Fender Play vs Yousician: Which online lessons are right for you?

Close up of acoustic guitar playing taking lessons on his laptop
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Who needs guitar tuition apps, right? There’s not much to a guitar, just six strings and 12 notes – how hard can it be? Anyway, if you get a bit stuck you can always learn some riffs off YouTube.

Well, good luck. While it’s true that a tiny minority of players are genetically gifted enough to pick up a guitar and start playing, the rest of us need all the help we can get. Tragically, 90% of budding guitarists give up within their first year

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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.