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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‘One Voice For Care’ event

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!]

De Montfort Hall concert stage with pipe organ, piano and drum set.

Setting up for the ‘One Voice For Care’ event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. October 2015.

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DHDW YouTube Channel

As well as drum lessons at our drum school in Leicester, Dye House Drum Works also runs tuition videos on our very own You Tube channel!

Link: Dye House Drum Works YouTube channel.

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!

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

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