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What is a Quarter Rest?

A beginner’s music class can feel a lot like a math class because there are so many fractions. You’ve got to worry about things like 4/4 time, whole notes, half notes, and more. One especially puzzling term is “quarter rest.” If you just tried to picture a coin taking a nap, think again. That’s not […]

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What are Quarter Notes and How to Play Them

If you’re trying to master music, understanding how the quarter note works is critical to your success. If you’re not familiar with this note, that’s okay — we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about quarter notes. Let’s get started! What Exactly Are Quarter Notes? Quarter notes, also called crotchets, are […]

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What Are Eighth Rest?

Imagine having a conversation with someone who never pauses to take a breath. The endless stream of words falling from their mouth would probably leave you confused and frankly, annoyed. The same principle applies to great pieces of music. Rests, or breaks in the sound, are essential to creating an excellent composition. Of course, not […]

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What to Know About the Whole Note

Playing a musical instrument is one of the best things you can do for your health. No matter if you are young or old, learning an instrument helps you relax, challenges your mind, and keeps your fingers and body limber [1]. Music is made up of notes. Learning the significance of each note before stringing […]

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What to Know About the Whole Rest

In this lesson, we’ll look at one important element of sheet music – the whole rest. The whole rest (or semibreve as it’s known in Britain) is a period in which you shouldn’t play anything. That’s right, not a single note. It’s the longest rest available, hence it’s “whole”, as opposed to a half rest, […]

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What to Know About the Sixteenth Note

Dumdumdumdum, ratatatatat, you likely know the sound of a sixteenth note. You just don’t know that you know it. Music theory comes with its own complex lexicon of dedicated jargon. You might not know what you’re reading about until you hear an example. Then the lights go on and you realize “Oh, so that’s what […]

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