53 thoughts on “The Autoharp?”

  1. I don’t think it was possible to go through Christian school in the 70’s and NOT hear an autoharp.

  2. Oh, hahaha, just realized that DD said he played it, too! Darrell, that may be THE most serious fundy cred EVER!!! 😆

  3. Simsy-Poo, please tell me this made you think of Ed Reese and that thing he played… Cordavox, or something? It was some take on the accordion….

      1. Johnny Pope imitating Ed Reese was also epic, but the one and only time I saw Ed Reese imitate Johnny Pope I thought I would die laughing.

        1. Oh, I definitely did, when I was not sleep-deprived, sick of peanut butter, or freezing my butt off in South Chicago from morning till night, two days a week. So, that was like… once, for fifteen minutes, I had fun? I am pretty sure it was the fifteen minutes BEFORE I was fully registered as a student…

  4. I was a public school music teacher for many years, and we used the autoharp all the time. This, on the other hand…

    Anyone played with the “Smart Guitar” in Garage Band on the iPad? It reminds me of an autoharp.

  5. My mom borrowed an autoharp once, possibly for a VBS. I strummed on it a few times. At that point, we were in an SBC church, so that doesn’t get me any fundy cred points. 😕

    On a distantly related note, harp music doesn’t have to be boring…

    (it really picks up at ~2:40)

    1. Harp music can definitely be boring when it wants to be, and a lot of it is. I’ve had to wake people up during a wedding consultation before. It can also be just as exciting as any other instrument though. Pachelbel’s f minor Chaconne and William Croft’s Ground in c minor (both transposed to e minor, because this is harp music we are talking about!) can really wake a person up, and I have never been told they are boring! 😀

  6. I’ve known a few Autoharp masters. This is not one of them. There are people like Brian Bowers and John Sebastian or Bob Ellis that can make music on this instrument. But 99 per cent of the autoharp players I’ve heard, are people with no musical talent trying to put on pretensions. :mrgreen:

      1. I love the hammer dulcimer too, and hope to get one soon. Not common over here in Ireland though…..

  7. I want an autoharp SO bad! I’ve got a great rocking chair and want to drag it out on the front porch with an autoharp and pretend I’m June Carter Cash!

    1. Confession: I have an Autoharp but I was trying to be Mother Maybelle Carter. It’s possible I’m just a smidge older.

  8. After listening to that, I had to fall back on my Fundy training and replace that bad music with something good. Therefore, I am now listening to a true Autoharp master – Mother Maybelle Carter.

    1. Thanks for taking my post. I’m glad I kept reading and saw this before I looked like I copied you. That would be too fundy.

  9. I play the autoharp too!! And I’m not even a fundy! The autoharp CAN be a seriously good musical instrument in the right hands (not the hands of the guy in the video -or mine for that matter). Anyway go to YouTube (or is that a no-no for fundies?) and type in “autoharp” and you’ll see what CAN be done with this instrument.

    1. I also play the Celtic Harp reasonably well. It doesn’t have to be a boring instrument 😉 🙂

  10. Public schools where I grew up had an extensive autoharp program. I probably even had one in my closet until about ten years ago. Never considered it a performance instrument, though.

    There are a couple of things he forgot to do—tune it, and change chords!

    1. man, I was in the wrong public schools. We were the ‘everyone get a recorder to play in music class’ variety.

  11. Ok, so I FINALLY listened to it. I couldn’t even HEAR the autoharp. The singing was pretty bad though.

    1. I will tell you what I told Natalie. Whatever it was that was singing, it had decided to follow. jury still out on if it is a cat. Definitely caterwauling, though.

  12. I wonder if anyone has done like “The Great Kat” did with the violin and hooked one of these up electrically to a distorion petal?

  13. Link to Billy Connelly playing autoharp in related videos 🙂 He isn’t so much as playing it as strumming it and telling incomprehensible jokes.

    1. Billy Connelly can play the autoharp rather well. Not just strumming chords but also playing melodies. He’s the person I blame for my interest in the instrument. I’m reasonalbly good at strumming chords, but still struggle a bit with melodies. I love the instrument though. If you can, get a 3-CD-set called “autoharp legacy” and listen to it. It will blow your socks off.

  14. We had an autoharp at one time. Someone gave it to my husband when he was a kid. We dragged it with us for a few moves. I think it disappeared on our last move.

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