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Here is just a bit of review about rests. In music, rests are listed when the composer wants a particular hand(s) or finger(s) to be silent. It is as if a given finger(s) on a particular hand(s) or hands is asked to take a break. Keep your hands in the ready position, in order that you will be ready to play when you are required to do so.


The first rest we will review is the whole rest:
A whole rest that a given hand(s) is to be silent for an measure.


The next rest is the half rest:
A half rest generally means that there is silence in a given hand(s) for 2 beats in a particular measure.


The last rest we will talk about is the quarter rest:


A quarter rest means that there is silence in a given hand(s) for one beat. Now as with the half rest, it can occur anywhere in a particular measure. It can be at the beginning, the middle, or even at the very end of a measure.

There is one other important note about rests. Even though you aren't playing in a given measure due to a rest, the rest must still be counted. For example, if there is a quarter rest at the very beginning of a measure, you must count that quarter rest as one beat. The rest should be counted just as if there was a quarter note being present, instead of the rest.

Now that we have talked about rests, we are ready to play!

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