"You rock Joe. I've been playing for 15 years and your online lessons have changed my playing for the better. Thanks."
Daniel Arévalo - Brazil
"I just wanted to thank you for GREAT videos on your website. You're really educational and gives the greatest advice to drummers. I've been to MI and Lama and they're also great. Your lessons really help by teaching the "secrets"."
MICHAEL SURPRENANT - Hilo, Hawaii
"Very enjoyable. Nice ideas; very clearly presented. This was best money I ever spent for ongoing drumming motivation."
MARK STEPHENS - London, UK
"Since becoming a GoldPass member I've been really impressed with the amount of stimulus the lessons have given me. The highly detailed solo breakdowns are a revelation - Joe makes it possible to get inside the head of fantastic players."
KEVIN HINDS - New Hampshire, USA
"I am very happy with the goldpass. I wish I had this kind of information a long time ago. It has helped me progress in little ways and big. The way you explain the particular lesson is easy to understand. When it runs out I will get it again!"
MICHAEL SURPRENANT - Hilo, Hawaii
"Joe has a wealth of great tips and lessons; not to mention a very humble demeanor and a willingness to answer ANY questions you have. I spent a lot of time checking out YouTube and instructional websites and I just keep coming back to Joe - he is the best"
Alex Prisyazhnyy - Zheleznogorsk, Russia
"In this course I found many answers for myself.I have never seen such a detailed and deep explanation of acquisition and implementation of any technique before. Thanks for your great work!"
MARK GALLEGOS - Tucson, Arizona
"I wanted to send you a short note to let you know how pleased I am to have discovered your website. You have a terrific knack for breaking down a complicated drum goove or fill into nice little bite size bits."
Patrick Peeters - Berchem-Antwerpen, Belgium
"I love to put my teeth in the complex lessons such as the Gary Novak solo and "What is hip". It's like watching a friend dealing with his own struggle to make something work and explaining in much detail how to get passed all this."
Chris Krotke -
"I have been searching for 3 years now online for lessons I could relate to and I really liked yours from the very first one I saw. I've already improved drastically from your very first lesson. Glad I found these! Thanks"
TAYLOR KENNEDY - California, USA
"As a teacher I really appreciate your thoughts and watching someone who is so good at teaching and breaking things down."
BOBBY MOORE - Ontario, Canada
"There is so much interesting stuff to learn and I am amazed that I can actually play what I thought was impossible for me. Thanks for this website!"
MORTEN SØRGÅRD - Bardu, Norway
"Over the years I´ve bought many instructional dvds and books, but I find your lessons much more in-depth and valuable."
MARK GALLEGOS - Tucson, Arizona
"I have also been extremely pleased with the Gold Pass which allows me to jump on and off the website whenever I have the time, and explore what ever groove I am in the mood for."
AUDREE DILLARD - Colorado, USA
"Thank you so much for the lessons!!! I feel like I have improved so much since I started the lessons with you."
KEVIN HINDS - Nashua, N.H. USA
"By the way I just want to say thanks so much! With your lessons and a lot of work from me, at my near ripe old age I have improved greatly! You are awesome! And I'm not just saying this either! I mean it!"
AUDREE DILLARD - Colorado, USA
"I just wanted you to know how pleased I am about these lessons. I am telling all of my drummer friends about you because like I said anybody who is not doing these lessons is missing out."
Donzell Davis - Camarillo Ca., United States
"I absolutely love the way you teach. love the way you play. you're helping me tremendously. Thank you so much."
Why Is JoeCrabtree.com different?
Most online drum lessons focus on how to play a lick or a groove. That's great, but they don't usually go very deep.
What I'm interested in is not only how to play a lick or groove, but how to play a lick or a groove well. That's a completely different thing.
What's the difference between Steve Gadd playing a groove and the guy in the drum shop? They're the kind of questions I'm interested in.
The lessons at JoeCrabtree.com focus on how to play cool licks and grooves AND how to play them well. I go deep into the things that make the difference between good drummers and great drummers.
On your journey with me you'll learn the tools and techniques I use to go from not understanding to mastery so you can do the same for yourself.
I don't believe you'll find such detailed lessons anywhere else on the internet.
What You Get
A Gold Pass membership gives you immediate access to over 20 hours of in-depth lessons (worth over $250!) In addition, there are new VIP lessons every week.
Check out the short video below for a quick introduction to what you get when you upgrade to a Gold Pass Membership.
Weekly Inspiration with VIP Lessons
Every week I post a new VIP lesson for Gold Pass Members. Consider this like taking a weekly lesson with me to give you new ideas to think about.
Over the coming weeks and months I'll cover a wide variety of topics including:
Hand technique - I go into great detail about how to assess your hand technique. Learn the simple rules that will allow you to locate the problems in your own technique and work towards fixing them.
Foot technique - Learn different approaches to playing the bass drum and gaining greater control over your feet.
Timing - Learn new approaches to improving your timing and ability to play grooves, fills and solos without speeding up or losing your place.
Soloing - Learn concepts on how to develop solos along with cool licks and fills you can incorporate into your own playing.
Transcribing - Learn my secrets to transcribing grooves and solos.
Reading Music - If you're not a reader I have lessons that will teach you to read music. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED!
Independence and Coordination - Learn the tools I use to develop independence and coordination. You can apply these to ANYTHING you're working on for fast and noticable improvements in your ability.
Much, much more - the above is just a sample of the things you'll find in the VIP lessons. Every week I post a new video showing you things that have made huge differences in my playing, things that I'm currently really excited about, or things that have been requested by YOU!
Current Gold Pass Members range from professional drummers and drum teachers to beginners...
“I just wanted to thank you for GREAT videos on your website. You're really educational and gives the greatest advice to drummers. I've been to MI and Lama and they're also great. Your lessons really help by teaching the "secrets".”
– Daniel Arévalo
"Since becoming a GoldPass member I've been really impressed with the amount of stimulus the lessons have given me. The highly detailed solo breakdowns are a revelation - Joe makes it possible to get inside the head of fantastic players and understand the phrasing used, and to get to grips with fantastic licks which I can incorporate into my own playing later on. I can work on the pieces in small or large chunks, and have all the support of multi-speed tracks, and PDF notation -which has been good for my previously very sparse reading skills! The GoldPass has been a very beneficial extra step in my playing. I think the lessons are a real bargain compared to regular tuition, and the student can take as much or as little as they wish to tackle at a time. I love working on the ideas Joe tackles in the GoldPass lessons. The wisdom is passed on in a very non-condescending way, and Joe is happy to let us see him sometimes struggle with a part before nailing it - which really gives me a lot of encouragement! In the GoldPass I've found a really informative and absorbing way to improve my technique, licks, and general work ethic whilst learning. Great value for money!" – Mark Stephens
“If you haven't spent any time checking out everything JoeCrabtree.com has to offer to the global drumming community, please go for it! Joe has a wealth of great drumming tips, lessons, transcriptions and explanations; not to mention a very humble demeanor and a willingness to answer ANY questions you have. I spent a lot of time checking out YouTube and instructional drumming websites and I just keep coming back to Joe - he is the best.”
– Michael Surprenant
“You rock Joe. I've been playing for 15 years and your online lessons have changed my playing for the better. Thanks.”
– Jess Hancock
“Hi Joe, I wanted to send you a short note to let you know how pleased I am to have discovered your website. You have a terrific knack for breaking down a complicated drum goove or fill into nice little bite size bits. In addition, you take those bits and build exercises for each one so when you finally put it all together that difficult bit doesn't seem so difficult and frustrating. I have also been extremely pleased with the Gold Pass which allows me to jump on and off the website whenever I have the time, and explore what ever groove I am in the mood for.”
– Mark Gallegos
“Getting your gold pass is one of the best investments I've made in inspiring me and giving me some new stuff to learn/work on in drumming. As a teacher I really appreciate your thoughts and watching someone who is so good @ teaching and breaking things down. Great exercises and approach with to working on concepts related to a particular song/fill/etc... Keep it up!" – Taylor Kennedy
"I am very happy with the goldpass. I wish I had this kind of information a long time ago. It has helped me progress in little ways and big. The way you explain the particular lesson is easy to understand. When it runs out I will get it again! "
– Kevin Hinds
“I wish that I had the Gold Pass Lessons and access to a website and drummer forum like Joe’s 20 years ago! It is great to have conversations, advice and input from fellow drummers. This, combined with Joe’s personal responses and input, has catapulted by drumming and interest in learning up several levels in just 9 months. There is so much interesting stuff to learn and I am amazed that I can actually play what I thought was impossible for me. Thanks for this website!”
– Bobby Moore
“Hey Joe! I really enjoy your video lessons as well as the private lesson I had. You explain things very clearly and make it easy to understand. Over the years I´ve bought many instructional dvds and books, but I find your lessons much more in-depth and valueble. I really like your concept of breaking stuff down to work and focus on the most fundemental and most important elements. Looking forward to more lessons. Exellent work!"
– Morten Sørgård
Available on Any Device
The video lessons will play on any computer, smart phone or tablet that can play video and connect to the internet. If you wish to download the lessons you should get a yearly Gold Pass and contact me for details on how to download.
What YOU want to learn
If the lessons you want don't exist, simply post a lesson request in the forum and I'll create lessons answering your drumming questions.
So far every single GOLD PASS member has been 100% happy.
If you sign up, and you don't find anything useful then just contact me and I'll refund your money. It's that simple.
Check out the FAQ below if you have questions. If you don't find the answer you're looking for simply contact me and I'll get back to you asap.
A Gold Pass gives you instant access to over 20 hours of in-depth MasterClasses (worth $250), PLUS NEW VIP drum lessons every week.
I don't have a specifc course for learning the drums from scratch. If you're just starting out the best recommendation I can give is to find a local teacher - that will be more beneficial than trying to learn from any video. Ask at your local music shop for a recommendation.
That's not to say that you won't learn a lot from my videos. Sign up for the free trial and if you enjoy what you see then you should join.
Why should I become a member?
If you're serious about improving as a drummer I want to help you. My lessons focus on tools and techniques to help you improve no matter what level you are - beginner to advanced.
The GOLD PASS membership gives you 3 main benefits:
1. Save money, when compared to purchasing individual lessons.
2. Access the full library of MasterClass lessons and VIP lessons (only available to GOLD PASS holders)
3. Get your drumming questions answered by posting in the forum.
I don't have a PayPal account - can I still subscribe?
For the Monthly membership you'll need to sign up for a PayPal account.
If you don't want to create a PayPal account and would like to pay with a credit card you can buy an Annual GoldPass here. That'll subscribe you to the site for a year and you'll have to manually renew when it runs out.
What payment methods do you accept?
You can pay with any credit card or a PayPal account.
All payments are processed via PayPal. For the monthly membership you must have a PayPal account. If you don't already have one you'll be able to set one up at checkout. It only takes a minute and is the safest way to pay online using any credit card.
If you don't want to create a PayPal account you can buy an Annual GOLD PASS. You can pay for that with a credit card on the PayPal site without having to sign up for an account.
What does the GOLD PASS give me?
The GOLD PASS gives you access to over 20 hours of in depth drum lessons. I add new lessons every week and you can request topics for me to cover in the Forum.
When you sign up you get instant access to all of those lessons and the downloadable bonus content which includes play alongs and transcriptions.
The price you pay when you sign up is locked in for as long as you remain a member.
What devices will this support?
The site is designed to work on all standard computers - Mac and PC - as well as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android. Basically anything that can play video.
If you can watch the video at the top of this page then you'll be able to watch all of the Gold Pass member content.
Can I download the lessons
GoldPass subscription lessons are streaming only.
If you buy individual MasterClass lessons you can download them to your computer.
VIP Lessons are only available to GoldPass Members and are streaming only.
If you are in a situation where you really need to be able to download lessons then please get in touch and let me know.