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!
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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 →
This past week or so I’ve been working on songs for a dep gig with a great band of local musician friends I’ve had the pleasure of working with on and off for some years. Their set is comprised of classic R&B, motown, funk and soul material, with some of the world’s top drummers in the chair on the original recordings – and so my job here is proving to be once again an enjoyable challenge!
One particular song on the list is a firm favourite with many and varied cover bands – and one which I have played on lots of occasions with several different outfits, but I would have to say that its truly sublime feel has proved to be one of the most elusive and revisited grooves with which I have ever wrestled to the point where, to date, I’ve never been happy with how I play it! …and this track was originally recorded by a guy who probably wouldn’t consider the drum kit to be his first instrument! Continue reading →
Respect – performed by Aretha Franklin, 1967 (written by Otis Redding).
Drummer: Gene Chrisman
Much of the rock & pop approach to drum rhythms relies heavily on a 2 & 4 ‘backbeat’ feel and in more recent times, regularity and repetition through the entire kit has proved to be the fashion.
I’ve played this song many times, but only quite recently stumbled upon the bare unpredictability of the bass drum here in Gene Chrisman’s playing. For me, it’s the totally natural work of a master with very much the whole picture in mind. 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 →