Whenever you see Noel Gallagher or Oasis in the news these days, it’s at best tangentially related to their musical output. But once upon a time, Gallagher and his brother Liam were faces of the Britpop movement that dominated the UK airwaves in the 1990s.
At their commercial peak, the band was a global phenomenon thanks to their guitar-pop stylings. In order to get to that level of fame, Noel learned to play his instrument in an idiosyncratic way.
Noel learned to do many tasks with his off-hand
Left-handed people learn early in life that the world is not built for them. (Shoutout to everyone whose hand gets covered in pencil residue after writing in a notebook for too long.) Some items such as scissors, golf clubs, or keyboards are now made specifically to be more intuitive for southpaws.
There are also left-handed guitars, but Noel Gallagher learned how to play the instrument the traditional way despite it not being on his natural side.
Gallagher interviewed with British radio station Radio X to answer the most Googled questions about him. Three minutes into the video, he talks about becoming adept with his right hand for his chosen profession and other, more mundane activities. “[I play] guitar right-handed and eat crisps right-handed, but I am left-handed, I’m ambidextrous,” he says.
Every leftie has to learn to do some things with their off-hand to get through the day, but in typical Gallagher fashion, he determines that his ambidexterity is down to him being “special.”