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.
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.
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.