About Andy Mullen
Greetings. I'm Andy Mullen, an always improving musician and music teacher.
I have loved music ever since I was a youngster, and I've gotten better and better, day by day, month by month, year by year, and now, decade by decade. The same thing can be said about my teaching.
For the most part, I'm self-taught. They say that he who teaches himself has a fool for Therefore, I've made a lot of mistakes along the way.
I am here on this site to offer any wisdom I possibly can to other musicians and music teachers to make their own improving a bit easier.
I think I perfectly fit the adage "Jack of all trades, master of none." Among my talents, crafts, whimsies, pursuits, avocations, diversions, and interests include:
semi-retired singer-songwriter; teacher; amateur film maker; multi-instrumentalist (piano, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, ukulele); word collector; film composer; chess enthusiast; gardener; cooking enthusiast; square dance caller; amateur clogger; fiddle tune collector; retired English teacher; actor.
WHAT I SOMETIMES TELL PEOPLE
"I was born on a bitter January morning during the first and only Carter administration. Brutally forced into music at a young age by my over-bearing German foster-parents, I wrote my first song when I was only 6 years old. Child labor laws notwithstanding, “Ouchen Mein Fingers” became a hit at family get-togethers, and I got my first taste of success. That was the beginning of my musical journey.
I grew up too quickly, as do most children of a broken home. Herbert and Hilde Gilschtein returned to Germany, and my new foster parents had a more laissez-faire attitude toward music. I took some piano lessons with Braham, but they expired when he did, tragically crushed by a piano being hoisted up to a penthouse apartment. That was the same year I discovered irony."
Back in my younger days...