Happy International Lefthanders Day: The Five Best Southpaw Guitarists

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Left-handed guitarist Tony Iommi (right), performing with Black Sabbath at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 25, 2013
I have to admit something a little odd: I've always been a bit jealous of left-handed people. It seems like so many of our greatest minds in the arts and sciences are left-handed, and it seems like it must have some sort of connection to greatness. Sure, they typically die younger, but that's the price to pay for genius!

Well, today is their day. That's right, it's International Lefthanders Day, and I, of course, have to wish a happy holiday to the all-time great guitarists living and dead who played their guitars backwards and rocked our worlds.

I'm sure a lot of names are already coming to mind, but in case you never noticed these guys were holding their guitars the opposite way, here's the five greatest southpaw guitarists to grace our presence.

Tony Iommi
You might have noticed when Black Sabbath stopped by Houston last month, and if you didn't there's a video above of the band playing "Snowblind," but the great master of that riff and oh so many others, Tony Iommi, is a left-hander. Not only did he have to cope with the loss of a few fingertips as a young guitarist, forcing him to customize his guitars around the injury, he also had to flip his strings around since left handed guitars weren't all that common in the '60s. Somehow he overcame it all to become one of the best of all time.

Jimi Hendrix
The greatest of all time in a lot of people's books, Hendrix also had to flip his strings to accommodate being left-handed. He actually learned to play right handed as well however, because his father believed like many in less enlightened times that being left handed was a sign of the devil.

Paul McCartney
Paul is known more for playing bass left-handed, but he does it all that way, including guitar, mandolin, and ukelele. He's not the only former Beatle who plays left-handed, though. Oddly enough Ringo Starr is right-handed, but plays the drums left-handed.

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Elvis Costello! Left-handed, but plays right handed, like SCADS of other artists. It's just easier to learn the way everyone else plays, unless you luck on to a left-handed teacher, also much easier to find right handed guitars.


Ringo plays right-handed, but apparently he's really left-handed.

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