Learn about Rhythm
The sixteenth rest looks similar to an eighth rest, but it has two flags instead of one. It is the same duration as a sixteenth note, but it represents silence.
Remember from Lesson 8 that sixteenth notes that are not connected with beams look similar to eighth notes, but they include two flags instead of one.
Adding sixteenth rests to our patterns gives us many more rhythmic possibilities, and the rhythms in this lesson of The Fundamentals of Rhythm are very complex. It is essential to practice these patterns slowly and with a metronome, and to count and subdivide every beat. It is helpful to begin each pattern with a quadruple subdivision metronome that subdivides each beat into four equal parts. When you can perform a pattern effortlessly and accurately with that metronome, try using a duple subdivision metronome, and when that is effortless and accurate, use a single clicking metronome that clicks once for every beat. All of these metronomes can be found at www.MetronomeBot.com.
Note that if two consecutive sixteenth rests begin on a beat or on the second half of a beat, it is clearer to indicate those rests with a single eighth rest.
The above rhythm is more clearly notated with an eighth rest, as shown below.
Learn how to play in cut time in Lesson 11.
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