Are you a beginner trying to learn guitar to impress your colleagues or a pro who just wants to jam along with some tunes you like? Then you’ll be ecstatic to know that Fender is launching its fourth app to aid you in conquering those riffs thanks to the app’s integration with Apple Music.
After releasing Fender Play, Fender Tone and Fender Tune in the past two years, the iconic guitar brand is moving onto its fourth app, Fender Song. It is set to help musicians practice and play along millions of songs on either the guitar, ukulele or piano.
According to the sources, the Fender Song app is currently available for iPhones with a rotating selection of chords available for free, but you can access the full library with a subscription of $4.99 for a month or $41.99 for a year. Although the app is currently available in the US, it is soon to step out in the UK and Europe.
The app can be synced with Apple Music. You can pull any song you like, and the algorithm of the app will detect the chords of the song using digital signal processing techniques and knowledge of music theory.
With a pretty rad interface, Fender has made sure that the chords in the app are accurate to the actual music performed by the artists by making deals with rights holders such as Warner Music Group. Also, the company has made deals with major music publication companies such as Warner Chappel Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing to ensure that the artists and songwriters paid for their work. These reasons are enough to account for Fenders’ pretty steep subscription rates.
“This app’s really aimed at any guitar player who wants to learn how to play songs that they know,” Ethan Kaplan, the chief technology officer at Fender quoted in an interview.
The app is somewhat like a music streaming service. Once a song is selected, it shows the lyrics and chords to that song. You can either learn the chords one at a time or can play the chords in real-time. The app also provides the user with a backing track consisting of bass-line and drum track. However, you’ll need an Apple Music subscription to play along with actual songs.
The apps also let you record videos of yourself playing through the front camera. What’s more, you can get the chords for songs that don’t include guitar in the first place like ‘Royals’ by Lorde as the app uses software to generate chords.
With so many features, there’s bound to be some setbacks. The app lets you provide you with the basic chords that make up the song, but it does not let you play the epic solos that are featured in the songs. Also, without Apple Music, the app is not recommended by many people. Although the app alone provides you with the backing tracks, people have complained that the rhythms of the track are either off or completely wrong.
With rapidly declining sales of music instruments these past years, companies like Gibson have gone bankrupt, and with the launch of Fender Songs, it is being said that the app is another attempt by Fenders to pick up their physical sales.
Although not great for learning epic solos, Fender Song with Apple Music is dubbed a great way for musicians to learn and jam along their favorite tracks.