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Autoharp

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AUTOHARP.

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Dolly Parton playing 'Coat of Many Colors' on an Autoharp

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Mother Maybelle Carter autoharp solo (live 1970)

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Over The Rainbow (diatonic autoharp solo)

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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.
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