Ringo Left Handed

United States
February 3, 2008 12:25pm CST
I have just seen a show on TV with Ringo and I was surprised to hear that he is left handed, but, learnt playing a right handed drum kit. This means that doing a tom drum roll, he has to start from the top and work around to the bass tom drum, as his hands are in the wrong place for him to be able to start at the bass tom and work up.
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• United States
4 Feb 08
yep! it's the fact that he's playing lefty on a righty kit that gives his drum fills their unique sounds. i've known of drummers who've tried to reverse their playing so to speak when playing beatles cover songs.
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• United States
4 Feb 08
A lot of people laugh a Ringo and make fun of him, but, in realitiy he was a pioneer in some areas for drum sounds. He used cloth to dampen and make a more bass sound with his drums(he first tried it with cigerette packets), he also was one of the first players to raise up his drumkit so that he could be clearly seen when playing live He was also a lot better than most people give him credit for. I think he wasn't flash at all and because of that people tend to under rate him.
• United States
4 Feb 08
he's also a great songwriter... it just so happens he was in a band with two of the greatest songwriters of all time, so that aspect of his talent gets completely overlooked all too often.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
Three of the greatest songwrites! I don't know whether I would class Ringo as a great songwriter as a lot of his songs were written by friends and other Beatles. On the Let It Be film, you see George basically putting the chords and music to Octopus Garden, yet George chose to let Ringo get full songwriting credits.
@nancyrowina (3850)
3 Feb 08
Paul McCartney is also left handed too, he had to play a guitar upside down before he got rich and could afford to have a left handed guitar made, as in those days they didn't make them as standard like they do now. I didn't know Ringo was left handed too, makes me respect his drumming skills a little more now.
• United States
4 Feb 08
I did find it funny a recently, when I saw that Epiphone had come out with a new McCartney Texan acoustic which is based on the guitar he played Yesterday on, the initial(maybe only) number of guitars was just over 1900, all right handed and set up to play for a leftie, but, all the promotional photo's were showing them stringed for a right handed player.