$2.00 Downloadable Sheet Music

Hey Music Lovers – we have a special series of blog posts and YouTube videos coming just for you. Here’s a 30 second video on YouTube to quickly explain. Details below.

New Series Video

It’s true! We are launching a new series of demonstration videos and matching downloadable sheet music.

How would you like to watch one of us (Howard or Karen) play one of our pieces up close and personal with the camera on our hands so you can see every move. And then be able to immediately download the sheet music for that piece for only $2.00? Well that’s what we have been working on. You can watch the videos as many times as you want as you learn the pieces.

We spent most of January and February recording the videos and uploading the sheet music for you to be able get 1 piece at a time instead of having to buy a whole book and wait for snail mail to deliver it to you. If you are an international fan – well that would take even longer and cost a lot more. So….our plan is to release two new videos each week and link to our Downloadable Print Music page so you can watch, instantly download the music and play it for yourself. Sound like a plan? We thought so.

Here’s a direct LINK to the Downloadable music page. If you don’t see one of our pieces that is your favorite for instant download, email us and let us know and we’ll put it on the recordings list. Of course, if you want to download an entire book, we can negotiate a price for that too, just let us know.

Happy playing.

Howard and Karen

Concert Time

We had such a wonderful time today! We performed a two-piano concert at the Eaton Senior Communities complex. My mother lives there. They followed the concert with a tea with little sandwiches and sweets. There were about 65 people in the audience who all seemed to have a great time. Afterwards, many people came up to thank us and tell us what a great concert it was. The one that touched my heart the most was a woman who said, “My father was a concert pianist. He died when I was 9 years old. When I closed my eyes and listened to you play, I heard my father. Thank you.” Here’s the list of what we played. What fun it was!

  • In the Mood – duo
  • Malaguena
  • Pachelbel Canon in D – duo
  • Bach Prelude in C
  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – duo
  • Chopin Fantasy Impromptu
  • Pink Panther – duo
  • A Decorated Hawk (Karen’s composition)
  • Diabelli Sonatina No. 1 – duo
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Linus and Lucy
  • Sounds of Silence
  • Ronado Andalusia for Two Pianos by Karen Pancoast

Wish you could have been there. We had a great time.

Til next time,



Arm and Hand Movements

One of our students asked us to watch a video and “explain it to him”. Here is our response to his request.

We watched the video you referred us to where he talks about hand and arm motion and his “Whole-Body Approach” to piano playing. Not to be rude, but this whole approach is nonsense. Howard would say, “No, that’s bullshit”. He is completely wrong about this. His hands move WAAAAY too much. You should have a relaxed arm, shoulder, wrist etc, but then your hand should be as quiet as possible. The less movement you make, the more control you have and the less effort you will have on your body. Of course, if your hands and arms are relaxed, they won’t be completely still, they will move easily and naturally as necessary to play the music. But, the good players don’t purposely make specific arm and hand motions except for show business purposes (visual flourishes).

When you are playing really easy stuff, like he demonstrates in the beginning, it’s possible to do any sorts of motions. As the pieces become more challenging and have more notes, you don’t have time for all that motion.

I went to a week long workshop one time and the main teacher was teaching everyone to lift their wrist up high and then drop it and use arm weight and gravity. We spent the week practicing that way. But then he did a concert for us and he didn’t do ANY of that stuff. He played with a very quiet hand, very little movement at all. Even he didn’t follow his own rules.

When I began watching the intro to this video and watched what Doctor Keys was doing with his hand it just looked ridiculous to me.

Here are a few videos to check out of famous pianists playing. Watch their hands.

Emanuel Ax https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtYS2q4VI9o

Vladimir Horowitz (probably the best pianist ever) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad22A-mm8xM start at 7:00 minutes on the video.

Elton John https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObV-6BiMtT8
There is an extended solo starting at about 4:15 that he improvises.

Billy Joel and Elton John duet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcYSSYnf_l8 close up of Billy’s hands at 3:30 or so

Here is a video of Howard jamming blues with one of his old students. Watch Howard’s hands especially https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NawU8tkfp8Y

Here is Howard and me playing a two-piano piece I wrote called Rondo Andalusia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPoxbdbnZ6M

Til next time,