The guitar lends itself to so many opportunities, whether it’s performing solo in so many genres, in a band, as a composer, teaching others - it’s a really flexible instrument!
If you’re thinking about making a guitarist website, there is no better time than now. Make yourself stand out as a candidate for residencies, gigs, and events with a custom website. Need some inspiration to design your own guitarist website? Take a look at these examples.
Guitarist website template
When you’re just getting started, there may be a few different avenues you want to explore. Think about what makes a great website and how you can showcase your skills with a sophisticated edge. You know your own preferences, so choosing a customizable template can be as easy as choosing between a rosewood or maple fretboard.
A template will help you organize your content layout, create space for a stunning header image, define your menu, and provide you with some colors and fonts as a guide. Be sure to explore all the options to fashion your site for your own personal flair and feel.
Heads up! Choosing a header image
Make a statement with a main image on your website. A high-quality header image will impress your fans and industry professionals. Because you’re a guitarist, choose an image that focuses on the two most important elements of your site: you and your guitar.
The Fox Brothers are a duo with the same passion - the classical guitar. They chose a header image that conveys their personal style with rich navy hues which contrast their honey spruce cutaway guitars.
Artist: The Fox Brothers
A website that reflects your style
Creating a visual identity for yourself can be a fun exercise and the perfect kickoff when designing your website. When you think about the music you play, what sort of imagery comes to mind? You can use this as inspiration for a trademark look - try incorporating evocative colours and fonts from this imagery in your website.
We love how Mandy Rowden uses a color palette to match her header image by applying grey and gold-green tones in her design. Rowden is an Americana guitarist, so these hues create a vintage look that compliments her style.
Artist: Mandy Rowden
Make your menu work
Having a clear way to navigate your website is essential. Create a menu with well-defined pages and you’re one step closer to striking a chord with your fans, students, and colleagues.
With ample spacing, uppercase letters, and excellent page titles, Gabe Stivala’s site is easy to browse so visitors can get the information they need in a few clicks.
Artist: Gabe Sitvala
Amp up your about section
Writing a compelling musician bio can be challenging. Take your time and start with the basics, like your influences and experience. Think of an artist biography like a resume - you’ll want to highlight your accomplishments and overall approach to your chord craft here.
Cécile Doo-Kingué seamlessly combines quotes from magazines and descriptions of her style with a historical summary of her experience. Doo-Kingué’s bio shows her dedication to honing her skills and the accolades she’s received along the way.
Artist: Cécile Doo-Kingué
Show your best side with images
As a guitarist, you likely have plenty of photos of you and your axe. Use a gallery feature or stand-alone image to show your shredding skills and add visual interest to your website. You can add images throughout your website to accompany your text and audio.
It’s a good idea to add photos from performances, press photos, and studio shots to your website, especially if you want to encourage visitors to book you for performances or sign up for lessons.
Tim Basom uses a gallery feature which combines press photos, performance shots, and a tour diary. This works well to show his range and eagerness to perform.
Artist: Tim Bason
Take it a step further with section background images
Often overlooked, adding a section background image can enhance specific content on your page. Make an impact by adding an image of your live performance in an events section, or like Pat Reilly, use an additional image from your album booklet in a music section.
Artist: Guitarist Pat Reilly
Design a store for your music
You may have material and merchandise you’ve been wanting to share for some time now, so set up an easy way for your fans to get the goods with a store on your website.
Artist: Kevin Dee Barber
Share your skills with lessons
With your expertise, you can open up a whole new revenue stream by providing lessons. Whether you host your lessons virtually or in-person, create a compelling page outlining your lesson style and ways to contact you directly for inquiries.
On Josh Maxey’s lesson page, he introduces prospective students to different lesson packages and includes a custom contact form with a helpful field for the students’ goals. This is a nice touch as it shows his friendly and supportive approach to teaching.
Artist: Josh Maxey
Design an EPK
An electronic press kit (EPK) page is the easy way to share your highlights with prospective clients, students, and fans. Create a visual snapshot of your career with reviews, a brief artist bio, videos, and other highlights on this page. A great press kit can be shared with industry professionals so you can be considered for sessions, residencies, and tours.
Below, you can see how Marcela Campos uses a unique column layout to organize press images, her bio, and some sample tracks.
Artist: Marcela Campos
Keep your EPK current with videos and new press release links! Learn more about what goes into a stunning EPK page, so you can make the right impression.
Now that visitors have browsed your site and learned about your shredding skills, don’t forget to include a contact form so that visitors can reach out.
Instead of adding your contact information as text, add a custom form to your site. The Polk Duo added targeted fields to their contact form and included their social links below for even more access.
Artist: The Polk Duo
We hope these guitarist website examples inspire you to create your own! If you want more tips to help you get started, check out how to design a great guitarist website for inspiration.
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