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.
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 →
Advice for drummers: what is the role of the drummer?
An important and fundamental question we should pose ourselves as drummers – especially if taking early steps in playing drums – is ‘what is the role of the drummer?’ This is actually quite a difficult one to pin down as answers can be subjective and at least partly reliant on genre & context, but common responses might be: to keep time; to hold the band together or to create a rhythmic framework; to structure dynamics or perhaps to signal changes within the music. To whittle the focus of our art down to one catch-all phrase could be to deliver a great injustice to the history and players of our instrument. The role of the drummer – even in the simplest of conditions – is all these things, and so much more. Continue reading →