Near the end of 2001, a 16 year old Cobus Potgieter attended an outreach organized by the churches in his area. At the end of the outreach, the drummer from a band that was performing there invited everyone in the audience to play a basic 4/4 rock beat on the drum set. Cobus decided to accept the challenge. In what would become one of his defining moments, he was able to play the beat straightaway. As the outreach came to an end a feeling grew inside of Cobus Potgieter - the urge to play drums again. He saved as much money as he could, and by 2002 he was able to buy his first drum set.
With no formal drum lessons, Cobus Potgieter filmed his first video for YouTube – "Quick Drumsolo" – and followed it up with a series of eight drum covers. These videos launched Cobus' online drumming career and, 80 million views later, he is one of the most popular drummers in the world. This self-taught phenom has taken the online drumming world by storm with his passionate approach and unique style - all without a single professional drum lesson.
In his Cobus Method training system, Cobus explores the boundaries of learning how to play the drums 100% by ear. Amazingly, he has learned how to play hundreds of songs without reading a single note of sheet music. He takes you through all of his strategies, including: how to learn to play songs by ear, how to make your own songs, and how to write new and unique drum parts while working with professional studio musicians.
Even today, Cobus takes it all in stride. He was just a kid from South Africa that picked up a pair of drum sticks and set out to learn the drums. Luckily for us, the entire journey was documented through his growing library of drum covers available on YouTube.
As drummers, it's easy to get wrapped up in the technical aspects of drumming. With Cobus' unique approach - you can forget about all the technical distractions and focus on the music.
The Cobus Method is going to change the way you think about drumming forever!