July 9, 2009 by Tim
How do you strap your instrument on? Do you have leather straps? Nylon? Pink fur? Or do you prefer to use no additional support for your instrument?
Now get your mind out of the gutter! I am talking about your ukulele. My friend Ben e-mailed me not to long ago and said that I should talk about the strap that he uses for some of his ukes. In a nutshell he stated that he wished that someone would have shown him one a long time ago, he really loves his.
Traditionally people just hold their ukulele up against their body with the forearm holding the body and the other hand on the neck. But there are other options that work and yes it is a very light instrument and all but sometimes you have to take both hands off you instrument.
Another option is to install strap buttons and use a strap. Personally I am always scared to drill a hole in my uke for fear of cracking it.
The strap that my friend found is a classical guitar style strap. If you have not seen one, they are very handy because you do not need to make any modifications to your ukulele to use it. It just hooks into the sound hole and goes behind to hold it up. With this kind of strap you still have to hold on to the uke, but the weight is on your neck and you do not need to support it with your forearm to hold it up. REMEMBER ; You can not take both hands off with this kind of strap! It may fall. I just did not want someone to e-mail me with some story of how they used one of these and their ukulele is now broken.
I am going to order one of the Etsy ones soon, they look nice, and there are many options of color and the hook is covered, unlike the hard plastic hook on the Levy.
Please comment with your thoughts and experiences.