Best Alistair Wood books

Ukulele For Dummies

Alistair Wood

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The fast and easy way to learn how to play the ukulele

With the help of Ukulele For Dummies, learning to play this popular string instrument at a basic level has never been easier. Now in a fully updated second edition, this hands-on, friendly guide provides everything you need to know to pick up a uke and get playing—fast. From purchasing a ukulele and the necessary accessories to making sense of simple chord progressions and playing in a variety of styles—including pop, folk, Hawaiian, and holiday favourites—the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have you creating beautiful music in no time.

For anyone wishing to learn to play this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics, from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger picking—and everything in between. Plus, you'll find tips to make certain chord changes easier, chords and tabs for popular Christmas and New Year songs, apps for mobile devices, the ten best ukulele chords, and so much more.

  • Audio tracks are available via online download at Dummies.com, creating a total musical instruction package
  • Features a ukulele buying guide for the novice
  • Offers instruction in a variety of musical styles
  • Provides finger-picking instruction and the chords and patterns you need to know

With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.

Ukulele Exercises For Dummies

Brett McQueen

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Take your ukulele playing to the next level - fast! - with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes 

You have a ukulele, you know just enough to be dangerous, and now you're ready to do something with it. You're in luck: Ukulele Exercises For Dummies helps you become a better player. This lay-flat, practice-based book focuses on the skills that entry-level players often find challenging and provides tips, tricks and plenty of cool exercises that will have you creating music in no time that include:
  • Creating rock-steady strumming patterns and rhythms
  • Becoming a better fingerpicker with patterns, arpeggio exercises, and solo fingerpicking pieces
  • Expanding your fretboard knowledge and crafting your own rock, blues and jazz riffs and solos
  • Playing actual songs on the ukulele - everything from the classic ukulele tunes to the 12 bar blues!
  • Downloadable audio files of the exercises found in the book, providing you with a self-contained practice package 
No matter if you're a beginning ukulele player or you're wanting to stretch and improve your chops, Ukulele Exercises For Dummies puts you on your way to becoming a ukulele extraordinaire!

Ukulele For Dummies

Alistair Wood

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Learn everything ukulele—from chord progressions to playing pop, folk, and holiday favorites—and, yes, even Hawaiian music!

The ukulele is hot. The season one finale of Glee featured a ukulele. The recent hit song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train includes the dulcet tones of a uke. Not to mention the runaway success of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For anyone wishing to master this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics—from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger-picking.

  • The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracks of the entire musical notation in the book—creating a total musical instruction package
  • Offers instruction in a variety of styles—including pop, folk, holiday favorites, and Hawaiian music
  • Features a buying guide for the novice—with tips on purchasing a ukulele plus other necessary accessories

With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making beautiful music—as they tiptoe through the tulips—in no time.

 

Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version

 

Ukulele In A Day For Dummies

Alistair Wood

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Who doesn't want to learn how to play the ukulele? The uke is hot. And learning to play this instrument at a basic level is quick and easy for even the most inexperienced musicians - especially with Ukulele in a Day For Dummies! With this great introductory package, readers get the information they need to pick up a ukulele and try it out.

Ukulele in a Day For Dummies:

  • Covers ukulele basics
  • Introduces readers to basic chords and strumming patterns
  • Provides everything needed for readers to play a simple tune or two at the end of the day! 
  • Comes with access to 29 audio tracks and a half dozen instructional videos so you can read, hear, and see how to play the uke

Varieties of Modernism (Art of the Twentieth Century)

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This book, the third in the Art of the Twentieth Century series, considers works of art produced in Europe and the United States between the 1930s and the 1960s.

Arranged in four main parts, this abundantly illustrated book begins by examining aspects of the European avant-garde from the 1930s to the aftermath of the Second World War. The second part focuses on the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in the U.S., in particular the work of Jackson Pollock and important critics. Part three looks at “autonomous” high modernism of the early to mid-1960s and the contemporary, related modernist theorization of photography. The final part of the book addresses the reemergence in the 1950s and 1960s of the concerns of the 1920 avant-gardes operating in the so-called “gap between art and life.”

Collage Fusion: Vibrant Wood and Fabric Art using Telamadera Techniques

Alma de la Melena Cox

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Unleash vibrant collage creations using a new process: Telamadera Fusion

Collage Fusion shows you how to create meaningful art with your favorite mediums—including fabrics, paint, papers, encaustic and so much more—using the Telamadera Fusion process. Artist Alma de la Melena Cox combined the Spanish words for fabric (tela) and wood (madera) to express the combination of vibrantly colored materials that make up this beautiful technique.

  • Clear step-by-step photos and instruction guide you through 20 techniques including how to use a wood-burning tool to add lines and details, working with fabric and paints, and incorporating beads, personal.
  • 10 projects teach you how to incorporate Telamadera Fusion into other art forms, including encaustic, jewelry-making, quilting and more.
  • Finished art pieces for all techniques and projects along with inspirational galleries are sure to spark your creativity.
Let Collage Fusion inspire your collage creations!

Masterful Women: Slaveholding Widows from the American Revolution through the Civil War (Gender and American Culture)

Kirsten E. Wood

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Many early-nineteenth-century slaveholders considered themselves "masters" not only over slaves, but also over the institutions of marriage and family. According to many historians, the privilege of mastery was reserved for white males. But as many as one in ten slaveholders--sometimes more--was a widow, and as Kirsten E. Wood demonstrates, slaveholding widows between the American Revolution and the Civil War developed their own version of mastery.

Because their husbands' wills and dower law often gave women authority over entire households, widowhood expanded both their domestic mandate and their public profile. They wielded direct power not only over slaves and children but also over white men--particularly sons, overseers, and debtors. After the Revolution, southern white men frequently regarded powerful widows as direct threats to their manhood and thus to the social order. By the antebellum decades, however, these women found support among male slaveholders who resisted the popular claim that all white men were by nature equal, regardless of wealth. Slaveholding widows enjoyed material, legal, and cultural resources to which most other southerners could only aspire. The ways in which they did--and did not--translate those resources into social, political, and economic power shed new light on the evolution of slaveholding society.

Five Days in London, May 1940

John Lukacs

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The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940 altered the course of the history of this century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue what became known as the Second World War. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus of John Lukacs’s magisterial new book.

Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill and the members of his cabinet were painfully considering their war responsibilities. We see how the military disasters taking place on the Continent—particularly the plight of the nearly 400,000 British soldiers bottled up in Dunkirk—affected Churchill’s fragile political situation, for he had been prime minister only a fortnight and was regarded as impetuous and hotheaded even by many of his own party. Lukacs also investigates the mood of the British people, drawing on newspaper and Mass-Observation reports that show how the citizenry, though only partly informed about the dangers that faced them, nevertheless began to support Churchill’s determination to stand fast.

Other historians have dealt with Churchill’s difficulties during this period, using the partial revelations of certain memoirs and private and public papers. But Lukacs is the first to convey the drama and importance of these days, and he does so in a compelling narrative that combines deep knowledge with high literary style.

The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China

Jane Hunter

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At the turn of the century, women represented over half of the American foreign mission force and had settled in “heathen” China to preach the lessons of Christian domesticity.  In this engrossing narrative, Jane Hunter uses diaries, reminiscences, and letters to recreate the backgrounds of the missionaries and the problems and satisfactions they found in China.  Her book offers insights not only into the experiences of these women but also into the ways they mirrored the female culture of Victorian America.
“A subtle and finely written book… [on] an aspect of the mission world in China that has never before received such probing, affectionate, detailed treatment.”―Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books
“An important and often entertaining work….New angles on imperialism and gentility alike.”―Martin E. Marty, Reviews in American History
“A triumph of sophisticated subtle intelligence.  Though quite cognizant of the dark side of the confluence of American nationalism and the missionary enterprise, Hunter’s interest is in moving beyond that understanding to explore how the meeting of two cultures affected, and was shaped by, a female angle of vision.”―Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Signs
“Jane Hunter writes better than most novelists, and she has a topic more demanding and rewarding than the subjects many novelists deal with.  Her story of the valiant and ofttimes guilt-ridden women who ventured to China, singly or with spouses, to win the country for Christ creates a world and beckons readers into it.”―Christian Century

American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique

Catherine Liu

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A trenchant critique of failure and opportunism across the political spectrum, American Idyll argues that social mobility, once a revered hallmark of American society, has ebbed, as higher education has become a mechanistic process for efficient sorting that has more to do with class formation than anything else. Academic freedom and aesthetic education are reserved for high-scoring, privileged students and vocational education is the only option for economically marginal ones.
Throughout most of American history, antielitist sentiment was reserved for attacks against an entrenched aristocracy or rapacious plutocracy, but it has now become a revolt against meritocracy itself, directed against what insurgents see as a ruling class of credentialed elites with degrees from exclusive academic institutions. Catherine Liu reveals that, within the academy and stemming from the relatively new discipline of cultural studies, animosity against expertise has animated much of the Left’s cultural criticism.
By unpacking the disciplinary formation and academic ambitions of American cultural studies, Liu uncovers the genealogy of the current antielitism, placing the populism that dominates headlines within a broad historical context. In the process, she emphasizes the relevance of the historical origins of populist revolt against finance capital and its political influence. American Idyll reveals the unlikely alliance between American pragmatism and proponents of the Frankfurt School and argues for the importance of broad frames of historical thinking in encouraging robust academic debate within democratic institutions. In a bold thought experiment that revives and defends Richard Hofstadter’s theories of anti-intellectualism in American life, Liu asks, What if cultural populism had been the consensus politics of the past three decades?
American Idyll shows that recent antielitism does nothing to redress the source of its discontent—namely, growing economic inequality and diminishing social mobility. Instead, pseudopopulist rage, in conservative and countercultural forms alike, has been transformed into resentment, content merely to take down allegedly elitist cultural forms without questioning the real political and economic consolidation of powers that has taken place in America during the past thirty years.