Tagged: Des Moines

Des Moines or Bust

Q. What do these four things have in common?

Shawn Johnson
Shawn Johnson
Slipknot
Slipknot
Butter Cow
The Butter Cow
Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart

A. No, they are not all awesome (well, three out of four are). But they are all from Des Moines. I’m about to head back to the capital of Iowa (and my hometown) to visit family and celebrate the holidays. Most of my time will be spent drinking spiked eggnog and taking long naps, but I’ll also have an external drive full of sessions, so stay tuned for some festive loops. And if you happen to live within stumbling distance of Court Avenue, I’m playing a gig with some old friends on Saturday night. So, come on down and say hi. If it turns out that you’re one of my loyal subscribers, drinks are on me. Until the next loop, Happy Holidays everyone!

Lunchtime Lesson – The 3/4 Vamp

Fellow Des Moines native, Bill Stewart, shows us how to solo over a vamp in 3/4. I was lucky enough to see Bill play a lot while I was in high school. Whenever he was back from NYC during the holidays, he’d sit in with the local big band where his dad was a trombonist. Bill is a master at applying melodies to the kit and using polyrhythms to create moments of tension and release, all the while being 100% musical.