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5 Reasons to Learn to Play the Guitar ~ #FenderPlay



Here is something that you may not know about me and my family, we are a family of musicians. While I don't play any "fancy" instruments, I learned to play the recorder at a young age and can actually read notes. In Colorado, music is encouraged in schools, but even before we moved to Colorado, I also encouraged my children to learn how to play an instrument. My eldest daughter once belonged to an all girl rock band (The Awkward Turtles, later renamed Toy Sugar) and would play at gigs in and around New York City. Her first guitar, the Fender Squire, worked out great while she learned to play, but then the bassist left the group and she wanted to become the next bassist. As the bassist in her group, I purchased her first bass guitar, a bright red Fender Jaguar Bass guitar, which she just loved and still cherishes to this day.


In Junior High School my eldest son Kyle enrolled in Band and learned to play the trombone, while the younger, Mikael, learned to play the keyboard. At the age of 5, I enrolled Madison in piano classes and purchased our very first piano. My son Kyle has now shown an interest in learning to play the guitar, and having had such a great relationship with Fender, due to my daughters' experience, we bought him the Fender Stratocaster as his very first guitar and enrolled him in Fender Play.


Here's something you may not know about Kyle. Kyle was diagnosed with ADHD when he was only 5 years old. While his concentration may be all over the place, when it comes to music, he stays focused and is so intent on learning that you wouldn't think he was the same child. Fender Play makes learning to play the guitar very easy with their "Hear It, Learn It, Play It" approach and breaks the guitar song lessons into easy-to-learn, bite-size nuggets that keeps him both inspired and motivated. Best of all it was easy to sign up and I can cancel at any time if he decides this is not what he wants to do, but so far he's loving it!

So what benefits are there for your child learning to play the guitar? Here are just 5!


1. Helps with concentration
When playing the guitar you have to pay close attention to the tempo, pitch and rhythm, etc., if you're not paying close attention then your music won't sound any better than a toddler beating on pots and pans. Practicing slows you down and forces you to concentrate on not just your hand-eye coordination skills, but also your listening skills.

2. Helps with memory. 
While learning to play the guitar can bring lots of enjoyment, did you know that the area of the brain responsible for memory is usually stimulated when playing the guitar? This only shows that playing the guitar will also help improve your child's memory.


3. Boosts their confidence
Have you ever seen a self conscious rock star? Mastering the skills of guitar playing takes time and practice, but once you've accomplished that skill it will leave your child feeling great. That sense of accomplishment will give them that boost of confidence knowing that they've achieved and mastered the art.

4. Teaches self discipline
Learning to play the guitar not only takes skill, but also takes lots of practice, time and effort. You must have self-discipline. The more you practice the more your guitar playing will improve, and with that realization usually comes insight into other aspects of their lives.

5. It lasts forever
Now you wouldn't know if you have the future Jimi Hendrix until they pick up that guitar and start playing, but just like riding a bike, they will never forget. They will be able to entertain family and friends for years to come, and may even teach their own children.


Now that I've shared my 5 reasons why you or your child should learn to play the guitar, head over to Fender Play to learn more and sign up. With Fender Play you can learn to play anywhere via computer or their app. As a matter of fact, Kyle prefers to sit outside when it's nice out and play, because it's a lot more relaxing outdoors. Fender Play lessons are only 10-12 minutes long and are perfect for keeping him focused and also motivated, and best of all it shows his progress by keeping track of his work.


Sign up for a free 30 day trial or give the gift of music with a Fender Play prepaid gift card for 6 or 12 months of free lessons. Remember,  you can cancel your subscription at any time, making this the perfect gift for the holidays.



Annmarie John
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  1. My husband plays and keeps trying to get the kids to learn. I really hope he succeeds one of these days.

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  2. I love the guitar. To play simple chords, and working up to some more difficult progressions is cool.

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  3. Music is so important! I love your five reasons. Memory is a big one for me. Learning music helped me learn to memorize, learn and see patterns and just have a fun skill! That's awesome there's online classes, I had no idea.

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  4. I used to play guitar. I learned by myself, with limited teaching. The Fender Play looks like a great way to get kids interested in playing guitar.

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  5. Learning a musical instrument opens up a world of creativity, and it helps kid in other academic areas, as well.

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  6. Funny, my husband has had a guitar for forever and has always wanted to learn to play. This would be a great way to help him!

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  7. My oldest has been showing some interesting in learning to play, and I'm so excited. I love the creativity that comes with learning to play.

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  8. I would love to play the guitar! It would be a good Christmas gift for the aspiring musician!

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  9. Listening to the music is so relaxing and I am sure "making" music would be fun too. Thanks for this!

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  10. My nephew plays guitar and this is so great for those who don't think they have time. It makes it so easy to learn. I wish I could play!

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  11. I would love for my kids to learn to play the guitar! This is a great post with 5 smart reasons to learn to play it!

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  12. Never played an instrument before, but I am a big music lover in general so loved reading your advice and tips on playing an instrument nonetheless ;)

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  13. I have never played a guitar before but if it helps with memory then I am so down! I love that improves concentration levels too as that is something I struggle with sometimes x

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  14. We bought a guitar for our son to try it. He isn't into it now, but I hope one day he will learn how to play it!

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  15. I am a huge music fan. My son is trying to learn to play the guitar, and he's really excited about it.

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  16. I love the guitar! It is such a good instrument to learn to play because you can take it anywhere!

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  17. My son bought himself a guitar last winter and has been working on learning how to play. I will show him the online lessons.

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  18. I never thought about guitar playing boosting your memory. My first born is starting to learn ukelee on her own but all 3 kids also own guitars. I will have to try to get them a little more into learning, seems like a beneficial skill to encourage them to learn!

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  19. I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar, but my mom said it is a "boy" thing so they decided it was better for me to learn to play the piano. Ugh. Thankfully, there is Fender play nowadays. I hope to see my grandchildren learn and master the art of guitar playing. That would put my frustration to rest. :)

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  20. I definitely agree with these points! Those lessons are going to be amazing as a beginner and he'll be able to keep building off of them.

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  21. I love that your family is so musical! Those are 5 good things, for sure, about learning to play the guitar. My oldest plays and my youngest dabbles when we are at his house. My youngest had a drum kit he loved, but we haven't replaced it since we moved (the neighbors here wouldn't be too keen on drums, I'm sure). ;) Someday. :)

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  22. My daughter wants to play guitar. I will consider it after her dance season is over. I think it will be great for confidence and her focus.

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  23. My dad wanted both of my kids to play the guitar. Unfortunately we couldn't find a teacher. Good thing there is Fender Play now! Anyone can learn.

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  24. My daughter learned how to play last year and we definitely saw a boost in confidence. She is usually so shy, but she would break out her guitar to play for the family at holiday gatherings which really surprised us.

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  25. I love listening to guitar, I have no rhythm though thankfully both my kids do. Thinking it's time they learn a new instrument, the guitar would be a great one to add to their list.

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  26. We have to check out Fender Play! I grew up playing guitar, and I think my son would really enjoy it. He has a hard time focusing, but I think music would be a great outlet for him.

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  27. My husband is the musician in our family. I'd love to share that with our children. I'll tell Santa it's time for Fender underneath the Christmas tree.

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  28. Learning the guitar is an amazing lifelong skill. It is so fun and entertaining.

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  29. I think music is a wonderful thing for kids to get into. Learning to play the guitar is a blast and teaches discipline and perseverance.

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  30. That's really awesome that your family has such strong ties to music. It definitely makes a difference when you have an outlet like the guitar.

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  31. Boosting their confidence is exactly right! It gives them something to work towards and be proud of.

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  32. My daughter wants to play guitar. Shes still unsure though so instead asked for a Ukalele for Christmas, I think next year I will get her a guitar as shes very musical and really wants to learn! Plus it will help her confidence and make her feel good, why not?! - Jeanine

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  33. As parents, I think we should be supportive of our children's interests. I am happy that Fender Play is now available to help kids hone their talent in playing the guitar.

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  34. I play a few instruments and tried to teach myself guitar thinking I could since I already could read music. Nope! Haha. Maybe one day I'll learn for real!

    www.therookiewife.com

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  35. I love this post! I've always wondered about online guitar lessons because my eight year old daughter has asked a zillion times to try. We have really been on the fence about it but after reading your experience, I think it would be great for her. I grew up playing the piano and my husband played the french horn through high school. We have musical talent spread throughout both our families and it would be fun to watch our daughter explore this at her own speed.

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  36. this is great! my son wants to pick up drums or guitar. I truly hope he goes for the guitar as my husband plays and I love it!

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  37. My husband is very musically talented, me on the other hand, not so much. One day maybe I can get him to teach me.

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