SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2021

 Welcome to my bi-monthly review of new gear, books, new and classic albums,

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By Brian Bestall published 2019


 Discover the beauty of drum rudiments and the numerous combinations that can be applied to the drum kit.

  • 96 pages with 100s of exercises illustrating how to play and apply drum rudiments to the whole kit, in 45 easy to follow lessons!
  •  Every exercise includes a sticking pattern to ensure you play the rudiment correctly
  •  Improve the flow of your playing around the kit
  •  Integrate rudiments into your everyday playing
  •  Suitable for beginner-intermediate players
  • Ideal for students working towards nationally recognised exams
  • Covers all rudiment requirements up to grade 8 and beyond
  • Ideal for teachers who want to introduce and explore drum rudiments with their students
  • Fun way to learn and apply drum rudiments into practical drum fills 

Available now from Amazon in Book or Kindle version

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Book Reviews


DRMRGRL   5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 

Reviewed in the United States on 3 February 2020

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In addition to including all forty rudiments, Bestall provides examples of HOW to apply rudiments to the Drumset. A complete and uncomplicated table of contents lets readers know what to expect. Excellent layout. Fairly new and current book. I am so glad that I have this in my library-this is exactly the type of rudiment book that I have been looking for.

Hello Brian,

I have to congratulate you on writing and producing such a clear book. From start to finish there’s no doubt about the nature of the exercises without the reader having to resort to lots of wordy explanations-the exercises themselves do the talking. Moreover, a beginner who’s learned 16th notes could start using the book, as well as intermediate and advanced students who want to brush up on their rudiments, practicing them around the drums. In effect, the book could be for drummers at any level. You have a definite talent for organising and presenting material in a clear and coherent way, so I’m sure you must be a terrific teacher. I wish you the best of luck in selling the book, and I look forward to your next offering.

Joel Rothman

American Joel Rothmans is the renowned author of over 100 drum and percussion method books.


5.0 out of 5 stars Makes rudiments fun for kit players!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2019

I bought this book from Brian personally after a lesson (he’s a fantastic teacher by the way if you’re in the Sheffield area and can manage to grab him).
I don’t always get the time to practice as much as I’d want but have learnt that improving my rudiments WILL improve my playing. However running down the Vic Firth chart on my wall can be a bit tiresome. This book sheds a new light by making them fun and applicable to the whole kit. Lots of great ideas and plenty to build on. Each rudiment is given 2 pages, the left hand one for pad or snare and the right hand one for the whole kit. The exercises also contain other notes as well as the rudiments so it’s great for brushing up your reading skills and note values and avoid repetition of the same thing over and over.Only scratched the surface so far but looking forward to working through and would recommend it as something different for all drummers. 


5.0 out of 5 stars If you play drums you will find this invaluable

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2019

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Nicely presented tutor with clear hand notation. Only a very minor issue is the binding of the book, which isn't the best, however I am using this on a day to day basis to improve my rudiments. Very glad that I bought a copy.

Rockem Music Store UK


Check out this new book . 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


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North Wasles Drum Promotions 

Great YouTube Channel 

If you are interested in hearing some high quality interviews with some of the greatest drummers in the world then check this out.

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Designed specifically to help you achieve total independence of your four limbs at the drum set. Practical and it is pure fun to play. For Intermediate, advanced and professional players. By Joel Rothman

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A Brautiful Way to be Crazy  

New Album

Release date 

27 November 2020 

New studio album by poet Genevieve Carver & her Multi-instrumentalist band The Unsung: 

Tim Knowles 

Ruth Nicholson

Brian Bestall

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Studio album by poet Genevieve Carver and her live band: Sarah Sharp, Tim Knowles and Brian Bestall. Featuring Ben Eckersley and Andrew Watson, produced by James Fosberry at Bigdog Studios. The Unsung is the funeral party for the forgotten fallen heroes who gave their life for music.   


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New Monthly Jazz Fix

I’ve been delving into my vinyl record collection to listen to some of my favourite jazz albums.

Here are my first 10 picks.

1 Art Pepper + Eleven recorded in 1959

2 Art  Blakey Roots & Herbs recorded in1961

3 Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners recorded in 1956

4 Miles Davis Sorcerer recorded in 1967

5 Ornette Coleman Trio at the Golden Circle Stockholm. Released 1967

6 Cannnonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago. Recorded in 1959

7 Hank Mobley Workout. Released in 1961

8 McCoy Tyner Trident. Released 1975

9 Ella Fitzgerald Sings Irving Berlin Song Book 2. Recorded in 1958

10 Bill Evans Polka Dots and Moonbeams Recorded in 1962


 Here is a selection of recently taken photographs of me working with some amazing musicians and more importantly thoroughly nice people 

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Recording the THE UNSUNG album

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With my Chronology band mates

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Adding some soothing strings to one of my compositions             on THE UNSUNG album

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Taking a break during recording the new Sarah Sharp album

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Introducing Foz the engineer

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Playing with Alan Barnes at Higham Hall

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My studio kit 

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Last show at the Edinburgh Fringe with  Genevieve Carver and the Unsung plus our top hatted road manager

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My set up for a gig at the Roundhouse in London

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Relaxing after laying down my drum part

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At Big Dog Studios in Sheffield 2020

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019