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or Au·to·harp  (ô′tō-härp′)
A musical instrument resembling a zither equipped with a row of buttons, each of which damps all of the strings except those forming a desired chord.

[Originally a trademark.]


(Instruments) trademark a zither-like musical instrument used in country-and-western music, equipped with button-controlled dampers that can prevent selected strings from sounding, thus allowing chords to be played. It is plucked with the fingers or a plectrum


(ˈɔ toʊˌhɑrp)
a zither having buttons that when depressed damp all strings except those to be sounded.


A small zither-like musical instrument popular in the early twentieth century.
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Even today he repairs many of Long and McQuade Autoharps.
Meg Peterson, whose husband was the original owner of Oscar Schmidt Autoharps in New Jersey and Briehl conducted Autoharp teacher workshops in southern Ontario for many years.
Before this company existed, owner Bob Briehl was inspired by Sylvia and Ian Tyson to explore use of the Autoharp in the music classroom back in 1963.
I needed this encouragement, since my recollections of music in my own schooling were of teachers with autoharps or pianos, singing boring songs from books that looked like the rest of my schoolbooks.
The kids were delighted to pick up and use concertinas, banjos, mandolins, djembes, bodhrans, autoharps, ukuleles and dulcimers to list but a few.
The 1993 action-fantasy, adopted from a story by Yin Jong, boasts kung fu cannibals, evil nuns, invincible heroes and killer autoharps.
The children handed out autoharps to their parents at the concert and then gave them the beginner's lesson, which went down very well.
Acclaimed autoharp player Mike Fenton led workshops at St Marie's Junior School in Mertten's Drive, Rugby this week.
Authenticity is what we're after, I was told by somebody wearing authentic half-timbered 17th-century Dollond & Aitchison photochromatic spectacles, as his wenches carried fruit bowls full of that typical English delicacy of the period, the banana (unknown here until the 20th century), and musicians played authentic 17th century concertinas (invented 1829) and autoharps (invented 1850).
We didn't have time, in our final 50 minutes, to get to all the songs we've learned this winter or to let everybody have a turn with the guitar and autoharps.
lt;dc:title>[Doc Davis of Bog Trotters Band, with autoharp, Galax, Virginia]</dc:title>
lt;dc:title>[Doc Davis of Bog Trotters Band, with autoharp, and unidentified woman, Galax, Virginia]</dc:title>