Left Handed Ukulele
The ukulele, sometimes shortened to uke, is a small guitar-like instrument with four strings. It originated in the 19th century in Hawaii and gained popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally. The tone and volume of a ukulele varies with size and construction and they commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Electric ukuleles are now widely available as well.
A lefthander will usually feel more comfortable reversing the standard playing position to make chords with the right hand and strum with the left, which means turning the ukulele upside down. Basic ukuleles have a symetrical design and do not usually have significant string compensation built into them (i.e. the positioning and groove sites in the string supports), so to make a left hand ukulele, simply reverse the strings, tune it up and you have a lefty uke.
More advance instruments will have definite adaptations to their parts so do need to be specifically made for left-handed use and many music suppliers do provide specially made left-handed ukeleles.
Playing the Ukulele Left Handed
Left hander Tom Milsom playing his electro- acoustic left-handed ukulele live on stage with a great version of one of his most popular songs – Indigo from his album Painfully Mainstream
|Tom Milsom music listings (UK)Indigo – from Painfully Mainstream (UK)||Tom Milsom music listings (USA)Indigo – Painfully Mainstream (USA)|
Left handed uke chord chart and book
|Order this book from Sheet Music Plus (USA)
Sources for musical instruments
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