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40: Rhythm: Rests

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Lesson 40: Rhythm: Rests

This lesson teaches how we write and count silence in music, using rests.

Before taking this lesson, you should know:
A musical rest is like a "silent note". A rest lasts for a certain length of time (beats), like a note does. For each note length (whole note, half note, etc.), there is a matching rest ("whole rest", "half rest", etc.).

So, here are the different rests:

Whole Rest

The whole rest (4 beats) is a small black block which hangs below a staff line:

Half Rest

The half rest (2 beats) looks similar to the whole rest, except it sits above a staff line:

Quarter Rest

The quarter rest (1 beat) is a special squiggle, a bit like a 3 or Z:

Eighth Rest

The eighth rest (½ beat) looks something like a 7:

Sixteenth Rest

The sixteenth rest (¼ beat) is like an eighth rest, but with two flags:



1: Introduction
2: Practicing Songwriting
3: Pitch Names
4: Letters Game
5: Sharps & Flats
6: Half-Steps & Whole-Steps
7: Steps Game
8: Scales
9: Major Scale 1-2-3
10: Major 1-2-3 Games
11: Major Scale 1-5
12: Major 1-5 Games
13: Chords: Major Triads
14: Major Triad Games
15: Minor Triads
16: Minor Triad Games
17: Major Scale 1-8
18: Major Scale Games
19: Keys
20: Roman Numeral Chords
21: Scales Above 8
22: Diatonic Triads
23: Using Diatonics
24: Tonic Function
25: Subdominant & Dominant
26: Diatonic Function Analysis
27: Natural Minor Scale
28: Natural Minor Games
29: Minor Key Triads
30: 7th Chords
31: 7ths Games
32: Suspended-4th Chords
33: Time: Beats & Measures
34: Starting a Song: Hook Chords
35: Melody: Chord Tones
36: Treble Staff
37: Treble Staff Game
38: Note Lengths
39: Tied & Dotted Notes
40: Rhythm: Rests
41: Key Signatures
42: Diatonic 7ths
43: Non-Root-Bass Chords
44: Major Pentatonic Scale
45: Embellishing Tones
46: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
47: Pitch & Frequency

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