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


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.


“I thoroughly recommend this course” ~Andy Cutting

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


Course Information

Estimated Time: 4-6 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).

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

The Pick Up & Play Course
By: Andy Cutting

This course is very good. Mel is a fine teacher, Personable, Knowledgeable and Enthusiastic. The pace of the lessons are great. It is clear that a lot of time and thought has gone into putting this course together. Each of the sections are clear and concise and allow you to work at your own pace. The whole course is packed full of useful tips and techniques to help you become a better player. Not only in the playing of the instrument but on your physical wellbeing. It is also well filmed and you can see everything you need to clearly. I thoroughly recommend this course. Well done Mel and the team. Andy Cutting