Fender Play

An easy way to mas­ter the gui­tar

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Nick Odantzis

Free (IAPs) From Fender Dig­i­tal, fender.com Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Needs iOS 9.0 or later

There are lots of gui­tar apps out there — tuners, chord tu­to­ri­als and such — but Fender Play is an all–in–one de­signed to help you play the gui­tar, no mat­ter your level of ex­pe­ri­ence.

The app’s wel­com­ing lay­out makes it easy to start play­ing straight away and a nice touch is the abil­ity to choose your style of mu­sic (such as rock or blues) as well as the type of gui­tar you want to play on — acous­tic, elec­tric; even ukulele. In do­ing so, the app’s video tu­to­ri­als are then cus­tom­ized to your tastes, so you learn what you like. You can, hand­ily, change your path at any time, if need be.

Depend­ing on your skill level, you can start right at the be­gin­ning or skip to more ad­vanced tu­to­ri­als. The videos are clear and easy to fol­low, with the cam­era crop­ping in on parts of the gui­tar for bet­ter com­pre­hen­sion, and the tu­tors never skimp on the de­tail. You even get to learn fa­mous songs along the way; neatly, the songs tab al­lows you to learn spe­cific tracks from a wide ar­ray of gen­res and fa­mous artists.

We’ve got some mi­nor gripes though. For one, the tu­to­ri­als don’t al­ways tally with your cho­sen pre­sets — pre­sum­ably there’s not enough footage to fill in the gaps. If you’re on an acous­tic, you can’t choose to learn by fin­ger pick­ing ei­ther — you’re made to use a plec­trum — so you need to work around this. It’d be nice if the Fender tun­ing app was baked in too.

At $9.99 a month, this isn’t a cheap way to learn, but it sure is ef­fec­tive.

the bot­tom line. Pricey, but pow­er­ful gui­tar tu­tor.

Changed your mind? You can ad­just your spec­i­fied learn­ing path at any time.

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