More than 45,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium near Dallas reached for the rafters as Kenny Chesney gave the fans two solid hours on a tour that started two months ago in Tampa, Fla. Bighearted Kenny shared the night with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his family, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten, University of Florida football coach Will Muschamp, University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema and Kenny’s close friend, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
And as the band played “The Boys of Fall,” Kenny singled out a young boy down front and gave him a Cowboys helmet. Later, he gave a young girl a guitar.
The opening acts were well received — Texas acts Kacey Musgraves and the wonderful Eli Young Band, as well as North Carolina-born singer-songwriter Eric Church.
Kenny will play 19 stadiums before he wraps up the tour Aug. 23-24 in Foxboro, Mass., at Gillette Stadium, a place Kenny loves so well.
Randy Travis has taken legal action to prevent the release of a patrol car video of his 2012 drunken-driving arrest near his home in Tioga, Texas. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday (May 14) in Austin against the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas attorney general’s office. Police reports indicated Travis was found naked by the road after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am. He pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years’ probation. A judge granted a request from Travis’ attorneys to block the video from being released. After media groups requested the video from law enforcement authorities, the attorney general’s office ruled this month that the judge did not have the authority to bar the video’s release.
Carrie Underwood‘s parents sound like they are about as modest as she is generous. They still live in the same house where she was raised, even though she has tried to buy them a new one. And when she tried to buy her dad a generator for Christmas, he wouldn’t allow it. “My parents are really great people who want nothing to do with any of this,” she told Marie Claire magazine.
“This” being the wealth that comes from being one of the biggest deals in country music. “I’m the black sheep of the family. The black-crystal sheep. Swarovski,” she joked. She even said that when she was in talent shows before the big talent show — American Idol — her mom sewed all her outfits. “She would get material from Walmart. It was a little Coal Miner’s Daughter up in there,” Underwood recalled.
If you feel that you have reached a stage where your guitar playing is just too good to keep to yourself, why not pass your finely honed skills down to some deserving devotees of the six string altar? Playing the guitar has never been more popular and students are crying out for teachers, especially ones who know the difference between Metallica and Motorhead. You don’t need to be the best guitarist in the world to teach successfully, but there are a few tips that will definitely help you to bridge the gap nicely.
You Need to Be Quite Good
When you place your first advert for your new hobby/venture, ensure that you do not blow your trumpet too hard. There is little point in offering jazz guitar lessons if you can just about play a few augmented shapes. Assess your skills and be harsh on yourself before declaring what you can teach and to what level you can sustain this tuition. If a few students come away disgruntled, your reputation will soon be firmly in the trash bin.
You Should Offer A Little More
Guitar students need to believe that you, as a teacher, actually care about them and their playing. Play down the money side of the lessons and concentrate on ‘bigging’ your students up. The money will soon flow if the word gets around that there is a new teacher who gives a darn about his new students. Offer real support and lots of encouragement, no matter how bad they seem, because everyone gets better in the end.
Understand The Process Of Teaching And Learning
A really good guitar teacher does not simply teach an instrument, they teach the person behind the axe. There are many ways to teach a student, and the way you teach that individual is the key to success. The days of treating students exactly the same has long gone. You don’t need to be a psychologist to teach well, but you should be able to relate and connect to different characters. Guitar playing is as personal as any other individual trait, so work on your people skills and start to pay more attention to the way we behave.
Mix With Your Peers
There will be better and more experienced guitar teachers around, but it’s not a competition. You can often get some awesome tips from these guys ad do not be afraid to pick their brains whenever you need some insight.
Some of us can learn quicker than others, if one of your students seems a little lost, you should realign your expectations and pick another lesson plan. Contingency plans are a necessity for great teachers and they will save many a failing lesson from its doom.
A great teacher never stops learning, there are many ways to keep on learning and you should not rest on your laurels. At some point you may be faced with a student who has reached your level. You should ensure that you are always a few steps ahead, because otherwise your reputation will be in tatters, as will your client list.
What Are You Waiting For?
If you stick to these steps and enjoy the teaching aspect, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a lucrative and enjoyable guitar teaching career!
Judey Brare, the author of this post, works for Symmetry Studios which is a very well known wedding band in Toronto. She is passionate about music and likes to write articles related to it during her time off from work.
Country star Wynonna Judd is no stranger to matrimony, but it would be her third marriage that would really test her commitment to “for better or for worse.” Wynonna and her husband Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser were married in June 10, 2012, but tragedy struck just two months later when Cactus was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident. During the accident, Wynonna was right by his side, and that’s where she remained during his recovery as well.
The love story of Cactus and Wynonna was interrupted, but it’s an amazing story that demonstrates the love that exists between two people in marriage. It’s an excellent example of what a marriage should be and how partners should care for each other through thick and thin.
Third Time’s a Charm
Wynonna Judd was married and divorced twice before she hooked up with Cactus. Her first marriage to Arch Kelly III produced two children, Elijah and Grace, but ended in 1998. Her second marriage to D.R. Roach lasted four years but ended in 2007. In 2009, Wynonna began dating Cactus, who was a drummer in her band. They were married in 2012 at Wynonna’s farm in Tennessee. They’ve been going strong ever since, despite many bumps along the way that no one could have predicted or controlled.
In 2010, Wynonna was suffering from many health conditions related to her excessive weight. She was previously treated for food addiction, and she did manage to lose 55 pounds. Damage to her stomach muscles and blood clots, however, threatened her life. She also survived a head-on car collision. During this time, Cactus was a proud supporter, and it wouldn’t be long before Wynonna could offer her support in return.
Wynonna and Cactus both loved to ride motorcycles, and they were riding side-by-side on August 18, 2012 on separate bikes when Cactus collided with a car. Wynonna watched helplessly as her husband was thrown from his bike, which severed his leg and resulted in additional injuries. After being married for just two short months, Wynonna and Cactus were faced with tragedy, and they faced it together.
Wynonna stayed by the side of her husband during his hospital stay, and she cheered him on as he worked on learning how to cope with a missing leg and how to walk again. Even though Wynonna had to return to her tour soon after the accident, she gave all the support she could to Cactus. Wynonna also began her stint on Dancing with the Stars, and as she was dancing across the floor, Cactus cheered her on, too. Just eight months later, Wynonna and Cactus celebrated as he walked toward her for the first time since the accident.
Life always hands us surprises, but it’s what we do with them that makes all the difference. Wynonna and Cactus may have suffered through unspeakable heartache, but their love stood the test of that hardship.
Marcus Smith writes for drumplace.com. He is a drummer and huge fan of country music.