Drum Lessons and Drum Shop in Leicester

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.

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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!

Dye House Drum Works drum lessons are still only £19 per hour!  [More Info]

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Drum Lessons at Dye House Drum Works, Leicester

Drum Lessons at Dye House Drum Works, Leicester

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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Superstition by Stevie Wonder

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! …natural and musical grooving.

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

What is the role of the drummer?

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