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A-Z List of Useful External Links


  • web.alecanness.co.uk
    UK Luthier
  • www.foaotmad.org.uk
    FOAOTMAD - Friends Of American Old Time Music And Dance.
  • web.harperscraft.comrecommended
    Mike Fenton offers autoharp schools and communites programmes. He can also supply autoharps and accessories.
  • web.hootsmonmusic.comrecommended
    Gordy Reynolds Teaches autoharp and can supply autoharps and accessories.
  • www.musicroom.com
    Music Room website stock a selection of sheet music, books about music, tuition books, music software, and musical instruments & accessories for the autoharp
  • www.sorefingers.co.uk
    Sore Fingers Summer School (SFSS) is Europeís leading music camp for bluegrass and old-time, offering world class tuition for all the instruments played in bluegrass as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.
  • www.soundtravels.co.uk
    Here you can explore a wide collection of sound related products from around the world. There is a broad range of instruments including autoharps and Autoharp books.
  • wwwtappalachian.co.uk
    Tappalachian St Albans based Appalachian clog dance group.


  • www.autoharp.org
    This page is for all autoharp lovers, pickers and grinners, and is brought to you by Cyberpluckers autoharp community in the hope that it will help you connect with players, performers, luthiers and other resources for the instrument.
  • wwwbluegrassireland.150m.com
    Bluegrass In Ireland. The aim of this site is to coordinate information on Bluegrass activities in Ireland. In order to provide the most up to date information, Links are provided to the websites of Irish Bands, Festivals & Promoters.
  • www.bryanbowers.com
    For nearly three decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism. "...This man makes more music from an Autoharp than you can imagine from a 12-string guitar and a harpsichord combined. He has more stage presence and charisma than any stage performer in recent memory." -The Washington Times
  • www.cyberpluckers.org
    Cyberpluckers is a collection of autoharp players and autoharp music lovers who work and play (when they're not playing music) on the Internet. We span state and national borders, and keep in touch by means of an electronic mailing list.
  • www.oldtimeherald.org
    For 25 years the Old-Time Herald magazine has been dedicated to American old-time music, highlighting string band traditions of the Southeast and related traditions.
  • www.oscarschmidt.comOS
    Oscar Schmidt Factory Autoharps
  • www.ozark.comOzark
    OZARK Factory Autoharps






  • Billy Connolly
    Bonny George Campbell - Uncle Monty song - A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Dolly Parton
    Dolly Parton playing 'Coat of Many Colors' on an autoharp
  • Genesis
    Genesis - Blood on the Rooftops. Steve Hackett plays autoharp on this track.
  • June Carter Cash
    The late June Carter Cash, Country Royalty if anyone ever deserved that title, is seen here on the Merv Griffin Show in 1980 in a rare appearance without her husband Johnny Cash. She sings 'Hello Stranger' then she talks with Merv, Shelly Winters and Charles Grodin.
  • Maybelle Carter
    Mother Maybelle Carter autoharp solo (live 1970)
  • PJ Harvey
  • Sheryl Crow
    Sheryl Crow - 'Ring of Fire' (June Carter Cash version / with autoharp)




Craigdarroch Hotel

Glencairn Memorial Institute


California Autoharp Gathering (CAG) www.calautoharp.com

Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering (MLAG) www.mlag.org

Seattle Autoharp Week (SAW) www.seattleautoharpweek.com

Northwest Autoharp Gathering www.nwautoharp.org

The US National Flatpicking Championship www.wvfest.com




'Mel Bay' publications

The Autoharp Owner's Manual

"The Autoharp Owner's Manual covers autoharp maintenance, conversions, tuning and string schedules (both diatonic and chromatic), building your own instrument, playing techniques, evaluating instruments, chord bar setups, amplification, history, and much more. Each subject is addressed by a current premier musician/builder. The articles in this book have been taken from past issues of Autoharp Quarterly and have been updated to address current innovations, problems, and instruments. It is a 'must have' for every autoharp player. "

Mel Bays

Complete Method for Autoharp or Chromaharp

The most complete, authoritative text available on autoharp. Teacher and author Meg Peterson presents a colorful array of songs and styles as well as a myriad of strum patterns in an easy-to-understand manner. This self-teaching course features Meg's highly acclaimed system for teaching melody solo performance on the autoharp. Each of its 48 lessons builds on the one before it, with a reference section included for those who wish to learn about music notation, theory, harmony, transposition, and chord substitution. There are 122 practice songs and many more suggested ones. Also included is information on tuning, changing strings, and altering chord position on the instrument. The CD is a stereo teaching tape with vocal instruction and performance demonstrating many of the strum patterns and tunes in the book at full tempo with a singer.

Itís An Autoharp

In this book, Cathy builds on over 15 years-experience as an autoharp instructor to give you a proven method for learning how to play the autoharp. She takes a very personal approach to teaching you how to play, with hard-won pearls from her heart to your fingers. Youíll find an introductory section with information about positioning, picks, chord bar setups, and how to read the autoharp tablature.

There are 20 lessons, each with beautiful illustrative songs, designed to bring you gently from absolute beginner to progressing melody player. If you go through these lessons methodically from beginning to end, you wonít be a beginner any more!


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