Jimmy Page Just Revealed The $14 Secret To His Playing You Were Never Meant To Know
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Page Reveals $14 Secret To Learning Guitar
Contrary to popular belief, Jimmy Page wasn’t born shredding solo after solo. In fact, he didn’t even pick up a guitar until the age of 12, the result of a guitar left behind by someone at the Page family home. Over time, though, Page would become the mastermind behind some of the most iconic music ever written, his guitar playing the gold standard for rock fans and the mark to shoot for for up and coming musicians. But with no real lessons to speak of to mold his talent early on, how did Jimmy Page learn to play the guitar?
The answer is simple, and you’ve probably passed it by on Amazon hundreds of times.
Page reveals that he learned from a book, of all things – Burt Weedon’s 1957 book Play In a Day. Little did he know, that little $14 book would set the foundation for his work as a session musician later on, bridging the gap between his talent and a little guidance.
“I didn’t take lessons. I learned from a book called ‘Play in a Day.’ I learned from ‘Play in a Day’ and many years later I became a studio musician,” says Page. “And the way that the notation was in ‘Play in a Day’ was exactly the way they wrote out chord charts. So yeah, it was very useful.”
We’re not saying that if you pick up Play In A Day you’ll be able to tear into “Stairway To Heaven” with a violin bow, but there’s a reason why Page, Eric Clapton, Brian May and countless others cite Weedon’s book as a major tool in their learning kit. Described as “easy to use” with “plenty of tips for selecting the right guitar, the correct amplifier, how to hold your instrument, and plenty of exercises and tunes to play,” Play In A Day takes much of the guesswork and frustration out of the early days of learning how to play guitar. Once you’ve picked up the basics, it’s easy to put two and two together and figure out the more advanced stuff – all without kicking out extra money for lessons.
Imagine that: for $14 (technically, $13.97), literally what you’d spend at Starbucks this weekend, you can pick up the same tricks and tips that helped mold your favorite guitar player. Not bad, huh?