RESTS

GETTING READY TO REST
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Good for you! Everyone has gained a lot of rhythm know-how. There are many more details to learn about rhythm notation, time signatures, and further subdivisions of the beat.
With practice, you will learn to master rhythm notation details. Earlier, you learned that rhythm notation includes symbols that tell you when not to play. These symbols are called Rests.
Let me begin the lesson on rests, by stating that rests do not mean to stop thinking. Rests are even more important than notes in the sense that they tell you when to play and – when not to! 
Rests are the silences within the sounds!
During a rest, you prepare for your next entrance. String playing requires you to think ahead about many preparatory steps, including placing the finger on the correct string, at the correct location, and setting the correct portion of the bow on the string in order to create the proper tone.
Every note duration has an equivalent sign for a rest. During rests you stop the sound, but always continue to count, think, and prepare for the next sound.
Now, I am going to take a short rest. I will then prepare review materials, rhythm workouts with rests, and the Rhythm Exam.
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