At the FSGW getaway, I was fortunate to be in an autoharp workshop that was given by Dan Schatz. (S'pose to have been Bryan Bowers. But he was sick.) I had had this harp for a while. But I was kinda shy and a little intimidated about approaching. Well, Dan showed us some basic strumming/picking patterns. And low and behold, I was "given permission" to proceed, which I have. Sometimes it is less about the ability to perform a given action than it is about being given permission and encouragement by a humanoid. For me, anyway.