Playing Ukulele Left-Handed?

About 1 in 10 people are left-handed.  When it comes to playing some music instruments left-handed, marketplace offerings do not make it all that easy.

Take for example the traditional 6-string acoustic guitar designed for right-handed play.  You cannot just flip the instrument around, re-string or re-tune in reverse order and start playing.  Many hindrances.  One is the increasing string gauge … the 6th string is over four times larger in diameter than the 1st string; guitars have several components designed around this parameter to play in tune.  So a left-handed learner is often encouraged to play right-handed, or must seek a guitar built for left-handed play (among a more limited selection).

Good News! The concert size FLEA ukuleles featured in our kits are very easy to re-tune for instant left-handed play.

Just flip the ukulele around. Tune the strings in standard G-C-E-A order as you progress from the redefined top/4th string to the lower/1st string.

Why?  Ukulele string diameters also vary, but to a much lesser degree.  Plus, the ukulele’s reentrant tuning (4th string tuned an octive higher than following the natural sequence as you progress from strings 1-3) makes the string diameter pattern more symmetrical.  The two inner strings have a diameter ranging 0.025 – 0.035″, whereas the outer two strings are thinner and have a diameter close to 0.020″.

To be more exact, you can re-string (when ready for new strings) in left handed order. Nut/bridge notches on the FLEA ukulele will accommodate the reversed sequence of string diameters without binding or making string fit sloppy.

The challenge remains for finding instructional materials (e.g., chord diagrams) and music published specifically for left-handed play.

Fortunately, much of the music written for right-handed ukulele play (e.g., lesson materials in Musician Maker Kits) is about using basic strumming techniques with simple chords.  You can envision and learn the “mirror image” of chords diagrammed for right-handed play, then jump right into playing the songs. The strumming methods taught in Musician Maker Kits are versatile … you simply use your “natural” left hand to master the same up/down strumming patterns and rhythms.

Several other resources are available online (just click titles below) and written specifically for left-handed play. The chord charts let you see the actual chord fingerings … skipping the need to envision “mirror images”. The technique books also provide chord diagrams, but are designed mainly to help serious players understand chord theory and master chords up and down the fingerboard. They do not provide simple song collections for beginners.

GOOTAR Four String Chord Generator website – this cool tool lets you quickly see and hear virtually any ukulele chord for “lefty” strumming

Left Handed Ukulele Chord Chart – a very nice set of chord charts posted by a ukulele club at a New York elementary school

“A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties” by Curt Sheller – a 54 page method book that teaches chord understanding and proficiency for left-handed play, plus an intro to jazz chords; also available as a downloadable eBook/PDF

“Neck Anywhere, Lefty!” by Washtub Jerry – a 28 page method book for learning how to master “movable rhythm chord shapes” up and down the ukulele fretboard (book is listed near the end of page entitled “Music and Book Projects”)

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Sharing the Joy of Making Music

Share the skill and joy of making music with family, friends and students.

Help others along the way … those facing difficult challenges.

That’s true joy!

Musician Maker Kits live up to their name. They equip a serious beginner with a fantastic FLEA ukulele plus the right gear to learn it, love it! We bring it all together … saving you time, effort and money … jump right into learning how to strum and enjoy all the fun!

Your purchase also has an important community impact.

All kits are packed by Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Their assembly and order fulfillment operations provide meaningful employment opportunities and assure excellent quality.

And for every nine kits sold, we share our proceeds to donate a 10th kit to a pediatric hospital music therapy program.

Please support your family’s musicianship and our community mission. Individual kits are featured at $229 on and our eBay store. You’re gonna love to strum!

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Visit our New Website

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Click the link above to learn more about our program. Support our community outreach elements. Discover what makes Musician Maker Kits featuring FLEA ukuleles ideal for professional use (music therapy and education) including home schooling!

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

Want a FREE Program Booklet?

The internet is a great way to share information and updates with many people.

Many prefer the ease of flipping through an actual booklet. Learn more about our exclusive music instrument kits, the unique design of the ukuleles we feature in them, plus the special community outreach elements of our program.

Our 10 page full-color booklet shares it all!

We include one in every kit purchased.

We’d be happy to mail you a free copy to keep. Just send us your request via email and include your US postal address:

While supplies last.

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

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