The name Autoharp would lead you to believe that the instrument is in the harp family, but it's actually related to the Zither. Most likely the many strings and the shape of the instrument helped to form it's name.
I own and play and Autoharp. It's a fine folk instrument with enough strings to keep those that play it happy tuning and strumming to their hearts content for hours. It's not a hard instrument to learn. Tuning is where you'll do most of your work if you tune your own, but a good Autoharp will hold it's tune for quite a long time.
Let me show you the different ways the Autoharp is held while playing by some very talented, well-known and loved musicians. I'll share more about the instrument, and how the Autoharp came to be a special part of my life.