*Obligatory "we are going to discuss about what silence actually sounds like" joke here*
In this tutorial we will be taking a look at rests and their lengths. And as you're about to witness, they work very similarly with notes in this regard.
In music, a rest is used to define a number of beats where the instrument does not play any note. That's basically it in a nutshell. Let's take a look at the most common rest lengths out there and how they are represented on a musical sheet:
Let's see what this sounds like:
Now, let's describe what we have here:
Length wise, the note length rules apply to rests in the same manner, as does the relationship between their lengths. A whole rest lasts an entire bar, a half rest lasts two beats in a bar and so on.
Now some of you may be wondering why some of the eighth notes and lower are represented in two ways. When writing sheet music, it's customary to group eighth notes or shorter into groups of two or more notes when there is no rest between them and they're not part of the same beat.
If a rest does exist, then the note or notes which are part of the group that contains a rest are represented a bit different. They have their note body along with their vertical line called a stem but the stem also has a certain number of flags on it. These flags start appearing from eighth notes or shorter and you add a flag each time a note gets shorter.
In other words, eighth notes have 1 flag, sixteenth notes have 2 flags and so on. Similarly, their corresponding rests have 1 hook (eighth rest), 2 hooks (sixteenth notes) and so on.
And that's that for another tutorial. Next time, we're going to get into the even better stuff and discuss time signatures. Stay tuned. And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them below.