This post is about the left-handed ukulele and everything you need to know about it!
To put it simply: A left-handed ukulele is a normal ukulele with the strings in the opposite order.
No big deal! First of all, try playing a regular right-handed Ukulele. If you think you can handle it, don’t bother changing strings. We say this because the world is made for right-handed people, and not for those of us who are left-handed.
Beginners who want to learn a little will find life with the Ukulele much easier with a right-handed Ukulele. The instructions are mostly for right-handed people, unfortunately. The things you read or see online about learning, including YouTube, are mostly for right-handed people. Try to use a right-handed one, because of this.
On the other hand, if you search, you can find a lot about how to tune a ukulele for left-handed people, left-handed chords for Ukulele, and so on. It is also possible to buy a left-handed Ukulele.
If you search for it, you will get a lot of matches.
Playing the Ukulele
You will find the strumming of a right-handed ukulele a bit difficult at first, but don’t give up. After a while you will be able to do it quite well.
Some of the left-handed people are more left-handed than the rest. Therefore, they want to have a ukulele for them, and their way of playing. There could probably be several reasons for this:
- To show other people that they are left-handed, and that they take the consequences of that.
- They find it impossible to play a right-handed ukulele.
- If you have ambitions to become very good, then it may be impossible with a ukulele for right-handed people.
Reverse the strings
Above all, if you are going to reverse the strings, keep in mind that almost all images, chord diagrams, and so on must be translated (mirrored) to the opposite orientation. Left-handed people are usually very smart, so it might not be that big of a deal.
Fortunately, we have the internet and there you can find left-handed Ukulele chord charts (GCEA). You can print it out as this is particularly relevant. Or you can buy a book with Left-Handed Ukulele Chords.
Of course, after trying to play the Ukulele for right-handed people, you can change the strings to left-handed ones so that you can feel the difference. If you find that this seems like the right thing to do, keep it that way. If you don’t feel a big difference, you should probably switch back.
How to change strings on a left-handed ukulele
For instructions on how to change the strings, see the video below, but in reverse order for left-handed players. So remember that. In addition, you can watch the video at the bottom of the article about
Left Handed Songbooks
Here you have a link to free songbooks for left handed people.
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