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    I don't have a strap button on my ukulele (yes, I know I can put one on). But I am interested in something different. I don't particularly want something around my neck. Also, I want to do finger style playing.

    What is this device she is using to hold her uke, and where do I get one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    I don't have a strap button on my ukulele (yes, I know I can put one on). But I am interested in something different. I don't particularly want something around my neck. Also, I want to do finger style playing.

    What is this device she is using to hold her uke, and where do I get one?
    It's a classical guitar support. https://www.google.com/search?q=clas...Y8Tn7hq7oXh_M:
    Martin OXK Soprano
    Kamaka HF3 Tenor
    Eastman EU3C Concert
    Martin S1

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    Yes, I specifically have heard good things about the ones sold here:

    https://www.stringsbymail.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_945_386&sortby=4


    Also, since you mentioned elsewhere on UU that you are following her tutorials, maybe ask Samantha Muir directly, which one she is using in that video and her opinions about it - can't hurt, no?

    She is also a member of UU too, so maybe a PM if not email?
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    OK, thanks so much for the info and suggestions!
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    I have taken your advice, Booli, and e-mailed her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    Thanks! And suction cups to hold it on the uke! Cool! I never knew they had such things!

    I am getting excited that maybe I will be able to play as I'd like after all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    I have taken your advice, Booli, and e-mailed her.
    That's great!

    If possible, please report back what she says, and if you can include a link to the device she is using that would likely also help other folks like you, here on the forum who are looking for strap alternatives as well.

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    I just heard back from her. So, this is what she said:

    I tried using a guitar style Ergoplay Tappert rest. It is too big, however, for the soprano and I stopped using it as it kept falling off. Now I use a strap and find the uke is held securely and my hands are free.. She asked them to make one for the ukulele but they said they had one for it. It is too big for soprano.

    So, now I have to decide between the uke leash (ukelease.com) or the mobius strap (mobiusstrap.com). Any suggestions?

    After her e-mail, I decided to ask which of her books I should start on as a beginner and got her response to that, so that is good! Thanks for suggesting I e-mail her, Booli!

    And because someone might ask which books she suggested:
    Probably the best book to start with is Carulli. I’ve just done a Carulli Volume 2 but I’d say go for the 1st one. It has right hand fingering maps which are good to practise if you are a beginner finger picker. Don’t get too strung up (pun!) on the rights and wrongs of right hand fingerings. It should be instinctive but takes some detailed practise before you get to this level. The Right Hand Technique book and fingering maps are suggestions - there is no absolutes because everyone is slightly different. The exercises are just that - exercises.

    Sor is also good. All of the books have a variety of standards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    ...for the soprano and I stopped using it as it kept falling off....
    I'd think that unless the uke has a super glossy finish, anything with suctions cups is not likely to stick at all (to a matte or satin finish)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    So, now I have to decide between the uke leash (ukelease.com) or the mobius strap (mobiusstrap.com). Any suggestions?
    If you are averse to drilling a 3mm hole to install a strap button in the tail end of your uke (and tying the other end of the strap around the headstock), which is what I've done on all my ukes...I am not sure there are other good choices besides those two.

    I've seen other straps that wrap around the body in some way, but they all look ugly to me and seem like a major kludge, but that's just IMHO...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    ...Thanks for suggesting I e-mail her, Booli!
    No worries! Glad she got back to you so quickly. She seems like she has lots of compassion for other players in the few posts of hers I've seen here on UU. I love her videos too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    And because someone might ask which books she suggested...
    I am going to look at those books, since as you know from brimmer's Campanella thread, I am starting to dig in and study more now too...

    Thanks for sharing all of your info here.

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    You're welcome! I am a second grade school teacher and so I am off for a few weeks and hopefully can get a good start on this during the next few weeks . . .
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