If you play piano — you’re in the right place! Pianist and Keys player, Adam Saunders, in conversation with some of the best and most well-respected piano, keys and synth players from around the world. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, then this is the podcast for you! New episodes every Thursday!
Bryn Bliska (Jacob Collier / Olivia Rodrigo / Maggie Rogers)
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1:15:16Bryn Bliska is an LA-based keys player, composer, producer, and MD who frequently collaborates with artists & producers across many genres, including Jacob Collier, Karol G, Maggie Rogers, Olivia Rodrigo, Rozzi, Lawrence, Sofi Tukker, Jackson Wang, Tegan & Sara, YUNGBLUD, Ruth B., and ford. In this episode, Bryn and Adam chat about: Why adding a ninth to a major chord is the ‘Secret Sauce’ Bryn’s process for how to learn a large amount of repertoire when you’ve got a tour or gig coming up Why Bryn has to go into full ‘Octopus’ mode when playing in Jacob Collier’s band Why so often the best things that happen onstage are unplanned Plus a deep-dive breakdown of Bryn’s practice routine… and lots, lots more! Follow Bryn on Instagram Bryn's Website YouTube Tutorial: How to Improvise with Chords on Piano (in 8 Steps!) Follow the Keys Coach on Instagram Hosted by Adam Saunders Music - https://www.davidcuttermusic.com/
Dennis Hamm (Thundercat / Louis Cole / Alice Smith)
1:07:04Dennis Hamm is a Los Angeles-based jazz pianist with 30 years of professional experience. Known for his virtuosic keyboard skills and versatile style, Hamm has had the privilege of touring and recording with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Hamm has spent the last decade playing keyboards with the artist Thundercat and has been the musical director for singer Alice Smith for the last five years. In addition, Hamm has toured the world, performing in over 50 countries with artists such as Louis Cole, Jonathan Butler, Chris Cornell, Babyface, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Gino Vannelli, India Arie, Alan Holdsworth, Larry Carlton and Virgil Donati. His talent has also been recognized by the industry as he was nominated for a Grammy for his featured performance on Simon Phillips' album “Protocol 4.” In this episode you will learn: Why it’s so important to think like a ‘producer’ when playing in a band What having ‘big ears’ really means How you can develop rhythmic independence between your hands Why Thundercat doesn’t ‘tame down’ the music for stadium gigs Why Dennis thinks music theory needs to be reimagined following the creation or evolution of every genre Plus a massive geek out on music, emotion and ‘root perception’… plus lots, lots more! Follow Dennis on Instagram Sentisonics Thundercat - NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert The Keys Coach YouTube Channel - 'PJ Morton Piano Tricks REVEALED! // How Deep Is Your Love - Tutorial' Follow the Keys Coach on Instagram Hosted by Adam Saunders Music - https://www.davidcuttermusic.com/
Dani McGinley - LA Keyboard Player & Vocalist (Niall Horan, Marina, James Bay)
45:56Dani McGinley is a keyboardist and vocalist with over 12 years of professional experience. Originally from London and now based in LA, she has worked with a wide range of artists, including chart-toppers such as MARINA, Daya, Rachel Platten, Sabrina Carpenter, Charli XCX, James Bay, and Bea Miller. She is currently on tour with Niall Horan. In this episode, you will learn: Why the Korg Kronos is Dani’s go-to keyboard Why recording yourself can be a complete game changer for speeding up the learning process What Dani practices when she has a rare day off from touring PLUS we talk all things Keytar… and lots, lots more! Dani’s Instagram The Keys Coach YouTube Channel - 'Don't Practise Scales... Do This!' Follow the Keys Coach on Instagram Hosted by Adam Saunders Music - https://www.davidcuttermusic.com/
Julian Velard - Songwriting, Humour and Piano Bars
1:00:08In this episode, Adam sits down with singer, songwriter and pianist, Julian Velard, best known for his unique blend of music and comedy. Based in LA, Julian has a decade-long presence in the US music and comedy scenes and has also become a cult sensation in the UK and Europe. He has received notable accolades from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times which propelled him to a major label record deal. Julian has toured internationally with Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Goldfrapp, and shared stages with comedians like Will Ferrell, Reggie Watts, and Paul Scheer. He served as the artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub at the Public New Theatre in NYC, and his live show was recognized as one of the best by Broadway World. In this episode, you will learn: The lessons Julian has learnt from performing in piano bars across the US and the world! Why understanding Music Theory helped unlock Julian’s songwriting Why Julian’s go-to process for learning a song is by reading the ‘songbooks’ Why all the musical elements of a song, should be there to serve the lyric… and lots, lots more! ‘In The Middle of Something’ Kickstarter Campaign The Keys Coach YouTube Channel - 'Don't Practise Scales... Do This!' Follow the Keys Coach on Instagram Hosted by Adam Saunders Music - https://www.davidcuttermusic.com/
Xmas Special - Part 2 (feat. Simeon Smith, Fraser Churchill, Pete Churchill and Joe Webb)
1:10:00Join Adam Saunders and Simeon Smith for Part 2 of the The Keys Coach Podcast Xmas Special. Get in the festive, pre-New Year mood as they round up the year and chat all things Piano, Harmony, Practice and lots more! Plus special guest appearances from Fraser Churchill, Pete Churchill and Joe Webb. In this episode, discover: Simeon's secret routine for keeping in shape on the piano Why the chord symbol 'add9' can be problematic Why Adam practises modes from Bright to Dark A sneak peek of the guests lined up for 2024... and much, much more! Lastly, the podcast will be taking a short break at the beginning of 2024 and will be returning on Thursday 18th January. In the meantime - Happy New Year!
Xmas Special - Part 1 (feat. Simeon Smith, Janette Mason & Oli Rockberger)
1:06:41Join Adam and Simeon Smith for a special edition of The Keys Coach Podcast. Get in the festive mood as they round up the year and chat all things Christmas, Piano, Keys, Chords, Gear and much, much more! Plus special guest appearances from Janette Mason and Oli Rockberger. In this episode you will learn: Why perfect pitch can be both a blessing and a curse How Simeon learned to play classical piano pieces by ear Why Adam and Simeon both share a love for Nord keyboards Adam's hidden aspiration of becoming a local radio DJ, and lots, lots more! Join us for Part 2, dropping on the 28th of December!
Adam Dennis - How To Develop Versatility as a Keys Player / Live TV 101
45:41Adam Dennis has performed with Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Tony Christie and Freya Ridings amongst many others. He’s a regular in the West End, the BBC Radio 2 Piano Room, as well as the house band for live TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and the Royal Variety Performance. In this episode you will learn: The importance of being adaptable and versatile as a keyboard player How Adam stays ‘in-shape’ on the piano and how he prepares for live gigs How he practices with a metronome while still maintaining fluidity What advice Adam would give anyone wanting to enter the session world… and lots, lots more! Adam’s Instagram Recreating Iconic Sounds with the Mellotron V JOIN THE KEYS COACH WAITLIST
Phil Merriman - All things Gospel, Jazz & Synths!
1:05:14Phil Merriman is a pianist, keys player and arranger. He is equally at home playing classical, pop and jazz and has a huge love for Gospel music. He has performed with artists such as Andrew Small, Brendan B. Brown, CeCe Peniston and Polly Gibbons amongst many others! In this episode you will learn: Why John Taylor was such a huge influence on Phil Why Phil records every gig he does, and then listens back and makes notes! How Phil developed a love for gospel music and synth bass Why tone production on the piano, is so important and why it often gets overlooked How ‘Transcribing’ can mean various things to different people… and lots, lots more! FOLLOW PHIL ON INSTAGRAM ANGEL OF THE PRESENCE - JOHN TAYLOR **JOIN THE KEYS COACH WAITLIST**
Conor Albert - Multi-Instrumentalist & Producer
58:18Conor Albert is a South London-based keys player, guitarist, songwriter and producer. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist he started making beats at the age of 8, finding an audience for his early demos on SoundCloud. It was listening to FKJ and Jordan Rakei whilst learning piano in his teens that encouraged him to make soulful, jazz-influenced, beat-driven music. In this episode you will learn: How Conor taught himself keys, and why discovering jazz harmony helped fuel his passion for songwriting What a typical writing day looks like and how he approaches creating new music Why Conor decided to take a break from social media Why Conor and Adam share a mutual love for the 1975… and lots, lots more! FOLLOW CONOR ON INSTAGRAM CONOR ALBERT & JAMES SMITH - CRESCENT MOON (LIVE) JOIN THE KEYS COACH WAITLIST