Making Rests Musical

So many beginning musicians love learning about rests. It's just so easy...see a rest in the music, don't play.

The typical young musician pays little attention to rests, the result usually being sloppy timing and a rushed downbeat.

Unfortunately, many musicians carry this bad habit well beyond their beginning years, and their time feel suffers for it.

The simple fix is this: Play the rests.

Stop seeing rests in a passive light, and start seeing rests as every bit as important as the notes you play. Play the silence.

This mental shift will help you give rests their full duration. That alone will make you a stronger rhythmic player.

Happy resting and happy new year!

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