Claus Hessler

322 – Claus Hessler: Bridging the gap between technique and musicality

Claus Hessler is a head-turner. Not only does he have blazing chops and technique comparable to the best in the biz but he also has the musical mind to use his technical prowess the most melodic of ways. There’s no wonder why he’s a top-call player for acts like New York Voices, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell and Randy Brecker not to mention an in-demand clinician, author and collaborator on the Sabian Garage Ride.

Claus Hessler talks about:

  • How he got into playing drums
  • Being relatively self-taught in his early years
  • Making the decision to plat professionally
  • The power of peer (friendly) competition
  • Networking
  • Using others as inspiration
  • Dealing with self-dount
  • Respecting the music and removing your ego
  • Open handed playing and how to approach
  • What you practice vs what you play
  • Technical playing vs music playing

Resources / People / Links Mentioned

Claus Hessler Plays:

  • Evans Drumheads
  • Gon Pops
  • Mapex Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Promark Drumsticks

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