Title Essai sur la vraie manière de jouer de la Harpe avec une méthode de l'accorder. Œuvre premier
Author Meyer, Jacques Philippe
Place Paris
Publisher l'Auteur
Year 1763
Physical Description 8, VII, 23 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  
Elements of Musical Theory  
Beginning with 1 finger  
Beginning with 2 fingers  
Beginning with 3 fingers  
Beginning with 4 fingers 2
Chords, 3 fingers  
Chords, 4 fingers 4
Pedals / Levers  
Scales 3
Trills, Tremolos, Bisbigliandi, Ornaments 5
Muffled Sounds  
The harp in this period is an instrument of accompaniment of songs and airs; the method gives technical means to learn to play these kind of pieces
Introduction of 8 pages with the history of the harp, the reasons of the method, the description of the instrument, how to tune it. Then technical explanations on 7 boards of musical exercises.
7 musical boards containing every technical formulae necessary for the execution with the fingering : scales, battery, left hand chords with ways of accompaniment such as: bass of Alberti; ornaments
Several small pieces using each a technical difficulty: aria with variations, allegro, adagio, gavotte, gigue, fantasy
To conclude, a small Sonata in 2 mouvements
Interesting fingerings for the ornaments: many of slides of the thumb
Many lines coming down are playing without the thumb
The pieces have deliberately the objective of the learning of the technique: they approach a difficulty after the other one.