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    Default Problem with holding the uke and changing chords.

    Every time I try and change chords the head of the uke moves. I was trying to learn guitar and the same thing would happen. I have my thumb on the neck, the uke I guess you could say cradled in my right arm and I strum in front of the soundhold. Never fails, every time I take my fingers off the fretboard to change chords, the head, neck, and basically the uke moves away from the body.

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    Welcome to UU dlknight!

    First of all, you should be strumming over the 12th fret/ or where the neck meets the body of the uke. That is the "sweet spot" for the sound. Very different than guitars, I know. That will change how you hold the uke, and you might get a better grip clamping it with your strumming elbow.

    If you still have trouble (like I did), a strap makes a big difference. Get a strap button installed by your local music store, and look at mandolin straps. If you don't want to drill a hole in your uke, you could check out my Uke Leash (see link below). It solved the problem for me, and I have sold quite a few. The Uke Leash can also be converted to a full strap using a strap button adapter, and many people purchase both items together.

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    What about if I'm mostly fingerpicking and some strumming mixed? I find it really difficult fingerpicking on the fretboard but but not so much around the soundhole. The fretboard gets in the way of my fingers and they always hit it.

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    Lori is being too modest. Her Uke Leash is the bees knees. It really does help with the problem that you describe.

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    +1 to what saltytri said above.

    I love mine. I had a similar problem until I started using the Uke Leash.

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    +1 for the uke leash!

    Despite what you might read in tutor books, there is no right and wrong way to hold the uke, just important you are comfortable and you don't compromise your fretting.

    I discuss uke holding here http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/01/u...and-strum.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by saltytri View Post
    Lori is being too modest. Her Uke Leash is the bees knees. It really does help with the problem that you describe.

    And Lori's comment above is spot on too IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markr1 View Post
    What about if I'm mostly fingerpicking and some strumming mixed? I find it really difficult fingerpicking on the fretboard but but not so much around the soundhole. The fretboard gets in the way of my fingers and they always hit it.
    Sorry about asking a question on someone elses post even tho it's related. Wasn't trying to steal anyones spotlight.

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    Here's yet another unsolicited but very enthusiastic recommendation for the uke leash. It just flat out is a great way to help stabilize the uke.

    Other than that, Lori's comment about where to strum is also dead-on. Strum where the neck and body meet ... anywhere from the 12th to 14th fret (depending on size). If you strum over the soundhole it means the okole isn't really being held properly by your elbow, and that is where most of the actual support comes from. A rule of thumb is that when held properly, you can remove one or the other hand arm completely from the instrument and it will stay in place.
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    I'll also recommend the uke leash. There's a thread on it if you search "review of uke leash" I'd post it direct but don't know how. I personnally didn't want a strap button on my ukes.

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