Where is my path??? **Updates 5/5
I am a very very real beginner, with zero guitar experience. I newly got a Fender guitar to start with, so I downloaded and subscribed this app. However, the my path function in the app always shows an error, and nothing comes up. I cannot find a solution on the website. The website version of my path works, and the lessons are great! The New Year deal is reasonable, too. I would keep it a 3-star because of the website version, but the app really needs some improvement in 2018!
**Updates: I just got the reply from the developer yesterday. Because of the time difference, I did not have a chance to email them on time. But when I checked the app this morning, the problem is fixed!!! I am definitely willing to change my previous star rating, although they did not ask me to do so. Best developer team I have ever seen! Good job, Fender!
Good start 3/5
Love the production quality. Insane that a native iPad app is still “in the works”, given that for most players, the iPad would be the default medium for delivery. Fix that ASAFP and you’ve got a long term customer.
Pop music guitar not working 4/5
This is a good app for beginners.
Love the different views for finger placement and the short lessons.
However, i am not able to access my lessons as the Pop Acoustic path is not working; making the app useless for me since I cant retrieve my lessons and progress.
Portrait > Landscape > Portrait > ARGH! 4/5
Please change the app so it can just be viewed in landscape mode instead of switching between landscape for videos and portrait for everything else. What a pain in the iPad...
It is 2017.... 3/5
Content seems ok, I look forward to using to start seeing some progress. Seriously though, it’s 2017 and an app for the iPad size screens would be great. Navigation in both the app, and the website leaves a little to be desired, but it’s manageable.
Does not work on iPhone X 1/5
I just wasted an hour of my life theming to log in. I subscribed to the free month then it would not let me log in. I love my Fender guitar ( not as much as my Taylor) but hate the app.
Doesn't work 1/5
I'm stuck on the second free trial screen. Subscription acknowledged by Apple but not recognized by the app. I fumbled around on fender play support nothing helpful in this case. Emailed fender as requested in other reviews no response. There's something fundamentally broken with the app/subscription system here.
By Dev Jim
I would expect a “how to” from the product manufacturer to be much more financially accessible, if not free (like a number of other resources are). I’m a Fender guitar owner and yet the cost of this makes it a non-starter. Disappointed in you, Fender.
Can’t make it work and is way to basic 2/5
By Die Jay
The only thing I found nice is the part where you can play along with songs, but I keep getting a “error loading course” message. A lot of the content is “parts of the guitar” and not actual help on how to play. I was using Uberchord and I’ve cancelled because it won’t get most of the chords right. I think if you want to really learn, you should go to the traditional way or find a good YouTube channel.
Perfect For Beginners! 5/5
By Multi 53
I love this app, it does exactly what it says...teaching guitar for beginners. It teaches in a way as not to overwhelm you which is easy to do for a true beginner. The instruction makes it very easy to understand and follow. Practice each step and move on when ready. It keeps me interested in learning which is difficult for me (ADHD). Not sure the reason for some of the poor reviews but, if your a beginner and want to learn...this is your app! Great job!
Needs an iPad Version 2/5
Until an ipad version is out I am giving this app 2 stars. It’s not convenient to use your phone to learn.
More of a video lesson library than a trainer 3/5
I tried this as an alternative to Yousician and Rocksmith. Right now I use Yousician for learning basic skills through a smooth progression and Rocksmith for learning particular songs I like. I hoped I could use this instead to get both in one.
The videos go into great detail on the techniques. The multiple camera angles make it very clear.
The chords and riffs you learn are from songs you recognize and like already.
Not great for practice because it’s a video. For some this may be a Pro because you learn to practice on your own rather than gamification. Personally, I enjoy the feedback and scoring in Yousician and Rocksmith.
Pretty poor experience on iPad. It’s sized only for iPhone and can’t even do landscape orientation. The videos can be watched landscape, but when I do that the next video starts upside down. Seems like a bug.
Hideous on iPad 1/5
Maybe one of the absolute worst integrations to an iPad that I’ve ever seen on any app. You’re better off putting your iPad’s camera on and aiming it at your iPhone and have the app run on that. It would seriously look way better than actually running it on the iPad.
Fender play 1/5
Unable to download this ap on my IPad
Deleted app 1/5
Wow , Fender.. you've a lot of nerve asking for credit card info and ITunes info for a "free trial"
As a multiple Fender owner for over 35 years I am offended you expect people to do that. Never even got to use the app before I deleted it. Shame
It’s Alright 3/5
By Liz dog
I think this app has great potential, but I was slightly disappointed. If I were actually a beginner guitarist, this app would be really helpful, but I’m not. I understand that Fender is still developing the app and will likely add more, but everything is way too simple and way too basic. I would LOVE to use this app, but I can’t learn anything new from it. I went to the last lesson offered in rock and it was something I had learned within the first week of playing guitar and have far surpassed.
I also strongly recommend teaching metal. It’s the most confusing and difficult genre I’ve ever tried to play. I’m sure there are many other guitarists who would appreciate that being included. I was a little disappointed that metal has no representation in this app whatsoever, considering how technically challenging it is.
Also, I think it would be helpful if those who aren’t beginners had an easier way to find where they should begin.
Can’t even download the app 1/5
What a waste of time! I have tried to download the app many times but does not work. I signed up for the free 30 trial and gave my credit card info, then received an email verification that I have a subscription but Does not work! when I contacted fender they said there is no subscription! Then what did they do with my credit card info? You would think that a Billion dollar company like fender could at least have the app working, at least that!!
Can’t try it out! 2/5
When setting up my free trial, I can’t proceed past step 2 where you subscribe to the monthly payment. It doesn’t register that I’ve already subscribed in the app. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Please help!
Can’t sign in 1/5
I can’t sign in on my phone...
Love this app 5/5
By sWebb Kathleen
Great location services and I love the new updates!
Good lessons so far; could use an iPad version 4/5
By Round Robin
I’m enjoying the app so far, but I use an iPad for the larger screen. Without an iPad app, I just get a scaled iPhone app that doesn’t handle landscape orientation well. This app could be improved quite a bit with the addition of native iPad support.
Free play 3/5
By Casey loves c.c.
I like that it’s a month free. But I want to make sure I won’t be billed after the month is over (because I want to make sure I really like this app before going foreword). So I go to cancel subscription because it said I can still keep the free month, but the website is not iphone friendly, the site doesn’t exactly line up with username password, couldn’t click the box that said agree with terms. One of the pages that said “click here for profile” the page wouldn’t even open. Luckily my iTunes profile isn’t attached to any card, but what I’m asking for is a little more friendly website to work well with other platforms. I like the app very much, but not sure I still want to pay $9.99 a month. But I can see that a month will definitely give me some great pointers. Again it’s just the website that seems a little off here and there, a little more development and it’ll be perfect too for the user to get and receive great customer service and information.
The ap is "free" because the subscription you need is ridiculously expensive. Use YouTube and save your money. Very disappointing.
Fender... I’m disappointed. 1/5
By A generic name is taken
The app gladly let me set up a subscription and even tried to sign me up for the “free trial” on both my personal and itunes account. But once I say sign In under my account it says I need the trial and then I click that and it says you already own the trial, sign in. So I sign in... and behold... you already own trial, please sign in.... what incompetence.
Is it that hard to make it IPad compatible? 1/5
The answer is no... come on Fender, hire some iOS folks that aren’t dirt cheap and know what they’re doing.
iPhone X loss of play/ pause 1/5
I cannot see play and pause and slider for fast forward and rewind on iPhone X
Also please fix the rotation so that I can use it sideways without flipping my phone back and forth constantly. Also iPad same issue.
Severely lacking app from a great company 1/5
Terrible app. The issue is that it’s Fender for God’s sake, we expect a LOT, so it’s a little unfair to pick on it but when you have the Fender name you expect a lot.
Short version: it’s like a you tube tutorial over and over and over and you get to pay$20 a month.
Longer version: there is no IPad app, so my fancy new iPad Pro is pretty much useless since you have to 2x and it won’t go horizontal except in video only mode (which is most of the time).
the camera angles do switch, but unlike some of the good YouTube guys, it’s not a split screen, just different angles, which sort is annoying when tryign to get tricky riffs down.
Next, it does keep track of what you watch, but unlike a few other apps (Yousician and GuitarJamz come to mind) it doesn’t really give you any feedback, you watch and play along is really it.
So, until they really step up their game and add multi camera split screen, feedback ipad optimized and and more songs It’s really not worth it in my opinion.
Ipad App would be nice 3/5
Sure would be nice to see a iPad native app. Current app for iPhone, which only zooms the screen.
If this was $9.99-12.99/month I could understand paying for this but I can’t justify the $20/month price tag. I guess it is competitive with other online services but still seems expensive
Awesome content. 5/5
This review is not for the app persay but the overall content and flow. I'm a beginner starting with a fender stratocaster and the lessons and the instructors have made me fall in love with this instrument will keeping me engaged.
By It's Peridot, you clod!!!
With a little help from folks at fender (thanks Josh) I was able to log in. Still messing around in the app but seems like some good instruction in there. Would give a better review if price was lower.
Bad quality from the start 1/5
Sign up and did everything for the free trial but their videos won't load on the app or on the computer or will lag half way and won't play after
This is a perfect app for learning the guitar. The lessons are set up on a gradient to get you learning the guitar without getting overwhelmed. It is perfect! Having loved music my entire life and never playing any, with this app I am finally able to start playing and making my own music.
Geeze!! Was going to use the free trial to at least see how it was, but you want my card information just to sign up. Plus, $20 a month???????? No thanks! If I even had the money and wanted to pay for lessons, I'd go pay someone to teach me, not software. I'll continue teaching myself and using the many other "free" methods available.
Whoa! Expensive! 3/5
Great app, love the lessons, however your price tag is very high! If you made it $9.99 a month I would be a subscriber. But there are many free places to go to get lessons like these without the large price tag associated with this. Sorry, but you're a little greedy.
A little push 3/5
As a somewhat experienced player that has not been good about making time to practice, this has given me that little push I needed. I've been pretty impressed with the quality and variety of information available. I'd like to see a little more help figuring out where to "drop-in" relative to my experience level. Also, an iPad native version that runs in landscape would be really useful.
There doesn't seem to be a method to signup via the iOS app? Not one that I could find anyway.
Wow this is really great! 5/5
Found it very easy to learn out the gate with my new guitar......can't wait to see where it takes me next!
Newbie player 4/5
This has been the best of the apps I've tried so far. Complete newbie here. The lessons make more sense and the progress tracking is great. YouTube has some useful stuff but I've learned more with this app.
First of all, it's expensive. The app is so low quality, it's like they made this way so they won't lose any money. Fender Play doesn't teach you how to read music, just popular songs.
Easy to learn 4/5
These reviews are supposed to be for the app, not the service. This app makes it pretty easy to learn with the style they use. People are leaving one star reviews because of the cost? That is stupid. Don't buy it then. You get a free month. If you don't like it after that, cancel. And you can easily cancel online, you don't have to call in like a lot of these subscriptions make you do. Also, someone left a one star review because you can't sign up on the app. It literally took two seconds to sign up online and log in on the app. Seems a little petty to me. I'm guessing it takes some time because they need to be able to have it billed through Apple if they do that.
Anyway, I like this, I just wish there was a more diverse selection of songs and lessons, though I'm sure they will probably be adding to it. Otherwise, the app isn't too bad.
Needs and iPad App 4/5
By Scott K Church
This is a great collection of instruction and way to learn songs, but an app like this really needs an iPad version, as following along on the iPhone can be a bit challenging compared to the desktop version (or a would be iPad version). Please create an iPad version soon.
Too expensive 1/5
By any nickname
I have Garage Band, You Tube, Pro Tabs, and I get online courses at Udemy for much less if I want. Can't see the value proposition here.
Fender Play account 1/5
For the first time user why not have an option to sign up for a Fenderplay account on the Fender app instead of having to leave the app to create one. Not user friendly.