenged Sevenfold, rocks the rhythm guitar as the only lefty in the group.
Vengeance (who was born Zachary Baker) taught himself to rock the guitar at the age of 13, initially using a right-handed model that his parents had bought him as a birthday present, which he learned to play upside-down.
Later, Vengeance would switch to a left-handed guitar, eventually getting his own Schechter model named after him – the Zacky Vengeance 6661.
5. Paul Gray
Late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was indeed a lefty.
The rocker, who sadly passed away in 2010, first started playing guitar with his right-hand, and soon found the opposite was much more comfortable. A rare quality among professional bassists, many argued Gray’s left-handed tendencies made him that much better.
The Ibanez Paul Gray PGB1L Signature Left-Handed Bass was later created in Gray’s memory.
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