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hoosierhiver
12-09-2008, 11:58 AM
When I was pretty early into it,a violin player we played with always insisted that we all stand while we practice.As you might want to stand when you play gigs.I think it is also much better for singing.I've even gotten used to walking around and playing without thinking about it,something gee-tar players can't easily do.

SeanKy671
12-09-2008, 12:18 PM
it's not really hard to play guitar and walk if u got a guitar strap, but an ukulele is different.. who uses a strap on their ukulele??
it can be harder for me to play depending on the song.. :/

what then shall we do??

Kanaka916
12-09-2008, 12:55 PM
.. who uses a strap on their ukulele??

Dominator for one and I'm sure a number of others do . . .

BTWriter
12-09-2008, 01:42 PM
I use a strap, but I am a freak...

I do walk around a lot while playing, though. I find I can do the Johnny Cash point thing and my cheapo laminate resonates better.

I really should learn to play better without the strap...

SeanKy671
12-09-2008, 05:45 PM
I need to get a strap then

Dominator
12-09-2008, 06:52 PM
Dominator for one and I'm sure a number of others do . . .

Yes, I do play using a strap when standing. I do this for a couple of reasons. I typically play with my thumb behind/in the center of the neck and my fingers arched around in front of the fingerboard. If the uke is resting on my palm and having to assist in holding the uke up I can't fret the chords properly. The other reason is that my arms are long and if I use my right arm to cradle and hold the uke tight up against my body so I don't have to worry about the left hand assisting in the process then my right hand is way too far forward and ends up in the middle of the fingerboard. This is Ok for strumming but it doesn't work at all for finger picking.

James Hill uses a strap and we all know what a monster player he is. It works for him. I think it is up to each of us to find what works best for us as individuals. Jake doesn't use one but he started playing so young that the uke has just become an extension of who he is.

BluesDrive
12-09-2008, 08:07 PM
Coming from a guitar/drum background, I find it difficult to stand in one spot when I play...even when I'm at home. Moving is like, a necessity for me. I can go without a strap, but I find it much easier/enjoyable with one.

Lanark
12-10-2008, 06:22 AM
I'm pretty much in the same situation as Dominator here, but I'd still rather just sit down & play.

I'm getting older and lazier and it's nice to take a load off after so many years of playing in rock & roll bands. (a Gretsch Country Gentleman weighs a lot more than you think... ) Plus since I was also a singer and couldn't stray too far from the mic, I'm used to sticking to one spot.

But for aimlessly wandering around the house as I'm occasionally wont to do I have found that I can brace the butt end of the uke under my wrist just behind the bridge and still fingerpick reasonably well.

Giuseppe
12-19-2008, 04:21 PM
it's not really hard to play guitar and walk if u got a guitar strap, but an ukulele is different.. who uses a strap on their ukulele??
it can be harder for me to play depending on the song.. :/

what then shall we do??

I do (not that that's great reason for anyone else to!).

BTW, Long Hollow Leather in Franklin, TN makes a mandolin strap that works very well on a soprano uke. It's called the Mandolin Softy and it's soft enough to leave attched to the uke when you throw it in the case.

No affiliation, just lovin' my strap!

salukulady
12-19-2008, 06:00 PM
For standing performing, Baritone low with strap, soprano without strap but played high on top of breast, every other size, I sit, (don't use them in the band).

Ukuleleblues
12-20-2008, 02:16 AM
[QUOTE=BTWriter;77609]............and my cheapo laminate resonates better.

QUOTE]

I hear that. Have you ever seen the cages madolin player use on the back of their mados to keep them off of their shirt/body so they sound louder? Same principal. Anyone ever hear of a uke player using something like that?

krabbers
12-20-2008, 10:46 AM
i use a strap for standing, i do struggle without one , i have just made a velcro strap with a bootlace for my fluke, which works a treat without using strap buttons. i may do a how too on you tube if anyones interested


K

Captain Google
12-21-2008, 09:54 AM
i use a strap for standing, i do struggle without one , i have just made a velcro strap with a bootlace for my fluke, which works a treat without using strap buttons. i may do a how too on you tube if anyones interested


K

If you don't mind, I'd love to know how you did that. I'm in need of a strap without the button hassle.

gotrice415510
01-06-2009, 08:53 PM
i second captain google

grappler
01-06-2009, 09:01 PM
i did a gig last night and played just one song.

there was a chair there on stage but was kinda hidden away. I pulled the chair across sat and played.

I can play standing up but dont prefer it cos not used to it. Maybe cos i practice most of my time sitting down infront of the computer any way.

i will be practising more this year standing up.

HumbleSounds
01-06-2009, 10:40 PM
cool thread. I have found the use of a strap necessary when I am performing. I found that when playing without the uke would slowly slip down and finally break up my groove when it would slip to low.

I use a strap that has a single rubber hook on the end, that wraps under the body and attaches at the bottom of the soundhole. It gives me a freedom of movement that I enjoy.

salukulady
01-07-2009, 03:40 AM
cool thread. I have found the use of a strap necessary when I am performing. I found that when playing without the uke would slowly slip down and finally break up my groove when it would slip to low.

I use a strap that has a single rubber hook on the end, that wraps under the body and attaches at the bottom of the soundhole. It gives me a freedom of movement that I enjoy.I injured my soprano using a "uke thong". Cracked the finish at the sound hole.

toubisard
01-07-2009, 04:26 AM
Grappler.
Try using a loop of cord round your ukulele and round the back of your neck, assuming it's guitar shaped, the cord will sit nicely behind the bridge and will support a soprano across your chest. I saw some guys playing in the street using this looped cord. It's cheap and easy they were using bootlace type cords.

Captain Google
01-07-2009, 05:50 AM
I injured my soprano using a "uke thong". Cracked the finish at the sound hole.

In the strap-related thread in Uke Talk, someone advised to pad the hook with something soft.

salukulady
01-07-2009, 06:19 AM
In the strap-related thread in Uke Talk, someone advised to pad the hook with something soft.My hook is covered in padding. I think I just got too enthusiastic on stage.

Captain Google
01-07-2009, 06:34 AM
My hook is covered in padding. I think I just got too enthusiastic on stage.

That's possible.

HumbleSounds
01-07-2009, 10:41 AM
I injured my soprano using a "uke thong". Cracked the finish at the sound hole.

Hmmm.... this was a concern for me. I also thought of padding the hook, but enough force on a focused area and i guess the padding doesn't matter.

tHeDirTyJoHnSon
01-15-2009, 12:09 AM
I think your mate's right there Mike,, its also good to be comfortable with both, playing standing up and sitting to, whether using a strap or not, its about being comfortable
although i sit down a lot, only because i like to stomp my foot on something for a bit of beat,, standing and stomping , playing and sing'n sometimes gets a bit out of control,,,,
http://au.youtube.com/tHeDirTyJoHnSon

Howlin Hobbit
01-15-2009, 07:32 AM
...i sit down a lot, only because i like to stomp my foot on something for a bit of beat,, standing and stomping , playing and sing'n sometimes gets a bit out of control,,,,

My friend Emily Herring (http://www.emilyherring.net/) plays old skool country (on guitar... so she uses a strap) while standing and stomping on a PorchBoard (http://www.porchboard.com/). She rocks pretty good. And she's a hoot to hang around and party with.

Myself, I usually sit down to play but I don't rest the uke on my leg. I hold it the same way I do if I'm standing. Usually no strap. The exception is my banjo uke. I'm pretty sure it had a resonator on its back when it started life and it's missing now. As a result, the little tightening nuts just gouge hell out of me if I try to do the ol' forearm press to keep it in place.

uku-ali
01-23-2009, 01:06 PM
I use a strap on my Bugsgear solid body. On my Fluke, I wedge it in the crook of my arm. It gets tiring, though. Like Dominator, I put my thumb square on the back of the neck, instead of wrapping my hand around. I remember my guitar teacher was a stickler for this, but in my one uke lesson, the teacher said it didn't really matter.

Bluke
02-11-2009, 04:22 PM
Straps are a real pleasure.

Like Dominator, I have played acoustic and electric guitars nearly all my life (started in 1964). I agree with what he said. Try playing an guitar standing up without a strap! As any player of the guitar, mandolin, banjo, etc, knows, you need freedom while standing to use your hands for important things like drinking your beer, scratching your ass, turning the page, adjusting the volume, or pinching the bass player to see if he's awake.

My gorgeous Ron Saul Concert uke was built with strap pegs on it. I've played open mics standing up front and felt as comfortable as with a guitar on a strap.

Guting
02-11-2009, 05:14 PM
youll get it down over time, just look at my close to you wedding video played better standing up than some can sitting down, standing vs sitting doesnt really matter to me now.

casetone2514
02-28-2009, 11:03 PM
I saw a busker in the summer who used a saxophone strap for his concert uke. I thought, "I'll get myself one of those" but I didn't.