Key Stage 3 Learning Zone Get Going Reading Music 3

Rests

Now then, you’ve been doing well so far, and now we’re nearly there, so, hang on to your hat, leave a note out for the milkman and off we go!

 

Really this bit should be easy, because a REST is when you do nothing. Unfortunately, you have to do nothing at the right time, for the right length of time, which is just as hard as doing something. ( Don’t pull that face, you’ll understand when we get going.)

 

Right, rests take their names from notes. So, a crotchet rest lasts the same amount of time (one beat) as a crotchet. A minim rest lasts for two beats, and so on. If you like, we could draw up another exciting table like we did before:

 

                                                   Semibreve rest                                          4 beats (often used to show a whole bar rest)

 

 

                                                   Minim rest                                                2 beats rest

 

 

                                                    Crotchet                                                   1 beat

 

 

                                                     Quaver                                                      half beat

 

 

                                                   Semiquaver                                               quarter of a beat rest    

 

 

Just like notes, there are shorter rests than these, but these are the main ones.

 

I know what a diva you are with this stuff, so get your foot out and your hands and see if you can work these out:

 

 

                                                                                  Play it for me

 

                                                                               Play it for me

 

                                          Play it for me

 

                                        Play it for me

 

                                    Play it for me

 

If you can do those, why not have a go at these? You’ll need your instrument! (Hard stuff, but you can do it – you did it last time, didn’t you, well you can do it now. Bet you a fiver you can:

 

 

                                                   Play it for me

 

          Play it for me

 

                                  Play it for me

 

                                Play it for me

 

                               Play it for me

 

 

A final bit of fun! Make up some tunes and write them down, or write some tunes then try to play them. Zonino!

 

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