In association with
Mr David Thompson

Absolute Beginners
Advanced Beginners
Early Intermediate
English Dance Music
Playford and Early English Music
English Session Tunes
Instruments: Melodeon
English Concertina
Genre/Style(s): English Dance
English Early Music/ Playford
Ability Levels: Beginners to Intermediate


I am a South West London based melodeon (D/G and G/C) and English concertina musician and teacher. My interests are in English dance music and session tunes.

Having come to the melodeon and concertina as an adult, I am very familiar with the difficulties faced by beginning players and use my own experiences as a learner to guide my lessons so that they are accessible and not intimidating. I know it doesn't help when a teacher shows off their own prowess when you are struggling just to get out a tune or scale!

I am musically trained and am happy to teach either with sheet music "dots" or by ear - and I am happy to assist students who are interested in getting more comfortable with reading music if they wish.

My philosophy is based on helping the student to achieve a full understanding of the instrument.

For melodeons this includes playing both on the row and cross rowing - and exploring the bass side including um-pahs and other combinations.

For the English Concertina, this includes exploring additional keys and playing chords and intervals.

I am happy to also help the student to get a basic understanding of how harmonics and intervals work and how to use this to get more creative with adding to the basic tune.

Contact David

Address: Clapham, London
Greater London
SW11 6JP
Phone: 07533635116
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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