How to properly hold a ukulele

Holding your instrument properly is the most important and vital part of playing the ukulele.

Holding your ukulele: What’s the worst thing that could occur in the event that you hold it terribly? Indeed, you could conceivably be hampered in all that you endeavor to learn! However, don’t stress, it isn’t so difficult!

All instructions here can be switched on the off chance that you are left-handed.


You should:

  • Hold the ukulele in a casual way.
  • Keep your thumb behind the neck.
  • Keep the ukulele upstanding and against your chest/gut.
  • Keep your fingers generally parallel to the frets – except if you are playing a harmony that expects you to turn your wrist.

You shouldn’t:

  • Let the ukulele slide onto your lap. This makes things a whole lot harder for your wrist.
  • Squeeze the ukulele to death. Locate the upbeat medium that underpins the instrument yet, in addition, gives you a chance to unwind.
  • Hold your elbow way out.
  • Hold your elbow tucked all the way in or before you.

In the event that it feels more unbalanced than it should, it likely is. Find a mirror and attempt to troubleshoot your system by inspecting yourself and loosening up your stance.

Fretting hand and arm

With your left hand, put the stack of your thumb on the top 50% of the back of the neck somewhere close to the nut and third fret.

Endeavor to abstain from folding your thumb around the highest point of the neck as this confine your movement.

Your wrist should remain genuinely level (in accordance with your arm) except if you have to curve sideways a bit to achieve a chord like G7. You likewise may need to twist your wrist down and far from you to achieve the higher strings.

Contingent upon the chord, you can lay the neck on the base of your index finger. Your fretting fingers ought to be close (plus or minus 10-15 degrees) to parallel with the fusses. It helps a great deal if you to trim your fingernails short on this hand. Generally, your nails will hold the stack of your finger off the fretboard.

Keep your elbow a few inches from your side as you hold the uke. If you somehow happened to draw a fanciful line from your shoulder to your fretting hand, you’d need your elbow along the line.

Strumming hand and arm

Hold the ‘ukulele against your chest with your right lower arm over the top edge of the lower session. Your strumming finger ought to have the capacity to easily reach nearly to where the neck meets the body.

This is the best place to strum. In the event that you attempt and strum the strings nearer to the scaffold, it is much harder to move the strings and the sound isn’t as decent.

On the off chance that you have one of the greater measured ukuleles, you should put it on your leg when sitting. When standing, the friction of your arm over the soundboard ought to be sufficient enough (with insignificant assistance from your fretting hand) to keep the instrument from falling on the floor.

Left or Right Handed?

A great many people play the ukulele right handed, utilizing their right hand to strum. There are rare sorts of people who feel it is increasingly agreeable to play left-handed and strum with their left hand.

There is no “best” way. I compose left handed and I play right handed – I don’t know why it’s exactly what feels great and I never at any point thought about playing the other way.

On the off chance that you are torn about what approach to play I would prescribe attempting the ukulele right-handed first. It will be less demanding to learn since 99.9% of all materials are for the right-handed player.

On the off chance that you do wind up playing in reverse you should pick between two stringing alternatives:

  • Play the ukulele how it is, only upside down (A string nearest to your face)
  • Take the strings off and put them on in reverse (G string nearest to your face). This mirrors a right-handed ukulele.

You should choose what is ideal for you, however, the first option will enable you to get any ukulele and play it. This in itself is a gigantic motivation to learn “upside down.” You would prefer not to be stuck requiring a uniquely tuned instrument to play.

In any case, the ukulele is strung in the manner in which it is for a reason and it’s pleasant to have the lower notes higher up on the fretboard. For more ukulele information and ukulele advice, make sure you visit

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