The guitar is one of those instruments that everyone loves. With so many styles, it suits even the most pickiest musical taste. Because it’s so favored, many people think they can pick one up and start playing with ease. They don’t realize that professional players spent many a night practicing on the old six string.
You’ve mastered your craft and now you get paid to play. This is awesome, but you may be wondering how to keep the jobs coming. You need a hub to send folks to learn more about you and your music. This is where Bandzoogle come into the picture.
We provide you with everything you need to create a professional guitarist website. Let’s take a some examples to get you started.
If someone is looking to hire musicians for a gig, they’re most likely comparison shopping. They’ll be looking to find the best person for the job, so your Homepage has to stand out.
Since you need to grab attention right away, don’t make them guess who you are. Add an image of you with your guitar in the header space. This may seem elementary, but this shows you’re a guitarist ready for hire.
Texas Guitarist, Tony Natalizio, gives us a great example on his website.
The image of him and his guitar sets the stage for the rest of the site. Now the visitor to the site will know they’re in the right place and continue to explore.
In addition to a pro header image, it’s important to add some music to the Homepage as well. You’ll want to give them a sample of your work by adding a few songs. You can do this with a built-in music player or streaming videos. You only need a few so they can assess your skills.
Liking your music is one thing, but they’re gonna want to work with someone they like too. A bio page is a great place to share your story.
If you take a look at the bio for Broadway guitarist Tim Basom, you’ll see a sprinkling of past, present and future.
People love to know how you got started, what you’ve accomplished, and what you’re doing presently. Consider adding a little teaser of what you’re aiming for next as well. This lets your visitors know you have goals and you’re actively working to achieve them.
As a musician shows are your bread and butter, so having a dedicated Events page is a must.
You’ll want the page to be well organized with just enough information to get people to the show. Check out a great example from guitarist Doug Woods. He has a great gig list as well as performance videos. This gives prospective clients an idea of your performance skills.
Regular concerts are great, but adding other types of events is a great way to make some extra money. Consider performing at weddings and corporate functions. If you do a fantastic job you’ll have a great reputation. Word of mouth alone can land you similar gigs throughout the year.
Guitarists are also a big hit at house concerts. It may take a bit more elbow grease to set up, but if done right you could book your calendar for months doing private parties.
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You’re getting gigs and making people happy, so why not let the world know about it! After each gig send a thank you card or email to your clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals and testimonials. If you did a great job, most clients will be happy to oblige.
Amanda Sullivan’s testimonials page is full of kind words about her performances. She even has a sidebar with our built-in GigSalad feature. This allows you to pull all the quotes from your GigSalad account and have it display in the same colors as your guitarist website design.
Another great option is to add reviews to your site from venues and industry professionals. Take a look at John Drysdale’s surf guitar reviews page. He’s even added comments from guitar forums.
This is a great way to keep the conversation going about him and his music. The more social proof you can add to your site the better. People love to know what others think, and positive reviews go a long way.
Along with reviews you’ll want to post articles written about you. Mathieu Thuot has a media page that links to different articles written about his Guitar Story show. He also adds some visual interest by adding some newspaper clippings to the page as well.
Consider adding an EPK (electronic press kit) to your site. An EPK is a page that allows media pros to see all about you on one page. It will include a sampling of your music, press articles, latest news and a contact form.
You put a lot of effort into being a skilled musician so record your stuff and put it up for sale! You can do this with our built-in music feature. It allows you to set the tracks to:
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You can even follow the path of Jim Falbo and try various options in an album.
Here you can see he offers the album and a few singles for sale, one free download, and the rest are listen only. This will entice fans to purchase the whole album so they can own all the songs.
Teaching guitar is another cool way to make money. You not only get to make music your profession, but get to help others along the way.
A lessons page will include all the details a prospective student will need to hire you. Include a description of the lessons, your rates, and where you are located. You’ll also want to include a couple videos of you teaching others and a few testimonials.
Darius Scheider has taken it a step further by offering Skype lessons. This expands his reach so he can teach anyone, anywhere.
All you have to do is use our Store feature to set up lesson durations for a fee. Students can login and pay for their lessons before you start.
You can also offer pre-recorded lesson videos and sheet music as well. The best part is we don’t take a cut of any of your sales!
The last page on any website is the Contact page. Make it easy for prospective clients and students to reach you with a custom form.
Gabe Stivala has this on his contact page so when someone fills it out he’ll receive an email alert.
You might want to skip this form and just add your email as a link but don’t do that. Spam bots crawl websites looking for this type of information and you’ll start receiving lots of spam to your inbox.
In addition to your contact form, you can also add one more mailing list signup form to give visitors a last chance to get on your list before exiting your website.
If you use the above as a guideline you can quickly set up a pro website of your own. The guitarist website templates are ready for you to customize. Once you get started you’ll see how easy it is to create a site that suits your needs as a working guitarist.
For more inspiration you can check out Website Design Inspiration: Best Guitarist Websites, our sample musician sites, and our blog for other fantastic website templates.
If you need a bit more guidance, check out our free online guide How to make a website for your music.
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