Pick Up & Play with Mel Biggs: Let’s Get Started! DG Melodeon/Diatonic Accordion Online Course

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.

SUPER SPECIAL BONUS EXTRA! 

When you’ve finished the course, send me a video of you playing Winster Gallop I’ll send you some personalised feedback! For extra help and guidance on certain topics, choose from the 10 ‘Helping Hand‘ lessons positioned throughout the course.

Reviews

Andy Cutting says:

“I thoroughly recommend this course. Mel is a fine teacher, personable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The pace of the lessons are great.”

Helen Renton (Pick Up & Play course graduate) says:

An ideal introduction to the melodeon. Mel has a warm, friendly and encouraging teaching style. Filmed with care, the demonstrations are easy to follow and play along with. Once you reach the end of the course you are invited to send Mel a short video of your playing so that she can provide feedback, which she does in a very thorough and helpful manner.

(Scroll down to the bottom of this page to read the full reviews.)

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Course Information

Estimated Time: 6 months

Difficulty: Absolute Beginner

Course Instructor

Mel Biggs Mel Biggs Author

Mel Biggs is a musician, performer and melodeon teacher based in Derbyshire, UK. Renowned the world over for her perceptive, patient and mindful manner in teaching groups and individuals, Mel is a leading light in the world of melodeon tuition; both on and off-line. Having been teaching since 2009, Mel has an ever expanding toolkit of techniques at her disposal which she adapts to every new teaching scenario. You can expect a bespoke blend of learning-by-ear, call and response playing, analogies, visualisations and pattern recognition, tune deconstruction and notation (in moderation).

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£200.00 for 1 year
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Complete the course in your own time over 12 months. Enroll now and Let’s Get Started!

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£20.00 / month for 12 months
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1: Welcome to Pick Up & Play with Mel Biggs: Let’s Get Started!

2: Let’s Meet Your Melodeon

3: Let’s Pick Up & Play The Bass End

4: Let’s Pick Up & Play Both Hands Together

5: Let’s Pick Up & Play Your First Tune

6: What Next?

What Others Have Said

If I were starting now, this is where I would start from.
By: Roger Watson

This is a course which in my opinion shows great respect in three important ways: It shows respect for the melodeon, by treating it from the outset as a complete instrument with two ends and two rows of treble buttons. By starting with the left hand, it emphasises the importance of using the whole range of the instrument’s properties and states that this is not just another way of belting out tunes. It shows respect for the learner, by allowing him or her to choose the pace of progress and the nature of feedback from the teacher. The progression of repertoire matches the student’s growing confidence and everything is kept clear and simple without becoming patronising at any point. It shows respect for the music by the choice of tunes and it demonstrates the nature of traditional music, by introducing tunes through their basic structures and encouraging the student to master these before adding variations and embellishments. This allows each player to develop an individual take on any given tune, in line with generational, regional and personal variations which are so essential to any living tradition. If I were starting now, this is where I would start from.

Pick Up And Play Course
By: Emma Bradford

I bought my first Hohner melodeon and simultaneously found Mel Biggs online course. Having never picked up a melodeon before, I had some hesitations! I can't thank Mel enough, for providing such a clear, instructional, beginners course. The pace of the course is spot on. Mel explains everything so well and really does make things so much easier to understand, than I could ever have imagined possible! I've gone from literally not knowing a note, to playing an entire tune in a relatively short amount of time. This has enabled me to have the confidence to move forwards into the world of melodeons! I love that the course is broken down into achievable sections, which makes it a whole lot more fun and less daunting! Mel's great! I can't wait to learn more from her.

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By: Amanda Seedhouse

I did the pick up and play course to help me get started with playing a melodeon borrowed from my Morris team. I found it very useful and enjoyable. It has enabled me to get to grips with the basics of the melodeon and to move forward with learning to play some of the dance tunes. I know some people on the team have found learning to play the base notes difficult and only play with the right hand but doing the pick up and play course has enabled me to play both. I have carried Mel's methods through and can now play several of our dance tunes. Thanks Mel.

Pick Up and Play
By: duckeringandy

I started this course soon after buying my melodeon. I found the way the course is presented was really enjoyable - Mel presents in a very methodical and enthusiastic way. Going through learning a tune step by step really worked well for me and I intend to use this method for learning tunes in future. I progressed through the course and the teaching method helped me maintain motivation and interest throughout. I would definitely recommend the course to others.

Learning to love your melodeon
By: helen.renton

The Pick Up and Play Course is an ideal introduction to the melodeon. Mel has a warm, friendly and encouraging teaching style and delivers the course in bite size chunks which can be followed at your own pace. Filmed with care, the demonstrations are easy to follow and play along with. Mel presents the melodeon as a fun instrument which she hopes her students will love as much as she does. She introduces each section by playing a new or traditional tune, showing what can be achieved by applying her watchwords Patience, Perseverance and Practice. Once you reach the end of the course you are invited to send Mel a short video of your playing so that she can provide feedback, which she does in a very thorough and helpful manner.