Top 10 Ambidextrous MusiciansAmbidextrous players are able to use their right and left limbs equally well. This means a better interaction between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
I like the most ambidexterity of drummers because it's most useful.
There are 2 types of ambidextrous musicians on this list:
- musicians who use their ambidexterity in music (they are more important and more interesting for this list)
- musicians who don't make use of it in music (ex., play with the left hand but eat with the right one).
The Top Ten Ambidextrous Musicians
I always prefered him over Mozart. Mozart is a bit too light-hearted, happy and major heavy for my taste. His requiem is a masterpiece though. As Linda Spa used to tell her class, Mozart was a bit of a showoff.
But Beethoven is more dramatic, bombastic and graceful. Even his more upbeat, cheerul music feels more gripping and not as over the top. - Martin_Canine
A biographer said he’d seen Beethoven use his left hand when composing. But Beethoven painted with his right hand. So he was probably ambidextrous.
I always hesitate whether to put higher Beethoven or Mozart because both are amazing. But Beethoven was deaf. A deaf musician of his calibre impresses me. So he's higher than Mozart for this reason. - Metal_Treasure
He wrote and composed with both hands. Historians believe Mozart was naturally left-handed but at the time left-handers were forced to write with their right hands so Mozart learned how to do it with both. - Metal_Treasure
I've noticed this in live shows. - IronSabbathPriest
One of my favorite drummers. He is American of Italian descent and ambidexterity probably runs in the family because in Italian "the surname Mangini is a name for a person who was equally adept and skilled in the use of both hands". It's derived from the Italian word 'mancino', which means one who is ambidextrous.
Mike was born right-handed but he achieved ambidexterity for 4 years. He said in an interview in 1999:
"The metamorphosis from a regular kit happened when I forced myself to train all of my limbs. I put the ride cymbal on my left side like Simon Phillips. It was in my teenage years that I started using my left hand to lead. But I was in my twenties before I started leading with my left foot.
It took me about 4 years to get the left side of my body equal to my right. So now my right foot can step on a remote cable hi-hat that connects to a left-handed hi-hat, and the left foot can play kick drum - or vice versa. This allows me to stay on the left hi-hat using the ...more - Metal_Treasure
Plays a double-guitar ambidextrously. Plays proficiently both right-handed and left-handed guitars. Wow! - Metal_Treasure
Woah, he was ambidextrous? - TwilightKitsune
Since Randy Black and Mike Mangini were both long-term drummers for Annihilator, seems Annihilator had ambidextrous drummers for most of the time of their career. - Metal_Treasure
A drummer who plays thrash and speed metal. I love watching him play because it looks so beautifully symmetrical, especially when he plays his symmetrical set of cymbals.
Unlike Mike Mangini, who trained himself to become ambidextrous, I think Randy is naturally ambidextrous (but I can't be sure).
There are 2 YouTube videos illustrating Randy's ambidextrous approach:
1) Demons & Angels Randy Black Primal Fear
2) Blackened Beauty - Randy Black Style (ambidextrous) - Metal_Treasure
He's the drummer for The Police who is comfortable leading with both hands - he's naturally left-handed but he mostly plays right-handed because as he says, “It’s more convenient that way. Like most left-handed people, I am close to being fully ambidextrous." - Metal_Treasure
Not very high on this list because he’s ambidextrous but favours his left hand for guitar playing. For this reason he's usually considered left-handed. - Metal_Treasure
Very good metal guitarist.
Painter, musician, scientist, inventor, architect,... - Metal_Treasure
May I ask what he composed? I don't think I know any music by him. - Martin_Canine
Mona Lisa. - PeeledBanana
Ringo Starr was born left-handed but he played a right-handed drum kit. - Metal_Treasure
Jimi was a left handed person. But his father thought that playing with left hand is the work of devil. That's why he pushed him to play with right hand. - zxm
There are some discussions about his ambidextrous status and I didn't put him very high because he is usually considered left-handed. Besides, he didn't use his supposed ambidextrocity in music so he shouldn't be very high on this list.
According to many, he wasn't strictly left-handed. Some even argue he was "mixed-right-handed"
he played his right-handed guitar upside down, used his left hand to throw, comb his hair and hold cigarettes.
he wrote, ate and held the telephone with his right hand. - Metal_Treasure
She is naturally left-handed but plays violin and guitar right handed. She can also play the piano with her left hand while playing the zither with her right. - Metal_Treasure
This is NOT a troll item. I added him because he IS ambidextrous AND uses it in music. He plays guitar ambidextrously - he usually strums with his left hand but also with the right one. - Metal_Treasure
In all honesty, there are much worse musicians than Justin Bieber. People hate him simply because it's cool to hate him.
His father, Johann Sebastian Bach, wrote in a letter that “his son needed to work on building up his right hand to match his left.”
He was dominant left-handed. - Metal_Treasure