#AskMelonBox Live Q&A – December 2018 Results

Here are the links to things I talked about in this month’s #AskMelonBox on my Mel Biggs Music Facebook page (give us a like!)

Facebook Live Video

Watch the video back for full content including a comprehensive answer to ‘What does LMM, 3rds out, voicing and registers mean?’ and ‘How do you use a metronome to practice speeding up and slowing down?’


A Fistful of Easy Christmas Tunes for DG Melodeon


I’m really pleased to announce the launch of my very first tuition book! This will be the first of a whole series of tutorial books that are being planned for 2020 and beyond.

A Fistful of Easy Christmas Tunes is a digital PDF book of 4 tunes that each come with sheet music and a slow, close-up demo video. Choose to play Sussex Carol, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem or The First Nowell.

The sheet music is annotated with deconstructed left hand chords, showing you exactly which notes get the bass, which get the chord and which get nothing! The right hand melody is annotated with button numbers for 4th or 3rd button start instruments. If you’re not sure whether your instrument is 3rd or 4th, there’s an explanation at the beginning of the course with a tuning note to try against.

The book and videos are contained within a mini course just to keep everything in one place and give you easy, unlimited access to everything. An email will be sent upon purchase with instructions on how to log in and access the course.

What are you waiting for? Pick up and play some jolly festive tunes in time to entertain your friends and family this Christmas.


Mel’s Melodeon Club @ Halsway Manor

I am ECSTATIC to announce that, starting in January, I’ll be teaching regular monthly DG melodeon workshops at Halsway Manor – National Centre for Folk Arts!

Who for?

These classes are suitable for everyone interested in learning to play melodeon and existing players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion). Sessions are organised by skill level. To find which skill level you are at please …..

Click here for Halsway Melodeon Playing Levels.

Complete beginners on this course will learn the basics including getting to grips with things like right and left hand co-ordination and row crossing. For intermediate players there will be plenty on offer to stretch your ability and imagination.


11 Jan 2019 |  8 Feb 2019 |  8 March 2019 | 12 April 2019 | 10 May  2019 | 7 June 2019


Three classes run on each date:
10.00 – 11.30 am: Level 2 (Improvers)
11.45 – 1.15 pm: Level 1 (Beginners)
2.00 – 3:30 pm: Level 3/4 (Intermediates)


Booking in advance is essential. Each 1.5 hour workshop costs £35; a discounted rate is available if you book in advance for 3 or 6 sessions. Visit the Halsway event page for more details and booking.

Calling all South West players!

If you’re in the South West (Somerset and Devon especially), please let your fellow box players know this happening! We’re really keen to spread the word and drum up more interest for these classes.

Make 2019 the year that you and your squeezebox get to the next level!


FREE TRIAL: Pick Up & Play with Mel Biggs: Let’s Get Started! 

There are many new faces appearing on my Pick Up & Play: Let’s Get Started full 6 month beginners course after having trialled the FREE version. People are saying really great things about the full and comprehensive content, easy to follow layout and uncomplicated flow from one lesson to another.

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Next #AskMelonBox Live Q&A

My next Q&A will be coming at you live from the beautiful surroundings at Halsway Manor on Monday January 7th 2019.

Moving to YouTube Live

Many of you have told me that you’d love to tune in each month but that you don’t use Facebook. Therefore, starting in January 2019 I will be hosting the Q&A over on my YouTube channel (subscribe to my channel!) via YouTube live stream. I’ve never done this before so keep your fingers crossed for me that it works (especially with middle-of-nowhere broadband at Halsway!)

Send me your questions!

If you’re not able to put your questions to me during the live Q&A, then please get them to me before the day. You can contact me in the folowing ways:

melodeon.net thread

Message my Facebook page

email: ku.oc.cisumsggiblemnull@lem


All that’s left to say is have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (And don’t forget to pick up your melodeon!)

[:]||| Mel |||[:]