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Bert Weedon's Play in a Day: Guide to Modern Guitar Playing (Guitar) Paperback – 24 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Music Ltd. (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571529658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571529650
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Bought an "original" copy Bert Weedon's Play in a Day: Guide to Modern Guitar Playing (Guitar)in 1964 and never looked back! I bought this latest edition to assist with tutoring, I was very pleased to see that except for updated photos & biography the contents remained the same. A classic for the guitar beginner.
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(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.
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This is a must for anyone who wants to learn the guitar from scratch. I have been using it for a few weeks now and I must say I am very impressed. Bert Weedon has a high reputation and this shows in the book.
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This is the "man who taught the world to play the guitar". The book starts off by teaching you the basic from holding and tuning the guitar. He starts off with showing you some basic chords and then how to read music. He uses popular well know songs for you to practice on. Everything you need to know about playing the guitar is here.
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.
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Too many years ago to rememeber I learnt how to play guitar using Bert Weedons "Play in a Day" guide. I found it excellent for the absolute beginner and a very useful aid for the more experienced musician. I have now purchased it for my Great Niece who is embarking on Her guitaring career.
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i am a beginner so thought this book would set me off with some enthusiasm to keep going. This is not really a book for the beginner. It gets too serious and technical to early. The tune you get to play in a day is 'Bobby Shaftoe' on page 10 and 11. Pages 16 and 17 are also quite instructive for the beginner with 'Jingle Bells' and 'Drink to me only'. This book would have been better constructed for the beginner had the pages mentioned been from page 3 with the scales next. Then on to 'When the Saints come marching in'. With the ability to play the three tunes mentioned and the knowledge of how to play the cords the going on to the 'Rudiments of Music' would in my opinion been more instructive for the beginner. This book is not a good buy for the beginner. It is bought ( as I did ) with the phrase 'PLAY IN A DAY' as the selling point. There are many other better ways to start such as via the Guitar lessons for the beginner on Google which are free. My practical suggestion to the beginner would be to start via Google.
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By Peter VINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2012
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My initial response was fairly luke warm. A thin book with lots of biographic details and pages of photographs.

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.
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