- Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:49 am
Great question, just also wanted to point out that if you want to play left-handed you'll usually need to get a left-handed ukulele too (which is different to just pointing a right-handed uke the other way).
As a lefty myself, my advice is that uke (and similar instruments like guitar & bass) strongly require both hands - it's very hard to say which hand is dominant, and it'll often change depending on what you're playing. That means that playing 'right handed' really just means 'standard direction', there's no overall advantage for right-handed over left-handed people, and many left-handers (like myself) choose to play standard direction. Of course if playing the 'left' direction feels much better to you then that's great and you should go for it, but it's definitely not a given that people who write left-handed will necessarily find it easier to play ukulele left-handed.
If you choose to play left-handed, you should also be aware that there are some disadvantages, e.g. you can't just pick up a friend's uke and start jamming, and it's often harder to find an instrument (but definitely not impossible). But, there are lots of great left-handed players (e.g. Hendrix!), so if it feels right to you then go for it.
James Neilson - Music & Education Designer at Yousician