Matt Jones

Bobby Womack Plays Guitar Upside-down

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While watching the legendary Bobby Womack on last night's Later… with Jools Holland, I was struck by the fact that he plays a right-handed guitar left-handed. Jimi Hendrix famously did this, but he re-strung his right-handed guitars so that the strings were in the right order. Bobby Womack leaves the strings just as they are, meaning that the chord shapes are upside-down and awkward to play and he has to strum upwards for the them to sound normal. Very odd, but I appreciate musicians who develop a unique style of playing in this way.