As a guitar player, you are regularly competing against thousands of other musicians who are doing the same thing as you in order to make a name for themselves. What can you possibly do to stand out? Here are some tips on how to promote yourself as a guitarist.

1. Get to Know Other Local Musicians

Post an ad on Craigslist or in your local newspaper describing your talents and musical interests and noting that you are seeking fellow musicians to jam with. You are sure to receive a number of responses. Sort through these to find people who jive with the sound you are looking for. Remember that by growing your network, you gain insider knowledge about the opportunities available in your area. And who knows, maybe you’ll discover your future bandmates amidst these jam buddies.

2. Utilize Social Media

Social media can be a valuable asset for obtaining new fans, finding gigs and reaching out to fellow musicians. Create a Facebook page where you can post some tracks showcasing your talents and keep your fans up to date on your latest shows. Twitter is another great social network for getting in touch with your fans and letting them know exactly where they can see you play next. Explore the hashtags and follow local establishments where you would like to play.

Also, be sure to utilize SoundCloud, Beatport and other more-targeted websites. The people who visit sites such as these may take music more seriously than the average Facebook user and could become lifelong fans.

3. Give Back to Your Community

Whether you give lessons to beginners, play at charity events, or provide live music for a local art festival, find ways to connect with and give back to your local community. Doing so not only gets your name out there, but also gives you performance experience and a sense of goodwill.

How do you find local spots to play? Start by asking around at your church, community center, nearby nursing homes or even your local alcoholism rehab center. These spots are great for performance experience because you are guaranteed to have an audience. Plus, they’re usually thrilled to have you play.

4. Start a YouTube Channel

Hearing a track on SoundCloud or Facebook is one thing, but being able to match a face to the player is something else. Record videos of yourself playing covers and originals and upload them to YouTube. People searching for their favorite songs will be more likely to discover your covers and might stay to see what else you can play. This is a great way to engage new audiences around the world.

Additionally, you can let your great personality shine through by introducing your songs and responding to your reviewers. You can also upload tutorial-style videos to help people learn guitar techniques. Tutorial videos are consistently popular on YouTube and are likely to be so for some time, so having some tutorials on your channel is a plus.

In order to make it big, you’ll have to start small. That’s okay though – everyone has to start somewhere. Utilize these four tips, and you’ll become a respected musician in no time.


Author: Scott Huntington

 

Filed Under: Guitar
  • Hannah

    I’ve recently started playing at a local church once a week as well as teaching from my home on Mondays and Tuesdays and I’m really, really enjoying it. I wasn’t sure I should start teaching as I’m very busy with my day job but it’s working out really well and I got a lot of good advice from an article on teaching http://www.functioncentral.co.uk/blog/2014/07/teaching_music/. I’m now looking into starting my own Youtube channel so thanks a lot for posting such a useful article.

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