Playing with Boobs

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Okay, now that I have your attention.....

This is an actual thread that has been brewing over at the 94th Season of the Ukulele. It's a long story how it got started and what's been suggested so far. It starts here if you're interested: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Season-94-Opposite-Week&p=1439646#post1439646

The video (by "UkuleleMommy", the artist formerly known as UkuleleDaddy) that sparked the conversation is here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Season-94-Opposite-Week&p=1438882#post1438882

Until Sean asked his question and I (actually!) tested it, it had not occurred to me that the female anatomy poses an extra challenge for holding a uke securely and playing it optimally. And that it has been a critical component of my own uke-holding challenges.

Since last night, I've been messing with my strap configuration, trying to figure out a better way that eliminates pineapple-pineapple conflict.

So how 'bout it, Undies, how do you play with boobs?

I really want to know!

- Wendy
 

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Several members of my group are boobs,
they can't keep time or stay on melody, but we all accept them and move on.
I may have the wrong meaning of "boobs"
 

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These replies are cracking me up (I will *never* figure out how to play with group members who are boobs - fortunately they are few and far between!) but I'm assuming the OP really is looking for serious suggestions, so - here's what works for me. No pineapple-pineapple conflict here!

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I play with a strap (Levy's mando strap) but I do this in order to have better control playing higher up the neck, not because of... ahem, anatomical issues. I actually think whether or not one has said issues depends entirely on body type - even without a strap, nothing gets in the way, but then I'm a fairly small person who plays a small uke - I would imagine size and shape of both person and ukulele could make a difference.
 

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Thread title should probably be 'Playing Uke with Boobs'.
 

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Sadly, I have nothing to contribute to this thread that would be of any help but as a "world-class" boob (and I think I can speak for boobs everywhere) I will be spending much time here in hopes that photos or videos demonstrating the approved method for boob-challenged ukulele players should appear.

And.....just a friendly reminder:

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(if there ever was one......this is it!)
 

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Brad Donaldson created a model called "Amy" for this purpose.
 

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if Dolly Parton
can play a guitar any normal woman should be able to play a uke!
 

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Sadly, I have nothing to contribute to this thread that would be of any help but as a "world-class" boob (and I think I can speak for boobs everywhere) I will be spending much time here in hopes that photos or videos demonstrating the approved method for boob-challenged ukulele players should appear.

And.....just a friendly reminder:

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(if there ever was one......this is it!)

Speaking as someone who has a larger boobs than most I'll post some pictures of me playing without a shirt on if that's what you really want? (so long as you don't expect to see me playing a steel body Resonator Uke - they are a bit cold against a bare chest!)

On a serious note (as this thread needs as many of those as possible) remember 1 in 500 cases of Brest Cancer is Man and the survival rate in men is worse because so many men don't think they can get it
 

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isn't that what the indentation is for? :shaka:
 
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As a woman with large boobs, I don't have a problem with uke. Just hold the uke up higher - which I think makes it easier to play anyway. If you watch Daniel Ho, for example, he holds his uke up pretty high. My boobs are actually helpful in supporting the uke. I call them my "boob shelf".
 

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Speaking as someone who has a larger boobs than most I'll post some pictures of me playing without a shirt on if that's what you really want? (so long as you don't expect to see me playing a steel body Resonator Uke - they are a bit cold against a bare chest!)

That's a sweet gesture, Fatboy and a wonderful idea! I don't personally have any preference for man-boobs, buts that's no reason to deny others (and yourself) the pleasure of showing off your girls. It would be a step in the right direction and it may inspire others to follow suit. Plus, your method of "ukulele boob management" might even provide some insight to the OP!

Again, I would like to be more helpful. I do recall one particularly hot Georgia afternoon. I was playing a very enthusiastic rendition of "Crazy G" and contracted a rather severe case of nipple rash. No photos to share of said nipple, but I can assure you it was quite painful. The moral there being "Always wear a shirt when you play Crazy G".
 

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Glad someone revived this issue, been wondering about it myself. I notice a lot of people play their uke really low, sitting on their laps almost whereas I hold mine really high on my boob. I was wondering whether I should try to hold the uke lower. Seems to me that a lot of people who hold their uke low tend to hunch over while playing?
 

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Glad someone revived this issue, been wondering about it myself. I notice a lot of people play their uke really low, sitting on their laps almost whereas I hold mine really high on my boob. I was wondering whether I should try to hold the uke lower. Seems to me that a lot of people who hold their uke low tend to hunch over while playing?

I do hold my tenor uke really low -- almost like playing a classical guitar where it rests on my left thigh. It does result in me hunching over (exacerbating my poor posture) but it makes playing a tenor a lot more comfortable. When I play my smaller uke, I use a Uke Leash on it to keep it high -- that also works.