Title Méthode de Harpe : Suivie d'un recueil de Petits Airs de différens Auteurs [etc.]
Author Cousineau, Jacques-Georges
Place Paris
Publisher Cousineau, Salomon
Year 1784
Physical Description 48 p.
Language French
Type of Harp Simple Action Pedal Harp
Target Audience Adults
Speed of Progression Fast
Structure of Method Chapters on the fundamental techniques of the harp
Type of Illustrations Others
Style of Music Classical
Musical Structure Exerices; Pieces
Elements of harmonical Theory No
Introduction 1
Position of the Harp 2
Tuning 9
Elements of Musical Theory  
Beginning with 1 finger  
Beginning with 2 fingers 3
Beginning with 3 fingers 4
Beginning with 4 fingers 5
Intervals 6
Chords, 3 fingers  
Chords, 4 fingers 10
Pedals / Levers 8
Harmonics 13
Scales 11
Slides 12
Trills, Tremolos, Bisbigliandi, Ornaments 7
Muffled Sounds  
Give bases onto the learning of the harp to a beginner

- Introduction: purpose of the method.
- Divided into 2 parts : 1) explanations 2) musical examples.
- Presentation of the harp.
- Way of taking the harp, the position of fingers, the dexterities, the main rule of the fingerings.
- Explanation of pedals and tones (major and minor).
- Then 37 lessons for the right hand, very short with some measures of examples.
- Then 16 lessons idem for the left hand, but centred on the role of accompaniment of the left hand, then, chords, batteries, bass of Alberti, octaves, etc.
- Followed by pieces some of the author and the others of various composers.
Explanation how to change a strings, adjust the mechanics and the pedals of the harp.
The scales are called « roulades »
Short, simple pieces technically and harmonicaly, in a classic style and using rarely pedals