Elizabeth Cotten 121


I only recently discovered the music of Elizabeth Cotten, the extraordinary self-taught guitarist and songwriter. Cotten was a lefty, but rather than seeking a left-handed guitar or re-stringing a right-handed one she simply turned the guitar upside-down and developed a unique and inimitable fingerpicking style of her own, playing the melody with her thumb and the bass with her fingers. Hers is a wonderful story of talent triumphing in adversity, and her music a reminder that mastery of the guitar is not an exclusively male achievement.

Elizabeth Cotten
5 January 1893 – 29 June 1987

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