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, www.brantjcole.com
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.
"The Key Counting Method is like 5-minute-abs for drums. But it actually works!"
- Chris Reeve, Filter
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE KEY COUNTING COURSE
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 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!
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
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!
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 3 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.
His passion for teaching remains to this day, and Joe has over 250 in depth drum lessons on his educational website joecrabtree.com.
Joe’s latest project is the key counting method and, with this course, he is excited to teach you how to make difficult time signatures a thing of the past.