Most of you know that over the last six months, my teen has been learning to play the guitar. While he’s admittedly gone in spurts when he comes to his level of interest, I’ve watched as he’s found his way back to his guitar and online lessons time after time. Honestly, he’s always been into a lot of different things so I never really thought too much about how this new hobby would impact him. I mean, I knew that music is important because it’s been suggested that learning to play and instrument can promote healthy brain development (not to mention look great on college applications) but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered how music can also calm and heal a person. As I’ve watched my own son navigate his way through a pretty tough time in his life with his guitar in hand, I’ve realized more than ever that learning to play a musical instrument can be extremely valuable for teens. Here’s why (and how) I encouraged my son to learn to play the guitar and why you should too!
When my teen expressed interest last year in learning to play the guitar, I knew it was more for fun and to be able to be involved with the music program at his school than anything else and I was OK with that. With the Fender Play program that is a guided online program that teaches new guitar players to play in minutes, he could tinker with it when he wanted to and still live his extra busy life. He instantly enjoyed the hundreds of instructional videos and hands-on exercises that walked him down a learning path based on his musical preferences so that after a few short lessons, he was already being able to strum some recognizable riffs and songs. I’d watch him pick up his guitar and long onto Fender Play when he had time but he had so much going on that he didn’t practice nearly as much as he needed to. Then, as most of you know, in October his world changed. After being diagnosed with a chronic condition, he discovered he had to make some choices. He had to take a season off from basketball. He decided to change schools. His whole world pretty much got shook up and it left him really rethinking where he wanted to spend his time and energy. Through all of this, I saw him with his headphones on, listening to some of his favorite music. And then slowly, I saw him pick back up his guitar.
That’s when it hit me that every teen needs a musical outlet! With notes, he was able to say what he couldn’t find a way to say. While I know that not everyone will go through something like what he is going through, I do believe that music is an amazing way for teens to express themselves and I know that for my son personally, having the ability to pick up a guitar and learn to play at home has been a soothing balm on his soul through this new journey. In fact, after seeing how music has impacted him in the last few months, I’ve become a believer that every teen should have the opportunity to express themselves through music as well as the ability to learn how playing an instrument can better their live.
While I know that the guitar itself doesn’t make everything better, it does give my teen a much needed way to express himself. For me, as a mom, it’s a relief to see that he has an outlet that he desperately needs. While for every kid, the teen years can be tough I honestly believe that the ability to express himself musically has made a huge difference! And that brings me to remind you all once again how easy it is for ANY teen to learn to play the guitar with help from Fender Play!
I’ll admit, my teen doesn’t want to take guitar lessons outside of the house. He wants to work at his own pace and choose his own songs. He wants to be able to decided when and where he practices instead of having someone tell him that he needs to play certain chords for a certain amount of time. That’s why for him (and I believe for many teens who like to learn at their own pace) the Fender Play program is a perfect choice! By incorporating top-quality 4K multi-camera video products to deliver a clear and unified cuirriculum that is aligned with the overall look and feel of the Fender brand, players of any age are able to benefit from split-screen and over-the-shoulder angles that offer a unique and valuable perspective for new players.
In addition to this amazing program offering the basics, the thing that really sets Fender Play apart is that it is fun and song-based. Lessons don’t just teach chords but instead incorporate them into riffs and songs one element at a time. The curriculum in itself is based on each student’s musical preference and allows them to work at their own pace while learning the genre of music that they are most interested in. By offering songs that they know and a simplified way of teaching that’s easy to follow, Fender Play is the perfect way for teens to not only build on their love of music but turn it into a hobby that builds confidence and develops coordination, math skills, concentration and more!
For my teen, the Fender Play program has been exactly what he needed as he navigates the changes in his life and finds a new way to express himself. After watching how it had benefited him, I encourage any parent of a teen to look into it as a great resource for helping your own kids express themselves while learning to play a musical instrument!
If you have a teen (or even if you’re an adult looking for a way to express yourself through music), now is the time to give the Fender Play program a try! Right now you can start your FREE 30-day trail at play.fender.com!
Now tell me, does your teen play a musical instruments and how do you feel that it benefits them emotionally and socially?
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