Customer Review

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As iconic as Bert himself - and just as influential, 18 April 2009
This review is from: Bert Weedon's Play in a Day: Guide to Modern Guitar Playing (Guitar) (Paperback)
(This review is based upon my own copy bought in the early 1960's, since which time the book may well have been updated, but it has never been out of print. That fact alone says a great deal).

A previous reviewer is right to say that this book lacks TAB and requires readers to learn to read music, but therein lies one of its enduring strengths. Bert's book may be old fashioned by modern standards, but it progresses slowly and smoothly through all the rudimentary stages of learning to read music and to associate notation with positions on the fretboard.

The book is also unusual in that it is specifically designed for would-be guitarists who are teaching themselves to play plectrum style guitar. The fact that so many of today's most influential guitarists credit Bert and this book with having inspired and guided them is testament alone to the longevity and popularity of both in the eye of both public and modern musicians. Although rhythm playing is featured (and remember that in his early days, Bert was both a soloist and rhythm guitarist in several big bands), the main focus of the book is upon plectrum-based melody playing.

'Play in a day' doesn't spoon-feed the reader. It assumes both intelligence and a willingness to persevere but is nonetheless clear, written in mostly jargon-free language, isn't condescending and it lacks all traces of flashiness and trendiness. In short - it's a classic, which is why it has remained on the bookshelves and has retained its standing as a bestseller for over 40 years.

Also worth trying to find is the rarely-mentioned follow-up book that Bert wrote called 'Play every day', which is just as good and which covers some of the more advanced stages and styles of solo guitar playing.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 302