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How To Create Modern Grooves

Raghav Mehrotra  /  UPDATED Aug 20, 2022

Has your snare ever argued with your kick?

Just 15 years old but bearing wisdom and creativity far beyond his years, Raghav Mehrotra is already a pro drummer who’s helping to usher in the next generation of players. When it comes to looking at where drumming is going, he’s the perfect go-to.

In this lesson, Raghav talks about what makes a groove ‘modern’, how to develop the next generation of grooves, reversing what’s expected, and how layering rhythms and working on elastic timefeel will help you get there.

He explains why musicality is his number one priority, how to take risks as a drummer without taking away from the piece, and how you can create modern grooves while paying homage to pioneers like Elvin Jones and Tony Williams.

Lesson Index:
0:00 – SONG: “Timeline” by Nujynisis
7:10 – Inspiration and defining ‘modern’
10:05 – Layering rhythms
14:35 – Conversation between limbs
21:07 – Time elasticity
30:18 – SONG: “Funky NASA” by Raghav Mehrotra
32:01 – Drums in the forefront
41:19 – SONG: “The Slant” by Vinny Valentino/Joel Rosenblatt/Baron Browne

About Raghav:
At just fifteen years old, Raghav has already starred in a Broadway musical (School of Rock), performed at the Tony Awards as well as on Good Morning America and Late Night With Seth Meyers, and shared the stage with legendary musicians Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Earl Slick (lead guitarist for David Bowie), John Wetton (King Crimson), James Genus (Saturday Night Live), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Vinny Valentino (Vital Information).

Raghav plays:
Sabian Cymbals

Follow Raghav:

Raghav Mehrotra is an incredible young musician who first made a name for himself in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-nominated School of Rock: The Musical, where he performed over 500 shows as Freddy, the drummer. Over the years he has played legendary venues like Madison Square Garden, Winter Garden Theater, Beacon Theater and the Lincoln Memorial. Raghav has played alongside a slew of incredible musicians, including Sarah Brightman, Steve Smith, Slash, Earl Slick, John Wetton, James Genus, Jimmy Haslip, and Vinny Valentino. Besides his hugely successful run as Freddy, Raghav has performed on Good Morning America, at the Tony Awards, Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Gypsy of the Year, and Stars in the Alley.

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