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An Introduction to Performing Rhythms

Part 5: Clapping and Counting Half Rests

A half rest is a small rectangular block that sits on top the middle staff line. It is equal to the length of two quarter rests. It should be counted exactly the same as a half note, but since it is a rest, it represents silence.

The Half Rest
The Half Rest

Here are some examples of half rests in different time signatures. Remember to keep counting during rests.

If we have three beats of silence in a measure of 4/4 time, we do not use a dotted half rest, but a combination of a half rest and a quarter rest. The following example demonstrates how three beats of silence would be indicated at the end of a measure and at the beginning of a measure.

Rhythm Home
Part 1: Clapping and Counting Quarter Notes
Part 2: Quarter Rests
Part 3: Half Notes
Part 4: Dotted Half Notes and Whole Notes
Part 5: Half Rests
Part 6: Whole Rests

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