It’s fair to say that my son is somewhat musically inclined. Ever since signing up for the middle school musical two years ago, we’ve been exploring his talents and finding new ways to encourage his love of music. He’s in both the band (playing trombone) and the choir at his school and last year he snagged the male lead in his school’s musical of Annie. Now, I’ll admit that his love of music has come as a little bit of a surprise to me. He’s always been so into sports that until he started recently showing these interests, I had no idea they were there. But the more involved he’s gotten, the more I’ve wanted to encourage his love of music. So when he recently asked to learn to play the guitar to further his involvement in the school’s music program, I was all too excited to say yes! Once I had agreed, the question became how does he learn to play the guitar while still balancing his busy schedule. And the answer came through the customized curriculum of Fender Play!
Once he had decided that he wanted to learn to play the guitar, as his mom it was my job to figure out how to make it happen. Knowing that our schedule is crazy and it’s hard to commit to one time a week for any type of lessons, I wanted to find an option that was flexible yet still fabulous! Of course since our last name is Fender, the first place I thought to look was with Fender guitars (sadly, we are no relation). I was thrilled to discover that through the Fender Play monthly subscription service, my son has the opportunity to experience a guided online learning program (yup, he can take it anywhere) that teaches him to play the guitar in minutes! Armed with little more than his guitar, amp and computer, he can take his desire to learn to play the guitar and make it a reality!
Thrilled with the idea of him being able to learn at his own pace from our own home, he jumped in full force and set up his “learning station” complete with everything he needed to learn to play the guitar on the front porch. After logging into Fender Play, he instantly had access to hundreds of instructional videos and hands-on exercises! Since Fender Play walks new players down a learning path based on their musical preferences with short lessons that teach new skills that range from a riff to a full song, he was able to jump right in, learn how to tune his guitar and get started with split-screen videos that showed him the exact steps he needs to take to start playing the guitar.
I was amazing at how quickly I heard chords and then pieces of songs coming from the front porch and when I went to investigate, I found him carefully watching the videos that incorporate 4k multi-camera video production to deliver a clean and unified cirriculum with the same amazing look that Fender is known for! Along with the split-screen features, there were also over-the-shoulder angles that provided a unique and valuable perspective on how to hold the guitar, how to position his hand and how to pluck the strings. It was like he was sitting right in the room with his instructor….yet he was being able to learn right from the convenience of our porch!
Armed with his Fender Play subscription and his guitar, he’s working his was through the fabulous cirriculum that’s created by experts and the leading guitar brand to learn fun songs that he loves. With the program’s ability to break popular songs down into the basics first and give him customized instruction that is based on is musical preference, he’s never had more fun and it’s never been easier for him to learn to play the guitar!
Going forward, I love knowing that with help from Fender Play, he can learn this new musical instrument at his pace and customized to his skill level. I expect I’ll find him continuing to work his way through the courses as he prepares to go back to school and enjoying every moment of hearing his favorite songs come to life from the strings of his very own guitar!
But more than anything, I love knowing that I’ve found a way to continue to encourage his love of music! As he learns to play this new instrument, I’ll enjoy watching and hearing new chords, riffs and songs come from his area and I’ll delight in the joy on his face as he masters skills and brings music to life in a new and exciting way!
Now it’s your turn! If you have a teen who wants to learn to play the guitar (or even if you’re the one who wants to learn), it’s never been easier! Start your FREE 30-day trial of Fender Play today and begin learning basic skills on the acoustic or electric guitar that will lead to full songs strummed on your own! Then discover how the love of music and playing the guitar can lead to a confidence your teen never knew they had!
Tell me, who do you know that would love to learn to play the guitar with Fender Play?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.