So proud to have been featured
on the cover of Drums Etc!
Technique is the HOW of what we do, the study of MOVEMENT. Flowing motions equals a flowing sound, so ‘how you move is how you groove’! This is not about getting as fast as we can or competing with other drummers, but about SELF EXPRESSION, and removing any barriers in the way of you sounding like your best self on your instrument.
Once we get out of our heads and into the movements, intuitively reacting to the PRESENT MOMENT, we use our instinct as a tool, which is much more powerful that having to critically think out every part of what we do. This opens the door to getting into flow states when we play the drums. Playing from THE ZONE is the most fun we can have when grooving on the drums and in life!
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Chris Lesso’s studio merges drumming and life skills in a state of the art and inspiring environment.
FULLY EQUIPPED WITH
- 2 Sonor Drumsets
- Yamaha DTX-950 with Cubase
- HD video recording to take home the lesson
- Full access to large library of latest books and DVD’s
- Technique Building Station for Hands and Feet
- Giveaways and free material from sponsors Vic Firth, Sonor, Evans, Sabian
‘When any student comes to the studio we always start by defining the vision and goals of the student and focus our time around this, as every student is very different in what they want to accomplish. We will design a unique plan of action based on your individual goals.’
Very much like a Dojo, the environment is based on respect, perseverance, and fun. The lesson can be filmed to take home the lesson with you. To give you maximum expression and to develop your own vocabulary, we will be strengthening one, or all five of the following areas: 5 Areas Of Study
STUDENT SHOWCASE CONCERT
Students have the opportunity to perform in up to three concerts every year at the Student Showcase Concert Event, performing in one of Toronto’s best concert venues with a world class house band. Chris hosts the event, and it is streamed live here!
STUDIO RATES: $70 per hour session / $40 per half hour session (*BONUS overtime is always free!)
“Chris Lesso finds greatness within his students and draws it out of them. He even makes you feel great about your mistakes, because that’s how you are growing! Chris goes to great lengths to improve his students’ skill and enjoyment!”
“Chris is not your ‘ordinary’ music teacher. Beyond his obvious talent and passion for the art of drumming, he’s an extraordinary person. Everything he teaches is related in a real-life context, and I always leave feeling like I’ve improved in my competence with the drumset, as well as just feeling invigorated in general. Highly, highly recommended!”
“Chris is seriously knowledgeable about drum technique and will open you up to different styles of playing as well. Anyone serious about improving their playing needs to spend some time with Chris!”
“For the past three years, I have been travelling over 700 km to meet with Chris on a regular basis at his studio in Toronto. I always find his knowledge sharing compelling, and his passion contagious. Chris makes learning challenges seems natural and enjoyable. He has the ability to combine the concepts of drumming with the application towards daily living. Highly recommended, and well worth the drive!”
“Chris Lesso is a true guru of the drums, and teaches with a passion and energy that is inspiring. His knowledge and skill allows him to provide strong fundamentals instruction, master-class techniques, and explore a wide range of musical styles in his teaching.
I have been playing the drums for 13 years, and working with Chris for the last 2 years. From completely reworking the way I move my arm, wrists and fingers, to advanced rhythm techniques and groove development, he is an expert craftsman and wonderful person. Chris has a passion, excitement and dedication for drumming and for teaching that you just won’t find anywhere else. Bottom line, he will make you and better player, and you will love working with him!”
Definition: Mechanical skill in an art and/or manner of artistic movement
This is the “how to” of a skill. In drumming, this opens doors to new avenues of expression! The goal is always to play what you feel, and good technique allows your ideas to flow much more easily. Good technique also eliminates tension in your playing. Tension stunts creativity! The goal of technique is always to improve and expand on these areas: Speed, Control, Power and Endurance.
Some techniques we will work on to improve these areas will be: rudiments, the Freestroke, the Moeller Stroke, Finger Control, Pull-Outs and Control Strokes, etc. Good technique gives you a strong foundation from which to play your ideas freely to the best of your ability!
Definition: A system of ideas explaining something.
If you were going to live in Germany, wouldn’t it make sense to become fluent in German? Wouldn’t this be a great advantage? Well, this idea applies to music as well. Theory is the language of music. In the definition, the “system of ideas” is the notation that musicians use to communicate ideas. The “something” is Music.
Musicians in this day and age are coming together from different cultures all around the world, more than any time. It is an exciting time to be a musician. The better you can communicate your ideas, the better you can express yourself! Throughout the levels, we will explore reading and writing notation, sight-reading, reading dynamics, melodic notation, and transcribing music.
Definition: The study of past events.
Two famous quotes you may have heard are “you must first understand where you are from, to understand where you are going” or “to create the future, you must first understand the past.” Sound familiar? History is a great teacher.The drumset is a relatively young instrument, but it has a rich history of many great players, and
Through the levels, we will study the pioneers of the craft, the ones who pushed the limits past what was accepted at the time. We will explore the playing of the masters, and the groundbreaking innovations they made. This will give you a clearer picture of why drumming is the way it is today, as well as inspire you to build upon their ideas and break new ground yourself by ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.’
Definition: Thinking musically; to have a musical outlook/the ability to apply patterns and ideas in a musical way.
This is a broader area, but vitally important. This area includes anything that contributes to your musical paradigm, or that adds to your vocabulary of what you can say musically. This includes covering different musical styles and instruments from around the world, and playing what you have learned in a musical setting.
We will explore tools such as dynamics, phrasing, song form, and learning to sing the different drums. You will also be playing with other musicians. It all comes down to listening.
Definition: To be inventive and imaginative. To have the ability to create.
Music is creativity. It is important to approach music with a creative attitude. This means: learning how to express your ideas!
The most creative people are very inspired. When you hear music that really inspires you, it lights the fire of creativity. Throughout the levels, we will spend time listening to all kinds of incredible music. We will also work on creating different grooves, improvising, and even taking on some projects;
When younger drummers are first learning the drums, it is important to be having fun, but also to be learning many skills that they can take into other situations as they grow. We will focus on basic rhythms often speaking out the rhythms as we go, and trying it on the hand drums before taking it to the drumset.
Often kids just want to try the drums, learn some songs and have some fun, and not necessarily take it any further than that which is great, but through drumming and music they will also learn:
- Keeping A Positive Attitude
- Not Wasting Time
- Giving 100%
- And of course, the FUNdamentals of drumming!
Referrals from Chris to any of these programs will receive a special discount.
City Arts offers a great Rock Camp Summer Program for young musicians (12 to 17 years) featuring a great lineup of teachers and performers!
A place for adult amateur musicians looking to have fun playing music with others in a no pressure fun environment.
League Of Rock
If you are a professional in a field other than music but have always wanted the experience of learning some songs, recording them in a pro studio, and performing onstage at the end of the program, check out League Of Rock! Features some great Band Coaching from many well respected Toronto musicians and producers.
A coach can take your drumming or band ability to the next level. Even Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have coaches! Feedback, tips, and analysis can be invaluable to your playing and performance. Available for personal coaching, or band coaching, contact for rates and availability.
GLOBAL TEACHING WITH SKYPE LESSONS
Connect with Chris from anywhere in the world! Skype lessons are great for learning and sharpening drumming skills, or for personal coaching. You will receive detailed analysis notes and advice after the session. You simply need a free Skype account and Paypal account for payment. Contact Chris for availability and rates.
Many schools and teaching studios have taken advantage of this medium, you can organize a group and have everyone playing and learning together simultaneously regardless of location.