The Fender Play app encourages new guitarists to truly fall in love with playing guitar

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A universally acknowledged factor for the survival of the guitar industry is that a constant flow of new players is necessary for the industry to continue to thrive and grow. But while statistics show that an impressive number of people are still picking up the guitar to learn how to play, about 90 percent of those potential guitarists lose interest in less than a year and quit.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.