Left Handed Ukulele
Been left handed should not be a reason not to play and learn the ukulele. While it can be a daunting task because most of the ukuleles in the market are right handed you still can find some reputable brands offering left-handed ukuleles.
In this article, we will give you some essential tips that you can use to learn how to play a left-handed ukulele.
Ukuleles come in four main types – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. The soprano is the smallest of the four and measures 21 inches. The soprano is produces a sound that is unique for ukuleles and is the most recommended for beginners. The next is the concert and this measures 23 inches. While it produces the classical ukulele sound, it is a bit louder than the soprano. The next two ukuleles sound more like a classical guitar then the ukulele. We have the tenor at 26 inches and the baritone at 30 inches. The baritone is the largest ukulele of the four. When learning the ukulele, you will need first to decide which type of ukulele you want to purchase.
Flipping a right side ukulele
One way of learning the left-handed ukulele is to flip over the right-sided ukulele. The first problem you encounter with this is the chords are upside down. This sounds hard to learn, but it isn’t because you have just four strings. The biggest problem that you will experience with flipping a right-sided ukulele is that you do not benefit from the side dots as they face the floor. When you flip the guitar, you strum with the left while the neck rests in the right hand. Another downside to playing the ukulele this way is that if you have any pickup controls, you are unable to use them when the ukulele is flipped.
Flipping the ukulele but not the strings
In this instances, you do not flip the strings but keep fretting in the right hand while strumming in the left. There some left-handed people who prefer playing the ukulele this way but the hardest part is strumming in reverse. For example, the A chord is reversed to face the ceiling, and when you strum downwards, it sounds like it upside strumming.
Play the right-sided ukulele
For some left-handed people, they find it easier to learn the ukulele by playing the right-sided ukulele. This can be easy if you have a right-handed teacher. In this scenario, your left hand – which is the heavier hand – does the lifts the heavy fretboard. You have more tabs available to you than the other methods. The downside is that it can be hand getting used to it because your mind is focused on being a leftie. It also takes time to learn to play the ukulele, and this requires you to be patient with yourself.
Get a left-sided ukulele
If this does not work the other option is to buy a left-sided ukulele. There are several in the market, and we would recommend that you start with the soprano ukulele if you are a beginner.
Oscar Schmidt OU2
You should expect to spend around $100 for this ukulele. The reason it is so pricey is because of the materials used. This classy ukulele is made from durable mahogany with a rosewood bridge and fingerboard. This makes this ukulele to be of high-quality and is highly recommended as a left-handed ukulele. You should expect this ukulele to last very long. The guitar manufacturers – Washburn Guitars – also have other models made from Koa, and this would probably be cheaper than the mahogany one.
Caramel Electro-Acoustic ukuleles
These great ukuleles from Caramel are made from durable rosewood, mahogany, and zebrawoods. You will find ukuleles of all types from the brand. One outstanding feature of the caramel ukuleles is that they come with a built-in tuner and 3-band EQ. They are also shipped directly from the manufacturer. Expect to pay a premium for these ukuleles – In the end, it’s worth it.
Luna Tattoo – Electro-Acoustic Ukulele
This great left-handed electric ukulele has great in prints on its body that gives it a unique design. The Lunar tattoo ukulele is a durable ukulele due to its mahogany body and rosewood fingerboard. It is an excellent choice for those planning to play the ukulele in groups. It comes with an onboard preamp that makes it easy to record songs.
Each of the ukulele techniques has its own set of pros and cons. For example, flipping the right-handed ukulele while it has the benefit of letting you play the ukulele without changing the string order it has the disadvantage of having the cutaways and control plates being upside down. It is also hard to pull off strumming the strings in reverse.
Restringing a right-hand ukulele creates a reverse image of the chords and can be a good way for the left-handed person to learn the ukulele. However, the controls are still facing the opposite side and are often very hard to access. You will also be required to reverse the saddle and bridge.
Buying the left-handed ukulele can be the best option, but the same is not easy to find. It also limits your ability to play other instruments when it a group. Most of the times you will find that the majority of players in a band are right sided. Most of the brands in the market sole focus is the right-handed ukulele, and this makes it a bit tricky finding a left-sided ukulele.
The stringing of a left-handed ukulele is different than that of the right-sided ukulele. In the latter, we begin at G-C-E-A while in the left-handed it is the reverse A-E-C-G.
Been left handed should not prevent you from playing the ukulele. You can flip a right-handed ukulele and tune it for a left-handed player or play it without interfering with the strings. If you can afford it, there are several left-handed ukuleles in the market.