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Stop Skipping Steps!

Many people never realize their life through rhythm by unknowingly skipping steps. I get it, this is how I started too! I was eager to get right to bashing out the joyful roar I was hearing from my drumming heroes.…

By Chris Lesso
May 31, 2023

The 4 Practice Pockets: #4. Celebrate the Wins

“Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.”-May Sarton CELEBRATE, THE FUN PRACTICE To celebrate is to refill your well of enthusiasm,…

By Chris Lesso
Apr 30, 2023

The 4 Practice Pockets: #3. Push the EDGES: The Blue Ocean (Great Unknown) of Practice.

Venture into the blue ocean (great unknown,) by doing something you don’t know how to do… YET! I’ve never met a drummer that didn’t want to learn in the “Matrix style.” In the hero’s journey movie The Matrix, Neo plugs…

By Chris Lesso
Mar 31, 2023

The 4 Practice Pockets: #2: Stack the Reps, The 10,000 Reps Mindset

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”–Bruce Lee Back in the early days of recording, bands had to be grittier to get a magical…

By Chris Lesso
Feb 28, 2023

The Four Practice Pockets #1 Release Your INTUITION

“Good practice is fluid and adaptable, it mirrors nature.” The IREC practice model (Modern Drummer Dec. ’22) is when we use the four practice pockets of Intuition, Reps, Edges, and Celebration to get more out of the time we have…

By Chris Lesso
Jan 31, 2023

How To Practice When You Have No Time: The 3 Minute Rule

“Don’t break the chain. Your only job is to not to break the chain!” These are not the words of a drummer, but of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. When asked how he works on his craft, he says that he writes…

By Chris Lesso
Jan 1, 2023

The Rhythm Of Practice

Beats are something you do; drumming is something you live. The drums don’t want you to be good at them. The world will throw every excuse at you not to practice or play drums. We have all heard the excuses,…

By Chris Lesso
Oct 31, 2022

Open Handed Drumming is to play ‘Open Hearted’

The ‘Open Handed’ Mindset You might have seen me play and noticed I do things a little differently. By now you know ‘different is good’, because there are no rules! The way I play is called OPEN HANDED DRUMMING, which…

By Chris Lesso
Sep 30, 2022

CHRIS LESSO Life Through Rhythm

Chris Lesso is a renaissance drummer: bandleader, sideman, clinician, teacher… His studies with the great Dom Famularo and the legendary Jim Blackley have helped him form a great foundation for his drumming and his teaching. Chris’ playing with his band…

By Mark Griffith
Jul 31, 2022