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.
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.
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.
Left Hand Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and 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
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.
Nirvana – American Music Award (1995)
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist
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.
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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In case you’re not familiar with this unique Indian string instrument, we’ve put together some helpful ideas for tambura gifts. Maybe you’ll learn a few tambura facts along the way. Choose from T-shirts, posters, refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, cooking aprons, trucker hats, colorful buttons, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique tambura gifts.
Ravi Shankar The music that I have learned and want to give is like worshipping God. It’s absolutely like a prayer. I try to give to my music the spiritual quality, very deep in the soul, which does something even if you are not realizing it or analyzing it–that’s the duty of the music.
Looking for practical tambura gifts? Musicians can always use shirts, and these spread the message of love for the beautiful sound of the tambura. Choose from dozens of styles in colors and sizes for everyone in the family. Click on any design to see dozens of options and customize the perfect gift for your favorite tamburist.
Here’s one of our top inexpensive gift ideas for tambura players and enthusiasts. Who doesn’t need a refrigerator magnet or two? Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking good for years to come.
Coffee mugs are a functional gift that can be used every day. These designs encircle each mug. Click on any item to see the design from different angles. There are many other sizes, styles, and colors to choose from.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical tambura gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Colorful buttons are inexpensive and fun for tambura lovers to wear and spread the word about their favorite musical instrument. These standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Some styles allow you to change the background color for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular tambura gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
Learn a few facts from an accomplished tamburist, including step-by-step instructions for tuning this unique Indian plucked string instrument. The resonator of this north Indian Miraj style instrument was made from a pumpkin (gourd). This style is a favorite among Hindustani musicians.
Ravi Shankar Indian music is based on certain sequences called ‘ragas.’ When I perform live, 95% of the music is improvised: it never sounds the same twice.
Welcome to our collection of veena gifts. Even if you don’t count a vainika among your friends, there are many lovely veena gifts to consider. The unique plucked string instrument can be played in many styles. We’re sure you will love the music of the veena.
Choose from classical and contemporary Indian music, T-shirts, coffee mugs, cooking aprons, trucker hats, posters, colorful buttons, refrigerator magnets, cotton canvas tote bags, postcards, and more unique veena gifts.
Dayananda Saraswati Though music transcends language, culture and time, and though notes are the same, Indian music is unique because it is evolved, sophisticated and melodies are defined.
Seventh generation rudra veena player Asad Ali Khan dedicated his life to preserving the playing of the instrument. He was particularly involved in promoting Indian classical music to the young people of India. The Indian daily newspaper The Hindu once described him as “the best living rudra veena player in India.”
Award-winning performer, composer, and music director Rajhesh Vaidhya is known for his blistering speed on the veena. His unique style is enhanced by electric and amplified strings, adding a new dimension to the south Indian music tradition.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical veena gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for veena players and music fans. Everyone needs refrigerator magnets, right? Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking as good as new for years of enjoyment.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable veena gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite vainika.
Postcards are of the most affordable veena gifts, and they come in handy for writing quick notes to friends and family. Each card measures 4.25 by 5.6 inches and is printed on ultra-heavyweight (120 lb.) card stock with a gloss finish. They’re beautiful enough to frame.
Here’s another inexpensive gift idea for your favorite vainika or music lover. Standard sized square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for years of use. Choose from a rainbow of background colors for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular veena gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
British Guitarist John McLaughlin I find Indian music very funky. I mean it’s very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it’s the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.
Welcome to our assortment of violin gift ideas. Finding unique gifts for violin students and violin teachers should be fun. There are so many wonderful violin themed gifts to choose from. We’re constantly adding more violin gift ideas, so keep checking back.
Find the perfect T-shirts, cooking aprons, jewelry, courier bags, messenger bags, coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, throw pillows, colorful buttons, postcards, trucker hats, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique violin gift ideas.
Itzhak Perlman The Violin of my dreams. If you wanna play a pianissimo that is almost inaudible and yet it carries through a hall that seats 3,000 people, there’s your Strad.
T-shirts are one of the most practical violin player gifts. Show you care by choosing something special just for them. With so many color and style options, the sky is the limit. Click on any design to see what’s available for everyone from babies to seniors.
A courier or messenger bag is great for carrying notes or small accessories, and doubles as a workday commuter, overnight attaché, or travel bag. These bags are water resistant, extra durable, and machine-washable. Click on any design for additional views and dimension details. You may also add on essential accessories, including a deluxe drop pocket and a cross strap attachment for added reinforcement while running or biking.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive and practical gift ideas for violinists. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round magnets are usually available in three sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. A scratch and UV-resistant Mylar cover keeps magnets looking great for many years to come.
A violinist can’t have too many mugs. They’re a useful, practical gift. These colorful designs are available in many styles, including stainless steel commuter mugs and beer steins. The designs circle each mug, so be sure to click on any image to see all of the views.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical violin gift ideas. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Here’s one of the most affordable gifts for violin students. Colorful postcards are mini works of art, and they’re a great way to keep in touch with fellow musicians and music lovers. Postcards are printed on ultra-heavyweight (120 lb.) card stock with a gloss finish.
Professionally printed business cards are available in sets of 100 on your choice of eight types of premium card stock. Printed information is easily personalized for any performer or instructor. Classic business cards measure 2 by 3.5 inches, but skinny and chubby profile cards are available for some styles. Click on any design to see additional options.
Throw pillows are an excellent gift idea for the music studio or office. Colorful 100% polyester pillows are made of a high quality knit fabric. These pillows are soft and wrinkle free, to be enjoyed for years. Click on any design to see additional size, color, and style options.
Buttons are one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for violinists and music lovers. Standard sized square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. The designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for added durability. Some designs allow you to choose from a rainbow of background colors for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular violin gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
We want you to have fun choosing gifts for bass players, so we’re always looking for new ideas. Take a look at our assortment of T-shirts, cooking aprons, wall clocks, coffee mugs, colorful buttons, trucker hats, cotton canvas tote bags, posters, refrigerator magnets, and more unique upright bass gifts.
Edgar Meyer From the first moment that I can remember, I had identified myself as a bass player and it had everything to do with my father, who was a bass player. And he loved music, you know, as much as anybody I’ve ever seen. And that dynamic I just thought as somehow was a straight pass to me.
Everyone loves shirts, and upright bass players are no exception. There are always loads of size and style options, so click on any design to see what’s available. Experiment with different shirt colors to find exactly the right gift for your favorite musician or music lover.
A musician can’t have too many mugs. They’re a useful and practical gift idea. These double bass designs are available in many styles, sizes, and colors. The designs circle each mug, so be sure to click on the image and see all of the views.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical upright bass gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
When it comes to inexpensive upright bass gifts, consider the functional refrigerator magnet. There are so many cute musical designs, and they’re available in a variety of sizes in both square and round shapes. Each magnet is covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for years of use and enjoyment.
Wall clocks make excellent gifts for bass players. They’re especially useful in a music room or recording studio. Click on any design to see more options, since most clocks are available in both round and square shapes. Be sure to include one AA battery with your gift, since that’s not included.
Here’s another fun and inexpensive gift idea for musicians and music lovers. Standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. The designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for added durability. With some designs you can even choose a different background color for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular upright bass gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
We’re looking for the best gifts for violists and anyone who loves the beautiful sound of the viola. Choose from classical and contemporary music, T-shirts, cooking aprons, trinket boxes, colorful buttons, ceramic ornaments, posters, coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, trucker hats, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique viola gifts.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach As the greatest expert and judge of harmony, he liked best to play the viola, with appropriate loudness and softness.
Remarking on his father, Johann Sebastian Bach
You’ll love the music of String Planet, a collaboration between Chapman Stick player Larry Tuttle and violist Novi Novog. Their music is filled with hooks, memorable themes, and compelling rhythms. Novi is one of the top session musicians in Los Angeles. Her long list of credits includes solos on Prince’s “Purple Rain” and “Raspberry Beret,” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water.”
Crafted from finely cut crystal jewels and hand-painted enamel, these stunning string instrument figurines open to reveal a secret compartment. Make your gift even more special and conceal a ring or other small precious object inside the compartment. Violists and music lovers will love these miniature works of art. Click on any item to see more views of these exquisite viola figurines. Each is handsomely gift boxed, so there’s no need to wrap.
Shirts are always a popular gift with people of all ages. Click on any design to see the full selection of colors, styles, and sizes available. You’ll have no trouble finding the perfect gift for your favorite violist or string instrument fan.