Morgan Wallen Got Canceled Twice – But His Record Sales Are Way Up – Cancel Culture

Recently Morgan Wallen’s neighbor, who is apparently also his secret videographer, was taking some stealthy video from across the street of Morgan on his driveway. I always like when my neighbor does that. It’s not weird at all. I guess they caught him partying and saying some stupid stuff he probably shouldn’t have said. Lord knows I’ve said some really stupid things back in the day when I was having a few. Does that make it ok? No. But, we’re all human and we’ve all said things we regret saying. Apparently the statement was directed at his buddy in a joking manner as well. Again, I’m not saying that makes it ok, but we’ve all said stupid things, especially to our friends after drinks. I have to say again, I just think it’s super weird that this neighbor is apparently taking video of Morgan as he comes and goes? Wow.

I’m really not a fan of this cancel culture we live in. Anybody with a phone can take a video of you, not in your best moment, and you get canceled? Apparently there is another video of him partying in Tuscaloosa without a mask, so he lost his SNL appearance. I will never understand the power trip of cancel culture. And you know it’s hypocritical. Why didn’t Newsom get canceled when he had Thanksgiving Dinner with a bunch of people? That’s just one example, but I digress. If you’re a fan of cancel culture and cheer it on, it will one day come for you too.

So they make an example out of him, and cancel him twice. According to Billboard his airplay diminished by 70%. That’s rough. But, his record sales went up by 339%. That means that he is actually making more money now. I’m sure he gets a bigger piece of record sales than streaming or airplay. Although I know from experience that record companies can be slimy and do slimy things to artists, so I really hope that he gets compensated and they don’t try to pull some stupid legal thing and keep his money. I wouldn’t be surprised if they try.

Below is a guitar lesson for Wasted On You by Morgan Wallen. Check it out and check out my channel as well! Thanks for reading!

Here’s the guitar I used

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The Absolute Best Guitar for Beginners

When it comes to playing the guitar I have been around the block. Literally. When I was 13 I used to go across the street and learn guitar from my friend George. His Dad was this insanely good musician from Guatemala, so he would teach George and George me. Then I took my skills down the street and learned a few Nirvana tunes and started a band. Our name was Rubber Chicken. We played at my friend Mike’s all the time and probably drove his mom crazy.

So what kind of guitar did I play? A Fender? No. A Les Paul? No. It was a Yamaha Classical guitar. Of all things I ended up with a Yamaha. And I’m glad I did because even today I still suggest beginners get a Yamaha guitar. Why? Because they just make good quality affordable stuff. The Classical I have is probably over 50 years old at this point and it still plays just fine. Now here’s where you need to make a choice. I happened to have a Classical guitar which has nylon strings. Most people opt for a Steel String guitar. Both Classical and Steel String guitars are considered acoustic guitars. The Classical Guitar is a bit easier to play as a beginner because of the nylon strings and the fact that there is a little more spacing between the strings as well, making it easier to visualize chords and put your fingers where they need to go. Also, with the classical, if you lose all of your picks, which usually happens a lot as a beginner, you can strum with your finger. Here is a Yamaha Classical I would suggest but there are other options too.

A good Beginners Classical (Yamaha CG122MSH Nylon Sting)

Steel String is your more traditional “cowboy style guitar” that you would see many famous artists playing. It’s more associated with Rock n Roll as well. I would go with this model.

A good Beginners Steel String (Yamaha FG 800)

Final Thoughts

When choosing your guitar you may also want to consider a 3/4 scale guitar if you are under the age of 11. 3/4 scale is available in similar models as you see above. The main thing is to get a relatively good quality instrument, otherwise you may get stuck with something that is extra hard to play and that can be a game over for many beginners. The last thing you want to do is struggle with a crappy guitar. That’s why I suggest getting a Yamaha. They’ve been at it a long time and have good quality control on their instruments. You don’t have to get these exact models I have suggested here but it is a place to start. Honorable mentions for other brands would be Ibanez and Fender. And most of all, have fun playing! Get creative and do the best you can with whatever you have.

The Woo: How Roddy Ricch is Bringing Back Guitar – With Lesson!

This is my second blog post talking about Roddy Ricch. Check my other post here. In my opinion he has the best guitar lines in rap currently. The Woo has a really sick intro guitar line. Guitar is an instrument that goes through phases in music production. One decade it’s everyone’s favorite instrument and the next you’re lucky to hear it on a track. I think as of right now in mainstream pop we are in a phase where guitar is usually a background instrument most of the time. Until you put on a Roddy Ricch track. Then you can hear it plays a more prominent role. Rockstar is a good example of this as well as The Woo. Below is my guitar lesson for The Woo by Pop Smoke ft. 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch. Check it out!

My guitar but a little nicer!

My favorite strings!

My capo!

Viral TikTok Guitar Lesson “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo

On January 8th Olivia Rodrigo released her song “Drivers License”. On January 9th it was already at the top of US iTunes. TikTok fans snatched up this song as it went viral. Listening to the track you can hear why it went viral. It has all the ingredients. Tween appeal, heartbreak, honesty, and great vocals. Below I have two lessons from my YouTube channel. Both guitar and ukulele. Check ’em out!

Drivers License Guitar Lesson

Drivers License Ukulele Lesson

Here’s the guitar I used.

Here’s the ukulele I used

How to Play “Your New Boyfriend” by Wilbur Soot on Guitar

The first time I saw the video for this tune I knew I had to make a guitar lesson for it. I hadn’t heard about Wilbur Soot until early January 2021. Apparently this is his 6th single release, and wow this guy makes videos that go viral. The song is hilarious and he’s no slouch as a guitarist and songwriter. He knows how to give the people what they want.

Below is my guitar lesson for the song. At the time of writing this I have about 30k views and a solid 1.1k likes 🙂 and 4 dislikes :(. I’d say those are solid numbers, for a guitar lesson anyway, so you know you are getting a quality lesson here! Enjoy!

Here’s the guitar I used in this video

Do Musicians Lead a Lonely Lifestyle?

Yes and No

Why the Yes…

Because we are creative people. We spend hours upon hours honing our skills and craft. This means many of us stayed home on Friday night and played our guitar for hours instead of going out with friends. We spend countless hours learning necessities like recording, microphones, video production, web development and a bunch of other things many of us can’t afford to pay someone else to do. I can’t speak for all musicians but for me, in order to pursue all of these things, I needed to distance myself from people, sometimes for days in a row. You may see somebody for a short visit during your day for a meal or something, but that’s about it.

With all that being said, it may take a specific type of person to understand and be supportive of you. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone who wants traditional stability. You’re up all night writing a song or creating a video while they are sleeping. Then they get up to go to work and you are just going to bed. That can be challenging. But the question of loneliness does not just apply to intimate relationships, but that’s a part of it worth mentioning.

Another reason for me personally, I am introverted. Not all musicians are, but I would bet that a majority are. When I am around people for many hours eventually I need to get away and recharge. Sometimes going to a big party or get together will really drain me and I need almost a day or two with minimal contact to recharge. As an introvert you need to be careful and maintain a balance of social and personal time so that you don’t shift too far from one side to the other. If you don’t get enough time around friends and family you will feel lonely. Too much and you will get annoyed and overwhelmed.

These are only a couple of the reasons, but as you can see it may serve to create a lonely lifestyle at times with a feeling of very little reward, other than accomplishing personal or business goals.

Why the No…

Being a musician is a great way to meet people. Some of the coolest people I know I have met through music. The best relationships I’ve been in were somehow supported by or sparked by my musical prowess. I don’t say that to brag, it’s just a natural reality of being a musician. If you are getting good work and you are sharpening your talents, you are going to meet people. It’s just a fact. This still does not guarantee that you will not go through lonely phases in life, but who doesn’t go through that?

You will get approached by people you don’t know, and they will be very interested in chatting with you. It’s only natural to be intrigued by someone who is on a stage. I always have at least a few conversations with total strangers after a show. The bigger the show, the more conversations. I usually go home feeling socially charged and confident at the end of the night.

In Conclusion

As you can see, it goes both ways. It’s about finding balance. Strong friendships are always the best ones. People that will be there for you through the ups and downs are your true friends. Some people only want to be with you for the status. I had a girlfriend who was with me only while I was employed as a music director. As soon as I decided I did not want to subject myself to that job and atmosphere any more, I quit, and so did she. It all comes down to your definition of lonely. Some people thrive in a busy social lifestyle and they feel horribly alone when they don’t have anyone around. Some people enjoy solitude and self reflection and don’t feel any loneliness in that sort of a lifestyle. So are we musicians a lonely bunch? Yes and no.

Oh No I Hope I Don’t Fall! The Viral TikTok Song

I recently did 2 guitar lessons, 2 ukulele lessons, and a bass lesson for this viral TikTok song known as “Oh No I Hope I Don’t Fall”. The actual guitar riff is from a song called “Suga Suga” by Baby Bash and Frankie J. with a release date of 2003. It was also sampled by Robin Schulz in his song “Sugar” in 2015.

I am going to post all 5 lessons below in order of popularity. Please check out my YouTube Channel as well. At the time of writing this post I am nearing 20k subs, help me get there. These lessons have definitely given my channel some new attention in the last couple months. Enjoy!

Oh No I Hope I Don’t Fall – Electric Guitar Lesson (Most Popular)

Acoustic Version

Ukulele Chords Version

The Bass Version

Ukulele Fingerstyle Version

This is similar to my acoustic I used but a little nicer. I want one of these someday.

Here’s a Breedlove Ukulele like the one I use regularly

Is Morgan Wallen the new style of Country?

As a guitar instructor I get to listen to all the new tracks coming out. A lot of those tracks are Country. I’ve covered a lot of different Country lessons on my channel from Zac Brown, to George Strait, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and more. I’ve always liked Zac Brown Band but I’m partial because at one time I worked in the studio with one of the dudes in that band. But I do think they have a catchy style.

Morgan Wallen brings something special to his songs. Solid songwriting mixed with creativity, honesty, and more modern production. That sounds like a recipe for a successful songwriter and artist. When I first heard one of his tracks I thought that he had something new and different to offer, but I also thought he retained a lot of his organic-ness.

Anyway, below I am going to post two lessons I have on my channel (so far) for Morgan Wallen. Wasted on You and Sand in My Boots. Check the lessons out, strum along and let me know how it goes.

Here’s the guitar I used in these lessons!

The Best Ukulele around $50 in 2021

For the money, I think the best value ukulele you can find this year is the Donner DUS-200 Ukulele Bundle. It’s a well crafted ukulele with mahogany back and sides, so you’re going to get warmer tones and more mid-range out of it, which I believe is harder to find in a budget ukulele. The bundle is currently listed on Amazon for $56.99 USD and it comes with a gig bag, strings, picks, and a strap. Check out my video lesson below to hear this ukulele and see it for yourself.

Teach Me How To Love – Shawn Mendes – Ukulele Lesson

Donner DUS-200 Ukulele Bundle

What Happened to Jess Greenberg? And how much do YouTubers make?

So what ever happened to the gorgeous young lady who did all those guitar covers on YouTube? As a youtuber myself (my channel), I like to keep up on things. I often wonder what happened to certain youtubers of the past. I thought I’d try to bring up some interesting info. Who really knows where she is, we can only speculate and read Reddit and Google articles. Everyone seems to think they know something.

The Basics

Jess was an overnight success and a YouTube sensation with millions of subscribers and video views to boot. Her channel is JessGreenberg1 and looks to currently have about 1.5 million subscribers. It looks like she hasn’t posted any videos for over 5 years except for a video that was posted 6 months ago, and to be honest it looks like a video from the same time period as her other videos, so I doubt it was a recent creation. I wonder if she even owns and manages her channel anymore.

The Claims

A lot of people had talked about some disappearance theories, like she fell off a boat, or was abducted or something like that. I personally don’t believe that stuff. I think she walked away from YouTube for a real job. I think some people had found a Linkedin profile that is apparently hers and she has a job job now.

Her Popularity and Income

So here’s my beef with her walking away and my hunch that maybe there could be more to the story. Social Blade is a site where you can track statistics for youtubers and even projected income range for them. If you look at her current social blade stats and income, you can see that on the top end, her monthly income is claimed to be $2.6k a month. Now I know that’s not crazy huge big money, but c’mon, for doing covers once in a while as a total part time thing, $2.6k a month is pretty freaking awesome. Even if I had a job that paid 6 figures I would still do YouTube as a side part time thing at that rate. Also, since her channel has been inactive for over 5 years, that $2.6k a month could be a lot higher if she was actively creating content, and probably was higher than that at her peak.

Questions

Is it possible that she really just didn’t want to do youtube anymore and make money that way? Yes. It’s possible. But at the same time I find it hard to believe that she would walk away from all that extra income even if it’s “only” a couple thousand a month. Most youtubers would kill to make that much a month. Here’s the thing, even as it stands now her channel is still bringing that much in! Crazy. Maybe she wanted to just put in the work up front, enjoy the residuals, and never do it again. If that’s the case, she did it the right way. Make a bunch of content up front and then let it ride for as long as possible. Who knows, maybe she will start making content again at some point.

In Conclusion

I guess it just frustrates me as a youtuber to watch someone walk away when they are doing so well at it. I know how hard it is to make any money on there at all let alone a couple thousand a month. I know some creators who are workhorses putting out multiple videos a day and can’t even get the 1000 subscribers needed to monetize their content. She has 75 videos on her channel total and is still killing it. I have currently 315 videos on my channel and I’m not killing it. Lol. I do alright for what my niche is, but I’m just saying, it’s not easy, and it’s tough to see someone treat it so lightly. But that’s just my humble opinion. It just makes you wonder what happened in their life that would cause them to walk away, most likely a better opportunity I think.

A Great and Affordable Guitar on Amazon for Beginners