Updated: Jun 26
When I was growing up in the 90’s (yeah, the greatest decade ever), I remember in elementary school the teachers asking us if we were left or right handed. The class poll would take place in two waves. First the ‘righties’ would raise their hands followed by the ’lefties’. I remember as clear as day that the wave from the righties was a tsunami while the lefties were but a ripple. Like 90% in my class were right handed! Who knows, maybe a few lefties were peer pressured into years of pretending to write right handed (no wonder some of my friends had horrible penmanship… haha). But still, the ratio was dramatic. As a righty, my sympathy goes out to all you lefties living in a righty world.
Remember these chairs in school?
Or scissors, cameras, and getting ink on your hands when you write? Oh man, lefty struggles are real!
And this same bias has found its way into the music world. Go into any music store and ask for any instrument… in a lefty design. Most likely they‘ll say “shucks”, and tell you they don’t carry any. And this extends to our precious ukulele.
I can’t remember how many times someone’s asked me if we carry left handed models. Like that old saying goes, if I got a dollar every time someone asked me that question I’d have a ‘lambo’………. on the moon (🦍💎🙌🏼). Sheesh, they don’t even have a left handed emoji, just a palm up right hand!
And to make things personal, two of my sons are left handed! So when teaching my son Ben the ukulele, I had to figure how to teach him.
This post is dedicated to all you lefties out there. The forgotten 10% in society. And my son’s Victor and Ben. Dad’s got you!
So for you righties reading this, here are some struggles lefty ukulele players know all too well...
-You can’t just grab any ukulele and jam it.
-Lefty models, if you find one, are always more expensive.
-Tablature is always right hand oriented. Good luck finding learning materials.
-Being challenged by righties to learn the ukulele the ”right” way.
-Learning how to do you own ukulele set ups.
So if you‘re a righty out there count your blessing! There are many. And for all you lefties wanting to learn the ukulele, here are some things you can do to make your journey a lot easier.