Reading Music Lesson #39: Dotted Half Rests

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reading music lessonThe dotted half rests are the silent partner of the dotted half notes.

dotted half rest

You can apply the dot rule just the same.

Here’s How:

1) We know that a half rest equals 2 beats.  Now, let’s divide it in half.  We should get only 1 beat or a quarter rest.

dotted half rests

This tells us the dot equals a quarter rest.

dotted quarter rest

2)  Add the quarter rest back to the half rest.

dotted half rests

Did you get 3 beats?  Good.

A dotted half rest is equal to 3 beats total.

Let’s Count It

If we truly want to know we are allowing 3 beats of silence to go by, then we need to count “1-2-3” every time it appears in our music.

Dotted Half Rests

Quick Recap

Just like before, this is simply taking 2 already created rests (the half rest and the quarter rest) and putting them together to create something new (the dotted half rest).

Moving right along to slurs and ties…

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