Fender Play has hundreds of song lessons to choose from, with more added on a regular basis. While a selection of songs is included in the curriculum path to give players an opportunity to practice skills taught along the way, a full song library is available off the path by clicking the Songs link in the main menu.
Song lessons include short chapters that break down all the elements of a song into easy-to-play sections (intro, verse, etc.). Total watch time for songs ranges from 5-12 minutes.
Riff lessons are single note melodies or recognizable sections of music from songs. Riffs are included to help players feel a sense of accomplishment by learning a classic melody quickly. Lessons are usually between three to five minutes in length.
The difficulty of a song or riff is indicated by a pick level (1 easiest – 3 most challenging) which is found underneath the song information. Pick levels for songs have been assigned considering the rhythm, techniques, chords used and meter the song is played in.
For example, in the guitar curriculum, you will see the following types of skills covered:
One pick songs include:
- All songs are in 4/4 time
- Whole, half, quarter, and eighth note rhythms are introduced
- Approximately 12 beginner chords
- Techniques include easy-to-learn strumming, palm muting, and some picking
Two pick songs include:
- 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures are added
- Chords requiring more dexterity, including a simplified version of the F chord
- Additional techniques include fingerpicking and string muting
Three pick songs include:
- Songs introduce more rhythmic and technical challenges
- New time signatures
- 16th note and triplet rhythms
- Seventh and suspended chords
- Additional techniques include pinch harmonics, bends, and alternate picking
- Songs often include 7th and suspended chords and may have different meters
Once you are in the Songs section of the platform, you can view the content using filters that have been set up for Genre, Riffs or Songs, Artists, Recently Added and alphabetical order.