5 of The Best Left Handed Guitarists in The World

Playing a guitar is no easy feat, and mastering it takes a ton of dedication and talent. While there are no shortage of right handed guitarists in the music industry, those who play with their left hand are a rare and special breed. Here are five of the best left hand guitar players in history.

 

Jimi Hendrix

jimi hendrix

Before Jimi Hendrix came along, it wasn’t standard for the electric guitar to be used in rock music. However, this music icon thought it should be and he ushered in an era where it’s now the star of rock. It wasn’t that Jimi Hendrix simply played the electric guitar, he made it do things that few others had even thought to try. Most people who aren’t familiar with Jimi Hendrix’s legacy don’t know that he was left-handed, but it’s true — you can tell just by looking at footage of him playing.

 

Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi

Rob Halford of Judas Priest said it himself: Tony Iommi is the man who single-handedly developed heavy metal’s signature riff. Specifically, the hand he used was his left. Black Sabbath’s amazing guitarist is the one who came up with the idea to meld minor key patterns into the genre to give it a darker edge, and fans of heavy metal definitely have a lot to thank him for. Not only is he full of talent, he’s quite the visionary.

 

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

The world will never forget Kurt Cobain, and he was definitely one of the greats that was gone too soon. This incredible left handed guitarist was an awesome songwriter and he was also beyond amazing with his playing skills. He was most known for how we fused together elements of his favorite genres, punk rock and pop. Though he may have had troubles in his personal life, Kurt Cobain laid everything out during his performances and earned all of the acclaim that he continues to receive.

 

Elliot Easton

Elliot Easton

The Cars’ backing vocalist and lead guitarist is a left hand guitar player. All of the band’s most popular and best selling singles typically have one thing in common: Easton’s guitar solos. Elliot Easton was formally trained at the Berklee College of Music, but he seems to also have an innate knack for playing the instrument. His skills are so well regarded that famous guitar maker Gibson honored Elliot Easton with his own signature model.

 

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

The Beatles icon is still rocking out today well into his 70s. Along with his great voice, genius songwriting abilities, and fantastic technical skills, Paul McCartney is known for being one of the best bass guitar players ever. It wouldn’t be far fetched to say that just about every melodic bass player around now has at least drawn inspiration from Paul McCartney’s playing abilities and techniques. And when it comes to acoustic playing, Paul McCartney remains one of the best in that category as well. He truly makes playing look easy, so easy that most people don’t even think about the fact that he’s a left hand guitar player.