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!
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.
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.)
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
Listen & Learn: Winster Gallop Whole Tune
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6: What Next?
What Others Have Said
Pick up and play
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
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
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.
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