Given that statistic, it's interesting to note that a number of famous musicians are left-handed—especially guitarists. Playing the guitar when you're a lefty presents a specific challenge: Most guitars are built for right-handed players, so how do you adapt?
Blues legend Albert King turned a right-handed guitar upside down to play with his dominant left hand. So did Elizabeth Cotten, one-time housekeeper for the Seeger family of folk music fame who wrote the beloved song "Freight Train."
Jimi Hendrix also played right-handed guitars upside down, but with the strings reversed, allowing his left hand to create unique tones and effects.
What about musicians who play other instruments?
Drummer Phil Collins is left-handed and plays a left-handed drum kit.
Contemporary letters and reviews hint that perhaps Mozart, Beethoven and violinist Nicolò Paganini might have been lefties. Paganini's incredible skills led audiences to believe he had made a bargain with the devil.
Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian concert pianist who lost his right arm in World War I, commissioned composer Maurice Ravel to write a piece specifically for him, Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major.
In 2015 and 2016, Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich wrote a moving series of articles about retired Lincoln Park High School choir director Norman Malone, a pianist who lost the use of his right hand in a traumatic childhood incident. Malone spent a lifetime perfecting the Ravel piece and performed it publicly with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2016.
Who's your favorite left-handed musician?