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Guitar inspiration Bert Weedon dies

Ronnie Dungan
Guitar inspiration Bert Weedon dies

Teach yourself guitar pioneer, Bert Weedon, has died at the age of 91.

Weedon was best known for creating the popular tutorial manual Play In A Day, which inspired and taught a generation of guitarists including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May. The book has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Born in East London, in May 1920, he had been ill for some time and died at his home in Beaconsfield. He was awarded an OBE in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to music. Aged 12, Weedon picked up his first guitar after convincing his father to buy him a second-hand one from a London market. As a child, he studied classical guitar - a grounding which later enabled him to play any genre of guitar music at sight.
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