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Improve your guitar-playing rhythm, feel, and timing If you want to improve your timing, sharpen your technique, or get inspired by new ideas, Guitar Rhythm & Technique For Dummies breaks down the basics of reading, counting, strumming, and picking rhythms on guitar to make you an ace on the axe in no time. With the help of this friendly guide, you'll learn to play examples of eighth and sixteenth note rhythms--including common strum patterns heard in popular music--to improve your guitar rhythm, feel, and timing. Plus, access to audio downloads and online video lessons complement the coverage presented in the book, giving you the option of supplementing your reading with additional visual and audio learning. There's no denying that guitar is one of the coolest musical instruments on the planet. Okay, perhaps undeniably the coolest. Whether you bow at the feet of Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, the Edge, or Eddie Van Halen, they all have one thing in common: they make it look incredibly, naturally easy! However, anyone who's actually picked up a guitar knows that mastering rhythm and technique is something that takes a lot of practice--not to mention good coaching. Luckily, Guitar Rhythm & Technique For Dummies makes your aspirations to play guitar like the pros attainable with loads of helpful step-by-step instruction on everything from mastering hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides to perfecting your picking--and beyond. Covers strum patterns, articulations, picking techniques, and more Showcases musical styles such as pop, rock, blues, folk, and funk Includes techniques for playing with both your right and left hand Provides access to online audio tracks and video instruction so you can master the concepts and techniques presented in the book Whether you're new to guitar or an advanced player looking to improve your musical timing and skills, Guitar Rhythm & Technique For Dummies quickly gets you in the groove before the rhythm gets you.
More than 125 simple and sweet recipes for Paleo-friendly desserts Following a Paleo Diet doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite desserts and treats. Paleo Desserts For Dummies offers up more than 125 tasty and delectable dessert recipes that you can enjoy while staying true to the Paleo lifestyle. From chocolate cake and blueberry muffins to maple-walnut ice cream and cookie dough Oreo cookies--there's something to please every palate in this collection of Paleo-friendly desserts. The Paleo diet is one of the hottest diet and healthy-eating approaches around, as more and more people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets that can lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. Using natural foods to achieve great health and a perfect physique, the Paleo diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and markers of inflammation, as well as help promote weight loss and optimal health. Plus, it has become a lifesaver for the millions of Americans with celiac disease who benefit from eating natural and gluten-free foods. Provides recipes that are all made with nourishing, whole foods with no added refined sugars, gluten, grains, or soy Includes Paleo recipes for holiday treats, like chocolate pumpkin pie, Halloween ghost truffles, and a fudgy peppermint bark Gives you access to a handful of additional Paleo dessert recipes on dummies.com Helps you discover the healthy alternatives to sugar and chemical-laden junk food With the satisfying recipes in Paleo Desserts For Dummies, you'll soon discover how sweet it is to give in to primal cravings!
The easy way to start a career in medical billing and codingWith healthcare providers moving to electronic record systems, data accuracy and efficient data processing is more important than ever. Medical offices need professionally trained billers and coders, either in the office or via telecommute, to handle records for internal and external accessibility and efficiency.Medical Billing & Coding For Dummies gives you everything you need to know to get started in medical billing and coding. It gives you practical, easy-to-follow coverage and advice on how to find a course, educational topics you should review and pursue in order to stay competitive in the field, and the laws and other regulations you'll encounter in your work.Certification requirements and standard industry practicesTips for dealing with government agencies and insurance companiesEthical and legal issuesIf you're looking to start a career in the popular field of medical billing and coding, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered!
Accurate modelling of dynamic system for better business strategy The business environment is constantly changing, and firms need the ability to adapt. In a market where a single misstep could result in massive losses, modelling serves as a "dry run" for testing ideas and predicting the behaviour of influencing forces. Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics is an essential guide to strategic modelling, helping readers understand modelling processes while taking all contributing factors into account. Written by an internationally regarded authority, this comprehensive guide covers all stages of model building, from conceptual to technical, demonstrating a range of in-depth practical examples that vividly illustrate important or puzzling dynamics in firm operations, strategy, public policy, and everyday life. Introduces the system dynamics approach of modelling strategic problems in business and society Includes industry examples and public sector applications Provides the latest state-of-the-art thinking and techniques for systems modelling
As medical schools struggle to fit ever more material into a fixed amount of time, students need to approach the study of anatomy through a succinct, integrative overview. Rather than setting forth an overwhelming list of facts to be memorized, this book engages readers with a fascinating account of the connections between human anatomy and a wide array of scientific disciplines, weaving in the latest advances in developmental and evolutionary biology, comparative morphology, and biological engineering. Logically organized around a few key concepts, The Scientific Bases of Human Anatomy presents them in clear, memorable prose, concise tabular material, and a host of striking photographs and original diagrams.lustrated with 100 all original photographs and special exploded diagrams highlighting important concepts
Discussing recent advances in the field of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) research from a multidisciplinary perspective, Matrix Metalloproteinase Biologyis a collection of chapters written by leaders in the field of MMPs. The book focuses on the challenges of understanding the mechanisms substrate degradation by MMPs, as well as how these enzymes are able to degrade large, highly ordered substrates such as collagen. All topics addressed are considered in relation to disease progression including roles in cancer metastasis, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The text first provides an overview of MMPs, focusing on the history, the development and failures of small molecule inhibitors in clinical trials, and work with TIMPS, the endogenous inhibitors of MMPs. These introductory chapters establish the foundation for later discussion of the recent progress on the design of different types of inhibitors, including novel antibody based therapeutics. The following section emphasizes research using novel methods to further the study of the MMPs. The third and final section focuses on in vivo research, particularly with respect to cancer models, degradation of the extracellular matrix, and MMP involvement in other disease states. Written and edited by leaders in the field, Matrix Metalloproteinase Biology addresses the rapidly growth in MMP research, and will be an invaluable resource to advanced students and researchers studying cell and molecular biology.
Improve your dermatological diagnostic accuracy. The most efficient method in the diagnosis of skin diseases is the combined validation of clinical and histopathological features. The results of biopsy investigation in isolation don't always yield answers. But when considered together, the clinical pattern and the histopathology, then diagnosis can become clearer. In this process the diagnostic impact of histopathology may be decisive or just confirmative to the clinical differential diagnosis. The structure of the book follows a basic approach to morphology, which is overall orientation at scanning magnification first, then identifying a prototypic pattern, and finally finding the essential diagnostic clue(s) under high power magnification. Dermatopathology: Practical Differential Diagnosis by Clinicopathologic Pattern provides top quality images to correlate clinical presentations with histopathologic features. Annotated images highlight subtle indications that can clinch the diagnosis. Concise, bullet-pointed text provides further context. Written by internationally renowned authors, the book is ideal for anyone involved in the diagnosis of skin disease.
Veterinary Image-Guided Interventions is the only book dedicated to interventions guided by imaging technology. Written and edited by leading experts in the field, interventional endoscopy, cardiology, oncology and radiology are covered in detail. Chapters include the history and background of the procedures, patient work-up, equipment lists, detailed procedural instructions, potential complications, patient follow-up protocols, and expected outcomes. Split into body systems, the technical aspects of each procedure are presented using highly illustrated step-by-step guides. Veterinary Image-Guided Interventions is a must-have handbook for internists, surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, oncologists and criticalists, and for anyone interested in cutting-edge developments in veterinary medicine. Key features include: A highly practical step-by-step guide to image-guided procedures Relevant to a wide range of veterinary specialists. Written and edited by respected pioneers in veterinary image-guided procedures A companion website offers videos of many procedures to enhance the text
Paint with passion, purpose and pleasure What do you want your landscape painting to say about this place, this moment? How do you use the visual vocabulary - line, shape, value, color, edges - to say it? With this book, your conversation with nature will direct your brush. With an exhilarating, synergistic combination of indoor and outdoor painting, Kevin Macpherson shows you how to create personal, poetic landscapes that capture the feeling of being there.Learn how to:Use a limited palette in a way that is more liberating than limitingExperience nature to the fullest and capture its vibrancy back in the studio through photos, sketches and outdoor studiesCope with the fleeting qualities of atmosphere and light by establishing a value plan early and sticking with itIncorporate impressionistic touches of broken color to give your landscape a depth and vibrancy that enhances its realismApproach painting as a layering and corrective process that encourages non-formulaic solutionsStimulating warm-up exercises in the studio prepare you for your adventures outside, while eight step-by-step demonstrations show you how to put these methods into action. Throughout, Macpherson's own light-filled landscapes illustrate the power of these techniques.Full of fresh air and fresh art, Landscape Painting Inside and Out will guide and encourage beginners while challenging more accomplished artists to bring greater vitality and a more natural, less formulaic finish to their paintings.
Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning...Whether you're looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor's attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.As a writer, what you do in your opening pages, and how you do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. The First 50 Pages is here to help you craft a strong beginning right from the start. You'll learn how to:introduce your main characterestablish your story worldset up the plot's conflictbegin your hero's inner journeywrite an amazing opening line and terrific first pageand moreThis helpful guide walks you through the tasks your first 50 pages must accomplish in order to avoid leaving readers disoriented, frustrated, or bored. Don't let your reader put your book down before ever seeing its beauty. Let The First 50 Pages show you how to begin your novel with the skill and intentionality that will land you a book deal, and keep readers' eyes glued to the page.
Learn to sew beautiful handmade quilts with Lynne Edwards' simple blanket stitch appliqué technique. This gorgeous tranquil design features a stunning blue rose and would look great in any home. With detailed illustrations and full-colour photography coupled with engaging step-by-step instructions, Lynne guides you though the creative process from start to finish, ensure that each stitch is something you can be proud of!Detailed step-by-step instructionsFull-colour illustrationsBeautiful photography
Delve into a world of imagination populated with giant robots, strange vehicles, alien creatures and other fantastic inventions. For generations artists have created imagery destined for the entertainment of others, and now you can too.Revered science fiction artist and film designer, Doug Chiang, reveals the thought processes and techniques he used working on blockbusters such as the Star Wars prequels, War of the Worlds, Terminator, and Beowulf. You'll learn from Chiang's visionary experience as he shares his design processes, giving expert advice and showcasing the groundbreaking style that has earned his creations a spot in the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Tokyo National Museum.Inside you'll discover:30+ lessons for creating out-of-this-world science fiction scenes in the style featured in films, books, comics, toys and games using both traditional and digital techniquesDetails and tips for using Adobe Photoshop to conceive, design, draw and enhance your creations25 step-by-step demonstrations of outrageous robots, vehicles, creatures and environments with finished color imagesForeword by film producer/director Robert Zemeckis (Monster House, The Polar Express, Back to the Future, Beowulf)With tips on everything from basic skills like blueline sketching and assembling a toolkit to conceptualization and painting for digital art, Mechanika has everything you need to get great results and make your science fiction worlds come alive!
Have you ever struggled to complete a design project on time? Or felt that having a tight deadline stifled your capacity for maximum creativity? If so, then this book is for you. Within these pages, you'll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period. Exercises range from creating a typeface in an hour to designing a paper robot in an afternoon to designing web pages and other interactive experiences. Each exercise includes compelling visual solutions from other designers and background stories to help you increase your capacity to innovate. Creative Workshop also includes useful brainstorming techniques and wisdom from some of today's top designers. By road-testing these techniques as you attempt each challenge, you'll find new and more effective ways to solve tough design problems and bring your solutions to vibrant life.
Everything you need to know to put your drawings and paintings into perspective!If the concept of perspective makes you think of confusing angles, fancy measuring gadgets and complicated theories, get ready for a very pleasant surprise. In this comprehensive guide, Phil Metzger demystifies perspective, presenting it simply as a matter of mimicking the way we see--like the way a distant mountain appears blue, or a road seems to narrow in the distance.The Art of Perspective offers simple but powerful techniques for achieving a convincing illusion of depth and distance, whether it's a few inches in a still life or miles in a landscape.Start simple, with atmospheric perspective and intuitive techniques, and gradually progress to linear perspective and more complex challenges such as stairways, curves and reflections.Use the engaging, step-by-step demonstrations and exercises to try out each essential concept for yourself, making lessons clearer and more memorable.Learn theories that apply to all mediums, with specific advice for achieving effects using acrylic, oil, watercolor and pencil.Get the inside scoop on professional tricks and shortcuts that make perspective easier than ever! Forget everything you think you know (or don't know) about perspective. This book builds an easy-to-follow, ground-up understanding of how to turn a flat painting or drawing surface into a living, breathing, dimensional scene that lures viewers in. No matter how you look at it, it's the ultimate guide to perspective for artists of every medium and skill level.
Good Design, Down to the LetterPackages on store shelves, posters on building walls, pages of a website-all contain information that needs to be communicated. And at the heart of that communication is type: visually interesting, interactive, expressive and captivating. Each letter must come alive; therefore, each letter must be carefully crafted or chosen. A solid foundation in typography, as well as an understanding of its nuances, will help you optimize your visual communication-in whatever form it takes.By breaking down the study of type into a systematic progression of relationships-letter, word, sentence, paragraph, page and screen-award-winning graphic designer and professor of communication design Denise Bosler provides a unique and illuminating perspective on typography for both print and digital media and for designers of all skill levels.Through instruction, interviews and real-world inspiration, Mastering Type explores the power of each typographic element--both as it stands alone and as it works with other elements--to create successful design, to strengthen your skill set and to inspire your next project.
"This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book. . . " - Booklist (Starred) Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU. There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You're welcome. Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations. You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don't) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book. One of The Guardian's Best Books of the Year "The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL. " -Patrick Ness, bestselling author
Marcus is a Cupid. Lena is a Reaper. Opposites attract in the exciting new Switched At First Kiss series by the acclaimed author of The Dirt Diary. Dared to kiss the adorkable Marcus Torelli at a party, Lena thinks it's the perfect opportunity to cross First Kiss off her list of "Things to Accomplish Before I Turn Fourteen. " It's only when she gets sent on an assignment the next day she realizes something went horribly wrong. That ZING she felt wasn't the thrill of her first kiss - she and Marcus have swapped powers! Lena is not your average eighth grader, she's a soul collector with an serious job to do. And Marcus turns out to be a supernatural matchmaker (like cupid, but without the diaper). Now logical Lena finds herself with the love touch, and sweet, sentimental Marcus has death at his fingertips. The truth is that Lena should never have taken that dare. . . because one little kiss has Lena and Marcus in a whole lotta trouble. Praise for Anna Staniszewski's The Dirt Diary:"Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end. " --Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers"I LOVED it. . . sweet, sensitive, and delicious!" --Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
As the bestselling book in the world, the Bible is a source of faith and enlightenment for millions of people. In How Well Do You Know Your Bible?, expert James Stuart Bell presents a dynamic collection of over five hundred questions and answers designed to help readers increase their understanding of the essential Bible events and lessons and have fun at the same time! Blending valuable historical context and quizzes on all sixty-six books of the Bible and both Testaments, this offers a wide variety of questions for readers test their knowledge on various topics including:*The Ten Commandments *The Book of Job *Great women of the Bible *Biblical miracles *And much more! How Well Do You Know Your Bible? is a must-read for Bible enthusiasts, study groups, and anyone interested in learning more about the most revered book of all time.
The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets. . . Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core -- and force her to make an impossible choice. Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.
A tragic accident, a broken heart, and a marriage drowning in secrets. . . Mike always walks the dog in the evening while Elizabeth relaxes in the bathtub--but one night he doesn't come back. Mike has drowned while saving a teenage girl named Kate, his dog standing on the bank barking frantically as the police pull his body from the water. But despite her husband being lauded as a hero, Elizabeth can't wrap her mind around the fact that Mike is gone--and Kate won't reveal the details of what really happened that night. Elizabeth finds herself facing the unfathomable possibility that she may not have known her husband at all. Does she really want to know the truth? Or will the weight of Mike's secrets pull her under?
Project Runway meets Fame in a trendy new series from the authors of The Cupcake ClubAt the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, FAB is a way of life. Fashion-forward MacKenzie "Mickey" Williams is thrilled to be accepted to FAB Middle School (Fashion Academy of Brooklyn), a school that serves as a training ground for the fashion designers of tomorrow. (Their motto, "We are SEW FAB"). But when her daring fashion and stellar grades turn the Fab A-listers green with envy, Mickey discovers that standing out doesn't always make it easy to fit in. So when friendly classmate JC comes up with a plan to help Mickey fit in, she decides to take the ultimate fashion risk-ditch her personal style for good. One mega makeover later, pink-haired Mickey Williams mysteriously disappears, and the trendy, blonde "Kenzie Wills" shows up on the FAB scene, blending with the other students in a way Mickey never could. But when Mickey starts to lose herself to "Kenzie," she's not sure that fitting in is worth cutting herself down to size. . .
In this fourth sexy contemporary romance featuring the personal side of being a Navy SEAL by author Mary Margret Daughtridge, Navy SEAL Garth Vale rescues an abandoned baby while running an undercover mission for the CIA. He desperately needs the help of local MD Bronwyn Whitescarver, who has her own reasons to get involved...
A BAD DAY FOR A DEMON Rafe Deleon is a senior demon and he resents like hell his assignment to Earth to retrieve the Chest of the Damned before it falls into the wrong hands. But then he meets beautiful, intriguing succubus Lucy Gregory and she's just unleashed a whole load of trouble... REALLY SUCKS FOR A SUCCUBUS Lucy's chic suburban beauty salon has suddenly become the Underworld's center of mass chaos and destruction. The only good thing in a day going rapidly down the tubes is the arrival of a gorgeous demon who's adamant that he can help her... But Lucy has quite a few deeply unpleasant--not to mention deadly and hateful--surprises ahead of her, and surely there's never been a worse time to try out a new boyfriend...
She's got it all...except the one thing she needs most Smart, successful businesswoman JJ Caruthers has a year to land a husband or lose the empire she's worked so hard to build. With time running out, romance is not an option, and a military husband who is always on the road begins to look like the perfect solution... He's a wounded hero with an agenda of his own Even with the scars of battle, Navy SEAL medic Davy Graziano is gorgeous enough to land any woman he wants, and he's never wanted to be tied down. Now Davy has ulterior motives for accepting JJ's outrageous proposal of marriage, but he only has so long to figure out what JJ doesn't want him to know... Praise for SEALed with a Promise: "The author infuses humor, realistic characters, emotion-filled situations, and in some cases brutal honesty to create a storyline that's utterly captivating from beginning to end." -Romance Junkies "Daughtridge delivers the heat." -Alpha Heroes "Mary Margret Daughtridge's descriptions awaken the senses to a level that makes a reader gasp for breath and sigh with satisfaction." -Long and Short of It Praise for SEALed with a Kiss: "A heart-touching story that will keep you smiling and cheering for the characters clear through to the happy ending." -Romantic Times "A completely fascinating, enchanting, poignant novel that touches the heartstrings." -Romance Reviews Today "Mary Margret Daughtridge has done a stellar job writing a realistic romance without trying to sugarcoat the difficulties inherent in any military relationship." -Queue My Review
Thucydides' classic work on the history of the Peloponnesian War is the root of Western conceptions of history--including the idea that Western history is the foundation of everyone else's. Here, Marshall Sahlins takes on Thucydides and the conceptions of history he wrought with a groundbreaking new book that shows what a difference an anthropological concept of culture can make to the writing of history. Sahlins begins by confronting Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War with an analogous "Polynesian War," the fight for the domination of the Fiji Islands (1843-55) between a great sea power (like Athens) and a great land power (like Sparta). Sahlins draws parallels between the conflicts with an eye to their respective systems of power and sovereignty as well as to Thucydides' alternation between individual (Pericles, Themistocles) and collective (the Athenians, the Spartans) actors in the making of history. Characteristic of most histories ever written, this alternation between the agency of "Great Men" and collective entities leads Sahlins to a series of incisive analyses ranging in subject matter from Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world" for the 1951 Giants to the history-making of Napoleon and certain divine kings to the brouhaha over Elián Gonzalez. Finally, again departing from Thucydides, Sahlins considers the relationship between cultural order and historical contingency through the recounting of a certain royal assassination that changed the course of Fijian history, a story of fratricide and war worthy of Shakespeare. In this most convincing presentation yet of his influential theory of culture, Sahlins experiments with techniques for mixing rich narrative with cultural explication in the hope of doing justice at once to the actions of persons and the customs of people. And he demonstrates the necessity of taking culture into account in the creation of history--with apologies to Thucydides, who too often did not.
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