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A beginner's first steps
Technical development on Harp Guitar (Neck and Sub-Basses only)
Notation and TAB
Exercises and repertoire
by Jon Pickard
One of the world's first written teaching materials for Harp Guitar!
Scores and learning resources for Harp Guitar are almost non-existent in the world today - so this publication should be helpful for those seeking to make a start who are new to the instrument and wish to develop their skills.
Features 9 similar (but slightly different) exercises, 5 pages of Guide notes and one complete arrangement.
19 page PDF file download for £10
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Performance Artist for concerts, weddings and events
Jon Pickard, Harp-Guitarist & Pianist
Comments about Jon Pickard from previous clients
"All you need is ears"
George Martin (Beatles producer)
“Hi Jon, a heartfelt thank you for playing at our reception last month. Everyone enjoyed it, and the different styles you were able to play appealed across the board… It was really the right decision to have you there.”
“Thank you so much for coming and playing at our wedding. It was exactly the mood we wanted. All the guests told me it was great and I am very thankful to you. One guest told me how much they loved your playing and then you launched into a Spanish piece and they were just blown away. Thanks again”
Claire and Tom
“Claire and I would like to say a huge thanks for the quality of your performance yesterday. You coped brilliantly with the change of venues and even better with the Golf balls (I imagine that’s a new obstacle for you!). Everyone was hugely impressed and remarked on the quality of the music. When Claire and I managed to get some time to listen we certainly thought it was brilliant.
Sally and Bob
“Thank you so much for playing guitar at our wedding at the Longhouse in Bruton. It was lovely to walk up to the aisle to the sound of ‘What a Wonderful World’ played so beautifully and we and our guests all really enjoyed the lively Spanish sound which went perfectly with the sunshine and canapés! Not only a thoroughly professional musician but very reasonably priced too – we will certainly recommend you to anyone looking for a guitarist or pianist for a special occasion. Thanks again”
Mother of the bride
“Jon added a touch of class to our wedding with a selection of classical, Spanish and popular guitar music. A relaxing musical back-drop to the afternoon and evening. Highly recommended.”
“I just wanted to say thanks so much again for playing at our wedding, I will never forget walking down the aisle to Romance, so beautiful and perfect! Thanks again, I would do it all again tomorrow — to the same husband!”
client and professional singer
“It was great to meet you and have you play at our party, you were fantastic and it made the day all the more special for us and our guests. Stu and I loved doing a quick number with you and I think that worked well too. Not only are you an extremely talented musician, but your warm and friendly nature also contributed to making the day special. I really do hope we get the opportunity to have you play again.”
Lisa and Lee
“We both wanted to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding. I remember arriving at the reception and hearing you play, it created a lovely atmosphere, you are very talented. My photographer and many guests said how amazing you were at playing. We have our DVD back and there is a lovely piece of footage of you playing. Lee apologises for not being able to speak to you during the day but he was also blown away at how good you were. Thank you for letting me TRY and play your guitar I’m sure that will make for a good photo.”
“Just a big THANK YOU for Friday, it was wonderful, the music just topped off a fantastic day, thank you so much.”
Laura & Steve
“I just wanted to take this opportunity in saying a big thank you for playing at our wedding. We were delighted with your performance and have had numerous comments from guests saying how much they enjoyed the background music. It was also lovely having you play whilst eating the starter and also that we could see you. I hope you didn’t feel too exposed sitting on the balcony! We had an amazing day and pleased you were a part of it.”
Chris and Andrew Wilson
Parents of the Bride
“Just a note to say a big thank you for your excellent guitar playing at our daughter’s wedding yesterday. We really enjoyed it and received lots of comments from the guests to say how much they enjoyed it. Many people commented on your playing particularly in the Mews prior to the ceremony when they felt treated to an excellent concert. In the garden your playing created a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Many thanks”
Helen & Graham
“Hi Jon, just wanted to say a big thanks for playing at our wedding on Friday – shame you got rained off and sorry I didn’t manage to come and say Hi. I heard everything throughout the ceremony which was beautiful. We had a fantastic day, just off on our honeymoon now!”
“What can I say. Brilliant !! I thought you would be good but words fail me to describe the absolute Brilliance with which you played. So many of our guests remarked on how fantastic the music you played was. We wanted to create a particular atmosphere at our wedding which you created with such perfection. I can’t thank you enough. I will certainly be using your services again.”
“Just wanted to say how pleased we were that we booked you for Amy and Luke’s wedding. It was a great success. We thought you would like to know that many people commented on your beautiful playing and we would not hesitate in recommending you. Thank you for helping to make their wedding such a wonderful occasion.”
“Dear Jon, I’m really pleased that you enjoyed yourself at our reception. Your performance was superb and many of the guests have said so when we spoke to them subsequently. Your music was perfect for the occasion and helped to create the relaxed festival feel that we aimed for right from the early days of planning. So once again, thank you for bringing such wonderful music to help make our day special.”
Anne and James
“We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your music at Sarah and Jon’s wedding on 21st July… before, during and after the ceremony. You created such a lovely relaxed atmosphere with your guitar playing and then “The Rose” as Sarah and James walked through the garden was perfect. I think we were all “Feelin’ Good” by the end of the ceremony and you and Ellen made a great duo. Then your playing during the meal really created a buzz… and so many people commented on how much they enjoyed it. Once again… many thanks!”
Jane and Peter
“I think without doubt everyone enjoyed your playing tremendously. You are extremely professional and also sensitive to what is going on. I think we were very lucky to have you! From our point of view there is nothing negative in the slightest to say, and the bride and groom thought you were brilliant too. Having you playing during the breakfast just made the atmosphere so much more special. Many thanks once again and best wishes for the future.”
Jon & Sarah
“Dear Jon, can Sarah and I please thank you for the lovely music that you provided at our wedding reception on Friday 21st July at the Queens Hotel. We really enjoyed the music in the garden and also during the wedding breakfast and it really did help to bring the whole day together and entertain the guests. Thank you again.”
“Thank you so much for playing at our wedding – it was just what we were looking for. Throughout the evening I kept thinking to myself how lovely the music was and how nice it was not to have to shout above it, as we would have had to do if we’d had a disco or DJ. I have also been really impressed with your professionalism throughout – from the initial booking, through to you actually playing. I would thoroughly recommend you to anyone and everyone.”
James and Katherine
“We’ve just returned from our honeymoon and wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding at the barn at bury court on 5th December. It was exactly what we wanted for the ceremony and reception drinks. We had loads of comments about how good you were!
Apologies that we didn’t get to thank you on the day. Thanks again!”
“Hi Jon, just a brief line to thank you for your superb performance last night at the Bratton Music Night. I think you were an absolute highlight and appreciated by all. Even the Blues Boyz were blown away by your set!!!”
“Dear Jon, it was a wonderful privilege to hear you playing at our daughter’s wedding. Your choice of music and the expert way in which you played the various pieces matched the occasion perfectly. You have the rare ability to touch the hearts of people with your music and that, combined with your graciousness to the guests, helped in no small way to make the reception and wedding experience for my daughter the wonderful success that it was. That you also allowed me to play your guitar was an added bonus and an experience I’ll not forget. I am uncertain when I will be able to travel to the UK again and while I may never enjoy hearing you play again, I at least have your cd, a most treasured possession. Thank you so much!”
Ed and Liz Bailey
“Dear Jon, we wanted to email you to let you know how grateful we are that you were able to play during the reception at our wedding in July. Your performance was perfect and we had many comments about how you added to the ambience of the day. You were exactly what we wanted, perfect choice of music and discreet throughout. Needless to say we have passed your details onto friends and family. Thanks once again for making our day so special.
Stuart Mewburn, Guitar Luthier, London
“Jon, Now I know why I make guitars. Not for the money (it’s poverty wages) but because people like you can make them sound so good by playing so beautifully on them.”
— Stuart Mewburn, Guitar Luthier, London
George & Kirstie
“Thank you for playing at our wedding! We had a wonderful day, even the weather behaved itself, and your music was the icing on the cake! Perfect!! Sorry I didn’t get chance to thank you on the day, all seemed to go so quickly! Then we were straight off to oz for our honeymoon which was fantastic!
Now when we’re enjoying one of your cds it will bring back many happy memories for years to come! Thanks again for being the perfect soundtrack to the perfect wedding”
“Just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for everything you did for us on our wedding day. Our guests were very impressed with you, especially the mother of the groom who is still raving about how wonderful your playing was. Thank you also for playing Gabriel when I walked down the aisle that really did make it so memorable and something I will cherish forever. I am so sorry that I never got chance to speak to you and also I don’t know whether anyone sorted you out with champagne and canapés, I had arranged this for you but with the time running out I’m sorry I didn’t get to you. Thank you again for helping to make our day so special. ”
“I just wanted to say I was absolutely delighted with Jon as the guitarist at our wedding. Everyone thought it was delightful. My dad said in the speeches he must have had three hands! We could not have been happier and the atmosphere he created was so special. We loved it and he was a real joy to chat to also. He entertained our guests from beginning to end and everyone said how wonderful he was. It made our day! Thank you!”
“Thank you so much for playing our party! All of the guests were very impressed and I believe that you will be getting a few extra bookings off of the back of your performance. Your music was the perfect accompaniment to the evening and it was a shame it had to end (both your music and the party!) The booking process was very straightforward and you were extremely professional and delightful to deal with. The arrangements, considering your busy schedule, worked perfectly. Thank you again, we shall bear you in mind for future events!”
Jess & Dan
“…we wanted to say a huge thank you for the music you played at our wedding at Folly Farm on the 2nd April. We were absolutely thrilled with what you did and had so many compliments and enquiries about you. It was just perfect and you were so professional, just turning up and playing.”
Mother of Groom
“I would just like to say that it was truly wonderful to hear you playing at Sam and Paloma’s wedding on Saturday. Your music at the ceremony was amazing and right from the start created a beautiful atmosphere which escalated to an emotional climax and ended on such a tearfully happy note with Danza Brasiliera. During the drinks reception many complimentary comments were made about your music and how it created the perfect atmosphere both during the ceremony and afterwards. Many thanks for an excellent performance.”
“Dear Jon, thank you so much for playing so beautifully at our wedding at Magdalen Farm in July. Our baby is often soothed by Guitar Music now. We hope you had an enjoyable day despite the heat.”
Private party host
“Just to say thank you for such a wonderful evening of classical Spanish guitar. So many people commented on your talent the choice (yours) of music – it was perfect. I’m sorry I didn’t get around to spending as much time with you as I would have wanted but in the event you had it all under control. You really should have brought some CDs with you, they would have sold like hot cakes! I hope you made it home before midnight and that the journey was uneventful. I will most certainly recommend you to anyone that asks – you never know, I may well need your service again in the not too distant future. I’m sure you are pretty busy this time of year. Many thanks again Jon, you scored me lots of Brownie Points. All the very best, keep up the great work.”
Michael and Judy Walke
“Back from a lovely honeymoon and able to draw breath after a hectic few weeks! Judy and I want to thank you for playing at our wedding. The music you provided was beautifully performed and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Your contribution to our wedding was really important and helped make it the stylish and very happy day that we wanted for ourselves and our guests. Thank you.”
“Thanks Jon, you were fantastic at our wedding and reception at the Roman Baths. We really loved your music, it left a lovely impression on us all through our honeymoon and I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone.”
“I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your performance on Saturday. You created precisely the atmosphere we wanted and we have received some delightful comments about your playing.”
“When we arrived the first thing we heard was the Guitarist playing, it was lovely, he was very well presented and the music was fabulous. We had comments from all the guests specially the Spanish ones, who thought he was wonderful and very talented. I wish I could have heard him more, but I was too busy greeting my guests. He was a star.”
“I was very pleased with Jon, everyone commented on what a relaxed atmosphere it was, he really made the ceremony special and played fantastically during the reception.”
Charlotte & Mark
“Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. I was sorry I didn’t hear you-we were so busy chatting to people but you were a hit across the generations with my granny and school friends saying how good you were. So thank you for adding to a great atmosphere.”
"Jon played the guitar and the piano at a conference reception that we organised at the Romans Bath. His choice of music and the excellent quality of his performance made the evening very special for us and our guests. His exceptional qualities as an artist were matched by the professionalism that he showed in communication and arrangements before and after the event. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wishes to make their event stand out."
Wedding in the Roman Baths
It was amazing! The playlist was exactly what we had discussed and many of our guests have specifically complimented what a great idea it was to have such fantastic music throughout.
Thank you, Jon for helping to make our wedding magical!
Rachel and Steve
Wedding at St Audries Park, Somerset
“Rachel and I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was to hear your skill and music at our wedding on Friday 8th April. With the sun shining and your music flowing through the orangery, even the Registrar thought she was Spain. A number of of guests commented on how brilliantly you added and lifted the day with great renditions of our favourite music.