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Lefty Edition


  • How many amazing left handed guitarists can you name?
  • How many left handed singer songwriters have accompanied their voices with a guitar or bass guitar? 

I bet no matter what style of music you listen to you can name five notable left handed players.

I am sure there would be  even more if more music scholars were to take the lefties into consideration when writing music textbooks.

As a music teacher I see that left handed students are at a great disadvantage. For years in my private practice I have made left handed charts for my left handed students. Helped them to learn to read music and tablature and envision the fretboard in a musical way. Sadly it never occurred to me that I should be manufacturing a lefty edition until just recently when one of my teachers here at Scotty's Music School had 4 new students arrive one Tuesday and each of them were left handed and each of them told a tale of being snubbed by other instructors who apparently would not teach them if they did not learn to play as a right handed player.

The challenges lefties face are numerous. Traditionally there has been a very small selection of left handed instruments. This is starting to change due to an increase in mass production of student model guitars from Asia and Mexico. Manufacturers are now including left handed models in these production runs. Once left handed guitars were a custom shop only item. Still  manufacturers and stores alike tend to charge a premium for left handed instruments. They blame the costs and availability on the fact that there are so few left handed guitarists in comparison to right handed guitarists.  Many instructors shy away from teaching left handed players because of the need to continually hand write mirror image scale and chord charts, there are virtually no complete methods, never mind chord charts and diagrams out there for lefties. With the popularity of the AUG complete video home study guitar method it is only natural that we would want to encourage learning for all aspiring musicians and we apologize to the left handed musicians for taking so long to realize your need for a comprehensive left handed guitar method.

We are proud to introduce the Left Handed Edition of the AUG Method.  32 Hours of video instruction, 32 printed lessons and all of the support materials including charts of scales, chords and arpeggios and Scotty's famous music slide rule have been re-imagined exclusively for left handed players. These lefty charts will be delivered along with a left handed version of the complete fingerboard, all the note names on it with color coded notes just like in the original AUG method only reversed for left handed players. This is the biggest revision yet of the best selling and highest regarded guitar method available. We are accepting orders for the left handed edition of AUG now.  

Just like in the right handed edition you get a choice between the complete set of printed text materials or in the print it yourself version a CD of printable lesson materials in PDF format along with the 32 hours of DVD video and Scotty's Famous Music Slide rule. All of this available at the same low prices as the traditional right handed method.


Call to  order your Left Handed Edition of the Absolutely Understand Guitar Method Now!

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A list of some of the notable left handed musicians that have shaped the music of our time:

 Left Handed Guitarists who string their guitars in a mirror image of right handed guitarists.

  • Fred Abbott (Noah and the Whale)
  • Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric)
  • Pernilla Andersson
  • Tim Armstrong (Rancid)
  • Harvey Dalton Arnold (The Outlaws)
  • Perry Bamonte (ex-The Cure)
  • Jill Barber
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Greg Barnett (The Menzingers)
  • Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide)
  • Justin Bieber
  • Beeb Birtles (Little River Band)
  • Blare N Bitch (Betty Blowtorch, Butt Trumpet)
  • Eric Bogle
  • Davey von Bohlen (The Promise Ring/Cap'n Jazz/Maritime)
  • Adrian Borland (The Sound)
  • Martin Bramah (The Fall/Blue Orchids)
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Ernie C (Body Count)
  • Jo Callis (The Rezillos/The Human League) plays guitar left-handed.
  • Calogero - Plays guitar and bass left-handed
  • Ali Campbell (ex-UB40)
  • Robin Campbell (UB40)
  • Sheila Carabine (Dala)
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)[2] (played drums right-handed)
  • David Cook 
  • Peter Szigeti (Warlock, U.D.O., Velvet Viper, Stonewashed)
  • Maria Taylor (Azure Ray, Little Red Rocket, Now It's Overhead, solo)
  • Simon Taylor-Davies (Klaxons)
  • Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß (Beatsteaks)
  • Brad Turcotte (Brad Sucks)
  • Evan West (New Hollow)
  • Andrew White (Kaiser Chiefs)
  • Felix White (The Maccabees)
  • Slim Whitman
  • Audrey Swinburne (Mother Superior, a 1970s British all-female progressive rock band)
  • Phillip Carol Sirmans (Cranford Hollow)
  • Anton Cosmo (ex-Boston)
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Mia Levin d'Bruzzi (Frightwig)
  • Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) Willie Duncan (Spider Murphy Gang)
  • Shae Dupuy Taylor "Tae" Dye (Maddie & Tae)
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe)
  • Santiago Feliú John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants)
  • Ian Fowles (The Aquabats, Death By Stereo)
  • Michael Fry (aka Mikey Demus) (Skindred)
  • Paulo Furtado (Wraygunn/The Legendary Tigerman)
  • Paul Gray (Slipknot) started out playing right-handed, then changed to left-handed because it was more comfortable.
  • Ted Gärdestad
  • Ollie Halsall
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Imai Hisashi (Buck-Tick)
  • "Kuddel" Andreas von Holst (Die Toten Hosen)
  • Ben Howard Tony Iommi[2] (Black Sabbath)
  • Paskal Jakobsen (BLØF)
  • Lars Johansson (Candlemass)
  • George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)
  • Joyce Jonathan (French pop singer)
  • Mendel Bij de Leij (Aborted, System Divide)
  • Cameron Liddell (Asking Alexandria) 
  • Richie Stotts (Plasmatics)
  • Bill Svanoe (The Rooftop Singers)
  • Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Ribspreader)
  • Sylvia Tyson
  • Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Mike Vennart (ex-Oceansize, now tours with Biffy Clyro)
  • Douglas Verhoeven (In-Quest)
  • Vicentico
  • Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste)
  • Atahualpa Yupanqui
  • Jeffrey Steele (formerly of Boy Howdy)
  • Mark "Kazzer" Kasprzyk (Redlight King/Solo)
  • Georgina "Georgi" Kay
  • Dave Kilminster (former lefty; originally played left-handed until injury, now exclusively plays right-handed)
  • Dave King (Flogging Molly)
  • Hayley Kiyoko Pasi Koskinen (St. Mucus, Ajattara, To Separate the Flesh from the Bones)
  • Dickey Lee
  • Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors)
  • Kaizer Von Loopy (Hanzel Und Gretyl)
  • Barbara Lynn Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost)
  • Sir. Paul McCartney (The Beatles) first tried playing right-handed, but was making no progress. He saw a picture of Slim Whitman playing left-handed and realized that it was necessary to reverse the guitar, pick with the left hand, and reverse the strings (Babiuk 2001:14).
  • Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • Mike "Gunface" McKenzie (The Red Chord)
  • Buddy Miles
  • Mdou Moctar
  • Luke Morley (Thunder / The Union)
  • Paul Mullen (The Automatic/Young Legionnaire/Yourcodenameis:milo)
  • Iggy Pop
  • Ragnar Þórhallsson (Of Monsters and Men)
  • Mac Powell (Third Day) Omar Rodríguez-López (At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta)
  • Verónica Romeo
  • Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos)
  • Lukas Rossi can play the guitar with either hand.
  • Greg Sage is a natural right-handed guitarist, decided to play left-handed for the Wipers.
  • Evie Sands
  • Christian Savill - (Slowdive)
  • Craig Scanlon (The Fall)
  • Nick Schnebelen (Trampled Under Foot) - Danielle's brother
  • Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker)
  • Josey Scott (Saliva) 


 Left handed guitarists who simply flip over a right handed guitar or play a lefty guitar strung upside down:

  •  Babyface
  • Cormac Battle (Kerbdog)
  • Wallis Bird (Irish female guitarist; plays right-handed guitar upside down)
  • Ed Blaney (The Fall)
  • Doyle Bramhall II
  • Chase Bryant
  • Rusty Burns (Point Blank)
  • Glen Burtnik (Styx/solo)
  • JP Cervoni (The Babys)
  • Eddy Clearwater
  • Junior Campbell
  • Michael Card
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Elizabeth Cotten
  • Dave Wakeling (The English Beat, General Public)
  • Karl Wallinger (World Party)
  • Bobby Womack
  • Jim Rooney
  • Dick Dale
  • Ed Deane
  • Cheick Hamala Diabate (RH instruments with original stringing and custom LH instruments with backwards stringing) also banjo and ngoni
  • Lefty Dizz
  • Eric Gales, naturally right-handed but plays left-handed.
  • Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats), right handed player, but did play with strings upside down
  • Jimi Goodwin (Doves)
  • Ed Harcourt
  • Johan Hedberg (Suburban Kids with Biblical Names)
  • Benn Jordan
  • Jacek Kaczmarski
  • Andy Kerr (Nomeansno, The Hanson Brothers)
  • Albert King
  • Otis Rush
  • Graham Russell (Air Supply)
  • Lætitia Sadier (McCarthy, Monade, Stereolab)
  • Edgar Scandurra (Ira!)
  • Seal
  • Little Jimmy King
  • Chris Marchiel (Powerglove)
  • Anika Moa (New Zealand singer, songwriter)
  • Morgan
  • Coco Montoya
  • Malina Moye
  • Mic Murphy
  • Hans Nesbitt (Steel Tree/The T43 Projects/Jessie Castro Produced/Elizabeth Cotten study)
  • Kurt Nilsen (Winner of the World Idol competition after winning the first season of the Norwegian Idol series)
  • Paul Raymond
  • Nicolas Reyes (Gipsy Kings)
  • Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals)
  • Kris Roe (The Ataris)
  • Dan Seals
  • Bill Staines
  • Dan Swanö
  • Dave Thomas (Blonde on Blonde)
  • Wayman Tisdale

Left handed guitarists who are undefined, ambidextrous or play any combination of left and or right handed instruments with standard or inverted stringing:

  • Gordon Anderson aka Lone Pigeon (The Aliens)
  • Michael Angelo Batio (plays a double or quadruple-guitar Left and right handed as well as over and underhanded simultaneously).
  • Baatin (Original P, Parliament-Funkadelic)
  • William Beckett (The Academy Is...)
  • Christian Bland (The Black Angels)
  • John Butler (Diesel Park West)
  • Robin Campbell (UB40)
  • Ali Campbell (UB40)
  • Scott Hedrick (Skeletonwitch)
  • Shirlie Holliman (Pepsi & Shirlie)
  • Jez Lowe, actually right-handed but plays guitar left-handed.
  • Budge Magraw (The Cesarians)
  • Jon Oliva (ambidextrously)
  • Ade Firza Paloh (Sore Band)
  • Peter Plate (Rosenstolz)
  • Emily Robins (In The Elephant Princess, she is a band member and plays guitar left-handed)
  • Arif Sağ (plays bağlama left-handed)
  • John Schumann
  • Andrew "Whitey" White (Kaiser Chiefs)
  • Lari White
  • Wendy Wild
  • Rick Willson (Diesel Park West)
  • Michael Zakarin (The Bravery)

 Let us not forget Left Handed Bass Guitar Players!

  • Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni)
  • Martin Eric Ain (Celtic Frost)
  • David Amezcua (Awolnation, Under the Influence of Giants)
  • Eric Axelson (The Dismemberment Plan)
  • Todd Bell (Braid)
  • Brian Betancourt (Hospitality)
  • Greta Brinkman (L7, Debbie Harry Band, Unseen Force; Plays with strings either rightly ordered or reversed)
  • Kathy Bull aka Francesca Griffin (Look Blue Go Purple, Cyclops)
  • Adam Burton (Arcane Roots)
  • Rosemary Butler (Formerly Birtha; now backing and solo vocalist)
  • Gerald Casale (Devo; plays strings backwards)
  • Floyd Pepper Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
  • Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys)
  • Stuart Chatwood (The Tea Party)
  • Jason Christopher (Sebastian Bach)
  • Seffy Efrati (Blackfield, Aviv Geffen) plays with the strings backwards
  • Nick Feldman (Wang Chung)
  • Stephan Fimmers (Necrophagist, Pestilence)
  • Kathy Foster (The Thermals)
  • Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner; naturally right-handed, played left-handed)
  • Jimi Goodwin (Doves; plays both guitar and bass with strings backwars)
  • Karl Green (Herman's Hermits)
  • Paul Gray (Slipknot) started out on a right handed instrument but flipped it over and re-strung it to a true left hand style instrument and found that being left handed, playing left handed was much more natural and then moved on shortly after to playing actual left handed guitars and basses.
  • Glenn Hampton (Rigor Sardonicous)
  • Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets; plays strings backwards)
  • Colin Hodgkinson (Back Door)
  • Melvin Honore (Mel) (Cerebral Ballzy)
  • Lee Jackson (The Nice)
  • George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)
  • Gerald Johnson (Steve Miller Band; Plays with strings reversed)
  • Awan Garnida Kartadinata (Sore Band)
  • Eyadou Ag Leche (Tinariwen; plays instruments strung backwards)
  • Michael Libramento (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals; plays both guitar and bass with strings backwards)
  • Joe Long (The Four Seasons)
  • Alan Longmuir (Bay City Rollers; plays both guitar and bass with strings backwards)
  • Budge Magraw (The Cesarians)
  • Nathen Maxwell (Flogging Molly)
  • George McArdle (Little River Band)
  • Sir. Paul McCartney (The Beatles/Wings/solo) plays with strings in correct order, both guitar and bass; plays drums right-handed
  • Joe McGuigan (Gama Bomb)
  • Robbie Merrill (Godsmack)
  • Marc Metal (Johnny Rocket and the V-Twins)
  • Josh Newton (Every Time I Die)
  • Patrick Olive (Hot Chocolate; also plays percussion)
  • David Pahoa (The Plimsouls)
  • Doug Pinnick (King's X)
  • Scott Reeder (Kyuss/The Obsessed/Unida; plays with strings reversed)
  • Dave "Shapes" Rimmer (Zodiac Mindwarp)
  • Christopher Dale Ryan (Deer Tick)
  • Brad Savage (Band from TV)
  • Danielle Nicole Schnebelen (Trampled Under Foot)
  • Jeff Schmidt (Bass Soloist, plays with strings reversed)
  • Steve Smith (The Vapors)
  • Jacob Sproul (Rose Hill Drive)
  • Jeffrey Steele (Boy Howdy; see guitarists, above)
  • Wayman Tisdale (his basses had the strings in reverse order)
  • Evan West (New Hollow)
  • Kevin Whelan (The Wrens)
  • Paul Wilson (Snow Patrol)
  • A. W. Yrjänä (CMX)
  • Pete Wright (Crass)
  • Janus Zarate (Vernian Process)

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