The 8th Rest 2 HB


Let’s Read the Music

  • We will be in 4/4 time when discussing the 8th rest (Click here for a reminder about time signatures)
  • Each 8th rest gets a 1/2 count
  • The down beats are 8th notes (in red)
  • The upbeats (or the “&”) are the 8th rests (in blue)
  • One eighth note (red), plus one eighth rest (blue) make up 1 complete beat

Down beat 8th note upbeat 8th rest with counts

Here’s a video to show how we count this measure: