As Dye House Drum Works celebrates 10 years housed at Quad Studios in Leicester, Lee Boyd Allatson – approaching his own 50th year – reflects on this impressive milestone in delivering 25,000 lessons within the field of drum set education.
“I can’t quite believe it myself! It was the various anniversaries which brought my mind to totting up how many total lessons this made and the number was a real shock! I’m very lucky to have discovered an area of the arts which resonates for me and, particularly since moving my teaching operation to Quad, I’ve fallen in love with the instrument again. I’m practising and developing my own skills in playing, as well as researching and taking on cross platform collaborations in the wider arts community. I’ve been workshopping and lecturing in universities across the UK, which has been very inspiring in being able to delve deeper into more specialist areas and topics. All of this ultimately feeds back through the one-to-one teaching, keeping me fresh and excited about music.”
Lee Allatson teaches one-to-one drum set lessons at Dye House Drum Works, Leicester. Monday to Thursday, 4pm – 8pm. Call Lee on 07976 16 16 26 to book.
Welcome to the Dye House Drum Works – thank you for visiting our website!
Our Leicester drum school opened its doors in October 2009 and since then has been providing drum lessons and drum equipment to many local players. Drum lessons for children and drum tuition for beginners, right through to advanced drumming and preparation for further and higher contemporary music education.
There are many great services provided by Dye House Drum Works drum school: one-to-one drum lessons, clinics & masterclasses; 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 please visit here often!
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Dye House Drum Works: New Drum Kits, Cymbals and Technical Stations Installed in our Leicester Teaching Studios!
Mapex Mars kits have been all the talk here at Dye House Drum Works, with 2 brand new kits for our tuition rooms: a fusion set in ‘Bonewood’ white with black hardware and an LA/hybrid fusion configuration in ‘Bloodwood’ red with chrome fittings and stands. The finishes are stunning and the colours set off beautifully by each kit’s distinctive hardware pack. We have topped both sets with Aquarian Texture Coated heads and new cymbals too: Sabian XS20 sets in brilliant finish – an excellent all-round/mid price cymbal range. The kits sound amazing: our custom built rooms here do help as they are designed to support the natural acoustic properties of the drum kit, but this combination of great drums, cymbals and drumheads makes for an excellent, balanced and inspiring sound. I should mention the Mars bass drum pedal and hi-hat stands specifically here too, as everyone here has found them super-playable and I couldn’t agree more.
New Mapex Mars set up: Studio 1, Dye House Drum Works.
Each of our tuition studios is kitted out with an independent technical station, featuring Aquarian Tru-Bounce practice pads, a wall mounted mirror and Vic Firth rudiment charts. The mirrors are also aligned to be used while sat at the main drum kit.
Audio monitoring for CD and MP3 playback is fitted in all our rooms, via a mix of Ramsa, Yamaha, Sony, Peavey and Jamo sound systems, plus Tama Rhythm Watch metronomes for more focussed technical and timing work.
Dye House Drum Works – Music Workshops and Lectures.
Dye House Drum Works has been working closely with Leicester College, helping students gain entry to higher level education and pro/semi-pro careers in music. As part of this relationship, I was recently invited to host two lectures as a guest speaker at the college’s Abbey Park campus for students enrolled on the Performing Musician and Music Technology courses.
Lee Allatson’s Musicianship and Musicality workshop at Leicester College, 2015
Dye House Drum Works’ Lee Allatson supplies the percussive force behind the One Voice For Care charity choir event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
I was delighted this year to be asked to play for the One Voice For Care charity event at De Montfort Hall in Leicester by the Leicester City Male Voice Choir’s musical director, Edgars Cuzinskis. The night was held to raise money for the LOROS, Hope Against Cancer and Rainbows Hospice charities and featured The Fron Male Voice Choir, The Military Wives Choir and the Leicester City Male Voice Choir – augmented with members of several other county-wide men’s choirs.
Along with the opportunity to play an interesting mix of hit show tunes, pop ballad arrangements and more traditional hymnal choral items, the event provided an excellent vehicle by which to say Thank You, once again, to the LOROS Hospice, who provided such incredible care for my mum earlier this year. [*Update: this event raised £9,600!]
Setting up for the ‘One Voice For Care’ event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. October 2015.
What a pleasure it was to be invited by the Magna Band to host a workshop for their 2015 Summer Music Week.
The band is a community organisation open to players aged 8 years and up: “…Getting music into the community and the community into music…” is their slogan and they certainly seem to be busy in this, enjoying a full schedule of events throughout the year.
I was particularly interested to hear that the band will engage in cross-genre endeavours, as well as taking on more progressive/modern compositions, including recent projects with an Indian classical music group, and also in developing a performance of the American minimalist composer Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, where players are encouraged to improvise around a loose score. It was with this exciting angle to the band’s repertoire in mind, that I decided to try and aid in developing the notion of improvisation amongst these brave young musicians.
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!
Lee Allatson Hosts a Music Workshop for Leicester Drummers at Quad Studios.
Drum Hang 2015 at Quad Studios, Leicester.
What a great day this was for drumming – and moreover a vibrant display of what Leicester has to offer in terms of drum kit players, teachers and a complete local support network for everything drum and drummer related!
Presented by local player/teacher and long time friend Tim Brown, the event was an open invitation to drummers to bring their kits along and jam together, chat drums and also partake in a program of masterclass-style workshops given through the day by Mark Haynes, Damon Clarridge, Tim and myself. Continue reading →
Learn to play latin rhythms on the drum set at Dye House Drum Works, Leicester
I remember seeing – years ago – one of the old DCI Publishing VHS videos (we used to have them running in the shop all day in my retail days!) which had trailers featuring other titles available in their catalogue. One of these was for a latin-centred release by Airto Moreira. If you are not familiar with his work (I wasn’t at the time) check him out. Tracking down some of the content of this video is something I have had planned for a while and only recently finally got round to it. The Airto sticking is in the initial pattern and as I played around with this, I kind of ran with the ball… Have a play! …and speaking of footballs 🙂 check my new notation ‘scoring’ package, from Sibelius First: Continue reading →