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Mel Biggs: DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:21:14 PM »

Hi Melnetters,

Just want to (unashamedly) pedal my wares! I am a warm, friendly and approachable melodeon player/teacher who is able to adapt to your specific needs as a learner.

I have been playing DG melodeon since 2006, and teaching since 2009. My areas of specialism lie within the English tradition and playing for dance (Morris/ceilidh), but I also play French and Continental style music for dance.

I am able to help with: Left hand-right hand coordination whilst playing, learning and playing by ear, repertoire expansion, lift, feeling and mood within the music you play.

I am 1/3 of 'Moirai' - a new trio for concert and dance, made up of myself, Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women etc) and Sarah Matthews (Cupola, Cupola:Ward) and played with All Blacked Up ceilidh band from November 2012 to December 2014.

I am available to teach:
- one-to-one lessons from my home near Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire
- online tuition via Skype
- a one-day workshop in your local area, tailored to your needs
- a workshop tutor during a festival
- a tutor on a melodeon course

Please visit my website: www.melodemon.co.uk
Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelBiggsMusic
And on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MelBiggsMusic
Listen to me on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mel-biggs-music

Please contact me at: mel@melodemon.co.uk to discuss tuition options. :)

Hope to hear from some of you soon! Thanks. Mel Biggs
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Re: MeloDEMON DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2013, 10:41:15 PM »

And I can confirm that Mel is who she says she is and that she is a stonking good player (:)
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 12:14:59 AM »

And I can confirm that Mel is who she says she is and that she is a stonking good player (:)

Seconded.
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2013, 08:06:54 AM »

Thirded, if it were necessary.
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2013, 09:17:20 AM »

Awww, you guys *blushes*

Cheers matey peeps  ;)
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Re: MeloDEMON DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 01:40:14 AM »

I would like to attest to Mel's fantastic teaching after recently having a lesson with her!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2013, 02:16:05 AM »

Just to add to all these positive comments...

I had a Skype lesson with Mel all the way from over here, and it was great (:) - Mel is indeed very warm and friendly, and it was of real benefit to me to be able to ask her about specific things that I have been trying to do, and to see Mel break them down and demonstrate slowly.

Even though I use Skype quite a bit to talk to family I was a bit fazed to play my melodeon across the ether, and to such a good player too, but Mel was hugely encouraging - thanks Mel (:).
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 02:04:27 PM »

It means a lot to me to have feedback about my approach to tuition, and the fact that these comments are so positive just makes my day! Thank you both very much.

Happy playing, until next we meet...

Mel
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 12:21:22 AM »

I've just had my first formal music lesson since my mid-teens but this time there was no music stand, no sheet music and no metronome. Melanie Biggs (MelonBox of this parish) wasted no time identifying weaknesses in my melodeon playing that cause me no end of problems, so we set about working through a tune that I find challenging with Mel offering a different way to look at things. The tune was one she knew vaguely but she had it nailed by the second time through.  :o

I have to say I was a bit nervous about having a music lesson after so long and wary about how it would work on Skype but the hour flew by, the learning was intense in a very relaxed sort of way and has left me with plenty of work to do and a buzz about playing that I haven't had for a while!

Mel has that wonderful teacher's gift of homing in on a problem and then making you walk through treacle for a single measure then sending you back to where you started to do it all over again, and again, and again (steady on buster you're speeding up!) and again and again . . .
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Re: MeloDEMON DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2014, 05:04:20 PM »

Thank you Peter for your kind words. I'm so pleased I managed to give you some enjoyment and ease back into your playing. Its the thing I love the most about teaching!

I've just had Andy Cutting round for the day. I invited him down to oversee what I do here in MeloDEMON land with my tuition and he gave a glowing review. I even managed to show him a trick or two! Hehe!

I'm very happy to discuss guidance/tuition either face-to-face or via Skype to anyone who's willing to take on the challenge of learning such a cracking instrument!

Mel
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Re: MeloDEMON DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2014, 05:47:36 PM »

Mel's lessons aren't limited to DG either ;D

My only question is with all these pupils you now have, when are we having a MelsANGLES meeting?  :||:  :|glug
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 05:25:39 PM »

Just finished my first lesson with Mel -  she offers the right balance of encouragement and correction.
Also the Skype format works extremely well, good use of technology  ;)
I have rarely had an hour pass so enjoyably and quickly; so much so that I'm looking forward to the next time (:)
Now just have to practise & practise & practise as I don't want to let her down!
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Re: MeloDEMON DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2014, 06:04:26 AM »

Do you take students with only a GC box?
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2014, 08:55:05 AM »

Hi Jerfish,

Most of Mel's students are D/G players which is what Mel plays herself. 
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2014, 11:48:25 AM »

but she does like a challenge  >:E
I can thoroughly recommend Mel, regardless of the system you play, she recognises that the basics are the same and should be able to help you alot before the differences in layouts/styles become apparent. Try contacting her direct.
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Re: Mel Biggs: DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2014, 01:20:34 PM »

Well, I've had my first Skype lesson ever...with Mel last Wednesday. What a joy to have a teacher who first asks what it is you want to achieve! I was thoroughly impressed with Mel's teaching style, easy-going nature and perceptive observations. The hour just flew by and I came away with a totally refreshed desire to improve my playing and...practice..! As you can see from my post history, I'm more of a lurker with MelNet, gathering info and enjoying the conversations of others, but I felt compelled to share my view...not something I do often!

So...if you're looking for tuition to guide you through a plateau, or just to improve all-round, I can heartily recommend Mel - why not give her a call?

p.s. Big thanks to Helena for the push to get on with contacting Mel!  :D
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2014, 05:06:53 PM »

This thread is gathering momentum and I need to add my comments. Mel is a greater teacher with a very relaxed style. I began to learn some 12 months ago but particularly struggled with the bass buttons before discovering this thread. I'm now into my fifth skpe lesson with Mel. I've considerably improved the accuracy and rhythm of play. She's slowly pushing me into playing by ear which used to be a frightening concept.
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2014, 03:23:16 PM »

Seriously chuffed to pieces to have this wonderful feedback growing on this thread - thank you so much!

And Budge, nice to meet you in person for a lesson just now ;)

Mel x
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Re: Mel Biggs: DG Melodeon Tuition - I'm available!
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2014, 12:48:10 PM »

I've just had my second lesson with Mel. The first lesson I was quite nervous to begin with but she soon put me at ease with her relaxed style and friendly manner  (:)
The second lesson was as good as the first and she put up with my many mistakes with a smile and good humour.
I feel lucky to have found such a good teacher and feel I can make real progress with the first music lessons I've had for over 40 years
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2014, 02:39:12 AM »

Can anyone give me advice as to how to connect to (Mel) via Skype?

I've only ever used Yahoo Messenger and that was simple. Send an invite to the person. They accept and off we go.

I registered a week or so back and I tried sending an invite to my brother (used his email) 3 times but he never received it. What am I doing wrong? Also, when I go to 'Add a Contact' from address book it shoves a Facebook link in my face. I hope having FB is not part of Skype because I'm not on FB and never wish to be.

Hints??
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