The Autoharp belongs to the Zither family, but has a sophisticated mechanism which makes it an easy string instrument to learn. In the beginning it might seem unusual to play, but soon proves to be simple. One hand operates with the help of a system of buttons and a number of buffers. So when playing a chord all the strings are silenced except those needed for the chord. The other hand passes a plectrum over the strings. In that way the desired chord is created and can be changed quickly. According to the type, the Autoharp can have up to 36 strings and a range of approximately 2-4 octaves.