Season’s Greetings

This is a personal announcement and message to all Pianodao readers, friends and students.

As some will know, I have recently been having problems with my eyesight, and this week I was diagnosed with a retinal detachment, for which I am having surgery this afternoon.

At present I have lost much of my sight in my left eye. The procedure I am having is called a vitrectomy, which I am told is a complicated but routine operation under local anaesthetic, and involves removing vitreous gel from the eye and replacing it with a gas bubble that holds the retina in place while it heals.

The full recovery period is usually between 6-12 weeks, by which time my usual sight should hopefully have been fully restored.

During the first 2-3 weeks of recovery however, I will need to spend much of the time lying down and may be unable to see at all with my left eye.

I’m sharing this news because it means I will probably be unable to add new content to Pianodao until early in the New Year. Submissions to the Video Feedback Service will also need to await my return.

Happily, there are more than 100 articles waiting in my drafts folder, ready to be completed and published on Pianodao as an ongoing gift to readers over the coming months. I am also looking forward to announcing further publications that I am working on.

I hope that in my brief absence you will find time to enjoy the existing content on this site, which now includes hundreds of articles about Playing, Teaching, Living, and of course the huge archive of reviews in the Pianodao Music Library.

The present year has been a challenging one for most of us, and the coming months promise to remain difficult for many. My thoughts are with you at this time, as I know yours will be with me. In Daoist cosmology, the present Year of the Tiger will soon give way to the Year of the Rabbit, and I can’t wait!

In the meantime, I want to thank you all for your support, and especially those who have shared Pianodao articles with your friends, and who have made donations to support the Pianodao site.

Thank you so much, and I will “see” you again soon!

Wishing you all the Very Best of the Season, and a Peaceful New Year.


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Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is the author of HOW TO PRACTISE MUSIC, published worldwide by Hal Leonard. He is a widely respected piano educator and published composer based on Milton Keynes UK.