Famous musicians who are self-taught

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Elton John - Pop music icon Elton John started teaching himself piano at age three.

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B.B. King - American blues guitar legend B.B. King was entirely self-taught.

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Shawn Mendes - Pop star Shawn Mendes learned how to play guitar with YouTube instructional videos, teaching himself to play his favorite songs.

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John Mayer - John Mayer taught himself how to play guitar by watching his favorite guitarists and mimicking what they were doing.

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Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher of Oasis taught himself to play guitar in his bedroom at age 13 when he was on probation for stealing from a corner shop.

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Richard Wright - Co-founder and guitarist of Pink Floyd, Richard Wright reportedly taught himself how to play guitar.

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Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix taught himself to play guitar at a very young age. He began learning to play on a ukulele, which had one string.

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Eminem - Eminem honed his craft of rapping through hours of practice, and even read the dictionary to expand his vocabulary.

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Patrick Carney - The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney taught himself to play the drums when he founded the band with Dan Auerbach.

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Bill Ward - Bill Ward, drummer of the mighty Black Sabbath, taught himself how to play drums without any lessons.

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Paul Gray - Slipknot co-founder and bassist Paul Gray always insisted that he was wholly self-taught and never had any lessons.

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Alex Turner - Arctic Monkeys lead singer and songwriter Alex Turner taught himself how to play guitar when they started the band.

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Matt Helders - Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders taught himself drums to play in the band by listening to and playing with hip-hop and rap music.

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