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Lessons in Order

1-7 (Intro & Pitch) +
8-18 (Major Scale) +
19-29 (Chord Progressions) +
30-34 (Hook Chords) +
35-41 (Written Notes) +
40: Rhythm: Rests
42-50 (Song Chorus) +

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Strategy +
Pitches +
Scales +
Written Notes -
40: Rhythm: Rests
Chords +
Chord Progressions +
Melody +
Songwriting Steps +
Science +
Games & Tools +
Song Examples: Crazy +
Song Examples: Rolling Stone +

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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:



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Lessons in Order

1-7 (Intro & Pitch) +
8-18 (Major Scale) +
19-29 (Chord Progressions) +
30-34 (Hook Chords) +
35-41 (Written Notes) +
40: Rhythm: Rests
42-50 (Song Chorus) +

Lessons by Topic

Strategy +
Pitches +
Scales +
Written Notes -
40: Rhythm: Rests
Chords +
Chord Progressions +
Melody +
Songwriting Steps +
Science +
Games & Tools +
Song Examples: Crazy +
Song Examples: Rolling Stone +

Detailed Contents

Get Future Lessons


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