Autoharp Lessons

Looking to learn the autoharp? Just starting out? Or are you already an intermediate? Regardless of your age or your skill level, Eagle Rock Music Studio offers lessons to those looking to improve their autoharp proficiency.


Although the German immigrant Charles F. Zimmermann was awarded a US patent in 1882 and he named his invention the autoharp, he was not the actual inventor of the instrument; that distinction belongs to the German inventor Karl August Gütter. Zimmermann’s original design differed from what the autoharp eventually became after Zimmermann visited Germany after receiving the patent, saw Gütter’s design, and reworked his model after Gütter’s, finally debuting his autoharp invention in 1885. Though Gütter is the true father of the instrument, Zimmermann is still frequently credited as the rightful inventor, though he mostly just contributed the (very marketable) name.


The autoharp is actually not a harp, but a chord zither (or guitar zither), an instrument with a sound-box and two sets of unstopped strings. Many popular musicians and artists have used the autoharp in their recordings, such as Joni Mitchell, John Mellencamp, PJ Harvey, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and the Band.


There are two course paths available at Eagle Rock Music Studio for autoharp players: one for aspiring professionals, and one for those just looking to play recreationally or for their own personal enrichment. We provide a structured and supportive learning environment for those of all ages and skill levels, as we believe this is essential to transforming our students from dreamers to doers.

Because every student learns differently, our autoharp lessons are private/1-on-1. Our instructor will first discuss what your goals are when it comes to your instrument, and then will work with you on developing a plan of action — we believe in learning by doing — in order to make sure these goals are achieved. We always have skills, songs, styles and theory for you to work on, and learning concepts that you bring to the lessons yourself will help encourage practice and will make the results all the more the rewarding, as well.

Eagle Rock Music Studios is located just north of downtown Los Angeles between Glendale and Pasadena. We look forward to seeing you come by. For more information or to set up a lesson, please call us at 323-309-8467.