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Post by Anulekh Joshi on May 5, 2015

I did not understand the rests portion in the time signature 3/4, could you please explain me again?
is that a bar line before the half rest in 3/4?


  • Every whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth and thirty second note has an equivalent rest worth the same counts in silence.
  • The placement of these rests is very important, review the examples to be sure you are writing the rest correctly.
  • Adding up notes and rests to the correct time signature can be tricky, count carefully!


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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:07
  • Whole Rests 0:47
    • Writing the Whole Rest
    • How Many Counts a Whole Rest is in Different Time Signatures
  • Half Rests 1:50
    • How Many Counts a Half Rest is
    • Writing a Half Rest
    • Listening to a Whole Rest
    • Half Rests are Two Counts of Silence
    • Difference Between Writing a Half and Whole Rest
  • Quarter Rests 4:45
    • Quarter Rests are One Count of Silence
    • Review of Writing Whole and Half Rests
    • Writing a Quarter Rest
    • Listening to a Quarter Rest
  • Eighth Rests 7:57
    • Writing an Eighth Rest
    • Review of Whole, Half, and Quarter Rests
    • Listening to an Eighth Rest
    • Two Eighth Rests in a Row
  • Sixteenth Rests 10:32
    • Writing a Sixteenth Rest
    • Review of Whole, Half, Quarter, and Eighth Rests
    • Listening to a Sixteenth Rest
  • Thirty-Second Rests 13:31
    • Review of Whole, Half, Quarter, Eighth, and Sixteenth Rests
    • Written Example with Thirty-Second Rests
    • Not Writing the Bar Over a Rest
    • Listening to a Thirty-Second Rest
  • Explanation of Rest Placement 17:12
    • Writing the Eighth Rest
  • Exploration of Rest Placement Continued 18:41
    • Writing the Sixteenth Rest
    • Writing the Thirty-Second Rest
  • Example 1: Whole Rests 19:41
  • Example 2: Half Rests 20:41
  • Example 3: Quarter Rests 21:58
  • Example 4: Eighth Rests 23:10
  • Example 5: Sixteenth Rests 25:14
  • Example 6: Thirty-Second Rests 27:27
  • Example 7: Completing 4/4 Measures with Rests 31:20
  • Example 8: Completing 2/4 Measures with Rests 31:53