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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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Doerr also noted that he will post on social media the following items for sale: the piano at North School, a commercial mixer, and several autoharps. Individuals need to contact the superintendent if interested.
"Autoharps were also in favour, probably due to the Johnny Cash song Ring Of Fire in which his wife June Carter played one.
Even today he repairs many of Long and McQuade Autoharps. With the help of his family, Briehl's cottage industry grew.
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.
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. Li plays Mo Kei, a young man born into conflict between two warring factions.
"The children handed out autoharps to their parents at the concert and then gave them the beginner's lesson, which went down very well."
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).
Musically, Let England Shake is largely acoustic, featuring olde worlde folk instruments (autoharps and the like), with her breathtaking voice at the core.
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. "Wouldn't it be great," I said, "if we had the whole day to do nothing but music!" There was almost unanimous support for the idea; however, one fifth grade girl observed, "If we did that, we wouldn't be really learning anything."
<dc:title>[Doc Davis of Bog Trotters Band, with autoharp, Galax, Virginia]</dc:title>