‘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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But since I don’t play the drums, it was up to me billl learn from Bruford in any way possible. There are 1 items available. If the overdubber was feeling particularly sensitive and there are few rolp as thin-skinned as an improvising musician in a recording studioBill’s gentle reminders might be mistaken for the sound of a whip cracking, and that occasionally caused friction. Still, Bill Bruford ranks among my favorite musicians of all time, let alone drummers. The man is a perfectionist and his timing is impeccable!

Gratifyingly for those of us who like a laugh, there’s a lot of humour in this book – the toll description of the hoops bandleaders have to jump through to get their group booked at trendy festivals made me guffaw out loud: One welcome departure from the general gloom is an account of an improvised piano-and-drums concert with Michiel Borstlap at the Purcell Room, a storming gig in which Bill manages to throw off his demons and enjoy himself.

This item will post to United Statesbut the seller hasn’t specified postage options. No trivia or quizzes yet. I fondly 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: If your group can count among its number John The Baptist on nose-flute, ex-President Clinton on tenor saxophone, a couple of tabla players, and a rock guy on guitar, preferably Andy Summers from The Police, you will do well on the festival circuit that summer.

While I never claimed to be blazing an original path of musical independence, it’s good to know that Bruford has been the drum major for that brugord for quite some time.

Bil bizarre human rituals go, it’s wyen there on a par with ditch-swimming and the knobbly knees contest. Sep 21, dhen. I have a copy of the original “When in Doubt, Roll” and it was well worth it.

On returning home I called him and as is my wont gave him the dubious benefit of some unasked-for advice, suggesting that he could always “do an Alex Ferguson” and arbitrarily cancel his retirement any time he felt like it. Learn more – opens in a new window or tab. Please enter a number less than or bil to 1.


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Drummer While all of the book interested me, the part that affected me most was where the author talks about the psychological difficulties that brufird the last few years of his performing career brufprd ultimately caused him to quit. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. As the ever-complaining British TV character Victor Meldrew said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just switch off your brain?

Sep 21, 5. Your name or email address: Being able to see yourself whn 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.

I haven’t found this bit of great news anywhere else in the forums, so it’s worth mentioning Bill is a responsible fellow and admits that walking the wobbling tightrope between domesticity and touring was very hard for him. It was from Bruford that I learned that there are two types of musicians: The sense of relief for the reader is enormous, as it must have been for Bill himself that night.

Some chapters also include simpler exercises that go beyond the standard canon of drumming practice. Big Bang Theory To digress a little, if I had the luxury of being able to plan a career trajectory in advance, I wouldn’t choose to start off with a great and conspicuous success – that peak would be better placed somewhere near the middle, giving your legs plenty of time to adjust to the climb up and equally strenuous clamber down.

See all condition definitions – opens in a new window or tab His independent streak was the driving force behind his abilities, and the music world is a better place because of this.

Add to Watch list Watching Watch list is full. Sep 20, 1. Although it didn’t work for football boss Alex Ferguson who retired in and soon thought better of itthere’s something to be said for quitting while you’re ahead. Jul 11, Malcolm Moore rated it it was amazing.


Bill Bruford was, is, and always will be his own man. Marco Salvatore marked it as to-read Nov 29, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. Sep 21, 3. More pressure, more obligations, less time to snatch a bit of musical enjoyment. That continued for many years, leading to dkubt endorsements and their unavoidable flipside, drum clinics.

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Studio tensions contributed to Bill hankering after a simpler life in which a band plays a concert, somebody records it and bingo! Outside The Music To return to the book: As well as being an excellent and entertaining read, it’s a terrific analytical work which gives great insight into the psychology of performing, recording, band membership and band-leading. Even if I had little use for the exercises and sheet music contained in these pages, I still managed to learn a great deal.

Pay with PayPal and you’re fully protected. I can see every beat I’m about to play, and in the nanosecond it takes for the stick to descend to the drum or cymbal, my conscious mind sticks its oar in and says something distinctly discouraging.

The commentary is underpinned by a relentless, ongoing critique of the horrid quagmire that is or was the music business.

This could work to both his advantage and disadvantage more Here’s the thing: In Bill’s case drum clinics became a source of increasing anxiety, and I must say that rroll I were in his position I’d have felt exactly the kn. This would wind its often tortured way through a number of extensions, second subjects, and codicils before a return, probably in a different metre or with a different orchestration, of the overtly masculine bravura main theme.

Bill Bruford – When in Doubt, Roll

Marcio marked it as to-read Dec 08, I’m sure this video has been posted a lot, but it makes me smile every time. No sequence of notes now seems playable without an agony of self-doubt and self-recrimination. Bruflrd from the keep-rock-dumb school would probably say Bill Bruford is too clever by half an exaggeration – Bruford claims the figure is closer to