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SallyS
02-12-2016, 11:03 AM
I am debating and am curious.
Straps, yes or no.
If so - what king & where is your button?

Mahalo

Sanfe
02-12-2016, 11:04 AM
Not for the sopranos I play. But I imagine for anything larger, why not?

peanuts56
02-12-2016, 11:22 AM
I play tenor most of the time and always use a strap. I find it takes a lot of the tension away in my shoulders and upper body. On the rare moments I pick up a concert I don't strap. I teach instrumental/classroom music and sometimes use the concert in classroom situations. I only strum while playing concert and primarily finger pick on tenor. Using the strap gives me one less thing to worry about when playing finger style.

janeray1940
02-12-2016, 11:23 AM
I play soprano and concert, and I always install a strap button at the bottom/lower bout. I only use the one strap button and tie the other end of the strap to the headstock; I've tried ukes with two strap buttons and find them less stable.

I use 1.5" wide guitar-style straps that I get here (https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeedbackStraps?section_id=15847944&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4). I resisted using a strap for a long time, but once I tried it my playing improved so much that now I consider it a necessity - even on sopranos, it makes a huge difference for me.

Nickie
02-12-2016, 11:31 AM
I never, ever play strapless.

Mivo
02-12-2016, 11:31 AM
I use an Uke Leash (http://ukeleash.com/) with all my ukuleles. I would like to be able to play without one (at least while seated, without clutching), but I'm not at that point yet, and the Uke Leash makes it much easier and more comfortable to play, without needing a full-size strap. My ukes don't have strap buttons.

spookelele
02-12-2016, 11:32 AM
I strap. Butt to neck.
Moving around on the neck is just soo much easier when it's not going to fall.

DownUpDave
02-12-2016, 11:50 AM
I use a strap with two buttons, guitar like set up. Once you use a strap you will not want to play without one...........at least I don't.

Still Water Weapons
02-12-2016, 11:53 AM
I play tenor mostly and always use a strap. 1.5" Sherrins threads type. Buttons on bottom and underside of heel.

pluck
02-12-2016, 11:55 AM
I resisted but it was futile. Now I use a uke leash. Playing the Em is much more fun when I'm not worried about dropping the uke. For a while spider walking chord changes was an interesting challenge but in the end it gave me a headache.

actadh
02-12-2016, 11:59 AM
I have two strap buttons straps on my 21st century sopranos, and use 2" Franklin brand straps.

The vintage sopranos do not have them - I use a Mobius strap or a piece of rubbery rug underlay behind the bout to keep in place.

No strap buttons on the concert - I play sitting down and it is fine played with a raised foot an a stool. I have a folding milking stool that is the perfect height.

I use a uke leash, a Flanger leg rest, the rug underlay, or a Mobius strap on the tenor.

strumsilly
02-12-2016, 12:00 PM
strap for my tenor, mando strap, and for electric. guitar strap.

jollyboy
02-12-2016, 12:36 PM
Early on I became aware that there was some should-I-install-a-strap-button-or not debate. This left me feeling unsure as to what to do regarding using a strap (ironically, if I hadn't discovered this debate I may well have just carried on in blissful ignorance).

I initially tried a leash-style strap with a soundhole hook but I didn't like it all. I know that the ukulele isn't the heaviest instrument in the world but having one hanging off the back of my neck I found to be pretty uncomfortable even after say only 10 to 15 minutes.

Then I bought a second-hand Kala (concert with cedar top) which already had a button installed. So I got myself an over-the-shoulder strap. And I'm really glad that I did. It's not so much that it makes it easier to support the instrument as the fact that it changes the way I hold it. Before I was sort of death hugging it, like some mad maiden aunt, to keep it stable. This was deadening the sound of the instrument. Using a strap has really helped the uke to open up.

I have a groovy hand-made red velvet strap that I purchased from this ebay.uk seller (http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/traci56guineapigs?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754). I'm really happy with it and have been meaning to give her a plug for a while. It matches the red velvet smoking jacket that I like to wear when I withdraw to my study for an evening of brandy, cigars and toy guitar tomfoolery :P

Mivo
02-12-2016, 12:51 PM
I initially tried a leash-style strap with a soundhole hook but I didn't like it all.

The "Uke Leash" goes around the headstock, fortunately. I agree with the soundhole hook thingies; I'd be in constant worry that they damage the instrument. Not sure if that worry is based on fact, but it just seems really unsafe to me. Lori's Uke Leash is a good compromise, I feel, for ukes without strap buttons.

sukie
02-12-2016, 12:58 PM
I embraced the strap. I play a super-concert. The strap gives me peace of mind. I have a strap made by Sarah Maisel!

Ukulele Eddie
02-12-2016, 02:25 PM
Asking where my button is -- that's getting a little personal. ;-)

I do not use a strap. I only play sitting down. I use a portable foot stool:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GtrFootRest?adpos=1o1&creative=55397627521&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CjwKEAiAova1BRDS15OXjcug_FMSJACWNAKZ_TjRCRtT h9PzUUWTCGjSfE3VU7kzuhLdprRZ0Z5HXBoCF5Lw_wcB

Gary52
02-12-2016, 02:32 PM
Straps, yes! I play concerts and have two strap buttons on each of them. I like the thin leather mandolin straps. A uke is so light that a wide, guitar-type strap seems unnecessary.

Lori
02-12-2016, 02:52 PM
The "Uke Leash" goes around the headstock, fortunately. I agree with the soundhole hook thingies; I'd be in constant worry that they damage the instrument. Not sure if that worry is based on fact, but it just seems really unsafe to me. Lori's Uke Leash is a good compromise, I feel, for ukes without strap buttons.
Thanks Mivo!
I find a strap very helpful, and am never without one. If I absolutely have to stand (which is almost never) I need a button on the bottom, and connect at the headstock. The rest of the time, I use my Uke Leash®, even on the ukes that have a button. It just helps me support the uke neck at just the right angle. It makes all the difference in making it easier to play everything. One less thing to think about.

–Lori

jollyboy
02-12-2016, 04:20 PM
The "Uke Leash" goes around the headstock, fortunately. I agree with the soundhole hook thingies; I'd be in constant worry that they damage the instrument. Not sure if that worry is based on fact, but it just seems really unsafe to me. Lori's Uke Leash is a good compromise, I feel, for ukes without strap buttons.

To be clear I was not specifically referring to the 'Uke Leash' brand of strap. I was talking about the generic type of strap that is often called 'leash-style', typically attaching to the uke via a clip and worn around the neck. I have never tried the 'Uke Leash' but have read many good things about it. (It would be really cool if one of the uk specialist stores stocked them as the international shipping when buying direct pretty much doubles the price ;)).

Jim Hanks
02-12-2016, 04:51 PM
I strap. Butt to neck.
Moving around on the neck is just soo much easier when it's not going to fall.
This.


The "Uke Leash" goes around the headstock..Lori's Uke Leash is a good compromise, I feel, for ukes without strap buttons.
And this.

Mostly I prefer one button at the base and tying to the headstock, width 1"-1.5" or the thin Uke Leash is great too. I just got another one with the adapter to hook to the end pin and I like that setup better than the original design for no strap buttons.

davidwtc
02-12-2016, 05:16 PM
In the midwest in the winter, we wear long sleeve shirts. With short sleeve shirts, the the friction on the skin holds the uke. But in the winter, the uke slips on the sleeve. Straps help keep the uke in place.

rappsy
02-12-2016, 05:28 PM
I use a strap and like the 1 inch straps.

I have the musical instrument black and white strap at he bottom left.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherrinsThreads

sam13
02-12-2016, 05:59 PM
Yes. Always. Regardless of size.

Five Ways
02-12-2016, 07:24 PM
I played for years without one but the last six months I have played with one, I must say it's improved my playing, I use the usa mando strap looped at the headstock and strap button bout end, now I would not be strapless.

Jim Yates
02-12-2016, 07:30 PM
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I can't seem to play anything more complicated than open chords without a strap while I'm standing. I hook it over my right shoulder, and use a strap button or a hook for the banjoleles. For most ukes tie the neck end to the headstock, but for my reso, I use the heel button it came with.
I don't have any straps that were meant to be straps. I do use braided leather boot laces, South American woven sashes, web belts. . .

kohanmike
02-12-2016, 09:21 PM
I install 2 strap buttons on all my instruments and use 1" straps for my tenor ukes and 1 1/2" that I cut down from a 2" for my bass ukes, can't play comfortably without a strap.

Rodney.
02-12-2016, 09:24 PM
If you fit the strap pins you always have a choice. You don't always have to use the strap, but you can when you want to.

It's the pin-installing that keeps me from using a strap. There are no luthiers within 100km from my location. I'm not a complete idiot when it comes to using tools, but still hesitant to make a hole in my ukuleles body.
I'm considering getting one of those Möbius straps. But until then I play sitting down with my left leg a bit elevated to support the neck.

Croaky Keith
02-12-2016, 11:21 PM
Buy two drill bits, a skinny one and one that is the right size for the strap pin screw. Also get a piece of pine, maybe a length of 2" x 1" or similar. Also buy a roll of masking tape. Wrap the ends of the drill bits with tape until you can twist them with your fingers.
Then practice drilling a skinny hole, and make it bigger with the fatter bit, just twisting the bits in your fingers without using a power tool and having complete control. When you feel confident, mark the uke, make a starting dent, and drill the hole with confidence. Then all you have to do is screw in the screw.
...or use a 'pin vise'

http://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=pin+vise&_sacat=&_ex_kw=&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_sop=12&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_sadis=&LH_CAds=&rmvSB=true

hollisdwyer
02-13-2016, 12:28 AM
The Tenors that I have all have pickups so the lower bout end is taken care of. I prefer to put the strap button on the side of the neck as per the way Mya Moe does it but the Luthier of my recent Barron River 8 string put the button in a recess.
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Very Neat!
For my wifes new Collings I will install a strap button and pin as per my tenors. I have always purchased these from Bob Colisi http://www.guitarsaddles.com/products.asp in Georgia.
I get custom straps made up for me by Italia Straps http://www.italiastraps.com/ when they run a 2 for 1 special. They are thick very soft leather.

jollyboy
02-13-2016, 12:32 AM
...or use a 'pin vise'

http://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=pin+vise&_sacat=&_ex_kw=&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_sop=12&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_sadis=&LH_CAds=&rmvSB=true

or a gimlet (http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-pc-Gimlet-Set-for-Starting-Holes-for-Wood-Screws-/161623025794?hash=item25a17ba882:g:4JMAAOSw6EhUMqd B)

cml
02-13-2016, 02:38 AM
Check this out, not a big deal unless you have your thumb in the middle of your hand :):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTC_saWQ8DU

whistleman123
02-13-2016, 03:16 AM
I use a strap when standing. Two buttons. Strap made from 1/2" saddle strapping rough side down to help with head drop. When sitting, no strap foot on classical guitar foot rest.

Down Up Dick
02-13-2016, 04:56 AM
I'd be very interested to know whether most strap using Ukers tie their straps to a heel button or to the peg head area . . .

I use heel buttons, but I'm not 100% satisfied with them. When I first started playing, I tied at the nut, but that's not completely satisfactory either. I mostly like it at the heel, but it doesn't hold the peg-head up as well. I thought of glueing the Uke body to a sweat shirt and then pulling the shirt on over my head--Ha! Where there's a will . . .

Why, oh why, can't anything ever be perfect? :old:

Croaky Keith
02-13-2016, 05:15 AM
I read of one person who uses velcro on his straps & ukes, maybe it would work for you.

Tim Mullins
02-13-2016, 06:07 AM
Those who don't want to modify their ukulele may want to check out my Mobius Strap. It's the only option that gives true two-hands-free support, standing or sitting. It also keeps the peghead from dropping, which is a problem for some who connect their traditional guitar-style strap at the neck heel and the tailblock. You can find out more at http://www.mobiusstrap.com.

Booli
02-13-2016, 06:23 AM
I started by using a 2" guitar strap. I stopped that since the strap felt heavier than the uke it was on.

Then I took some old belts and modified them as straps. Still felt too heavy.

I had a spare length of paracord, cut that and tried it all good.

Now, I use a 72cm black round shoelace ($1.99 USD for a PAIR of laces) tied to the headstock, and the other end is on the endpin with a loop back from the excess and a slipknot for adjustment. I have converted over 4 ukes with this setup, and will do more as time allows and I remember to buy some more shoelaces next time I go to the grocery store.

I will NEVER use/need anything more than a thin cord or shoelace for a uke strap, since everything else is just way to bulky/heavy for me.

[edit] I dont use a button on the heel, I tried it once and I did not like the way it hung on me, nor the balance of the instrument. I find it MUCH easier to control the position of the uke with the strap-cord tied to the opposite ends of the instrument.

Down Up Dick
02-13-2016, 07:42 AM
Yeah, Booli, I use colorful paracord on a coupla Ukes, and I agree with you about attaching a strap to the heel. It's difficult to put on over my head, and the peg-head constantly droops toward the floor. I put a short piece of leather belt on the paracord as a shoulder "pad". It works pretty well.

We oughta play double bass or cello. One doesn't need a strap for them. :old:

Mivo
02-13-2016, 08:20 AM
(It would be really cool if one of the uk specialist stores stocked them as the international shipping when buying direct pretty much doubles the price ;)).

I bought my Uke Leashes from Guido Link of http://www.ukumele.de in Germany. I'm at six now! :) He may ship to the UK, too, it's probably not costing substantially more than shipping within Germany. They're pretty light. Two of mine are leather, the others the artificial materials. The latter weigh next to nothing.

Croaky Keith
02-13-2016, 08:51 AM
Those who don't want to modify their ukulele may want to check out my Mobius Strap. It's the only option that gives true two-hands-free support, standing or sitting. It also keeps the peghead from dropping, which is a problem for some who connect their traditional guitar-style strap at the neck heel and the tailblock. You can find out more at http://www.mobiusstrap.com.

Just out of interest, does that way of attachment of strap deaden the soundboard/resonance?

Snargle
02-13-2016, 10:09 AM
I'm pretty new to the ukulele and only have two instruments (for the time being... :-), but I've had strap buttons installed on both (heel and bottom of the body). I tried to play unstrapped, but never felt comfortable, and always found that I was struggling to hold the instrument in position rather than fretting and playing the strings. My little Oscar Schmidt concert has a 1" fabric strap I got from Etsy (SherrinsThreads) and my Kala Tenor is sporting a 1 1/2" Kala strap. I haven't played much with a soprano yet, but I suspect I would appreciate a strap on that, also. I tried just using one strap button and tying the other end to the head stock, but I found it really got in the way of my fretting hand.

zztush
02-13-2016, 12:47 PM
it can just safely hang on my back while I drink my coffee and eat some cake and talk to people.

Oh, you are BB King!

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Django
02-13-2016, 01:22 PM
If you play with your thumb behind the neck, (as I do), instead of over the top, it is nice to have something that at least holds the head in place. I use the Uke Leash and I think that it is a great product because the lower bout can sit on my thigh and there are no strap buttons or permanent changes to the ukulele. The leather has not bothered the finish on the head and they are of very nice quality. It makes playing up the neck and barring much easier.

Tim Mullins
02-14-2016, 06:42 AM
Just out of interest, does that way of attachment of strap deaden the soundboard/resonance?

Hi Keith,

The Mobius Strap only touches at the corners. There's actually a hair of daylight under it across the face of the uke. I had expected the instrument to be louder, since one doesn't have to grip the body of the ukulele with one's forearm, but when I tested it with an iPhone dB app there was no measurable difference! Thanks for your interest!

cml
02-14-2016, 07:13 AM
Since I am new to the ukulele, or in fact any musical instrument whatsoever, I find that a strap is really helpful for me. Basically one less thing to worry about. I use a homemade strap.

I try to play with my thumb behind the neck, as I think I've read that's "best", even though I've seen plently play with a raised thumb and the neck in the webbing between the thumb and long finger.

kaizersoza
02-15-2016, 01:15 AM
I use a strap on my tenor and baritone ukes, but only sometimes on my concerts, I never use a strap on my soprano's, I use one button on the bottom of the lower bout and a shoelace around the headstock

TopDog
02-15-2016, 06:52 AM
I fitted a strap to my Tenor,then virtually stopped playing it, as I prefer Soprano! I also have two 'strapless' Concert scale Ukes.

Ukejenny
02-15-2016, 02:22 PM
I went strapless until I tried a uke leash, then loved it so much that I got the adapter for it and used it as a full uke strap. Loved that so much that I ordered a few other straps for my ukulele and love them. I have a couple different designs and now use the uke leash for my soprano.

I love the ease of playing with a strap. My left hand, wrist and arm are totally free to move up and down the neck of the instrument, while my right hand can finger pick, strum, do whatever and not have to worry one bit about holding on to the instrument. It is very freeing.

I have an end pin or pickup endpin and tie on to the headstock.

Down Up Dick
04-27-2016, 03:45 PM
I think I've hit on something good for our drooping peg heads, and, I've already tried it (as have others, I'm sure), and it works.

It's the Uke Leash! I make my own outta paracord, but the real ones sold by Lori are much better.

Here's why: If one attaches a strap to the bottom and the heel or peghead, the Uke can rock up and down (droop and lift, droop and lift), but, if the strap (or cord) is attached with a loop around the right shoulder and then on to the peghead, the Uke cannot droop. The Uke Leash/paracord will be too short and won't allow a droop. Hold the Uke with your right arm. Of course, all this is opposite for lefties. If you want a picture of what I'm talking about, look up Uke Leash.com.

Getcha a piece of twine, make a loop to fit your right shoulder, string it across your back and attach it to the peg head. You could also tie It around your right bicep, but then there might be a little movement.

Well, there it is: "Try it, you'll like it!" I do. :old:

Jim Yates
04-27-2016, 06:56 PM
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I've always wanted one of these.

kkimura
04-28-2016, 01:55 AM
No strap on the tenor, standard (arm loop) Uke Leash for the concert and a head stock to heel button Uke Leash for the soprano. Sorry, bottom not heel. (Senior moment)

Down Up Dick
04-28-2016, 02:10 AM
No strap on the tenor, standard (arm loop) Uke Leash for the concert and a head stock to heel button Uke Leash for the soprano.

Head stock to heel button? :old:

kkimura
04-28-2016, 02:13 AM
Head stock to heel button? :old:

Sorry, I meant to say bottom button. Head to heel would be tough! :D

SallyS
04-28-2016, 02:49 AM
I have not used any straps on my ukes, two tenor 8's , concert and pineapple.
Have considered doing so, but so far it has been non issue for me.
I do use straps on my guitars though, but no way will I punch a hole in one for anything.

Down Up Dick
04-28-2016, 02:59 AM
Sorry, I meant to say bottom button. Head to heel would be tough! :D

Yeah, you had me tryin' ta figger out what the heck you were doin'. :old:

Down Up Dick
04-28-2016, 03:07 AM
I have not used any straps on my ukes, two tenor 8's , concert and pineapple.
Have considered doing so, but so far it has been non issue for me.
I do use straps on my guitars though, but no way will I punch a hole in one for anything.

Well, they surely help a lot for the bigger sizes, especially if one ever plays standing, but to each her own, I guess.

I've never seen a pineapple eighter. What brand is it? I'm gonna use mine with a slide if I ever get around to it. Maybe for Hawaiian music too.

Well, anyway, if you use a Uke leash, you don't have to drill holes. :old:

kkimura
04-28-2016, 05:47 AM
Yeah, you had me tryin' ta figger out what the heck you were doin'. :old:

Yeah, that OXK is really head heavy but Lori's leash brings it under control. ;)

niwenomian
04-28-2016, 06:31 AM
I played with a soundhole hook type strap (made by Levy's) on my concert for many years. It worked pretty well. When I recently had a pickup installed, I had them put a strap button on the heel and then put on a Strap that I'd been using on my guitar, WOW, what a difference! The type of strap does make a difference, though. I find the one's with suede backing to be best because there's enough friction created that the instrument won't slip.

Now the soundhole strap lives in my soprano case and all other instruments have two buttons with suede straps. This allows me to play the same way whether sitting or standing, and have the neck stay in position without having to be supported with my fretting hand.

Booksniffer
04-30-2016, 12:03 AM
I use a Uke Leash most of the time; even when sitting down, it's great not to have to worry about supporting the headstock as you're forming chords.
It's very small and lightweight, so I can put my ukes into their bags/cases/on wall hangers without having to worry about it.

For a quick strum, while waiting for my tea to steep, I might not bother using it.

I also love that it fits any kind of uke well and that there isn't any drilling (or any kind of permanent alterations) involved!

Down Up Dick
04-30-2016, 01:20 AM
I use a Uke Leash most of the time; even when sitting down, it's great not to have to worry about supporting the headstock as you're forming chords.
It's very small and lightweight, so I can put my ukes into their bags/cases/on wall hangers without having to worry about it.

For a quick strum, while waiting for my tea to steep, I might not bother using it.

I also love that it fits any kind of uke well and that there isn't any drilling (or any kind of permanent alterations) involved!

Yeah, they work great. I usta attach it to my belt, but now I like it better around my shoulder. :old:

cml
04-30-2016, 01:25 AM
I made a very simple strap from paracord for my newly built electric uke, works like a charm. Just paracord and a couple of knots so it's lightweight and since a uke isnt heavy it is comfortable as well.

Down Up Dick
04-30-2016, 02:10 AM
I made a very simple strap from paracord for my newly built electric uke, works like a charm. Just paracord and a couple of knots so it's lightweight and since a uke isnt heavy it is comfortable as well.

Yeah, I make 'em too. I put a piece of old leather belt where they go over my left shoulder. They work well. :old:

hollisdwyer
04-30-2016, 03:36 AM
All my Ukeleles have straps. I use them even when sitting down. What can I say, I'm clumsy.

Snargle
04-30-2016, 04:25 AM
All my Ukeleles have straps. I use them even when sitting down. What can I say, I'm clumsy.I also use straps all the time. It's very clumsy and uncomfortable to move my fretting hand down the neck without a strap to hold the uke in place. I could do without one as long as I play in the first position, but that pretty much limits me to strumming simple chords. That's no fun...:cool:

rappsy
04-30-2016, 04:47 AM
All my Ukeleles have straps. I use them even when sitting down. What can I say, I'm clumsy.

Excellent reply Hollis. Was thinking the same thing. (about me, of course.) :agree:

Jim Yates
04-30-2016, 07:33 AM
I also use straps all the time. It's very clumsy and uncomfortable to move my fretting hand down the neck without a strap to hold the uke in place. I could do without one as long as I play in the first position, but that pretty much limits me to strumming simple chords. That's no fun...:cool:

I agree Larry. My soprano has no strap, but I only play it sitting down. I will be getting a uke leash for it. There are times when I do enjoy (and have fun) playing "cowboy chords" down the neck to back up songs like Five Foot Two or Ain't She Sweet, but I too find it impossible to do instrumentals or anything complicated without a strap.

LarryS
04-30-2016, 11:28 AM
I made a very simple strap from paracord for my newly built electric uke, works like a charm. Just paracord and a couple of knots so it's lightweight and since a uke isnt heavy it is comfortable as well.

Whats paracord?

johnson430
04-30-2016, 11:48 AM
Whats paracord?

For parachutes...and other things.
http://www.amazon.com/Paracord-Planet-Mil-Spec-Commercial-Orange/dp/B00ACL4KJO/ref=sr_1_2?s=hunting-fishing&ie=UTF8&qid=1462052887&sr=1-2&keywords=paracord

bullet08
04-30-2016, 12:12 PM
ordered uke leash couple of days ago. hard enough to learn the chords, don't want to think about holding the thing also.

ShibaUke
05-01-2016, 07:54 PM
I use a strap - easier to play with one. You do not have to bother trying to hold up your instrument.But it is because I am lazy. I am ok holding up my instrument wo/ a strap just fine.

I have tried several button / string tying arrangements. Uke Leash is great if you have no button on your instrument and its light and unobtrusive compared to fat straps. I just tried putting a button at the bottom and middle of instrument and am liking this arrangement better. I had my strap normally tied around the headstock and I felt this was a bit confined - I want to be able to freely move my arms without smacking into the strap. Plus at times when I play closer to the headstock, I feel my fingers will get caught or tangled in the sting that goes around the headstock.

It is a personal thing for eveyone. Just like the type of strings you like to use. Good luck!

Jim Yates
05-02-2016, 09:07 AM
Shibauke, I find the straps get in the way if I tie them directly above the nut, so I always tie them between the tuning pegs and this works fine for me. Check the Kala uke in the photo.

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JoeJazz2000
05-24-2016, 09:09 AM
I use a strap so I don't have to worry about supporting the neck/body when changing chords. From time to time I do play the soprano without it, but 99% of the time I play with the strap. I have the uke leash with headstock connectors on all my ukes. I also have the Mobius, and I like it, but it's the uke leash I use consistently.

PTOEguy
05-24-2016, 12:47 PM
As others have noted, a strap makes it a lot easier to move between chords, it is easier to play longer, etc.

I use a Lakota Leathers mandolin strap for my Blackbird Clara - and have a banjo strap from them as well. The leather is incredibly soft - I saw a description once that stated it was "softer than my cat".

Tootler
05-24-2016, 01:19 PM
I now use a strap on all my ukes. I installed strap pins myself on all my regular pattern wooden ukes and apart from my Risa solid ukes, I have a strap button on the bottom and tie the other end to the headstock. I find tying it next to the nut gets in the way so the tie goes between the tuners. I've made my own headstock ties out of a short length of leather strip and a press on button sold for denims. The Risa ukes come as standard with two strap buttons. On the regular style wooden concert and tenor and the Risa ukes I have 1" straps from a shop on ebay (UK). She makes some nice designs. On my sopranos, I've used uke leashes fitted with the strap button adapters. On my Flea and Fluke and my all plastic Korala explore, instead of conventional strap buttons I've fitted a self adhesive cable tie support and looped a cable tie through it. I can then loop a uke leash through that and attach the other end to the headstock. The cable tie idea was Booli's and it works well.

I bought my Uke leashes direct from Lori in the USA. With postage, it works out a little more expensive than buying from a European supplier but then the local suppliers only carry a limited range of colours. Buying direct from Lori, I can choose from the whole range of colours. Lori is very prompt in dealing with your orders and I have had my uke leashes from her typically in 4 - 5 days which is pretty good. My strap pins came from an ebay supplier in the Singapore and one lot took 3 weeks to arrive so hats off to Lori, the US Postal Service and our own Royal Mail.

strumsilly
05-24-2016, 01:19 PM
As others have noted, a strap makes it a lot easier to move between chords, it is easier to play longer, etc.

I use a Lakota Leathers mandolin strap for my Blackbird Clara - and have a banjo strap from them as well. The leather is incredibly soft - I saw a description once that stated it was "softer than my cat".I play with mando straps too. I like them tied at the nut too, better balance.