Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music

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Basic Music Theory

Other Meters

Other meters, like 2/4 and 3/4 would be treated the same, the only
difference being there would be less counts in each measure. An added
bonus is that in those meters, whole notes aren’t used.

Count the Rest

Counting rests is very similar to counting notes. Because rests are silent,
parentheses ( ) are used to indicate the silence. Here are three measures
with whole, half, and quarter rests. And just for kicks, we’ll use the 5-line
treble clef staff.
An added help when you count rests out loud is to count them softly, with
a whisper.

Example 14.5 Whole, half, and quarter rests with counting.

All Together Now

I’d rather be guilty of overkill than guilty of not being thorough, so here’s
an example with notes and rests of several different values. Knock
yourself out.
Count out loud and rhythmically, and don’t forget to tap your foot.

Example 14.6 Notes, rests, and their counts in 4/4 time.

(1-2-3-4) (1-2) (3-4) (1) (2) (3) (4)

1 -2 (3) 4 1 2 (3-4) (1) 2 -3 4
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