NEWSLETTER

                                              MAY/JUNE 2020


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

YouTube videos, rudiments and much more

 

WHY SHOULD I LEARN DRUM RUDIMENTS? 

By Brian Bestall published 2019

 

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

  • 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

Buy Now!

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1091533091

Book Reviews

 

DRMRGRL   5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 

Reviewed in the United States on 3 February 2020

Verified Purchase

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.

 

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

Verified Purchase

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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8'' Billy Hyde Practice Pad 

offers a realistic feel, stick rebound, and stick response, allowing drummers to develop their drumming skills and techniques, wherever they are. The durable rubber design is both compact and lightweight, making it extremely easy to carry around with you. Shown here mounted on a cymbal stand.

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Buddy Rich  

One of a kind

by Pelle Berglund

 

A very informative account of the everyday life of drummer Buddy Rich. It covers his life from the earliest days of his childhood as a drummer and tap dancer in his parents Vaudeville act to his final days as the toughest band leader of all time. One thing never wavered throughout his career was the pursuit of perfection. An excellent read.

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Wincent 7A Maple Drum Sticks

Perfect for lighter jazz playing. Creates excellent cymbal sounds.

Wincent uses specially selected US Hickory and Maple wood; kiln dried to a particular level for maximum durability.

 All sticks are bathed in a water-based, natural wax formula. This not only gives the sticks great grip, it also prevents the wood from cracking and splitting in the sensitive rim-shot and neck/tip areas.

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New Album of the month

Africa Speaks

Santana

 A collection of songs inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Africa. Some great playing by drummer Cindy Blackman.


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My Classic Album Choice

My Son the Jazz Drummer 

by Shelly Manne

Release date December 1963

An all star- band playing jazz versions of traditional Jewish songs.


PHOTO GALLERY

 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 Festival2019