Definitions

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  • n. A string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord

Etymologies

auto- +‎ harp (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The autoharp is the defining instrument here, and its slightly tinny tone creates an atmosphere that's not of this world.

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  • Citing a song on her 1995 album "To Bring You My Love," she said, "'Down by the Water' on autoharp sounds like an ancient folk song."

    From Punk to Pacifism

  • She chose an autoharp as the focal point for several songs.

    From Punk to Pacifism

  • She eschews the growl and guitar that defined her previous decade, accompanying herself instead on piano and autoharp, and delivering her lines in a nerve-rattling high keen.

    Sinking Into the Sonic Ocean

  • I play autoharp, so guitar tabs work just fine if I know the melody already ...

    Mexican children's songs

  • But folk legend Judy Collins said goodbye to eight guitars and one autoharp in style Thursday with a private performance at Christie's.

    Folk Legend Takes to the Auction Stage

  • PJ's preferred instruments come and go – the autoharp is only the latest – but always conjure up a taut, ascetic soundscape from which her strikingly true tones rise.

    In Praise of … PJ Harvey | Editorial

  • This time around she trades the piano for the autoharp, but the lyrics are as gloriously dark and oblique as ever.

    Shawn Amos: PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

  • This first song, "Om Tare," by the Hindu-leaning artist Angelika, is a rather enchanting vocal performance resting atop an autoharp, very light piano and the drone tamboura.

    Ravenna Michalsen: Listening To Matra Music

  • A bandura (in case you wanted to know) looks like the graceful child of a lap harp and a lute and sounds a little like a dulcimer and a little like an autoharp, only a lot less tinny.

    My Friday, By Delia

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