Adding The 5th String

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RESTSA "rest" tells you when NOT to play. There is a "rest symbol" that corresponds to each of the different note durations, i.e., Whole-Note-Rest, Half-Note_Rest, Quarter-Note-Rest, etc.. Study the diagram below. Notice that the Whole-Note-Rest looks like a small black square that HANGS from the "D" line on the staff while the Half-Note-Rest looks like a black square that sets on the "B" line. The Quarter-Note-Rest has an altogether different look.

 

Rests can occur at any place in the measure's timeline. Although "rest" is the traditional name for it, I like to call it a "Don't Play" because you don't want to think of it as a chance to rest but a specific length of time to "Not Play."TIED NOTESLook at the illustration below.

 

The curved line that connects the C note on the 4th beat to the C note on the 1st beat of the next measure tells you to "tie" the 2 notes together. You always pick the first note of the 2 and sustain it while counting the next note. You'll most often see tied notes when the song calls for you to sustain a note into the next measure. To see exactly how tied notes should be counted and played, go to the main lesson window, rewind and use the space bar to move the cursor 1 beat at a time. Click your spacebar KEEPING A STEADY BEAT and watch the pick indicators and listen to the notes as they sound through the first few measures. Back up and do it again until you get the idea.

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