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My Response to a Pro-Left-Handed Ukulele Message

In response to this rebuttal of my original left handed article, I sent the following reply: (an overview of the debate that erupted can be found here)

I responded to John Solon:

“Hi, John,

OMG, that is awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thanks for writing.

right-handed ukulele

The page you reference has indeed started a firestorm of debate, though for now, I'm keeping that debate to myself. The plan I have in mind is to expand the site into something less step-by-step, less start-at-the-beginning, and more an organic collection of useful ideas. And the obvious candidate for the first "subject at hand" is playing left-handed.

So, my first question for you is, may I please (pretty please) post your well-crafted response to my page? With or without your name, I would LOVE to publish that. Best one I've received so far, from a certain perspective.

left-handed ukulele

My second question to you, and I have had a couple of other leftophiles chime in on this, would you be interested in writing something equally passionate, but less of a critique of my original position, and more of a "guide" for people who do wish to choose the left side?

I am totally open to, and even intend to, air both sides of this debate. Though, I'm not sure from reading your fine note, if you'd be interested in helping me air both sides of the debate - or if you think my original position is just plain wrong, for everyone, all the time, and that I should eliminate it in favour of the exact opposite argument?

You see, while a number of the things I claim are quite reasonably preposterous to you, from your perspective, you can state: "As for the nut, anyone with sufficient motor skills to PLAY an ukulele should be able to adequately alter the string slots, if that were required rather than simply reversing the nut." I don't know what kind of motor skills people have around a University Music Library, but a lot of people I come in contact with can't even replace a string that has broken. They cannot, they will not, they will suffer a 3-string ukulele for YEARS until someone takes pity on them and fixes it. Perhaps that's difficult to picture, from where you're looking at the world. Then there's brave people who buy strings and try to put them on, and if the gauge is too chubby for the nut, they're toast, sufficient motor skills to play or not. These are the people who visit my website. They explode with joy when after a lifetime of trying, they come across my sufficiently plodding and pedantic descriptions and actually manage to get a ukulele in tune. These are the "sufficient motor skills" of my audience. I cannot, and will not, try to convince them that such mechanical feats are for everybody. Though, like I say, if you'd like to craft some verbiage for people who DO want to "simply reverse the nut" (Good lord, I couldn't do that unless it came detached by accident, and even then they look like they're shaped badly to do that with). or to "adequately alter the string slots" (yeah, I've done that, scares the crap out of me, tiny, delicate, unforgiving, and I've worked in many mechanical trades, and maintain pedal steels), I would love to publish it. Love to, I tell ya. I could just never write it myself from any perspective other than "These instrument technologists are experienced professionals with friends and contacts who can help them if they mess up. Go ahead and try this at home, if you dare. Or, just forge ahead with the one you've got that already works and is just like every other one you're likely to encounter in your life."

Interested to hear your response.

thanks much!!



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