Before we talk about finding the best ukulele strap for your uke, let’s talk about if standing while performing first.
Many people play their ukulele while standing as much as they do while sitting, especially while performing for others. I’m sure you’ve seen guitar players play their instruments with a strap that holds the guitar to their body while they play – can ukulele players do the same?
Traditionally, when the ukulele is played standing up it is done so without a strap. The ukulele is light enough and small enough that the performer can “trap” the body of the ukulele against themselves with their strumming forearm, keeping the instrument upright.
The hand that’s fingering notes/chords shouldn’t really be used to hold the ukulele up. If you do, you will have a hard time moving between notes and chords fluidly.
Some people may find that holding a ukulele in such a manner while standing is very difficult. If you don’t feel that you can perform in such a manner, then you should look into a ukulele strap.
A ukulele strap works similar to a guitar strap, with some possible tweaks in design. In general, it will have one end connect to the body of the ukulele and a strap that goes around your neck, connecting to the head of the uke.
Lets look at some different types of ukulele straps now.
Types of Ukulele Straps
Since ukulele’s aren’t designed to be used with straps and thus don’t have the same strap connecting hardware installed that guitars do, you’ll have a decision to make as far as what type of strap you’d rather have.
One option is to permanently install a screw into the bottom of the bottom of your ukulele, which will look like the below image-
This option has the advantages of being the most secure option, by far. If you’re planning on doing a lot of standing playing, it might be worth it to go this route if you find a strap necessary.
The other option is to go with a clip-on or non-permanent solution which doesn’t involve making any modifications to your ukulele.
One popular variety is called the “ukulele leash”. It involves having a strap of material/fabric around the body of your ukulele which allows the strap to connect to the body of the ukulele.
The advantage of this is there is no modification necessary to your uke, however the strap may be in a less comfortable position for you and could be in the way of your strumming arm.
This type of ukulele strap is the best place to start if you aren’t sure if you’ll like using a strap to begin with.
Now that you know what you need to, here’s our list of the best ukulele straps.
Best Ukulele Straps
The Lohanu clip-on ukulele strap is a great strap system for the variety of ways to use it.
Another unique thing to notice is this clip system uses a single point of contact. In the image above, you see that you can either clip the strap on to the bottom of your ukulele’s sound hole, or place the strap around the head of your ukulele.
These methods aren’t as secure as typical two points of contact methods, but they are very versatile and easy to use. They also don’t require modifications to your uke, so it’s an attractive option many prefer.
If you’re looking for a strap system that’s comparable to a guitar, check out this “Country Style” strap from Music First.
This setup will require you to screw a hole into your ukulele. You’d be best off to drill a smaller hole first, then turn the screw in to lessen the chance of more serious damage occurring.
Once you’re setup, you’ll have a nice, comfy, secure scrap to go along with your ukulele!
If you’re looking for a different style of ukulele strap or a strap that better suits your personality, take a look at all these Ukulele Shoulder Straps