I’ve been a self-taught guitar player for many years now having learnt to play chords from charts found online and riffs and songs from videos on YouTube. However, when I saw that Fender Play had an offer for a free 3-month trial I was interested in what I could learn.
Fender Play is essentially an online learning platform to help budding musicians learn to play Guitar, Bass and Ukulele. The videos are extremely well produced and they use musical language that everyone can understand no matter what stage you are at.
When I signed up I had a bit of an advantage. I had played the guitar before so chord positions and playing came naturally. I was also classically trained so things like scales, chords and theory were things I knew about. However, I discovered very quickly that there were still things I could learn.
For example, basic posture and positioning was something I took for granted before, but, after spending several weeks practicing these skills, my accuracy and sound has most certainly improved.
The lessons are set out in levels ranging in difficulty and there are a variety of great practice exercises and well-known songs that can be found in each one.
Overall I really recommend Fender Play to anyone wanting to learn the guitar. Of course, it doesn’t replace one to one teaching but it can help you navigate the basics and build your confidence on the instrument. Who knows, you might become the next Nita Strauss!
Stay safe and happy playing!
Jen Athan is a composer and producer based in Glasgow. Her work spans many different styles and genres and typically features her love of sampling and experimenting with new sounds. She has written music for theatre shows and short films and enjoys creating music to accompany a narrative.