Fender Play review 2024

Fender delivers an online instrument learning program for beginners that lives up to its name

Fender Play review: Man plays an electric guitar sat on the couch
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Guitar World Verdict

An excellent product for anybody looking to start their journey with the guitar, bass, or ukulele though advanced players will probably have limited need for the program in its current form.


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    Very user friendly - both desktop and app versions

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    Comprehensive at levels covered

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    Well paced lesson plans

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    High quality audio and video, including multi-cam

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    Eclectic song library


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    Lacking advanced material

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    Some early song choices aren’t suited to oversimplification

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For the purposes of this review, Fender Play granted us full access to their online lessons platform.

It may be due to the fact that people are spending more time at home these days, but online guitar lessons have never been more popular. And while this isn’t a new concept, it’s an industry that has been rapidly developing over the last five years and many of us are only just catching on. Fender Play is something of a newcomer to this industry, but since their launch in 2017 they’ve become one of the most recognizable online guitar learning services out there. While this iconic brand may have had a leg up in that department, Fender Play is a service really befitting of its name.

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Fender Play review: Plans and prices
Free trialMonthly planAnnual plan
Yes (7 days)$19.99/£19.49$149.99/£144.99
Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.