Put Feet To Your Music

 In this group I want to be able to help those musicians who want to "put feet to their music". Which means to take it somewhere, to set goals and reach them, to make this music thing happen. I want to give counsel through example and then give application.

Website: http://tedyoder.com
Members: 70
Latest Activity: Nov 6

What this group is about.

 So my idea for this group is that I would like to share tips and actions that I've taken to put feet to my music. But it's not just all about me. This is more about you and where you want to go and be. Let's talk here and see what we can accomplish together.


 I still have a long way to go, at least I have a ton of goals to reach still, but that's really what I'm wanting to build here. A community of musicians who need each other to get somewhere. My producer and friend told me that you only need one person to really believe in you. So let's see if we can start there.


 Let's move mountains together.

Discussion Forum

Family and music---line between responsibility and calling

Started by Todd Marriott. Last reply by James Divine Nov 6. 9 Replies

I am a musician, and it feel that I have something to offer the world. My wife and I want nothing more than to play our original music full time. We have 2 kids under 4 and have been on a few "tours"…Continue

Tags: kids, time, full, musician, Family

Name for evernote-like website for lyricists

Started by Nic Lubbers Oct 18. 0 Replies

Hey guys. I've been developing a website for lyricists and I need help coming up with a name for it. It's going to be similar to …Continue

My First Ukulele Video

Started by Melanie Griggs. Last reply by Melanie Griggs Oct 8. 2 Replies

I've been learning ukulele just over a month now. Finally started to learn some songs instead of just playing around on chords and rhythm. So check it out if you like!…Continue

Its Your Love - Song I co-wrote

Started by Melanie Griggs. Last reply by Carolyn Niman Apr 3. 5 Replies

Here's a song I co-wrote - I did all the lyrics minus the bridge. Then a couple friends wrote the music.We did this sometime last year but I never posted it here.…Continue

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Group Leader
Comment by Ted Yoder on October 31, 2012 at 10:00pm

I'd like to welcome Aimee and John to the group. Do you have anything that's on your mind that you'd like to talk about? 

I've been in the middle of a house show tour that's spanned 4 months and 20 states. It's been a great way to meet those who love my music and to give back to them in a more meaningful way. If anyone has any questions about this approach, please ask. I'm not sure of all that I've learned so far but maybe talking about it would help get things out.

Hope you all are doing well.

Group Leader
Comment by Ted Yoder on October 4, 2012 at 7:47am

Hi Keith and welcome.

It's always funny to me how I feel so naked with my music when it's just me on the album whereas if I'm collaborating I can hide behind the other musicians and it's not so bad. We as artist have a hard time with "putting ourselves out there". We so want to do this for a living but it's also so very open to criticism and that scares us so bad. My first bit of advice is what I did.

1. You just have to do it. Make up your mind that you're going to put something out there whether it's to your liking or complete/polished enough. What you are selling is you not so much your music. If you really have put yourself into your music, then it's you that people want more of any how.

Practical things to do...

1. Check out Bandzoogle. It's a great website building platform for musicians and it's cheap. My wife and I learned how to work the program and we've been with them for over two years now. They just work.

2. Get yourself a YouTube channel and put out a video of you playing something. Then you put that on your website, facebook, twitter... Start putting yourself out there. The video doesn't have to be polished. Just set up the camera and go.
See what feedback you get from your friends and family via social networks and let that boost your self confidence. You might be very surprised at how much support you have.

It really does start with just doing it. When I first tried to get some gigs, I didn't even have enough songs ready for a 45 minute set but I went out and asked for gigs, got them and then worked my but off to get the sets ready. It's hard in a lot of ways but worth it. You'll get used to laying yourself bare. I'm tougher than I used to be but still not very thick skinned. But it's also what keeps me motivated to get better and keep doing the music thing. I'm having more fun than I've had my whole life at 40. If this is mid life crisis then I'm staying in it. :)

Comment by Keith Roshto on September 30, 2012 at 7:32pm
Hello all, I'm new to the site, and hope that I can get some traction here to finally publish some original music. I would like to call myself a writer at some point more than a musician, and don't want to make money as much as i need to be true to who God made me. I've written near 100 songs from blues to country to choral to thrash, of which 20 i believe are excellent. 
My primary roadblock is perfectionism (48 days profile calls me a precisionist), such that i am never comfortable enough with my recorded performances to allow anyone but closest family and friends to hear. I've done excellent studio work for others, played in bands since college, sometimes to crowds of thousands, but never as the focal point. Another challenge is the mechanics of recording. I've chosen a studio and done one session, but pretty much hate what i did and haven't scheduled further sessions. Also the marketing aspects of website, videos, downloads, etc, overwhelm me. 
My first goal is to record an ep of 6 mostly blues originals. I don't know what i expect to get here, but this is my first foray toward "putting myself out there". Any wisdom would be appreciated.

Group Leader
Comment by Ted Yoder on September 24, 2012 at 12:38pm

Welcome Clark. Thanks for joining out little group here. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

Comment by Wayne Simmons on September 12, 2012 at 5:14pm
Welcome John. It is always nice to meet another bone player. I haven't played mine in several years. I loved playing in Jazz Band in high school and college. I split time between trombone and bass guitar. I think you will really enjoy Jazz. Good Luck!

Group Leader
Comment by Ted Yoder on September 12, 2012 at 2:40pm

Hi John, welcome and I will say what most here would say. Move on up bro! Make a plan and if we can help, let us know.

Comment by John (Jack) Dias on September 8, 2012 at 5:38pm

Hello all, just joined this group, a big thanks to Nic Lubbers on the artists arise group for directing me here. I play lead trombone (often times the ONLY trombone) in the local community band. We raise scholarship funds for graduating H.S. students that participate in the band during their senior year. Our main venue is the senior center and the concert in the park series. Mostly an older crowd playing in the group (the gal that sits next to me is 75, and our french horn player and one of the sax players were in WWII). We have a lot of fun but I am thinking of moving up to the next level and joining the Jr. College Jazz band.

Comment by Melanie Griggs on July 19, 2012 at 4:13pm

It's been awhile but I just finished a new blog post. Check it out if anyone's interested!


Comment by Kevin Harris on July 16, 2012 at 9:00pm

I'm pretty new to this site and form of posting, so forgive me for being repetitive. I am a current videographer and music producer of all genre's. Anyone needing any service of the two please feel free to contact me on here!

Group Leader
Comment by Ted Yoder on July 10, 2012 at 6:55am

Welcome Randi Sue. I hope you find friends and help here. Please let us know if you have any questions.


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