The guitar isn't dying, don't believe the hype. Yet, to put it politically, the market around the instrument is definitely in a transitional period. Fender has weathered a lot of the crisis by working on one thing: attracting more guitar players. However, it is not enough simply to build decent affordable tools. And, a few years ago Fender Play introduced an app or subscription service that offers people's computers and devices directly guitar, bass and ukulele lessons. And Fender Tune (which is a must for all guitarists), has an array of alternate tunings, scales and chords at the hands of musicians, so that they are less likely to abandon the instrument.

Fender Songs is the new and TL company; DR shows you how to... The kind of. The kind of. This is a chord library, which means you can draw up a song you want to learn and show the chords you want to play. They can be seen in a pretty traditional layout over the texts, or in a scroll showing the chords to play with the lyrics. The more conventional format, with the chord fingerings on top and chord names only put in the proper place in a lyric sheet, is good to learn a song easily, but is a bit dense details for a smartphone and not really useful to perform with. And it was a bit slow, at least in the demo version of the app. It always stresses the right note, but often at the wrong location. There are three Am chords connected with a large number of different lines in Rihanna's Stay for example, and instead of emphasizing the Am, it often would just stress the first 3 times.

The scroll is a lot better for practice, and Songs really are about that. It is not only a book of glory. It is designed to play together. In reality. While there are quick MIDI backup tracks-which are essentially unreconnaissable in the beta version at least), Fender's software is not only compatible with Apple Music, it is also isolated from other chord libraries. So you can move your favorite track of Billy Eilish and the app feeds the chords and displays the lyrics with the actual song in time. Now you have to have a subscription to Apple Music to work. The Tunes library from which you need to pull is pretty limited, unless you pay for a Fender Songs subscription. And here,we would like to be clear: not cheap albums. It's a pretty big investment for an immersive chord novel, at $42 a year or $5 a month (plus, an annual subscription is a 10% off Fender gear).

Nevertheless, Fender is negotiating with musicians, brands, and Apple to get everyone on board. Part of the reason it is so pricey. There obviously aren't other chord collections, but most aren't funded by companies, musicians don't make any money off them, and they're not performing the individual tracks (or likely in some sort of technically grey area if they do). We  won't say it's worth paying for, but it's helpful to explain the steep price at least. In addition to the chords on a music, there is a recording intent. Changes in chords and text are shown in the app, but you don't run a backup track and use your device's front camera to record your performance. You can also create a song list to sing or update.

Now, once you determine whether to subscribe to the summer, know which songs are and for whom they are. This is a book of chords. Tablature and slip music is not allowed here. It won't teach you the iconic Sweet Home Alabama opening riff, it will only show the chords. Songs progresses in many respects along the path that Play has covered, turning the focus away from the "guitarists" with a capital "G" into a casual player. Songs are for the person who just wants to shoot a few chords while they crown The Team.

During the last weeks, we have been doing a lot of fun testing the app, pulling songs up and shuffling chords with Hallelujah of Leonard and Tennessee Whiskey of Chris Stapleton. Yet, when playing songs with more nuanced, hard to recognise guitar riffs, we considered it a little unsatisfactory. we find ourselves on googling tabs for them to know more thoroughly after dealing with Jimmy Eat World's Middle and Tears for Fear ''s Everyone Wants to rule the World.

That, we think, could somehow be seen as Fender's performance. we just stepped down the rabbit hole instead of throwing our guitar down or leaving. Fender songs is only iOS at this point. And allows Apple Music compatibility only. But a version of Android is ongoing and the business is moving to another streaming service.