Pick Up & Play Melodeon – Online Tuition Course COMING SOON!



Just bought a diatonic button accordion and don’t know where to start with it?

Or have you been plugging away at it for a few months and are struggling to get both hands playing together?

You’ve come to the right place!

Welcome to Pick Up & Play with Mel Biggs: Let’s Get Started! Let Mel guide you through the basics towards learning your very first tune. Start by finding out what your instrument is and how it works, then go on to learn about basses, chords and rhythm before learning to play a simple traditional English dance tune with both hands together.

Can’t read sheet music? No problem!

The course is split up into sections containing ‘Listen & Learn‘ and ‘Pick Up & Play‘ video lessons. Each of the 65 video lessons demonstrate one concept simplified into a bite-sized piece of information that you’ll be able to pick up really easily by ear.  Mel will guide you expertly over the humps so you’ll be playing your very first tune in no time!

Course Requirements

This course requires practise, persistence and a whole-lotta patience! The course is suitable for all D/G (Re/Sol) diatonic button accordions (also known as: melodeon, button accordion, trekharmonika, accordéon diatonique). Check that you have the correct instrument before signing up.


When you’ve finished the course, send me a video of you playing Winster Gallop I’ll send you some personalised feedback! Take part in the live Q&A sessions with Mel to help you over humps along the way. For extra help and guidance on certain topics, choose from the 10 ‘Helping Hand‘ lessons positioned throughout the course.

4 thoughts on “Pick Up & Play Melodeon – Online Tuition Course COMING SOON!

    1. Hi James! When you sign up, you’ll have 6 months to complete the course which I believe is ample time to achieve the goal of this course – learning your first tune with both hands together! What with other life commitments, I know how hard it is for a lot of people to find time to practise! With this online course, you can complete it in your own time! And if you need a top up month at the end of the course, you can pay just for that! Simples.

        1. Hi Cheryl – only just noticed this comment so apologies for the delayed response!
          I need to do a blog on this as there are a few different options and lengthy explanations… to help quickly though…

          If your Liliput is in DG, that means the right hand (end with most buttons on it) outside row furthest from bellows is D and the inside row nearest the bellows is G.

          Your instrument could be either 3rd or 4th button start, meaning the scale of each row starts on either button 3 or 4 on the push.

          Strap into the instrument with it on your lap, with the keyboard with most buttons on your right. Count down from the chin end to the knee end 3 buttons on the inside row. Press this button down, push the bellows and check against a tuner (either a digital tuner or phone app tuner) and see what it tells you. If this button produces a G, then your instrument is a DG. You can check this by repeating the steps for the outside row. Button three should be D.

          This will be correct if your instrument is a 3rd button start. Check the 4th button from the chin end too as you may have a 4th button start.

          If these buttons produce a C and an F – you have a CF. If G and C then you have a GC and if B and C then you have BC. There are other combinations – AD, BbEb, BE and CC# too. All are possible!

          Blog to come…

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