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What you need to know
- Fender Songs is a new app that allows users to play along to songs on Apple Music in real time.
- The app lets you search for a song, and provides you with the lyrics and chords.
- You can play at your own pace to get a feel for the song, or play along with the song in real time.
Fender has released a brand new app for iOS that lets users play along with songs on Apple Music.
As reported by The Verge:
The app allows user to search for music similar to a streaming service, except that when you find the song you're looking for, you'll get the chords and the lyrics as well. You can scroll through to learn the chords at your own pace, or you can play along with the song in real time to really get a feel for it.
By default, users will get to play along to an auto-generated drum and bass line, but if you have an Apple Music Subscription, you can play along to the actual recording.
The app will also allow users to record themselves playing using the front-facing camera. Add singing the lyrics for a full blown karaoke experience.
Fender's app uses software to automatically transcribe music, but then Fender manually edits the results. This means that algorithms are doing all the leg work, but humans will curate the final product before it's ready for viewing.
Of course, all music is based around chords, so you can play along to songs that aren't guitar-centric, or even songs that feature no guitars at all.
The Verge reports that the chords on offer seem to be very straight forward, but this does mean that whilst you are learning the chord structure to songs, it won't necessarily teach you how to replicate what's being played on the record where there are more complicated guitar parts. The Verge also notes that whilst it can be used without an Apple Music subscription, they wouldn't recommend it:
As previously noted, subscription to Fender Songs costs $4.99 a month, or $41.99 a year. There is however a rotation of songs which have their chords available for free.
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