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144 Chord Autoharp

You say 144 chords? Is that even possible?

Yes, it is indeed possible to cut the felts in a way that enables 144 different chords to be played. The secret is in pressing two bars of felts at the same time, making many more combinations possible than there are buttons. Some are truly beautiful. A lady once asked me after a performance, "How do you make it sound like a whole orchestra"? That's the highest compliment i can imagine.

How do you get 144, when only 25 types exist?

It's true that only about 25 useful chord types exist. And furthermore, we selected only the best 12 out of these 25.

But since our harp can play these 12 chord-types in all 12 keys, that makes 12 X 12, or 144 actual chords available.

I see 24 buttons on your harp, not 144.

All chords are played by pressing two buttons at a time, and there are 144 useful two-button combinations. For example, pressing two buttons side-by-side in the bottom row produces a Major chord, while pressing two buttons with two unpressed buttons between them produces a minor chord.  How far down the row you press the two buttons determines the key of the chord. (Because there are 12 musical keys, each row has 12 buttons.)

What if the buttons I need are too far apart?

The buttons down a row are arranged according to the circle of fifths. This means chords used together will be located close together. It also means you won't have to stretch your fingers to reach the two buttons needed; they will be no more than three buttons apart. For example, F, C, and G Major are located side-by-side in the center of the lower row.

The one exception is that playing in some # keys might require a button beyond the end of a row. That button will be found at the start of the same row -- making a far reach -- but this is almost never a problem since those # keys are seldom used.

How can I remember which two buttons?

The upper-row of buttons are labelled A through L, and the lower row is labeled 1 through 9 (plus XYZ). This makes it easy to write down -- and read back -- the pairs of buttons needed for a song.

Remembering how to make various chords soon becomes easy, because all chords of a type are made in the same way. For example all Major chords are produced by pressing two buttons side-by-side. All minor chords have two buttons between the ones you press. And how far down the row you press them determines which key they play in.
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Harp Twins - left speaker
144 Chord Harp - right speaker
The above recording was amazingly fun to make. What could be better than playing along with The Harp Twins! You can hear The Twins orriginal recording HERE (along with much more of thier great music).
The solo recording below demonstrates 8 of of the 12 chord-types available on our 144-Chord Autoharp.
For tutorials on playing a variety of songs on the 144-Chord Autoharp, visit our Youtube channel.

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If this is your first time here, you might want to click "Samples" and listen to how our harp sounds.  Or maybe click "FAQ" to learn how it works.
In any case, enjoy your visit!

Tommy Paul Strader
Inventor of the 144-Chord Autoharp
The original. Made in 1978
Twenty-four hardwood bars with holders, felted with our chording system, ready to mount on your 'harp and play!
$195   No tax.
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