The Tide Is High Blondie
It's International Left-Handers Day. To celebrate, check out which famous musicians are also lefties!
Paul McCartney is perhaps the most famous 'lefty' in music. Rumour has it that when he was first given a guitar, he couldn't do a thing with it! Until he flipped it around. The Beatle can write and play drums with his right hand but when it comes to music he plays bass, guitar and any other stringed instrument with his left.
The singer-songwriter writes with his left but learned the guitar with his right.
Another 'lefty', The Bee Gees member plays his guitar with his right hand.
Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) is right-handed, but plays a modified left-handed kit. He described the kit to Modern Drummer as: "Half-right, half-left. The bottom half is left-handed and the top is right-handed. I know it’s bizarre: I play the kick with my left foot and the snare with my left hand."
The Genesis drummer played with his kit backwards so the snare and kick drum would feel a bit more natural to him. However, in 2011 he suffered extensive nerve damage in his hands which meant he was no longer able to play the drums.
The UB40 member is a true 'lefty' playing a left handed guitar. A purist!
There's more than one left handed Beatle! Story goes the drummer's granny forced him to write with his right, so Ringo is comfortable playing on a right handed kit. However, he plays the fills on 'Rain' and 'Day Tripper' backwards which makes them difficult to replicate.
Left handed but chooses to plays a right handed guitar.
The Beach Boys drummer was one of the first 'open drummers'. This means he does not cross hands when playing the hi-hat and snare drum simultaneously.
The police drummer also claims to be able to play with both left and right, telling Music Radar, "I play instruments right-handed; it's just more convenient that way,” he told Music Radar. “Like most left-handed people, I am close to being fully ambidextrous."