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Original Post By: norsetruth Date: 2/12/2017 9:50:25 PM
so, i'm new to ukulele and just bought a diamondhead ukulele from a local shop that is closing down. the problem is, i'm left handed. so, i bought a pack of strings too.

instead of GCEA, which i see is the usual set of strings you'd get, mine were instead labelled BF#DA. i just generally assumed that, since i'm a lefty, i'll switch the order of the strings so that i can play.
i did this & restrung my uke, but then i found a chord set online (for lefties) that showed the strings in the reverse order?

what is right? and does anyone have any good resources for left handed players?
Posted By: Dave Means Date: 2/13/2017 1:57:33 PM
There is no such thing as a left-handed or right-handed set of strings... simply reversing the order of the strings that came with your uke would do the trick, although I would assess the nut and bridge slots to make sure the thick strings will fit properly where the thinner strings formerly were, and enlarge the slots very carefully if they won't.

The BF#DA set you bought is simply labeled in the reverse order from the normal convention. Back in the Tin Pan Alley days, ADF#B was the most common tuning for soprano ukes on the mainland, so this string set is likely very old or the manufacturer is living in the past. It should work fine at the slightly lower tension of GCEA, although the gauges of the individual strings may be slightly lighter than a set designed for GCEA.
Posted By: norsetruth Date: 2/13/2017 6:11:54 PM
i tried typing back a response earlier, i'm guessing it didn't send? thanks Dave for the response, by the way.
by the looks of it then, i should switch around my strings. i only bought the newer pack because the shop i got my uke from told me that my strings wouldn't be able to be restrung. the new ones are D'Addario, not sure how old they are.

thanks!
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 2/16/2017 5:06:34 AM   (Updated: 2/16/2017 5:08:52 AM)
Based on your question, I assume you're new to all this. That being the case I know several lefties who string up as a righty and play like a righty. So , your left hand will fret and your right hand will strum. As a newbie it's all the same. Like piano, righties and lefties all play the same. My pals who play this way are adamant that it is the way to go. Might I suggest you do the same?
Posted By: don peyton Date: 2/17/2017 9:19:32 AM
If you're comfortable playing right handed, that should be reason enough to try. I can't turn my left wrist over comfortably to hold the neck so I play left handed.I play with the strings in either order on ukulele, guitar, bass and violin.Personally, I find that reversing the strings- making the instrument a mirror image of a right handed one affords an easier, more ergonomic platform for scales, more complex riffs and chords. Though there is sound reasoning behind the order of the strings, no one can tell you what you should do, it's up to you.
Posted By: norsetruth Date: 2/17/2017 2:03:14 PM
thanks guys! i understand that it's possible to play righty when i'm left-handed, it just doesn't really feel right when i do it. i'd prefer also to learn the correct way as i'm playing both guitar and uke, since i saw that it can be more of a challenge playing the opposite way as you play more.

i just reversed the order of my strings and now it should all be good!
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 2/19/2017 5:34:01 AM
norsetrutth wrote, "[I] prefer to learn the correct way."
Well, my point was there is no correct way. If you next want to learn how to play the piano, will you build a piano for a lefty? I'll leave it to others to to explain why newbies should fret with their left and strum with their right. Uncle Rufus, if you still pop in over here, and if you'd be so kind, please explain your position on this issue.

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