Autoharp: Better Than It Sounds
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 4:00pm
Music 1 - Room #102
Who might attend: The autoharp owner, the player or the curious. This will be an informal workshop. Ask questions. Basic to Intermediate players... non-players welcome.
Bring your autoharp, chromatic or diatonic. (Wha?)
A brief introduction to the autoharp: history, current interest and developments by modern custom luthiers. Laura will discuss the mechanics of the instrument, how to put on finger-picks, to tune and clean it, how to have adventures through plucking, pinching, stops, strums, damping, percussion and sweeps. She will also discuss chords, rhythm and finger picking and using a jam to your beginner's advantage. Check out a song/fiddle tune demonstration with a back-up musician showing how another player adds opportunities for varied playing. Play a simple song/fiddle tune with chords called by the instructor.
San Francisco born, country living Laura Lind has unique voice and an extensive repertoire of traditional historic songs and fiddle tunes, and is a prolific and published song writer. In 2007 her lead-picking on autoharp won 1st place in the miscellaneous category at the Fiddle & Bango (sic) Contest, Columbia, California. She was voted first place three-years-in-a-row in a vocal duet as "People's Choice for Outstanding Performance on the Open Stage" at the Mt. Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Pennsylvania (1999-2001). Her duet album, "Wild Birds" received airplay in 17 countries, and the West County Professional Tea Sippers debut studio CD "The Kettle Is On" received an award for the Best Old-Timey CD of 2010 from the National Traditional Old-Time Country Music Association.