Welcome to the new-look Dye House Drum Works – for drum lessons in Leicester – thank you for visiting!
My name is Lee Boyd Allatson and I have been a providing professional drum lessons in Leicester for 30 years. I opened Dye House Drum Works back in October 2009 and since then have been providing drum lessons and drum equipment to many local players. We provide drum lessons for children and drum tuition for beginners through to advanced drumming and preparation for further and higher education. Whatever your drumming needs – we are here to help!
There are many great services provided by Dye House Drum Works drum school: We offer bespoke, one-to-one drum lessons, tailored to the needs and goals of each individual student; furthermore, we regularly supply a range of unique and inspiring clinics and masterclasses for group events. We also have our own drum shop and a YouTube channel hosting a whole bunch of great tuition videos. Have a browse around the website and leave a comment, or drop us a line with any questions or queries. There’s always something new going on, so do please feel free to visit often!
Drum Lessons in Leicester with Dye House Drum Works are still only £19 per hour! [More Info]
Find a selection of tuition videos based around the Rockschool syllabus; there’s also lots of content relevent to non-exam study players too, so please do have a browse! There is a playlist of short videos documenting Lee Allatson’s recent appearance at Leicester’s Drum Jam event, aimed at helping you get the most from your practice time:
YouTube.com is a fantastic medium to communicate these ideas for learning, and equally fascinating for me to learn just how far around the world our viewers come from. Just this month we’ve enjoyed visits from the UK, USA, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, Jordan and Brunei!
Visit our YouTube channel for drum lessons by our resident drum teachers:
Learn rock and pop drumming; learn to play jazz drums; learn to play funk and latin drums; learn to play rudiments… It’s all here – and more – at Leicester’s Dye House Drum Works drum school!
Practice time is often at a premium, so I thought I would offer a few words and ideas on getting the best out of the time you do have.
It is also quickly worth mentioning – for the benefit of those readers who don’t practice at all: don’t sell yourself short! Developing your skill as a musician plays a big part in enhancing the joy of playing and if you can kick-start some kind of regular practice routine, I would guarantee you’ll get more reward from your drumming. Practice really does work! Continue reading →
Here’s an interesting and fun rhythmic concept, accessible to players of all levels: ‘Beat Displacement’.
I’m going to reference this directly to an equally engaging and highly musical tune: Herbie Hancock’s ‘Cantaloupe Island’, which features the genre-defining talents of Tony Williams on drums.
Although this tune is widely regarded as a ‘jazz standard’, the feel is in ‘straight eighths’ (as opposed to the more common swing/dotted jazz ride rhythm). The ‘beat displacement’ content is displayed here within the snare drum line, pretty much right through the track, landing neatly alongside the bass emphasis. Here are a couple of bars taken from the drum part:
Ride cymbal at the top – and if you’re just starting out playing drums, try leaving out the pedal hi hats to begin with. Continue reading →