Fender Play vs Guitar Tricks: which is better?

White Fender Telecaster next to a laptop
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Choosing the best online guitar lessons site is almost as tricky as selecting the right guitar, there are just so many out there. Choice is good, after all everybody is different and we all have our idiosyncrasies when it comes to learning, but committing to a subscription is not something you want to get wrong.

To help you out, we're going to compare two online tutorial heavyweights: Fender Play vs Guitar Tricks. We’ve signed up and paid for both platforms to get a full insight. Both are excellent teaching platforms, and either can teach you the rudiments of playing and a whole lot more. But which one will really resonate with you? Which one will transform you into a guitar wielding deity? Let's find out.

Fender Play: 50% off an annual subscriptionguitarworld50

Fender Play: 50% off an annual subscription
Sorted a free trial but now you want to continue getting all the benefits of Fender Play lessons beyond your trial? Fender is offering 50% off an annual plan for all Guitar World readers, dropping the price from $149.99 to just $74.99. Just add the code guitarworld50 at checkout.

Guitar Tricks: Get your first month for just $1

Guitar Tricks: Get your first month for just $1
Enjoy your first month of Guitar Tricks for a single buck at this link  and start improving your playing for less than a cup of coffee. You can claim a free gift at the same time. Guitar Tricks features plenty of great content for beginners, but really shines when it comes to intermediate and pro players, with over 11,000 videos across the site.

Guitar Tricks: Get 1 month for only $1
Guitar Tricks has developed their content over the last 25 years and with over 11,000 lessons and more than 900 song tutorials, Guitar Tricks has a lot more to offer intermediate players than many of its counterparts. They also offer a 60-day money back guarantee if you're not totally into it. Right now you can enjoy your first month for a single buckat this link

Guitar Tricks: Get 1 month for only $1
Guitar Tricks has developed their content over the last 25 years and with over 11,000 lessons and more than 900 song tutorials, Guitar Tricks has a lot more to offer intermediate players than many of its counterparts. They also offer a 60-day money back guarantee if you're not totally into it. Right now you can enjoy your first month for a single buck at this link. You'll get a free gift as part of the deal, too.

Fender Play: 50% off an annual subscriptionguitarworld50

Fender Play: 50% off an annual subscription
Sorted a free trial but now you want to continue getting all the benefits of Fender Play lessons beyond your trial? Fender is offering 50% off an annual plan for all Guitar World readers, dropping the price from $149.99 to just $74.99. Just add the code guitarworld50 at checkout.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.