Although you don’t need a strap on a ukulele many people choose to use one, either for the convenience of having their hands free when need...
Although you don’t need a strap on a ukulele many people choose to use one, either for the convenience of having their hands free when needed, or the more comfortable position it allows you to adopt during playing, especially if you have a tenor or a baritone.
In this article we’re going to go over the different designs you can get to help you find the best ukulele straps for your instrument.
Types of ukulele straps
Half straps are a good choice for ukuleles without a strap button, although they only offer support rather than a full on hands free experience, or a full strap which both supports and frees the hands to do things like adjust the amp. It’s always best to buy either a strap for a small guitar or especially designed for a ukulele, as standard guitar straps are often to wide.
Plain or decorated?
There are plenty of pain coloured ukulele straps on the market, made with materials ranging from tween to leather and in block colours representing the entire colour palette. But if you prefer to make a statement there are plenty of straps around with amazing designs which appeal to all tastes and interests.
Picking out a strap with a design is a great way of expressing something of your personality, and it also makes it easy to spot your instrument amongst others.
Some of the themes available include:
- Symbols representing a country or culture, such as a four leaf clover, tartan, or a flag.
- Loud colours with geometric patterns – very 1960s cool.
- Nature orientated designs are popular, from straps with delicate flowers to those decorated with owls or bees.
- Gothic – think skulls and similar.
- Stripes – thick, thin and something in between.
- Shapes such as hearts, spots and diamonds.
- TV and film characters such as The Minions or Snoopy – common on children’s ukulele straps.
- Aztec style patterns.
One of a kind
For the ultimate ukulele strap the only way to go is down the custom route. There are lots of small businesses on crafty websites like Etsy advertising this service, and they are very much worth a look. A typical seller has a page which prompts the buyer to choose various options, starting with the fabric pattern you find most appealing, deciding on a colour to be used as the backing, your preferred end tab colour, and the hardware you want adding.
Another amazing customized option involves decorating the trap with any design you can agree on with the artist/vendor and adding a written inscription that means something special to you. These could be a phrase that has special meaning to you, your wedding vows, lyrics from a special song, verses from a religious text or pretty much anything else that come to mind. (This strap can also have just the art work or just the inscription.)
While patterned or decorated ukulele straps may not appeal to everyone there is certainly a huge market for them out there, and there’s definitely plenty of choice!