Can anyone play the autoharp?

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Can anyone play the autoharp?

Postby Bob Lewis » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:27 pm

Q. How do you defend the comment : "*Anyone* can play the autoharp. All you have to do is press the buttons."?

A. At no time should you take the comments too seriously, because the person obviously doesn't know much about autoharps. It's up to you to be an ambassador and win them over.

My typical response is along the lines of:

"It may be easy to get some music out of it quickly, but it's not so easy to make it worth listening to" and "if you can't tune it, you can't play it".

My favorite advice for someone being really obnoxious is to hand the instrument to the person and ask for a demonstration.
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