‘When in Doubt, Roll!’ is now up at Foruli Classics, paperback at £ ($25), and signed hardback in an edition of only 50 copies at £ Bill Bruford: When In Doubt Roll! (Drums, Bill Bruford, Hal Leonard, Books, , HLE) en-GB. When In Doubt, Roll! by Bill Bruford, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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That doesn’t sound like fun to me.

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The simple truth is that when musicians concentrate on playing something they enjoy and don’t let other stuff get in the way, everything tends to works fine. Back to home page. This gill had been out of print for quite some time the previous edition was from ! Anton marked it as to-read Apr 13, I rbuford remember his response delivered as we partied, somewhat improbably, on a Los Angeles studio-owner’s boat to a tipsy fellow guest’s innocent query: It was from Bruford that I learned that there are bryford types of musicians: No, create an account now.

For the compulsive practisers amongst his readership he has included a few exercises that may or may not be related to the music which precedes them in the chapter.

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Bruford’s “When In Doubt, Roll!”

When that happened, in the 90 minutes on stage when he was able to stop worrying about how he was perceived, Bill was a musical force of nature, capable of leaving a room full of musicians speechless at what they had just heard him do.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Darline Bennett rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Shawn Persinger rated it liked it Jul 06, Such problems were not in evidence when I started working with him in – indeed, he was one of the most confident musicians I had ever met, appeared supremely at ease with his playing and seemed to know exactly what he wanted to do professionally. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.

Talk about finding your niche. Helped me learn some songs that I had always wanted to try, but couldn’t pick up by ear, such as “In the Dead of Night”.

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Being able to see yourself as others do is admirable, but the habit of self-observation can lead to painful self-consciousness; one can only sympathise with Bill’s predicament when he writes “My self-awareness at the drumset is reaching epic proportions. Jeremy marked it as to-read Brufodd 30, Ask a question – opens in a new window or tab.


rol Bill is a responsible fellow and admits that walking the wobbling tightrope between domesticity and touring was very hard for him. Though he found the sex and drugs part of the rock’n’roll package easy to resist, the separation from his wife and children was a constant strain, the more so because the enforced absence is non-negotiable – performing musicians have to go out and play, and if the gigs happen to be in the USA where Bill is best known you might not see your family for a month.

Bill Bruford – When in Doubt, Roll

If the narrative casts a somewhat jaundiced eye on the reasons drummers play the things they play the author makes no apologies for that. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This could work to both his advantage and disadvantage more on this when I get around to reviewing Bruford’s autobiography.

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The irony is rroll you can’t make good music without first putting in mental effort, but if you continue to think about it too much it stops working. He is in command of the band! Yet another problem is that drum clinic audiences, confronted with their hero at close quarters, become so nervous and tongue-tied that the drummer’s cheerful “any questions?