Dolly Parton playing 'Coat of Many Colors' on an Autoharp
Mother Maybelle Carter autoharp solo (live 1970)
Over The Rainbow (diatonic autoharp solo)
Karen Mueller Irish Autoharp Solo
The autoharp is a musical instrument in the chorded zither family. It features a series of chord bars attached to dampers, which, when pressed, mute all of the strings other than those that form the desired chord. Although the word autoharp was originally a trademark of the Oscar Schmidt company, the term has colloquially come to be used for any hand-held, chorded zither, regardless of manufacturer.