There is something important that is missing in the Fender Play ukulele lessons. There are no words to the songs printed on the music. Granted, the person giving the lesson does sing the song during the lesson. However, I don’t know all the words to the songs and I don’t know exactly when to sing the words if they’re not printed on the music so when I go back to practice, I’m kind of lost. That’s a big missing piece and it makes it not enjoyable for me.
The Fender Play app is extremely well made and organized. I decided to pick up guitar during the lockdown and this app has lessons that are a good size where you feel meaningful progress can be made while still being able to pause whenever you like. The video instructions are quite well done. Being able to review previous videos and training material is a great plus. The app also seems to offer plenty of tutorials on how to play songs. I haven’t spent much time on those since I still a beginner but they seem equally well done as the rest of the app.
I signed up for Fender Play so excited to get started. I had played guitar a decade ago but stopped due to life. The pandemic has forced me to appreciate everything. I love the FB community so much! The biggest gripe I have is that they don’t offer a left-handed option. I play left and am just asking for a simple toggle in the settings that allows you to pick the orientation. The videos don’t even need to change just update the chord charts, etc. I don’t think that would be difficult. I’ve put in several feature requests but Fender acts like “whatever.” I’m starting on Yousician that does allow lefties! Fender stop the discrimination!! Also following the practice lessons can be difficult if you don’t use the metronome as you have to keep scrolling to see the page. A zoom out feature may be a good option to have or even a reading option for songs so everything is on the same page.
I log into the web app through Facebook. But when I try to do the same on my phone app hangs on the Facebook login page.
I am old. I stink at playing but this makes it easy to get better. Very clear and progressive instruction.
I really wanted this app to be good. I actually thought it would be great. I have been using the Apple GarageBand tutorials on my Mac to walk me through the basics, but I wanted better instructions, and this is where I hoped (more like, WAS SURE) I would find it. No such luck. Most apps with video I can run through my Apple TV and let my phone go to sleep, allowing the remote to navigate to the next video as each one ends. Not possible with this app. As soon as the phone goes to sleep, the video freezes, and it drops out, like, “GFY user, no more video for you. Also, have fun watching everything you just watched over again, as if you never even opened the app to begin with. Ha!” I went through this trying to get through the first 8 or 9 lessons over the course of an hour in the Rock introduction, and I felt like this app and my iPhone had teamed up together in a coordinated effort to ruin what was a really exciting day with my new Fender Thinline Telecaster. It was a huge disappointment. Furthermore, I’d like to address something that seems illogical and shortsighted at best - why isn’t there an Apple TV app for this? I know it is not difficult, and I cannot be the first one to have thought of this. Linux Academy, YouTube, RedBull TV, and a bunch of other video focused apps have an Apple TV implementation of their app so you don’t even have to mess with your phone or iPad to get the content. Fender is a HUGE, world renowned company, and somehow, their development team overlooked a very simplistic thing for which Xcode actually prompts the developer to ask if they would like to include the Apple TV platform in the process of building for iPad and iPhone. You are just a simple mouse click from accomplishing this addition, which Xcode then lays out a pretty well put together template for you to overwrite, build, compile just like any other Apple app, and upload to the Apple TV App Store. It costs no extra money and the code is all the same, so basically no extra effort. This way, when you download the iPhone version, the app is lumped into your account as ‘not yet on this device’ section of the purchased tab and can be downloaded to access all the same content on your TV without having to AirPlay to the display, which doesn’t work, as mentioned above. I really had high hopes for this app, but Fender Play is a huge letdown for me. I will not be pursuing this app’s lessons further. The only positive of this situation is that I got a free trial, so I can cancel the annual subscription I selected to avoid shelling out $90 on a poor implementation of what seemed like a really great thing. Thanks for the free trial, Fender, but seriously, please read my review and strongly consider the things I have said. You are better than this. Thanks.
I have played guitar/self taught some chords and songs before starting the lessons, but Fender has been able to help me understand more about chords, notes, and how to effectively read music. The lessons build on each other and allow for flexibility in how quickly I move through lessons. The instructors are great at teaching too! If you’re looking for online guitar lessons, this is a great program!
Absolutely love it! I’m learning how to play acoustic guitar and I’ve been enjoying it so far! I’d definitely recommend if you’re a beginner or if you’re not I’d still recommend. I feel motivated to keep practicing and playing.
I’m really not impressed with the lessons provided or the songs to choose from. Fender also has a no refund policy if you want to cancel your subscription. I’d rather have live instructions from someone that can give you feed back and tailors the lessons for what you want to learn. I’ve picked up better tips and instructions watching YouTube. I guess I was expecting too much.
So it looks good. I am a new to the guitar and I’m am excited about learning. This ap seems like it’s made to accommodate even the slowest learners. Some improvement, I use this app on my phone and in practice mode the screen doesn’t turn sideways. This is a hide problem because the music sheet is small and harder to read. Rotate it so it’s mandatory and let the music sheet run across the screen (from right to left). Have a stationary colored bar align with the notes you’re suppose to play when you’re suppose to play them. Please add an option where I can play with the song so I know what I’m suppose to sound like. It could be a simple switch. Either play with or without the music. Thank you for the app.