Welcome to The Left-Handed Lowdown Newsletter!
The Lowdown was formed to examine old, incorrect information about left-handedness; examine new,
correct information; use the true information to give support and options; and share effective teaching tips.
This researched information is not only for the at least 1 in 8 wonderful people who are part of the left-handed group;
it is also to inform wonderful right-handed people. The Left-Handed Lowdown provides information hand over fist!
Is It Hard To Make A Right-Handed Ukulele Into A Left-Handed One?
The short answer, and one coming from someone who actually plays the ukulele left-handed, is: It isn't
hard at all!
How to do it? Well, the commonly known way is to hold it upside down, without making the instrument left-handed. This can
work I guess, but it does mean the player has to read all of the chord charts, etc., backwards, or get special left-handed music
Here's another, very simple way to make your instrument left-handed, something that actually changes the instrument into
an effective left-handed tool. This method allows the player to read any of the regular music books. The only difference from
a right-handed player is that you'll strum with the left hand, and they'll strum with the right.
Here is that method. Are you ready?
Switch the position of the strings! That's it! This method works because the ukulele is completely symmetrical inside, unlike
stringed instruments like the guitar or violin.
This string switching will need to be done after you buy your new, right-handed set-up ukulele. By default the strings will
have been set up to accommodate right-handed strumming and picking. But changing the strings over is really easy, and
kind of fun. This is a good video about *how to change strings, but there are lots on the internet.
But here's what you need to remember: When switching strings the goal is to be able to strum or pick your ukulele with
your left hand but not backwards, so you'll have to be mindful that you want to end up with the G string closest to your nose,
followed by C, E, A, in that order (the videos will only picture a right-handed instrument instrument stringing).
When switching the strings I find it easiest to put the bottom of the ukulele closest to my left hand, and the fret board closest
to my right hand, so I don't get confused. This way my ukulele is in a left-handed instrument position. I lay out my strings in
the regular order G, C, E, A, with the G string the closest to my body.
Once the strings are switched you're done with making your instrument left-handed. If you switched your strings correctly
you'll be able to hold your ukulele left-handed, and your G string will be closest to your nose, followed by C, E, A, in that order.
Now you will be able to play left-handed, and be able to use all of the regular song books and chord sheets. This means you
will learn in exactly the same way as a right-handed player does, using the same learning and playing materials, since the
chords are read left to right, and the strings will now be in the same position (GCEA).
And, in case you want to buy new strings (the strings that come with ukuleles usually aren’t great),
here are some tips from Ukulele Hunt.
So, by easily switching the strings on your ukulele you can ignore all the ‘left-handed chord books’ out there—they are only
for left-handed players who are playing upside down (strumming or picking with the left hand, but without switching their
strings around. Not switching the strings would mean they'd be in a mirror image position (AECG), which would force the
player to read the chords right to left).
So, switch those strings and get whatever you want from the music store, workshops, or festivals, all the materials will work
just fine for you, a left-handed ukulele player.
Have fun playing the ukulele! I know I do!
Did you miss a recent
Lefty Lowdown? Here's
your chance to catch up!
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Cozy Work Areas and
Dominant Hand Mindfulness
Is Being Ambidextrous Really
The Reality of Finding
Left-Handed Office and School
Supplies, And Where To Find
Dominant Hand, Dominant Eye,
Dominant Leg: How Do They
Maximizing Scissor Using
Success, No Matter Which Hand
You Were Taught To Use
|Music is the language of love, and left-handed music players count! So this month the Lefty Lowdown
looks at how to make the ukulele, the most popular musical instrument around, an equally good
instrument for left-handed people as it is for right-handed people. Here are some helpful tips!
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