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Left Handed Ukulele

Left handed ukuleleThe 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.

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3 comments on “Left handed ukulele
  1. donald chell says:

    Mahalo lefthand tenor ukulele

  2. Roni says:

    Just purchased a baritone ukulele strings were changed to EGBD, the chord chart is confusing?
    I am a keyboard player but this is different.
    Question…Is the C Ukulele Chord first fret, third string, second fret first string? I am confused.
    Are notes played from the bottom up towards you? I am a left handed player.
    Thanx for a response.

  3. Darren Omeife-ukwu says:

    Is there a left hander version for the Upright bass (double bass)?