Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Famous Left Handed Guitar Players

What do Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Dan Seals, Bill Staines and Elizabeth Cotton all have in common? They are all famous left handed guitar players. What sets Albert King, Dan Seals, Bill Staines and Elizabeth cotton apart from the others? They play or played a right handed guitar left handed without switching the strings around.
While McCartney and Hendrix are more famous lefty handed guitar players as well as guitar legends, McCartney either plays a left handed guitar or switches the strings around on a right handed guitar. Jimi Hendrix always played right handed guitars with the strings strung for a lefty. Albert King played a left handed Flying V and strung it for a right handed player thus playing with the high E string on top making it a backwards left handed guitar. Confusing.
Dan Seals used to be England Dan of England Dan and John Ford Coley and later became a solo country artist. Bill Staines is a folk Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist and Elizabeth Cotton wrote the song "Freight Train" and lived to be a ripe old age.
Below are two videos. One of Albert King and one of Elizabeth Cotton playing left handed.



Ben Willis demonstrating the "left handed upside down guitar method".


A chord

B Chord

C Chord

D Chord

E Chord

F Chord

G Chord

B Barre Chord

D Barre Chord

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