Page updated 9th June 2024

Tuition on the melodeon (D/G or one-row in D or C)

I taught traditional music on the melodeon (both D/G two-row and D or C single-row) for 30 years, and worked for all the major folk development organisations in England and a couple of further-flung commissions to Aberdeen and the Netherlands. I was a regular tutor for Hands On Music in Witney and tutored at Halsway Manor, Melodeons in Wensleydale and many other such events, as well as festival workshops. From 2001-2017 I taught, designed and managed evening classes for the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust. This included training some younger tutors. I also programmed and managed the much-loved and respected Melodeons and More annual workshop event for EATMT in the same period.

I have now more-or-less retired from teaching (never say never!!) apart from occasional festival workshops etc. If you think you would like to persuade me out of retirement to run a workshop at your festival or other event, please get in touch via the Contact  page.


Previous subjects have included:

If It Ain’t Got that Swing – how to ensure your playing has oomph even if it ain’t got oompah

Fast Hornpipes for Stepdancing – the East Anglian stepdance repertoire

Waltzing over the Waters – waltzes from near and far

Stretching Your Fingers – using the full reach of the keyboard

Crossing Rows for Chords on the D/G box

Making the Most of One Row 

An introduction to East Anglian music 

An introduction to Sliabh Luachra music for D/G players 

Out of the Comfort Zone – playing in second position

A La Mode – investigating the A Dorian mode

Pace and Place: Polkas – investigating different styles of polka playing

Most of these were custom-made workshops. As an example,  in 2018, I developed a set of classes looking at different styles of polkas (from Suffolk, Cork and Newfoundland) to fit in with the theme at the Borderbox event.

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