The Truth About Fender Play
For those of you who may not be quite sure what Fender Play is, here’s a quick snapshot. Fender is arguably the greatest guitar manufacturer in the world. Aside from making one of the most iconic guitars of all time, they are proactively innovative and constantly release new products and updates that genuinely make the music experience better.
Now Fender is getting into the online lessons game. Fender Play is exactly that: a database of online lessons designed to bring you the experience of learning guitar from a professional instructor right in your own living room… or computer room.
You get legitimate instructors with Fender Play. They all have tenured careers in performing, teaching, and directing music. Some have played and directed with big names you will recognize. So, in the end, you’re learning from some pretty solid folks.
What you won’t find on here are lessons from your guitar heroes you want to play like. So if that’s what you’re looking for you’re out of luck. But unless you have some serious connections in the music industry, or one of those musicians owes you a pile of money spawned by a bad habit, you won’t find lessons from those guys anywhere (aside from a video here and there on YouTube).
Here’s just a few of the instructors you will see on the platform. There are plenty more.
If you’re an advanced musician, stop reading right now. You won’t get much out of the lessons on this platform. Hopefully, as the platform evolves they will create more content for high level players. But given that the platform is relatively new, it’s to be expected that it will take some time to accumulate content of that caliber.
However, if you are a beginner player, this is a really good place to start your musical journey. The lessons are very easy to follow and explain everything methodically and slowly – even sometimes painfully slow.
Some of the highlights of Fender Play:
- Step-by-step Instructions
- Easy to follow Lessons
- Track your progress
- Beautifully clean and modern interface
- Intuitive design
- 14 day trial
If you follow the lessons you absolutely will learn about music theory, chords, scales, techniques, etc. Plus, you work at your own pace. If you only have an hour per week to work on guitar, you can take it slow. If you spend 24/7 working on guitar, you can spend all day and night going through the lessons. It’s very “University of Phoenix” if you will.
Also, you get to choose your style so that your lessons are catered to the way you want to learn. This is a pretty nice feature, because for many of us who started playing guitar years ago, our way of learning was just trying to emulate guys like Page, Hendrix, Vai, Vaughan, etc the list goes on. I can tell you firsthand, it’s much easier to learn what those guys are playing if you start with the foundation.
The Song List
Speaking of learning from the greats, Fender Play offers a library of songs from which you can choose to learn. They are rated based on difficulty and tabs and lessons are provided for each one. This is a very cool feature, because there’s nothing that will make you put down an instrument faster than constantly learning scales and chords and never actually getting to play a tune.
It also means you don’t have spend time hunting around YouTube and Ultimate-Guitar trying to find a lesson and tab that is right AND manageable to follow. Not that it’s incredibly hard to find tabs and lessons online, but occasionally it does get frustrating when you can’t find content you need. This feature removed a lot of that frustration.
- 14 Day Free Trial – full access to the platform. You still have to enter your credit card here so if you don’t like it after 14 days make sure you cancel before you get charged.
- Month-to-Month – $9.99. Let’s be honest, if you like Starbucks, you’ve probably spent that much on a Frappuccino at some point.
- Annual – $89.99 or $7.50/month. Best deal if you are a slow learner or just want to take your time
To Sum It All Up
Fender Play is a cool platform that offers a lot for the money. If you’re a beginner, it’s almost a no-brainer given the 14 day trial. Afterall you probably just spent a couple hundred bucks on gear to get you started. It’s a very aesthetically pleasing design and the lessons will no doubt help you learn.
If you’re an upper level player, you’re out of luck here. Hopefully, as the platform ages and grows, it will incorporate more content for advanced players.
So if you want to check it out, click the link below and go for it. Good luck!