The Cobus Method Review – How to Play Drums Like Cobus

The Cobus Method Review – How to Play Drums By Ear

Disclosure: Since I spent a LOT of time reviewing The Cobus Method, I would appreciate your support in buying lessons through a link on this page. You won’t pay a cent more, but I’ll receive a commission for my time writing this in-depth review, which helps fund this website (and my drum building obsession!). Thanks!

Cobus  Potgieter (don’t worry, I can’t pronounce it either) came upon the drumming scene in 2006 when he posted his first Youtube video drum cover of “Pop” by  N’sync. This video quickly became a top viewed video on Youtube and now has over 3 million plays.

I recently got my hands on his new DVD instructional package called The Cobus Method, my first impressions from just opening the package are:

  1. There are 15 DVD’s and 5 CD’s!!! That’s soo much content!
  2. I wonder how long it will take me to watch all of these DVD’s… hehe.

Here is my experience in a Video blog:

My notes from watching The Cobus Method

  • Cobus’s use of the word “redonk-ulous” is pretty hilarious. EDIT: Cobus has lots of interesting/funny sounding words he likes to use. Crazy South-Africans.
  • The way Cobus explains theory is incredibly simple, I’ve been playing drums for 16 years and felt like his explanation of time signatures,  and note values was easier for me to understand than ever before.
  • This dude is totally self taught, and really good.
  • The Cobus Method really is a method. Cobus has a specific way of learning drum songs, and a specific way of teaching them, and he is very well spoken and knows what he is talking about.
  • Similar to my post about how to chart out drum music, Cobus likes to understand the structure of a song
  • Appetizer, Drink Pairing, Main Course, Pudding, Cup of Coffee, Chef Fishing for Compliments, Breathe Mint – Really great analogies that Cobus uses to describe song structure.
  • The way Cobus explains how to listen to other instruments for melodic cues during a song is right on.
  • Yuca sounds like a band I might like.
  • As long as you get the feel of the song you don’t necessarily have to play ever fill verbatim.
  • It’s pretty cool watching Cobus learn a song and play through perfectly 10 minutes later.
  • The Udrum kit that Cobus plays in the videos sound really good, as well as his TRX cymbals.
  • The “Grid” is a great way to explain creating drum beats and fills, and extremely easy to understand.
  • “Writing a drum beat is a creative process, and creative processes are ALWAYS subjective. It is art. There are no rules to creating art. You may love your drum beat, but again, your emotions toward your drum beat are totally subjective. Your bass player may hate your kick pattern. Don’t get too attached to your beat because creating a song is a collabrative process.” – Cobus, paraphrased
  • These words of wisdom from Cobus about writing with a band will save you lots of time and heart ache. Leave you ego at home, serve the song.
  • One of my favorite parts so far: Cobus sharing some of his “signature beats”.
  • Getting to see a band writing session with Cobus and the other musicians playing off of each other and collaborating is inspiring, and really shows how a drummer should approach writing with a band.
  • The “Herta” is an awesome hybrid rudiment to throw into fills.
  • I might have a new favorite part of the DVD’s: Cobus sharing and explaining some of his “signature fills”. He uses lots of these in his Youtube videos. I actually played one of Cobus’s signature fills without even knowing it…but he actually knows how to use it! Check out the video of me playing this fill!

What I think of the Cobus Method:

After watching all of the DVD’s I can honestly say that this really is an incredible product. I will need to actually re-watch some of the lessons when I am sitting next to my drum set and can try out some of his signature fills and beats. Overall, this DVD would be good for begging drummers and advanced drummers. Cobus starts from the very simple things of drumming, and ends with some ideas/beats/fills that will challenge the seasoned drummer.

Well. That is my take on the Cobus Method. I love this drum lesson package. I will be re-watching the videos over and over again soon. That’s the great thing about these drum lessons; you pay for them once and you can watch them whenever you want to, over and over again!

If your interested in learning more about The Cobus Method, check out the site by CLICKING HERE. – There are lots video clips from the actually DVD’s on his site that let you see the drum lesson package before you buy! Check it out!

I would love your feedback, and as always your comments are welcome. How about a conversation starter:

What do you think about Cobus?

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Disclosure: Since I spent a LOT of time reviewing The Cobus Method, I would appreciate your support in buying lessons through a link on this page. You won’t pay a cent more, but I’ll receive a commission for my time writing this in-depth review, which helps fund this website (and my drum building obsession!). Thanks!