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Lesson 39: 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:


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

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