This post is sponsored by Fender but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
My son has been into music since I was pregnant. Seriously. Before he was born, he would move to different artists playing, and he was even born to “Thriller.” My brother has bought him some of his most musical toys (kid-friendly trumpet, saxophone, clarinet just to name a few) and one musical Christmas, we bought him an electric guitar which he still loves at age 7. When I heard about Fender Play by Fender, I really wanted to see what it could do for my musically-inclined child.
Fender Play can teach you to play a guitar or ukulele in just a few weeks! Depending on your instrument, the lessons change, and it’s really simple to follow along with each lesson.
This app also shows you the very basics. You can learn all about the instrument before you start playing it. And each lesson includes a playing portion, which a kid can appreciate. I know from experience that I prefer to feel like I’m actually progressing, and the Fender Play app really helps you feel like you’re doing something.
In addition to catering to my son’s musical side, I also wanted to expand his interests. He played basketball last year, but I could tell he didn’t love it. He’s in scouts now, but there still seems to be a void in his activities. I don’t want to put him in another organized activity, but I also don’t want him glued to video games all day, every day. The Fender Play app can be done in our home or if we’re traveling, and he can go at his own pace. If he wants to move quickly through the lessons, he can do that. If he needs to repeat a video, he can do that without holding someone else up.
So for the purpose of trying the app out, I did get access to a guitar and a ukulele (the benefits of living in a very musical city and working for a liberal arts school – I can always find a musician!) My son LOVES the guitar, but it’s just too big for him at this time. The ukulele is the perfect size, though.
I love that we can learn together, but also he can spend 10 minutes or 45 minutes working on an instrument. The instructors are great about going through the very basics – from learning your instrument to learning the different notes. And my son can understand what they’re talking about. I really think if you’re looking for a gift for a child, a Fender Play subscription would be pretty cool.
Try Fender Play free for 14 days, or get 10% off Fender gear with the annual plan!