Bert Weedon's Play in a Day: Guide to Modern Guitar Playing (Guitar) Paperback – 24 Apr 2012
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Born in East Ham, London, top guitar star Bert Weedon wanted to play the guitar from his very early childhood. When he was just twelve years old he persuaded his father to buy him a rather battered guitar off a stall in London's famous Petticoat Lane Street Market, for exactly 75p. And so began the career of one of Britain's most accomplished instrumental stars. Bert went on to play guitar with artists such as Tommy Stelle, Marty Wilde, Laurie London, Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Billy Fure to name but a few. Artists who learned to play guitar from Play in a Day include Eric Clapton, Brian May, Hank Marvin and Paul McCartney.
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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.
Even if you do not want to be able to read music this is still a good book to practise your guitar skills on. It has helped me greatly and is making me into a better guitar player.
Can he help you play the guitar in just one day? The answer is yes.
However, now that I have had an opportunity to delve through this book in conjunction with others, at times when I have had the need to find answers to questions, I realise that it is probably my most valuable teaching aid. Its purpose is to provide a taster, which will enable the learner to progress to a basic standard and then move on.
Where I found it invaluable, and I could find this nowhere else in a simple form, was in getting to grips with Sharps and Flats for 'open' notes. It is set out so clearly that it has removed a serious concern. It is these problems that can put the learner off. It also provides an excellent chart covering all of the strings [if you are learning notation] and their fret positions and a separate chart showing the open string notes.
I just wish that I had found this book years ago. It was only at Mr Weedons death that I became seriously aware of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really please with my purchase, just wish i could play a bit quicker!!!Published 2 months ago by London Meerkat
Bought the book for my husband, good, quite easy to follow, and arrivwed on timePublished 2 months ago by Pauline Hair
Nothing wrong with the book but I have realised that the guitar is not my instrument so I am thinking of selling it and will throw the book in too. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. G. E. Eden
very good but I still can`t play the guitar not Berts fault I`m tone deafPublished 5 months ago by paul cowell
May have been the best in its day but there are much better products available now.Published 5 months ago by Alan