MAY-AUGUST 2022

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By Brian Bestall NEW ADDITION published 2022


 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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New Single Release

Electric Storm 

My new single 

Electric Storm is released 10th June 2022 

It is one of three previously unreleased recordings from 2017. Unfortunately only two survived. It has revived my interest in electronic music and I hope to write more in the future.


New Album Review

Love for Sale byTony Bennett & Lady GaGa

Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa perform another great collection of beautifully recorded Jazz Standards written by Cole Porter. Tracks include Night & Day, I Get A Kick Out Of You and a great samba arrangement of I Concentrate On You. 

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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.   


Here I am playing the Handpan during a week of writing and rehearsing new material for pan and flute.

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Classic Album

I’ve been delving into my vinyl record collection and look what I found!

David Bowie Hunky Dory

I bought this album in 1971 when it was first released. And if you haven’t already got a copy you’ll be pleased to know that it has just been re-issued. Stand out tracks include Life on Mars, Oh! You Pretty Things, Changes and my favourite track Kooks.

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Omete Cymbals UK

Calm Cymbals

Low volume cymbals ideal for practicing and rehearsing

I currently have a set of Sabian Quiet Tone cymbals in my teaching studio. These look and sound very similar and are very competitively priced at around £155.00 per set. Set includes ride, crash and hi-hats.


 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