Leicester College Workshop

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 pictured in a studio at Leicester College

Lee Allatson’s Musicianship and Musicality workshop at Leicester College, 2015

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Magna Band Improvisation Workshop

Dye House Drum Works Music Workshops in Leicester

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.

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Airto Moreira-Inspired Latin Ideas

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

Your New Most Precious Drums

Have you ever finished playing or practicing your instrument, or come out of a gig, with your ears ringing? If so, you could be storing up long term problems for your hearing. Tinnitus (an unexplained ringing or buzzing in the ears) is a common condition among musicians and, though often temporary, can be an early sign that your hearing is getting damaged and so should not go unchecked.

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Regency Modern Jazz Jam Visit

I had been looking recently for jam night events in and around Leicester, mainly to put together an event list for students at DHDW to help them gain live playing experience. In amongst this internet and pub trawl (crawl?!) I was also on the lookout for any opportunities to stretch my own jazz-playing legs, as this is an area I have not exercised – outside of the teaching studio – for some time now. How happy I was then, to happen across the Modern Jazz Jam held at the Regency Sports and Social Club in Leicester: Two-for-one! Continue reading