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Comedy Keys

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Scott Istvan

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A podcast for music directors and musicians of improv comedy

Latest Episodes

Episode 9 - Faking it with three chords and a rhythm

In this episode, Faustino Solis from Las Vegas joins us to talk about how easy music directing can be when you "fake it" with just three chords, and how you can expand from there to sound like a fully-fledged musician! We also talk about the importance of rhythm for giving your improvisors a place to ground themselves, as well as a few tricks for simple underscoring - all you need is a few notes to paint a world of sound. With apologies to Faustino for how long this took to publish, and apologies to any regular listeners who thought we might actually maintain a regular release schedule.

29 MIN2018 NOV 19
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Episode 9 - Faking it with three chords and a rhythm

Episode 8 - Beatboxing & Vocal Percussion

Ben Chang, a beatboxer and improv comedian from Boston, joins us to talk about the ins and outs of accompanying a show as a beatboxer. While beatboxing is commonly associated with hip hop, it can also be used alongside a traditional piano set up or as a source of sound effects and punctuation. Ben also attempts to teach Scott to beatbox with varying degrees of success.

34 MIN2018 AUG 7
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Episode 8 - Beatboxing & Vocal Percussion

Episode 7 - Songprov! Structures and progressions

Veteran music director Steve Gilbane joins us to talk about the art of accompanying improvised songs. We talk about common song structures including last line tagline and verse-chorus and how to communicate that structure to singers. Steve also goes over alibrary of common chord progressions which are great starting points for improvising songs.

33 MIN2018 MAY 7
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Episode 7 - Songprov! Structures and progressions

Episode 6 - Instructors, Finding your musical voice, and the Blues!

Adam Brooks of ImprovBoston and formerly Second City Cleveland joins us for this to talk about his experience there. We also talk about how to find the right teacher, building your musical style & voice, and a crash course through the 12 bar blues!

29 MIN2018 APR 9
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Episode 6 - Instructors, Finding your musical voice, and the Blues!

Episode 5 - Peru, Arrangers, and Sound Painting

This episode is an interview via the magic of the internet with Johann Frech from Lima, Peru. Johann talks through the improv, comedy, and music traditions in Peru, as well as how he uses his Yamaha arranger to play with a broader sound palette.

36 MIN2018 MAR 5
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Episode 5 - Peru, Arrangers, and Sound Painting

Episode 4 - Guitar & Improvised Mariachi!

In this episode, Nelson Velazquez of Los Improviachi's joins us to talk about music directing as a guitarist and playing in an improv mariachi band. If you think music direction is just for piano players, listen to this episode & think again!

33 MIN2018 FEB 4
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Episode 4 - Guitar & Improvised Mariachi!

Episode 3 - Underscoring

Music director Steve Sarro comes on the show to talk about underscoring for improv shows. Musical improv is about much more than just making up songs - Steve talks aboutimprovisingoriginalsoundtracks for shows. This episode also discusses how to pick what to play and how the underscoring can direct a scene as well as respond to it.

30 MIN2018 JAN 7
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Episode 3 - Underscoring

Episode 2 - Vocal Warm Ups

In Comedy Keys' first ever interview, Gwen Coburn talks about the importance of vocal warm ups and guides us on how to structure them for an effective show or rehearsal. This episode is a great reference for both music directors and performers alike! Gwen gives great advice on how to care for your voice as a performer/singer/improviser, including warming up on your own before a show and avoiding straining your voice in your daily life.

31 MIN2017 DEC 31
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Episode 2 - Vocal Warm Ups

Episode 1 - Introduction

In this first episode, Scott discusses for whom the podcast is intended (anyone interested in music directing for improv comedy), why this podcast exists, and how he got in to music direction in hopes to inspire others to do the same.

6 MIN2017 DEC 24
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Episode 1 - Introduction
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Latest Episodes

Episode 9 - Faking it with three chords and a rhythm

In this episode, Faustino Solis from Las Vegas joins us to talk about how easy music directing can be when you "fake it" with just three chords, and how you can expand from there to sound like a fully-fledged musician! We also talk about the importance of rhythm for giving your improvisors a place to ground themselves, as well as a few tricks for simple underscoring - all you need is a few notes to paint a world of sound. With apologies to Faustino for how long this took to publish, and apologies to any regular listeners who thought we might actually maintain a regular release schedule.

29 MIN2018 NOV 19
Comments
Episode 9 - Faking it with three chords and a rhythm

Episode 8 - Beatboxing & Vocal Percussion

Ben Chang, a beatboxer and improv comedian from Boston, joins us to talk about the ins and outs of accompanying a show as a beatboxer. While beatboxing is commonly associated with hip hop, it can also be used alongside a traditional piano set up or as a source of sound effects and punctuation. Ben also attempts to teach Scott to beatbox with varying degrees of success.

34 MIN2018 AUG 7
Comments
Episode 8 - Beatboxing & Vocal Percussion

Episode 7 - Songprov! Structures and progressions

Veteran music director Steve Gilbane joins us to talk about the art of accompanying improvised songs. We talk about common song structures including last line tagline and verse-chorus and how to communicate that structure to singers. Steve also goes over alibrary of common chord progressions which are great starting points for improvising songs.

33 MIN2018 MAY 7
Comments
Episode 7 - Songprov! Structures and progressions

Episode 6 - Instructors, Finding your musical voice, and the Blues!

Adam Brooks of ImprovBoston and formerly Second City Cleveland joins us for this to talk about his experience there. We also talk about how to find the right teacher, building your musical style & voice, and a crash course through the 12 bar blues!

29 MIN2018 APR 9
Comments
Episode 6 - Instructors, Finding your musical voice, and the Blues!

Episode 5 - Peru, Arrangers, and Sound Painting

This episode is an interview via the magic of the internet with Johann Frech from Lima, Peru. Johann talks through the improv, comedy, and music traditions in Peru, as well as how he uses his Yamaha arranger to play with a broader sound palette.

36 MIN2018 MAR 5
Comments
Episode 5 - Peru, Arrangers, and Sound Painting

Episode 4 - Guitar & Improvised Mariachi!

In this episode, Nelson Velazquez of Los Improviachi's joins us to talk about music directing as a guitarist and playing in an improv mariachi band. If you think music direction is just for piano players, listen to this episode & think again!

33 MIN2018 FEB 4
Comments
Episode 4 - Guitar & Improvised Mariachi!

Episode 3 - Underscoring

Music director Steve Sarro comes on the show to talk about underscoring for improv shows. Musical improv is about much more than just making up songs - Steve talks aboutimprovisingoriginalsoundtracks for shows. This episode also discusses how to pick what to play and how the underscoring can direct a scene as well as respond to it.

30 MIN2018 JAN 7
Comments
Episode 3 - Underscoring

Episode 2 - Vocal Warm Ups

In Comedy Keys' first ever interview, Gwen Coburn talks about the importance of vocal warm ups and guides us on how to structure them for an effective show or rehearsal. This episode is a great reference for both music directors and performers alike! Gwen gives great advice on how to care for your voice as a performer/singer/improviser, including warming up on your own before a show and avoiding straining your voice in your daily life.

31 MIN2017 DEC 31
Comments
Episode 2 - Vocal Warm Ups

Episode 1 - Introduction

In this first episode, Scott discusses for whom the podcast is intended (anyone interested in music directing for improv comedy), why this podcast exists, and how he got in to music direction in hopes to inspire others to do the same.

6 MIN2017 DEC 24
Comments
Episode 1 - Introduction
the END
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