Half notes and half rests quick tutorial clears up any mystery above the half note and the half rest.  These symbols in music look the same for piano, guitar, tuba, violin or any other musical instrument.


 <img src="http://adultpianolesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Half_notes3.jpg" width="150" height="54" alt="Half Notes and Half Rests Quick Tutorial" title="Half Notes and Half Rests Quick Tutorial"/>As you view the image above you will see two half notes. Each half note receives 2 counts or beats.  Notice that the note head (round part on the end of the stem) is hollow.

A Half Rest in music ALSO looks the same regardless of which instrument you are playing.  The simple hat-looking symbol below represents a half rest and receives 2 beats.  However, since a rest in music stands for a particular number of beats of silence this half rest symbols gets 2 beats of silence instead of sound.

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Counting in Music

Counting in music is not complicated.  As seen in the example above the music counting process consists of primarily the major beats in a measure (1, 2, 3 in the above example) and beats broken into 2 parts (as in 1+ 2+ 3+ above).  Once a steady tempo or pulse is established the music count can be softly spoken along with the accompanying pulse to create accurate counting.

To learn how to specifically count half notes and half rests see the music tutorial video below.

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Jan Durrant

Jan Durrant is a Piano teacher and music publisher with a Master's Degree in Music Education. Her goal is teaching beginner piano students around the world to learn how to read music, play piano, piano finger exercises and simplified sheet music of their favorite titles.

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