Jammin' With You is proud to now be offering music lessons in the towns of Norwell, Cohasset, Weymouth, and Hingham in South Shore. JWY! has an all star list of new South Shore teachers, and it's time to introduce them. First up - Brian Mullen!!
JWY!: How did you learn to play drums?
BM: Before formal training, I was self-taught by imitating what was being played on the radio. In high school I participated in concert band, jazz band, marching band in my high school. I got into Berklee College of Music and began formal instruction. Being a self-taught drummer has given me helpful insight into understanding my students. I aim to get students playing grooves to songs they love as soon as we can, and build in reading, theory and technique as we go along.
JWY!: What was it like being a professional musician in Nashville for 10 years?
BM: It was a great experience! When I first arrived in Nashville I began establishing myself as a drummer by playing Downtown Broadway. I played a wide range of music and bounced around every honky tonk in the area.
After networking with other artists in the area, I started to do session work. I worked at studios all around Nashville and recorded with many artists, some of whom were featured on MTV, CMT as well as shows like “American Idol”, “The Voice” and “Good Morning America”. I also began touring with several different groups. I only have 5 more states to go until I've toured in all 50 states. Living on a bus, and out of a suitcase is not always all it's cracked up to be. But it's all worth it to get that rush, playing in front of 5,000 people and seeing everyone moving and grooving. No matter what the audience size, performing is a lot of fun and I would like to help other people to experience it.
JWY!: When teaching a drum lesson, what are the first things you teach your students?
BM: I like to find a song a student loves and break it into pieces. We learn a few rudiments, and techniques, and start playing different pieces of the groove. Before long, the student is able to play grooves along to full songs.
What did you want to become a music teacher?
BM: I've been on the road for a long time and want to share my love for music with younger musicians, and spend more time with my wife and two year old son. I believe learning music is energizing and therapeutic. Music has brought such joy to my life, and I want to share it with my students.