Piano for Dummies

Blake Neely has been playing piano since he was about 4 years old, although it took a while before real audible music could be detected. His fascination with music led him to other instruments, such as the French horn, guitar, and drums, but the keyboard remains his baby. Upon graduation from the University of Texas in 1991, he moved to Los Angeles to experience the music business. He licensed music for Hollywood Records and later worked for Disney Music Publishing as editor of all printed music publications. An award-winning composer and author, he has written symphonies, a piano concerto, and numerous orchestral and chamber works. He is co-author of the acclaimed FastTrack series, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Blake has worked as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, engraver, musicologist, and consultant for such prominent figures as Disney, Hal Leonard Corporation, Decca Records, Hyperion Books, composers Michael Kamen and Alan Menken, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Blake spends his free time tuning into his family: wife Elizabeth, daughter Jordan, and son Jacob. Blake is the proud owner of a Kawai grand piano and Kurzweil, Ensoniq, and E-Mu synths and samplers. You can reach Blake via e-mail at BlakeNeely@aol.com.

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With proper electronic data management, your business can lower costs, improve efficiency, eliminate duplication, and be protected in the event of a lawsuit. This book provides an overview of records management solutions and implementation strategies in plain, non-technical English. Step-by-step instructions show you how to begin managing records and information and how to maintain the program once you have it established. Sample forms for inventory, scheduling, and necessary documentation are also available on the companion website.

Electronic records management offers cost savings, greater efficiency, and protection in case of legal action; this book gets you started on an effective data management system
This plain-English guide helps you determine what constitutes a record, shows you how to inventory records and create an efficient way to file both electronic and paper copies, and explains how to create a retention schedule
Walks you through switching to electronic record-keeping, what to look for in a records management system, implementing best practices, ensuring that your system will stay current, and using the system effectively
Helps you assure that the destruction of any sensitive information is conducted and documented correctly

Records Management For Dummies helps your business save money and improve efficiency with effective electronic records management.

Firefox for Dummies

– Firefox For Dummies gives you the inside scoop on the exciting new browser from the Web wizard that got it started. The book’s author, Blake Ross, began developing Firefox as a teenager. Once available to the world, the simple and powerful tool was an instant hit claiming a sizable share of the Web browser market with over 140 million downloads.
– In this book Blake not only gives you the lowdown on how to use Firefox for safe Web searching, but he also shares his insight into how the product came to life. It’s a combination of practical tech insight and a good story that is rare in computer books.
– Topics covered include downloading and installing Firefox, creating a home page, searching with Google, creating customized themes and toolbars, using tabbed browsing, downloading and saving files, maintaining security and privacy, eliminating annoying popups, and adding Firefox extensions.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

This article is about the novel. For other uses, see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (disambiguation).
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory original cover.jpg
First US edition
Illustrator
Joseph Schindelman (first and revised US editions)
Faith Jaques (first UK edition)
Michael Foreman (1985 edition)
Quentin Blake (1995 edition)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series None
Genre Children’s fantasy novel
Publisher
George Allen & Unwin (original)
Puffin Books (1995–2006)
Scholastic (current)
Publication date 17 January 1964 (US version)
23 November 1964 (UK version)
OCLC 9318922
Followed by Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1964 and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin 11 months later. The book has been adapted into two major motion pictures: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. The book’s sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was written by Roald Dahl in 1971 and published in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.[1]

The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl’s experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products.[2] At that time (around the 1920s), Cadbury and Rowntree’s were England’s two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other’s factory. Because of this, both companies became highly protective of their chocolate-making processes. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.[3]

Guitar for Dummies 2nd Edition

Have you always wanted to play guitar? Who wouldn’t? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster. . . Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to “Johnny B. Goode”. . .B.B. King making his “Lucille” cry the blues. No doubt about it—guitars are cool.
Guitar For Dummies 2nd Edition tells you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs to know: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all—and you don’t even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say “Eric Clapton.”

You’ll learn how to:

Match yourself with the guitar and equipment that fits your needs and budget
Select the right accessories: amps, picks, pedals, capos, cases, and other goodies
Pick and strum to produce a clean, clear, buzz-free tone
Know whether you’re really in tune
Play melodies without reading music
Perform basic guitar maintenance and repairs
Build strength and dexterity while playing
Play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical
Make your guitar talk with bends and slides!

Fully revised and updated, with an all new interactive CD that allows readers to listen, learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies 2nd Edition is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player.

Guitar All-in-One for Dummies

Your comprehensive, hands-on guide to playing guitar
Have you always wanted to play the guitar? You can start today with these 8 minibooks. Covering both acoustic and electric guitar, this hands-on resource gives you all the instruction you need to play across multiple genres, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced guitarist. You’ll find plenty of tips for playing easier and more complex pieces — and for composing your own.

Gear up to start playing — understand the different parts of a guitar, find the right guitar for you, string and tune the instrument, and develop basic playing skills
Immerse yourself in sounds and technique — play major and minor chords, master left- and right-hand techniques, and play melodies in position and double-stops

Get ready to rock! — from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to The Edge, see how the best play barre chords, hot licks, and sweet leads
Play the blues — explore rhythm and lead techniques, signature riffs, blues progressions, and the achievements of great blues guitarists
Go classical — learn about the history of classical guitar, combine arpeggios and melody, and sample different genres
Practice, practice, practice — try your hand at major scales, minor scales, and chord exercises to rev up stalled skills
Write songs and music — check out different song forms, understand modes, and compose with chords

Open the book and find:

Plenty of music examples and practice exercises
Musical styles and genres through the years
Correct hand position and posture
Basic playing techniques
Standard music notation and tablature
Tips for playing up the neck
Ways to solo and improvise leads
Different fingerstyles to play
Accessories for your guitar
A comprehensive guitar chord chart