The Key Counting Method

A revolutionary approach to understanding rhythm

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Hi there! I'm excited to tell you about my new Key Counting Method course. Be sure to scroll down for more videos and information about the course.

The Key Counting Method

I originally created this new method of counting rhythms to help demystify odd time signatures and make them feel more accessible. When you use it, complex time signatures become just as easy to play as 4/4. This method truly levels the playing field, making all time signatures easy to play.

Then, I realised the method has many useful applications in 4/4. For example, you can use it to remember complex rhythms, which frees you up to play in a more musical way.

It will also improve your creativity by helping you to generate hundreds of unique rhythms for grooves and fills without the need to read or write music! It's a great way to break out of a musical rut.

I’ve had very positive feedback so far, but if you’re not satisfied after 30 days, there is a money-back guarantee.

"I can’t emphasize enough how clever and helpful this method is! Whether you are a beginner, or have been playing all of your life, you should dive head first into this course!"

- Brant Cole,

Odd Time Signatures

Odd time signatures, particularly odd 16th note time signatures like 17/16 or 21/16, can be intimidating for many musicians.

There are a few existing approaches to playing in odd times that you may or may not be familiar with. Watch the short videos below where I explain these methods and discuss each of their downfalls.

Then, I will tell you more about the Key Counting Method, which can directly replace all three.

Old Approach #1: The Remainder Method

The remainder method simply involves thinking in quarter notes and taking note of how many 16ths remain.

Old Approach #2: The Chunking Method

The chunking method involves taking the notes in your time signature and grouping them into smaller chunks.

Old Approach #3: The "Not Quite Doubled" Method

This method is similar to the Remainder Method, but you count 8th notes and count a short number for the remaining odd 16th note.

The New, Revolutionary Key Counting Method!

This simple method will have you generating hundreds of unique rhythms for grooves and fills in minutes, without the need to read or write music!

"The Key Counting Method is like 5-minute-abs for drums. But it actually works!"

- Chris Reeve, Filter

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This online course comes with over 3 hours of in-depth video tutorials and play alongs that are presented in bite-sized chunks, allowing you the flexibility to jump in where you left off and replay sections with ease.

In this course, you'll learn:

  • The concepts behind the Key Counting Method and how to apply them to any time signature
  • How to feel comfortable in any odd 16th note time signature
  • How to approach songs in odd 8th note time signatures, like 5/8 and 7/8, in a more musical way
  • How to apply the method to 4/4 to memorise and displace complex rhythms
  • How to create interesting grooves and fills without the need to read or write music

The 5-Minute Promise
In the first 5 minutes, you'll understand how the method works and how it will enable you to count any odd 16th time signature in a more musical and efficient way.

Once you understand how the method works, you'll see how it can be used to instantly create 150 unique ways of counting in 19/16.

Understanding how it works and being comfortable applying it are two separate things. To make sure you can use the method on your own, the course explains in detail how you apply it in multiple scenarios to improve your musicality.

For PolyNome Users: Included in your purchase, you will gain access to 21 PolyNome Playlists in time signatures from 3/4 to 23/16, which is almost 2,000 Presets!


The Key Counting course is for any musician who wants a better grasp of counting and feeling odd time signatures.

This method is the most simple, yet comprehensive method I've ever come across for making complex rhythms and time signatures feel natural to play.

Ready to get started? Let's go!

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Your Instructor

Joe Crabtree
Joe Crabtree

Joe Crabtree started playing drums at age 11, and by age 14 his teacher declared there was nothing further he could teach him. By 15, Joe was spending his free time teaching 20 students of his own, many of whom were two or three times his age. They came to Joe for his reputation as a drummer who could break down problems and explain concepts in a way which was easy to understand.

Joe went on to use his analytical mind to gain a degree in astrophysics at Durham university, yet moved to London in 2004 to pursue a professional career in music. He joined King Crimson's David Cross for shows in Japan, and later toured with progressive rock band Pendragon with whom he recorded two live DVDs.

In 2007, Joe became the drummer for Wishbone Ash and to date has recorded 4 studio albums, 8 live albums, 4 DVDs, and played over 1,000 shows worldwide.

Keen to widen his skill set, he taught himself to program in his free time and developed the iPhone app PolyNome - The Ultimate Practice Tool. It is used by many of the world's top drummers including Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine and Virgil Donati.

Course Curriculum

  Section 2: The Key Counting Method - Basics
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  Section 3: Other 16th Note Time Signatures
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  Section 4: Applying Substitutions
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  Section 5: Recap and Further Examples
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  Section 7: Using the Key Counting Method in 4/4
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  Section 8: Using the Key Counting Method in 3/4 (6/8)
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  Section 9: Getting Comfortable in 19/16
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  Section 11: Bonus 2
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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