Skip to main content

Fender PlayThe #1 guitar learning platformTRY FOR FREE


Having taught himself how to play piano, drums, guitar and bass at an early age, Mac Miller has a deep appreciation for using live instruments in the world of hip-hop.

The talented Pittsburgh native dabbled in various musical genres before he became one of the hottest rappers on the scene, and through four complete studio albums, several mixtapes and a loaded resume of production work, Miller still discovers a lot about himself as a person and artist when making music.

"It’s nice to learn about yourself by sitting down and picking up a guitar and just playing," he said while strumming his American Professional Telecaster. "It’s a whole entire journey of self-exploration, because it’d be so easy to just throw a beat on and rap and call it an album. But I have to expose some part of myself that I’m uncomfortable with with every album."

That ability to speak through music runs throughout Miller's 2016 album, The Divine Feminine, which features cameos from the likes of Ty Dolla Sign, Kendrick Lamar and Ariana Grande and is an homage to the lessons he's taken from the women in his life.

"I've seen people who can really play ... who can speak better through their instrument than they can in conversation," he said.

Learn more about Miller and how he uses the guitar to communicate in the video above.

Don’t miss out!

Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways.