Fender has announced that they have made their ‘Fender Play’ platform available for free over the next three months to help through this period of self-isolation.
The platform, which usually costs £9.99 a month or an annual fee of £89.99 in the UK, offers a service that provides instructional videos to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele based on a personal style preference for your instrument choice. The gratuitous trial is available for the first 100,000 people who sign up using the offer.
Fender’s statement read: “We’re all going to be spending more time inside—so we might as well make some noise. With everything happening in the world, music has the power to connect us,” before adding: “We want to do our part to see you through…”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 25th, more than 428,217 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 19,101 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
To access Fender Play’s sign up offer click here.
The news of Fender’s offer arrives shortly after The Big Moon‘s Jules Jackson offered fans the chance to have a one-on-one guitar lesson with her, posting on Instagram: “I can play guitar, let me teach you. I can teach you any songs you like, but I know big moon songs better than anyone else on earth. Beginners extremely welcome.“
She added: “£20 for a half-hour sesh on zoom/skype, all money goes direct to keeping band and crew alive for the foreseeable future. Apply for lessons via direct message on Insta or twitter and I’ll send the details xx PS – first lesson: this is not how you hold it.”