According to the New York Times, Bert Weedon, a British guitarist whose popular instructional manual Play In A Day taught the instrument to a generation of young hopefuls – young hopefuls named PETE TOWNSHEND, ERIC CLAPTON, JOHN LENNON and PAUL MCCARTNEY – died on Friday at his home in Beaconsfield, in the English county of Buckinghamshire. He was 91.
BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler comments on his passing:
“I had stopped commenting on deaths and disasters, because my ‘journal’ was starting to resemble an obituary column. However, I cannot ignore the passing of Bert Weedon. Some of you won’t have heard of him, but I can safely say that many UK and Ireland guitarists from John Lennon onwards throughout the 1960?s and 70?s, would probably have never learned to play without Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day book. He produced a book with pictures of chords, rather than musical notation, making it possible for those of us who couldn’t afford music lessons, or didn’t read music, to gradually learn basic chords on the guitar. I know Black Sabbath wouldn’t exist without his book, since both Tony Iommi and myself learned to play guitar chords from it. RIP Bert!