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The half rest is worth two beats of silence and looks like this:
The way I used to remember the difference between whole and half was
that the whole rest hangs down like it's heavy and the half rest stands
up because it isn't.
NOTE: In this video I accidentally refer to the rests as notes. These are rests!
A quarter rest is worth the same amount of time (1 beat) as a quarter note. We just stay silent for one beat whether we are playing or singing.
An eighth rest is worth 1/2 a beat and looks like this:
We don't have to worry about beaming rests together because 2 eighth rests are equal to a quarter rest.
A sixteenth rest is 1/2 of an eighth rest. Remember notes and rests get their names from their relationship to the whole note.
Again, we don't need to worry about beaming sixteenth rests because 2 sixteenth rests are equal to an eighth rest.
*The chart below is a great one to memorize. It shows the relationship of all the notes and rests that we have covered. The 32nd note or rest has three beams or flags.
Often beginning singers, musicians and composers don't add enough rests
in their music. If you don't have some silence, a composition or song
can sound very flat or static. It can't grow or build dynamically if
notes are always being sung or played.
Sometimes it's the notes we don't play that make the other notes sound amazing!!!