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7 Great Left Handed Female Guitarists

7 Great Left Handed Female Guitarists

I know there are lots of great Left Handed Female Guitarists out there, but here we are just looking at 7 Great Left Handed Female Guitarists. Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942) is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” (1962). She was born in Beaumont, Texas and began performing in local clubs in Texas. Singer Joe Barry saw her and introduced her to producer Huey P. Meaux, who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several record labels in New Orleans. Her first single, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing”, co-written by her and Meaux, was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M…
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Left Handed Harp Guitar

Left Handed Harp Guitar

I have to admit that I only recently heard of the harp guitar via YouTube and a very talented man called Jamie Dupuis (Check out his YouTube Channel here). I should also admit that I can only find one maker of a left handed version and one player, but I love the sound these instruments make that I had to write this post. The word “harp” is used in reference to its harp-like unstopped open strings and so a harp guitar must have at least one unfretted string lying off the main fretboard, which is usually played as an open string. This family of guitars consists of several varieties of instrument configurations. With the most readily identified being the American harp guitars with either hollow arms,…
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Should You Learn to Play Right or Left Handed Guitar?

Right handed or left handed guitar

If you are a lefty and thinking of taking up playing the guitar, should you play right or left handed? Hopefully this article will help you answer this tricky question! A lot of right handed players would say go right handed, but how would they know what is best for a lefty?  If you hadn’t driven a Ferrari would you be qualified to give advice to on what it’s like to drive one?  Obviously not, and the same applies to the guitar! So hopefully this article will clear everything up……. Should You Play Guitar Left Handed or Right Handed? Only you can answer this question!  Don’t let anyone tell you that one way is better than another, try right handed and left handed guitars for…
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7 of the best Left Handed Folk Guitarists

The Gipsy Kings

In this article we highlight 7 of the very best left handed folk guitarists in the world. Cesar Rosas Cesar Rosas is one-half of the legendary group Los Lobos’, and is known as one of the great left-handed guitarists to grace the music scene. Los Lobos’ (Spanish for “the Wolves”) is a multiple Grammy Award–winning American rock band from East Los Angeles. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. They gained international stardom in 1987, when their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” topped the charts in the U.S., the UK and several other countries. Though his choice of guitar has changed over the years, he usually…
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18 musicians who died in 2016

18 musicians who died in 2016

2016 the year the music died! As 2016 comes to an end, I look back at 18 musicians who died in 2016, well actually over the last 13 months. I have done 13 months rather than just 2016 so Rock God Lemmy can be included. 28 December 2015: Lemmy Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kilmister) (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was Rock n Roll! Born in Stoke, he grew up in North Wales and played in several rock bands in the 1960s, including The Rocking Vickers. He worked as a roadie for legendary left handed guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and others, before joining the Hawkwind and singing lead vocals on…
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Blues Guitar: Getting Started

Blues Guitarists

If you’ve been seriously thinking about learning how to play blues guitar, like Buddy Guy, BB King or Albert King remember, learning to play the blues guitar is cool but it involves hours of practice, practice and more practice. Lots of people who are in love with the blues guitar are frequent listeners of some of the world’s most popular 12 bar blues like “Red House”, “Sweet Home Chicago” and many, many other blues songs that thrive on the striking appeal of the 12 bar blues form. What most people starting to learn to play the blues aren’t aware of is that there are three great blues forms – 8 bar blues, 12 bar blues and 16 bar blues. The most popular is 12 bar…
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The History of Blues Guitar

Blues Guitarists

Blues Guitar: History The Blues is a genre of music originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States, including Mississippi, around the end of the 19th century. It developed from roots in slave songs and incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants and ballads. In the early 1920’s and 1930’s, guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Robert Johnson, and Lonnie Johnson ruled the roost as the most influential performers. They used slides to play their music. These slides were usually made from knife blade or the broken or sawed off neck of any bottle were christened as bottle necked guitar. Rooted in African tradition, this became a fascinating aspect of the Blues guitar music that seemed mostly unaccompanied and…
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RIP Prince Rogers Nelson – 1958 to 2016

Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Della Nelson (née Shaw; 1933–2002) and John Lewis Nelson (1916–2001). Prince used many aliases including Jamie Starr, Alexander Nevermind, Joey Coco, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and of course . The Early Years Prince’s father John was a songwriter and pianist, and his mother Mattie was a jazz singer. John’s stage name was Prince Rogers, and he performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 interview John Lewis Nelson said, “I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do.” Prince was a child prodigy and self-taught on dozens of instruments, from the piano to the guitar, bass and drums….
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RIP Merle Haggard – Outlaw Country Icon, 1937-2016

Merle’s story is one of legend. Rags to riches, prison to fame. Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016), was the outlaw-country icon who rose from a life of poverty and imprisonment to become one of America’s most influential artists. Haggard was a singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler, who with his band the Strangers, helped create the Bakersfield Sound, which was characterized by the twang of Merle’s Fender Telecaster. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was imprisoned several times. He turned his life around in San Quentin prison, earned a high school equivalency diploma, had a steady job in the prison’s textile plant, and played for the prison’s country music band. He attributed a 1958 performance by…
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10 Great Left Handed Guitarists

So uncommon is the lefty guitarist, that you can’t help but be taken aback at the sight of a guitarist playing his instrument in left-hand fashion.  The fact is, however, southpaw six-stringers occupy several high spots on the list of all-time guitar greats. The 10 below rank among the best. Tony Iommi Quite rightly, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford once introduced Tony Iommi as the man who invented the heavy metal riff. With his ever present SG, the Black Sabbath maestro established the gloomy, minor key patterns and foreboding blues-based solos that continue to define the darker side of the genre. Few guitarists have uncovered more permutations within a singular, self-imposed approach. Jimi Hendrix No one saw more possibilities for the electric guitar’s place as rock’s…
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