LDM Soundscape Jam | Chris Lesso & Ian DeSouza

Improvised jam with Ian DeSouza. (This session is an excerpt from the online course LTR METHOD) One of my favorite bassists in the world to play with is Ian DeSouza. His time feel and groove, razor sharp in the moment listening skills, spectrum of world rhythms and beats to draw from, authenticity and originality, and Read more about LDM Soundscape Jam | Chris Lesso & Ian DeSouza[…]

LDM improv (with Konnakol) | Chris Lesso & Ian DeSouza

Improvised jam with Ian DeSouza. (This session is an excerpt from the online course LTR METHOD) One of my favorite bassists in the world to play with is Ian DeSouza. His time feel and groove, razor sharp in the moment listening skills, spectrum of world rhythms and beats to draw from, authenticity and originality, and Read more about LDM improv (with Konnakol) | Chris Lesso & Ian DeSouza[…]

The Drummer’s Best Friend In The Band: THE BASS PLAYER | with Ian DeSouza

There is something I call ‘The 4 Offenses Of Drummers’ (see the separate blog and video lesson on my website and Youtube) where drummers must be aware of the four greatest offenses they can do to at worst get fired, or at the very least highly annoy the other players in the band. This list came from talking to many musicians OTHER than drummers, and finding out what drummers do that get in the way of the most important big picture: THE MUSIC. They are Space, Time, Listening, and Dynamics. An essential way for drummers to test where they are at in these four areas is to spend time playing with your best friend in the band: the bass player. Bass and drum duo jams leave you nowhere to hide and will show you exactly where your drumming is currently at, and also happens to be one of the most FUN things you can do to practice! Leave the other musicians at home, and spend more time with the bass players in your life.

One of my favorite bassists in the world to play with is Ian DeSouza. His time feel and groove, razor sharp in the moment listening skills, spectrum of world rhythms and beats to draw from, authenticity and originality, and improvising skills are unmatched! Ian is a Juno award winning artist having played with Sisters Euclid and many many others, and is one of the best in the business. In this session I wanted to get and insider perspective of Ian’s approach to playing in a band and locking in with the drummer, and also what he appreciates most in his favorite drummers to make music with. Sometimes as drummers, we can learn MORE from other musicians that are not drummers! Ian’s insight and advice to drummers is invaluable, so enjoy dropping in on this conversation we had. Also, don’t miss Ian and I playing and creating together in our bass and drums improv duo (LDM), and in my band modus factor.

The Drummer’s Best Friend In The Band: THE BASS PLAYER | with Ian DeSouza

There is something I call ‘The 4 Offenses Of Drummers’ (see the separate blog and video lesson on my website and Youtube) where drummers must be aware of the four greatest offenses they can do to at worst get fired, or at the very least highly annoy the other players in the band. This list Read more about The Drummer’s Best Friend In The Band: THE BASS PLAYER | with Ian DeSouza[…]

The 7 Levels Of Intensity For DRUMMING | Chris Lesso with Mark Bowden

Our body language influences our behaviour and STATE, which shapes our drumming. They are so connected!  There is no bad body language, only results that you wanted or didn’t want. Remember, there are no rules here, only consequences! We want to engineer our lives and drumming to get the results we want, and to have Read more about The 7 Levels Of Intensity For DRUMMING | Chris Lesso with Mark Bowden[…]

You Are The Instrument: ‘How You Move Is How You Groove’

Here’s the big secret: you don’t need any gear! The instrument is not as important as the player. Your sound is in YOU. That’s why I’m so big on the study of MOVEMENT, because in the end I only care about one thing: UNLOCKING YOUR SOUND. This starts in the soul, manifests through the mind, Read more about You Are The Instrument: ‘How You Move Is How You Groove’[…]

Body Language, Drumming, & The Brain with Mark Bowden

What does studying body language and the brain have to do with drumming? It has EVERYTHING to do with it! LTR (life through rhythm) is about studying outside disciplines to get better at your main discipline. If you want to improve your golf game, steal from cooking. If you want to improve your martial arts, steal from calligraphy, and so on. In this case, we are seeing drumming as A LANGUAGE, and our body expression paired with knowing how our brain is wired from eons of evolution will empower us greatly.

In this session I had the opportunity to hang out with one of my favorite people, Mark Bowden! He is one of the worlds top experts on body language and the brain, and also has an awesome energy and sense of humour. We dig deep into these concepts in ways that will both help you in your everyday life, and infuse every note you play on the drums with more of YOU. At the end of the podcast we analyzed the body language of some of the most iconic drummers of all time to get further inside their minds and approach. This is definitely insider information that will give you an edge, so watch it 10X and literally ’embody’ the learning. (Embody: to BECOME a part of your body) Feel these body language and brain lessons to absorb them into your own game of life and drumming!

IMITATE – ASSIMILATE – INNOVATE

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Body Language, Drumming, & The Brain with Mark Bowden

What does studying body language and the brain have to do with drumming? It has EVERYTHING to do with it! LTR (life through rhythm) is about studying outside disciplines to get better at your main discipline. If you want to improve your golf game, steal from cooking. If you want to improve your martial arts, Read more about Body Language, Drumming, & The Brain with Mark Bowden[…]