Are Autoharpists Musicians?

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Are Autoharpists Musicians?

Hell yes! Just tuning all those damn strings requires real talent.
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Fuck no! It's a push-button instrument and the chords are printed right on the fuckers! This ain't no accordion!
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No, because it's a folk instrument and folk music isn't real music.
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I'd put autoharpists in the "producer" category, personally.
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What the fuck is an autoharp, anyway?
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Are Autoharpists Musicians?

Postby Chuck_Schick » Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:57 am

Let the debate begin!

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Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:00 am

Open tunings = autoharp, so Keef is guilty.

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Re: Are Autoharpists Musicians?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:09 am

Chuck_Schick wrote:Let the debate begin!


Just strumming an autoharp is easy, but it takes a bit of skill to play melodies with rhythm accompaniment. Autoharp played expertly, as by Bryan Bowers, can be pretty mindblowing.

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Postby jjoyce » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:17 am

Maybe, but you can't rock out with the things. Playing one doesn't look substantially different from assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

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Postby rrnate » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:56 am

I think the key factor is, can you look cool playing an autoharp?

--nt--

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Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:03 am

rrnate wrote:I think the key factor is, can you look cool playing an autoharp?

--nt--


Mmmmmaybe....

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Postby meowzamusic » Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:13 am

I especially liked your long autoharp solo during the last NR set, Chuck...

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Postby regnad_kcin » Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:44 am

Any good autoharpist knows how to "read" the party: strumming fast songs when people want to dance, chill songs for when they want to chill, and building / releasing tension with rambling eastern european folk balads. That takes, you know, talent or something.

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Postby harrissimo » Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:04 pm

It depends. If the person playing the autoharp is a hot looking young chick who has a fetish for 50ish Cute Jewish Jazz Piano Players with curly hair then she is definetley a musican and a damn good one at that. Otherwise, they are a wanna be who should be banished to a church basement in Adams County.

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Postby bobbyray » Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:12 pm

I don't see how playing a strong, pressurized, steam-heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments or sterilization makes somebody a musician. Wait, no, that's an autoclave. Sorry.

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Postby regnad_kcin » Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:46 pm

Are pianists musicians? They're just pressing buttons!

Same goes for fretted instruments-- that's cheating, man.

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Postby Violet_Skye » Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:49 pm

bobbyray wrote:I don't see how playing a strong, pressurized, steam-heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments or sterilization makes somebody a musician. Wait, no, that's an autoclave. Sorry.


LOL! :lol:

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Postby jhain » Mon Oct 24, 2005 7:44 pm

Nils Frykdahl of Faun Fables convinced me that an autoharpist can be a musician. I'd never seen someone fingerpick one before.

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Postby keelio » Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:07 pm

This may or may not change opinions on the Autoharp, but Grey DeLisle does a pretty cool (though admittedly folky) version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" with that instrument featured prominently: http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/archives/asc84/index.html/#delisle

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Postby Marvell » Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:21 pm

jjoyce wrote:Maybe, but you can't rock out with the things.


That's where you are oh so fucking wrong, my friend. I myself have rocked the autoharp to a frightening degree.

Just because the Jimi Hendrix of the autoharp has yet to emerge doesn't mean he isn't out there - somewhere...


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