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DG Melodeon Complete Beginners Weekend

Friday 3 Jul 4pm — Sunday 5 Jul 4pm, 2020

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215– sharing an ensuite room
  • £215– single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £160

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £150

Running alongside our regular DG Melodeon weekend this year we are introducing this separate programme specifically for complete beginners, led by Mel Biggs.

Instruments will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own; let us know when you book if you will need to borrow one.

You’ll be working as part of a small group of beginners with Mel (max 10 participants). Expect quite intensive classes, but with time for individual attention, and to take yourself off into corners to practice what you learn! You’ll also be able to relax and enjoy evening sessions with participants from the DG Weekend, enjoy and informal tutor’s concert on the Saturday evening, and browse the trade stand of Acorn Instruments.

Who’s it For?

Complete beginners who would like an introduction to playing the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion). You might never have picked up a box, might have inherited one or have one sat on a shelf that you are not quite sure what to do with. This is your chance to learn what to do with it.

Boxes will be available to borrow but please let us know when booking if you need one so that we can make arrangements.

If you are an improver, intermediate or advanced player – join our DG Melodeon Weekend which is for players at level 2 or above on our Halsway Melodeon Playing Levels.

The Team

Mel Biggs is a leading light in the world of melodeon teaching, known for her perceptive, patient and mindful manner in teaching groups and individuals, both on and offline. Having been teaching since 2009, Mel has an ever expanding toolkit of techniques at her disposal which she adapts to every new teaching scenario; expect a bespoke blend of learning-by-ear, call and response playing, analogies, visualisations and pattern recognition, tune deconstruction and notation in moderation. Mel is a consummate performer, vocalist and accompanist and can be seen on stage as one third of Anglo-European trio Moirai and playing for the vibrant Harlequin Morris

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