Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Bert Weedon, who died on Friday [April 20] aged 91.
Known as Mr Guitar, Weedon was a huge influence on some of the biggest names in music.
Eric Clapton has said that he had “never met a player of any consequence” who had not learned from Weedon’s ‘Play In A Day’ books.
Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon all admitted to using Weeden’s manuals to help them learn guitar.
In a message on his website, paulmccartney.com, the former Beatle wrote:
:Dear Bert – we will miss him. From early childhood throughout our lives he was Britain’s Mr Guitar. He seemed to be the first person we saw on television showing us how to play and he left a lasting impression on us. We use to joke about how he played a thousand notes a minute but we were always impressed with him. Like us, he loved the guitar and communicated that passion to many generations. Bert, we’ll miss you.”