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Left Hand Chord Charts for Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

Left Hand Chord Charts

Left Hand Chord Charts

Chord Charts for Left-Handed String Instrument Players

An impressive group of musicians are known for playing left-handed instruments with normal stringing. The list includes Tim Armstrong (The Ramones), Justin Bieber, Jonathan Butler, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Billy Ray Cyrus, Dick Dale, Elliot Easton (The Cars), Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Albert King, Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire), Buddy Miles, Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Iggy Pop, Otis Rush, and Slim Whitman.

Some artists in this category, like Paul McCartney, play both genuine left-handed instruments and right-handed instruments that are altered for left-handed playing. In addition to several styles of guitars, the former Beatle also plays the mandolin and ukulele left handed. Many resources are available for left-handed string players. We’ve put together a collection of helpful left hand chord charts for beginner and intermediate level acoustic guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele players.

Jimi Hendrix

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Guitarist Jimi Hendrix

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimi Hendrix was naturally left handed. He was forced to write and play guitar with his right hand while in the presence of his father who believed left handedness was a sign of the Devil. At the age of 14, young Jimi came upon a ukulele with one string that was destined for the trash. He taught himself to play by listening to Elvis Presley tunes and the catchy theme song from the television show Peter Gunn. A year later he purchased his first acoustic guitar for five dollars.

According to family members, Jimi became adept at playing right handed with the strings upside down, as well as left handed with the strings in the proper order. The budding Superstar practiced for several hours each day, and had to play right handed any time his father was around or risk losing his guitar.

Jimi Hendrix

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1993)

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Left Hand Chord Charts for Guitar Players

Chord Charts for Left-Handed Guitar Players

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Left Hand Chord Charts for Banjo Players

Chord Charts for Left-Handed Banjo Players

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Left Hand Chord Charts for Mandolin Players

Chord Charts for Left-Handed Mandolin Players

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Left Hand Chord Charts for Ukulele Players

Chord Charts for Left-Handed Ukulele Players

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Paul McCartney

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Beatles (1988) & Solo Artist (1999)

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney studied the trumpet as a youth, but fell in love with the guitar when rock and roll came on the scene. His initial attempts at playing guitar right handed were frustrating. When he spotted a concert poster for country music singer and left-handed guitarist Slim Whitman, a bell went off. He restrung his right-handed guitars and learned to use them left handed.

Paul McCartney’s 1960 sunburst Les Paul guitar is one of just a handful made that year. In fact, the logo is upside down because Gibson didn’t reverse the logo on lefty headstocks back then. The Paul is Dead rumors of 1966 were fueled by photos of Paul McCartney playing guitar right handed. Conspiracy theorists were certain the man playing was a lookalike stand-in. The urban legend has been mocked endlessly in popular culture.

Paul McCartney

21-Time Grammy Award Winner

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Left Hand Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele & Banjo

Designed and Edited by J. Bruce Jones

Left Hand Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele & Banjo is a comprehensive resource which contains essential chord fingering charts for left hand players for the major, minor, and seventh chords, keys, barre chords, arpeggio scales, moveable soloing scales, blank chord boxes, and sheet music. The book provides a variety of music charts for playing rock, folk, country, and blues music. All chord charts show fingerings for the left handed guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo player. Left Hand Chords also includes fingerboards for each instrument string for the left hand player. Also by this author: Essential Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and Banjo

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J. Bruce Jones
Left Hand Chords developed from readers who asked if I could take my Essential Chords book and convert it over for left hand players. Left hand players would describe to me the process they went through to figure how to play traditional chords but with the opposite hand. It took a bit to do but I did figure it out, along with the help of some readers who gave great comments and suggestions.

Kurt Cobain

Nirvana – American Music Award (1995)
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist

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Kurt Cobain

Naturally ambidextrous, Nirvana’s front man Kurt Cobain chose to play the guitar left handed. He was a talented performer and songwriter who used the instrument to express his love of the pop music and punk rock genres. Interestingly, he played drums right handed. Off-stage Kurt Cobain was also known to draw and write with his right hand.

Nirvana

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Kurt Cobain
I’m left-handed, and it’s not very easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality left-handed guitars. But out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I’ve only owned two of them.

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I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.

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Ukulele Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Ukulele Facts

Ukulele Facts

The ukulele or uke is a member of the lute family. It has four nylon strings and is usually played with the bare thumb and fingertips or a felt pick. Common types of ukuleles include concert, soprano, tenor, and baritone. The soprano is the second-smallest and was the original size. It’s referred to as “standard” in Hawaii.

The diminutive string instrument has origins in 19th century Hawaii, when Portuguese immigrants who worked in the sugar cane fields introduced a small guitar-like instrument called a machete. Native Hawaiians incorporated elements of European music and Spanish guitar to the playing of their own songs, and the ukulele was born. The instrument was a hit with King Kalākaua, a patron of the arts who arranged for it to be performed at royal gatherings. Today the instrument is synonymous with Hawaiian music and culture.

A plastics manufacturer sold more than 9 million inexpensive ukuleles after WWII, which boosted the instrument’s popularity in the United States. In the sixties, entertainer Tiny Tim made a splash when he appeared on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and played “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a ukulelist.

Notable ukulelists include Troy Fernandez, George Formby, Gordon Freitas, Kalei Gamiao, Joni Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, Elvis Presley, Jake Shimabukuro, Taylor Swift, and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).

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Performed by Jake Shimabukuro

Who doesn’t love Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody?” But have you ever heard it played on a ukulele? Musician Jake Shimabukuro was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He loves the instrument and began taking lessons from his mother at the age of four. Jake was the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. He was also the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings.”

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Mandolin Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Mandolin Facts

Mandolin Facts

A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family. It’s usually plucked with a plectrum or pick. Mandolins evolved in Italy and first appeared during the 15th century. Deep-bowled mandolins were produced mainly in Naples, and became popular during the 19th century.

Similar string instruments around the world include the traditional Russian balalaika, the Greek bouzouki, the Puerto Rican cuatro, the Brazilian bandolim, and the Arab dambura.

The mandolin’s sound is popular in many types of music, including bluegrass, country, folk, rock, ethnic, jazz, and classical. Ludwig van Beethoven composed music specifically for the mandolin and also enjoyed playing it.

Players are drawn to the mandolin because it’s versatile, accessible, and relative easy to learn. It also offers an excellent introduction to the world of music. Mandolin playing skills can easily be applied to many other folk instruments.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a mandolinist.

Notable mandolinists include Carlo Aonzo, Dave Apollon, Avi Avital, Jethro Burns, Jacob do Bandolim, Ry Cooder, David Grisman, Caterina Lichtenberg, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Mike Marshall, Bill Monroe, James ‘Yank’ Rachell, Johnny Staats, Andy Statman, Adam Steffey, and Chris Thile.

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Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra

The sights and sounds of Venice, Italy come to life in an homage to the beloved Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Joined by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, mandolinist and composer Avi Avital performs Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto In C Major from his album Vivaldi. The young musician is well known for his renditions of Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other string instruments.

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Guitar Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Guitar Facts

Guitar Facts

The guitar is a string instrument that plays a critical role in many music genres including bluegrass, blues, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, jota, mariachi, metal, pop, punk, reggae, rock, and soul. Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, have had a lasting impact on popular culture.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a guitarist.

Notable guitarists are far too numerous to name here, though Jimi Hendrix is often singled out as the greatest ever.

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Oscar Castro-Neves

Brazilian guitarist, arranger, and composer Oscar Castro-Neves plays the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic Waters of March (Águas de Março) on the Ramsey Lewis Legends of Jazz series on PBS. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Oscar is considered a founding figure in the Bossa Nova music style. He was just 16 when his song Chora Tua Tristeza became a national hit.

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Bass Guitar Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Bass Guitar Facts

Bass Guitar Facts

The bass guitar is a string instrument that establishes the beat for many styles of music. Blues, country, funk, fusion, gospel, jazz, Latin, metal, pop, punk rock, reggae, and rock all feature the beat of the bass guitar. The popular string instrument is known by many names including bass, electric bass, and electric bass guitar.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a bassist.

Notable bassists include Sheryl Crow, Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees), Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings), John Patitucci (Chick Corea), Prince, Kenny Rogers (Kenny Rogers and The First Edition), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Esperanza Spalding, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen, Sammy Hagar), Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen), Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), and Stevie Wonder.

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Chick Corea Elektric Band

John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, and Dave Weckl perform solos with the Chick Corea Elektric Band at the Blue Note in New York City on November 25, 2011. The piece is called “Got a Match?”

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Banjo Facts

Banjo Facts

The banjo and fiddle are mainstays of old-time American music. The string instrument is frequently associated with bluegrass, folk, country, and Irish traditional music. It also played an important role in African American traditional music.

The banjo was rediscovered as a string instrument thanks largely to the talent and prominence of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs. Born into a musical family, he began playing at the age of four. Over the next six years, the self-taught musician developed a three-finger style of playing that became known throughout the world as “Scruggs-Style Picking.” Remember The Beverly Hillbillies catchy theme song? “The Legend of Jed Clampett” was performed by Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt.

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Fun Fact
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a banjoist.

Other notable banjoists include Kirk Douglas, Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Burl Ives, John Lennon (The Beatles), Barbara Mandrell, Steve Martin, Bill Mumy, Donny Osmond, Pete Seeger, Taylor Swift, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Jerry Van Dyke, Hank Williams III, and Neil Young.

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Performed by the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Meet the Mizzone brothers: Jonny, Robbie, and Tommy. The young musicians comprise a bluegrass trio from Lebanon Township, New Jersey, United States. For this performance on Late Night with David Letterman the boys chose to play “Flint Hill Special” by the legendary player Earl Scruggs. Jonny was just 9 years old at the time.

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