The WHOLE REST
equals the duration of a Whole Note: 4 BEATS.
Whole Rests attach and hang from the next to highest line of the staff.
You can imagine Whole Rests as being heavy, so heavy they fell through a Staff-Line.
Literally, a Whole Rest means to rest for the duration of 4 Beats.
However, the Whole Rest can also represent a complete measure of silence, regardless of the allocated number of beats in a measure.
Whole Rests in different Time Signatures are shown above.
Origins of the Staff
Counting in Common-Time
Whole, Half and Quarter Notes
Q’s Rhythm Review
Down-Beat and Up-Beat
Common-Time Beat Emphasis
“If You Can Say It, You Can Play It” Author’s Story
Quarter Notes with Eight Notes
Adding Sixteenth Notes
Notes Sharing Beams
Beam Awareness Pointers
Rest and Note Equivalents
Q’s Rest Review
Process of Sub-Division
Relating Rests to Notes
Rhythm Exam Prep
Level 1 Rhythm Exam
Level 2 Rhythm Exam
Level 3 Rhythm Exam
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