Autoharp-The Autoharp is associated with with American, particularly Appalachian, folk music. It is a development of the zither dating from the 1880s in Germany. The Autoharp is almost identical to a Chord Zither with the addition of a set of spring wooden bars with felt dampers which effectively fret and dampen the relevant strings for each chord. The Autoharp is currently easily the most popular instrument in the zither family,It can be played cradled on the left elbow with the left hand reaching over to press the chords while the right hand thumb is picking and fingers strumming the open area of strings. Alternatively it can be played on the lap or a table. It’s usually strummed but can also be plucked. It is commonly used for song accompaniment.The instrument was first made in the 1880s in its current shape and is a German design. A rectangular shaped model was designed in the USA by a German immigrant a few years earlier but never made.
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