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Want to learn to play the drums or improve your technique?

I am a professional musician & teacher based in Sheffield. I have over 20 years experience and have helped many of my students to realise their ambition of playing the drums                                                                Check out my book 'Why Should I Learn Drum Rudiments?'


To get in touch please email me from the contact page 

1-1 Lessons 

Delivered In Your Own Home

 1/2 Hour £15.00 1 Hour £26.00

1-1 Online Lessons delivered  

1/2 Hour £12.00

1-1 Lessons @Hybrid 3 Studios In Heeley Sheffield 1/2 Hour £15.00 1 Hour £26.00

Why Should I Learn Drum Rudiments? 

drum tutor book out now!

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As a working musician

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Lessons at Hybrid Studio

 Lessons are available at Hybrid Studio In Sheffield as well as being delivered in your own home.

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 `Why Should I Learn Drum Rudiments?'

Check this new book out. Great for teachers to use or for those students who want some inspiration. Written by local pro drummer and teacher Brian Bestall (was a teacher at Rockem years ago!). In a nutshell the book applies drum rudiments around the kit. There's some really nice ideas in this book. We are local stockiest of this fabulous book.

Rockem Music

As a working musician I perform all over the UK playing in a variety of settings and styles. I believe that that your teacher should be a working musician

Recording- this is a picture of me having fun in the studio during the making of the new 2017 Unsung album

The painting below is one of 9 which were inspired by the Unsung album. One for every track!

Getting the best out of your kit can be achieved by tuning and using the right drum heads.

Good posture is also important, you may need to adjust your drum stool as you grow

Zoom online lessons  Drum lessons Now Available


For many people this will be a great option with lessons delivered at a time to suit you in the comfort of your own music room.

Many people live in remote areas or on the fringe of a major town with travel eating up a great deal of time travelling to and from music lessons. It also gives me the opportunity to reach out to students anywhere in the World! And to current students who may have recently moved or now live away from home at university. 

 How Do I Book A Lesson? To arrange your first on-line lesson simply email me from the contact page with your preferred start date and availability and I will reply within 24 hours.

 Lesson duration 30 minutes 

Cost £12.00 per lesson payable at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled lesson. Please send your enquiry via my Contact page.



Hi my name is Brian Bestall and I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years


I grew up in a musical family surrounded by musical instruments the one instrument missing was the drums so naturally that was the one for me


My first teacher was Hayden Cooke. He was a professional musician who worked in the theatre and drove me very hard on the importance of rudiments. He would ask me to start a double stroke roll and pop out to make a cup of tea! I was expected to still be rolling when he returned!


My second teacher was my local hero Terry Clayton. He played at the famous Sheffield Fiesta Club. He taught me the importance of sight reading and would show me the charts of many of the world's greatest artists who would appear weekly at the club. The first time I saw Buddy Rich it was from the wings of the theatre and was so blown away that I was unable to speak to him or ask for his autograph

And finally my mentor, American teacher and drum tutor publisher Joel Rothman for all the books he has written and his wise words. Thanks Joel

Professional Career

Author of-

Why Should I Learn Drum Rudiments? 

Roundhouse London

Buxton Fringe

(Best New Show 2017)

Edinburgh fringe Festival 2018/19

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Marsden Jazz Festival

Buxton Arts Centre 

Pomegranate Theatre

Jazz In The Botanical Gardens

Nantwich Jazz Festival

Bert Kaempfert Orchestra

Regional Jazz clubs

TV & Radio Commercials


Black Coffee - The Morning After

Impressions - No Moon At All

Genevieve Carver - The Unsung

Genevieve Carver - A beautiful Way To be crazy 


I am currently playing with

Chronology Jazz 

The Unsung


I am a Musicians Union member & registered teacher

I am an approved Trinity College teacher

DBS (CRB) Enhanced Certificate

Music Therapy trained and assessed (CoE)