Lesson 2 – Holding the ʻUkulele

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  • Martin Moll May 9, 2022

    Good info. Angling the uke away from my stomach really does make a difference in tone. I never thought of that!
    Brad, do you have any opinions/advice on using a shoulder strap? Because I generally play while sitting I haven’t seen the need but if it helps with tecnique I’d be willing to use one.

    • Brad Bordessa May 9, 2022

      Straps are great! …To a point.

      Having a little bit of support allows you to use a more relaxed fingering position when standing since you don’t have to fret AND hold the neck up. I find I can play easier and better when standing with a strap. So I almost always use one these days (I like to perform standing up).

      However, when sitting, there’s not nearly as much of a difference, technique-wise. I never use a strap sitting down unless I already had it on from standing up.

      If you mainly practice/play sitting down, I wouldn’t worry about it.

      If you end up standing for performances, etc and find that you struggle to play as well when you’re on your feet, you can look into a non-invasive strap option like this: https://www.daddario.com/products/accessories/straps/ukulele/eco-comfort-ukulele-strap/ to see if the concept works for you before drilling holes in your uke for strap buttons.

      More here: https://liveukulele.com/lessons/straps/