How to use this site

It isn’t a good idea to change our playing, teaching or lifestyle simply on the basis of a few blog posts – read here or elsewhere – or advice gleaned from social media. Articles published here should be read in the context of your broader journey as a person and as a pianist, and not as a substitute for it.

The Pianodao site does not purport to provide a comprehensive method of playing or teaching the piano, or of practising qigong. Nor should the lifestyle advice offered here be accepted in isolation.

We need to be discerning, and to root our lives and practice in real world experience and interactions.

Please also understand that the views I express here are not necessarily those of my employers, past, present or future. They have their own sites. And all views are provisional, subject to change as my own journey progresses.

Bearing these important points in mind:

  • Piano playing ideas are published here for discussion with your teacher;
  • Teaching ideas are for consideration as part of your wider continuing professional development and reflection;
  • Lifestyle ideas should be discussed with your doctor, family and friends.

The Pianodao site, then, offers:

  • ideas for consideration;
  • opinions for discussion;
  • questions for reflection;
  • possibilities for experimentation;  and hopefully –
  • inspiration for living a more fulfilling and musical life.

I hope Pianodao offers insights which will bring clarity to your own “Way of Piano”.

If you feel that I could particularly help you, and would like to consult with me privately, please feel free to get in touch.

Leaving Comments

Some posts here – but not all – include a space for you to leave your own comments. Simply write your comment in the provided box. You will be asked to leave your email address (unless you are a fellow WordPress blogger) to verify who you are, but this will not appear on the site.

All comments are sent to a moderation queue to be approved before they show up on the site. This is done manually, so might not happen immediately. Provided your comment is appropriate for the site and relevant to the blog, it will appear here publicly as soon as I can get to it.

Thanks for engaging with the content of the site!

Chinese Words

Chinese words are rendered according to both the Wade-Giles and the Pinyin systems of romanisation interchangeably, meaning that different spelling of the same word will be used depending on the source material referred to.

The main exception to the above is that I have attempted to standardise to the Pinyin system when using the words Dao (instead of Tao), Qi (instead of Chi) and Qigong (instead of Chi Gung). When quoting other materials that use these words, I have usually altered the spelling for the sake of maintaining this consistency, except in the case of book titles.


All original material published on this site is copyright Keyquest Music or to guest authors where credited.

You are welcome to freely link to and share this material for non-commercial purposes. Please always credit the authors and Pianodao website when doing so.

Links to music and videos on YouTube, SoundCloud and other sites are included on the basis that those sites are responsible for any issues arising from copyright. If you spot an issue please report it to the host site concerned – and don’t panic, they will deal with it quickly for you.

May this day bring you peace, tranquillity and harmony.
And possibly a daisy or two.

Pianodao is owned by Keyquest Music, the independent music education consultancy, private teaching practice and creative outlet of pianist, writer and teacher Andrew Eales.

Andrew is an elected member of The Incorporated Society of Musicians, the UK’s leading professional association for musicians and teachers. 

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