#AskMelonBox Live Q&A – July 2018 Results

As promised, here are the links to things I talked about in tonight’s #AskMelonBox live Q&A:

Facebook Live Video

Watch the whole 1 hour live Q&A again in this video to see what I was nattering on about!

Pick Up & Play: Let’s Get Started Online Course

“I thoroughly reccommend this course” ~Andy Cutting

My absolute beginners online course is JAM PACKED full of information to get you off to a flying start in your melodeon playing journey! Click here to read all about it and sign up today!

Mel Biggs Music YouTube Channel

Find over 300 close up videos of slowed down tunes and demonstrations to get you going in your quest to learn to play s l o w l y


I referred to a couple of my blogs in tonight’s Q&A. You can read the full articles here:

Good Tunes to Take You From Beginner to Intermediate

Derek Tarrant (aka Derek The Nutter) asked what are my top four tunes to help you move from a beginner to an intermediate player:

Jenny Lind Polka


  • Gets you used to playing in D Major (always a problem for people for some reason!)
  • Changes key from D to G major as it moves from the A music to B music.
  • Gets you into row crossing in a more simplistic ‘block’ style when using my left hand arrangement.

Bouffard’s Waltz into Eglantine


  • I always introduce 3/4 waltz oom pah pah rhythm using the tune La Marianne for it is very simplistic. This follows on nicely from that building on complexity.
  • With my left hand arrangement, it gets you row crossing in more challenging ways,
  • It’s in D – more practise in this slightly trickier key (seriously, why is D more tricky for people?!)
  • Moving between two quite similar tunes is tricky, but these two lend themselves to the challenge in a non-threatening way!

Sportsman’s Hornpipe


  • It introduces playing in Am and using the Am chord fingering on the LH
  • My left hand arrangement involves a lot of tasty chords, therefore getting you used to moving between and using different chords in your playing
  • Introduces nice ‘trickling’ or ‘zipping’ cross over patterns on the right hand
  • Once melody established, I use this tune to introduce my concept of ‘note shaping’ as it lends itself to that rather nicely

The Plane Tree / Mominette


  • Using essentially the same melody but learning how to change time signatures
  • Moving from 6/8 into 4/4 and vice versa
  • How this alters the feel and control required in our playing in order to achieve this

Next Q&A?

Put it in your diaries! Tell your neighbours! The next #AskMelonBox live Q&A will be August 13th 7-8pm GMT (not first Monday as I’ll be at Sidmouth instead!)

You can take part over on my #AskMelonBox melodeon.net thread or over on the live video on my Mel Biggs Music Facebook page.