"Without The Music Rest What's Left?"
The music rest is one indispensable charm, for sure.
There's a musical concept I love that actually has a meaning that goes far deeper than just music itself, but its message is so very significant for our purposes here. It goes something like this:
It's not the notes that make the music; it's the space in between the notes that makes it.
Claude Debussy said it more simply:
Music is the space between the notes.
It's so very true. Just reflect a little right now on some music you're already familiar with - a favorite song, sonata, prelude, whatever it be... now imagine hearing that music with no space in between the notes...
Wow! The concept is an easy one to grasp.
Okay, musical silence is noted in specific ways, depending on the duration of that silence. That's why, in music notation, we use different music rests that designate each duration.
We can easily associate these rests with their corresponding note values. If you have any doubt as to how to count a rest, simply
refer to these values here
Since a half note typically gets held for two beats, a half rest receives two beats of silence. A half rest is illustrated here:
A thirty-second note receives one-eighth of a beat; therefore, a thirty-second rest receives one-eighth of a beat of silence. It's shown here:
A dotted half rest typically gets three beats of silence:
Have you ever listened to a good speaker? And on the flip side, have you listened to one that totally bored you to tears? Well, chances are, the good speaker made pretty good use of silence in between his or her words and phrases. The thoughtful usage of pauses (silence) goes hand in hand with good communication.
And, by the way, what is music? Communication!
Okay, I think you've got a good handle on the music rest and its role in music, so let's be on the lookout for them as we continue our journey together.