Vinod Saranga
Hey all,
Today I am going to introduce you rest signs and a new technique to practise it.
I invented this method myself and it worked fine for me.I called it ClpaZ method.
You don't need a guitar but two hands and a mouth !

First of all I want you to know about note values and to be able to recognize their correspondig rest signs.Rest is just to be silent.I will  go through a quick overview of notes and rests.But I highly reccommend you to read Andrews Reading Music lesson.

You must know the value of each note.
Here is a table that I took from Andrew's theory board

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You should also be able to recognize the rest sign of each note (specially of crochet,minim and semibreve)
Here is another table that shows you different rest signs.
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Ok here is the technique.
You count  rythems as 1,2,3,4 etc.
If it's the 4/4 beat you count 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 & so on
If it's the 3/4 beat you count 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3 & so on
(each count should be for a same duration)

If you see a note you clap with your hand
If you see a rest you say zzz.. and stop counting for the correct duration of the rest and then resume the count.
That's why it's called ClapZ method.The reason why it really works is that it uses very different parts of your brain.(you have to think,count,clap etc)So there is a lot of things to be synchronized in your head,
on the other hand it's very fun to do.So brain quickly trap the rythems and store them permenantly.When you see a pattern later your brain will quickly recognize it that means you know when to play.Only thing you need to know is what to play ie the notes you should play.After you have practised this method several times you can omitt the zzz sound and mentally count numbers which contain rest signs.

Ok here is a example.

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(Clap= Cp)
what's your mouth should be doing
1    2    zz    4    1,2   zz    zz

what's your hands should be doing  Cp  Cp         Cp   Cp

Here is the today's drill for 2/4 beat with quater rest.
Remember dotted minim stay for a three counts.
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Have a fun !
Vinod Saranga
In addition to your practice session you can post what you count and how you clap in this format to see weather you're doing it right or not..

"what's your mouth should be doing 1    2    zz     4     1 ,2    zz    zz

what's your hands should be doing Cp  Cp   -      Cp    Cp     -     -     "

Hisham Al-Sanea
good work DR. Vinod and nice explanation
Vinod Saranga
QUOTE (Hisham Al-Sanea @ May 18 2008, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
good work DR. Vinod and nice explanation