Learn How to Put a Strap on a Ukulele in 3 minutes

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A lot of ukulele players love to play their favorite instrument while standing and walking around. In fact, you will find several musicians playing the uke when they are standing on stage. 

While it is possible to play the ukulele while standing by holding it firmly against your body, it is better to use a strap instead.

One thing ukulele players are not eager to do is to drill a hole in the body of their favorite instrument for installing a strap (like the guitar strap). 

Ukulele players will be glad to know that they can learn how to put a strap on a ukulele without drilling holes into the instrument.

1. Sound Hole Hook-On

When it comes to ukulele straps, these are the most popular option. There is literally zero installation effort.

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The straps hook onto the bottom of the soundhole, go under the body, and then up to where the instrument loops around your neck or across a shoulder.

While you still need to hold the ukulele because there is just one point of contact with the strap, this is the easiest way to put a strap on a ukulele.

From the most basic black nylon straps to the fancy leather ones, there are different models of ukulele straps on the market.

How to Put a Strap on a Ukulele Tutorial

Here is how the great ukulele musician, Jake Shimabukuro, puts a strap on a ukulele:

2. UkeLoop Ukulele Strap System

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This is another great way to put a strap on a ukulele without bothering to drill a hole into its body. It is pretty simple as well.

While the name might suggest something hi-tech, it just refers to a basic hook system you can install on the body of the ukulele and it can completely support your ukulele like a guitar strap.

There are two metal brackets through which any standard ukulele strap can pass through and these brackets are attached using adhesive pads. These brackets are installed semi-permanently, which means you can remove them if you like.

Just don’t use this if you have a high-quality ukulele with a glossy finish because the adhesive might ruin the finish when you are taking it off.

3. Ukulele Leash

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Want to learn how to make a ukulele strap on your own without drilling holes or using an adhesive for the instrument? You don’t have to use a hook on the soundhole for it either. Take a nylon strap and adjust the loops on both ends of the ukulele.

Make a single loop that is big enough to pass through the ukulele head and tighten it between the tuning heads. Make a larger loop, which you can bring around the back of your neck and through your playing hand and work it up to your shoulder.

This is an odd way of how to put a strap on a ukulele and it will take some getting used to, but this can be an excellent alternative to all of the options above.

You will still need to hold the ukulele tightly against your body because this method requires you to keep the uke at the headstock.

But, it can be the most convenient way for you to play the ukulele because your fret hand will not have to support the weight of the guitar and will be free to move.