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Eighth Notes Rests On Top Of A Note

Hi! I just had a question about Eighth Rests. I am trying to learn how to play The Portrait from the Titanic, and there are a lot of Eighth Rests directly above another note. What does that mean, and what am I supposed to do there? I attached a picture I attempted to draw on the computer to describe my problem better. Thanks! – Aubrey

Hi Aubrey! OK – notice how the rest is on top of the note. This is because there are two parts to the music, the left hand and right hand.
Both hands don’t have to be playing at the same time – so as a result when there is a rest it means don’t play on that particular hand. Since the eighth note rest is on top then its’ referring to the right hand :)


Let’s take a look here:

Bass and Treble Clef

Notice how some notes are not playing while other one’s are. So now you should be good to go!

Class 20: Alto Clef And The Great Staff Explained!

This video is from my weekly Revision3 Show

The Alto Clef falls in between the Bass and Treble Clef. So if you think of Treble as being High in pitch, and Bass as low in pitch, then think of Alto as falling in the middle.

The line in the middle of the Alto Clef represents “Middle C“. Depending on what instrument you play, and the range you’re playing in, that determines the clef you will be reading.

What is The Great Staff?

The Great Staff is combining ALL of the Staffs together in order to make one entire Stave (or Staff)

Notice how the notes above move up from one clef to the other – from Bass, through Alto, and into high into Treble Clef!

Understanding 8va And 8vb In Music

What are Octaves?

This video will help!. Essentially, Octaves are the idea of a same note being 12 semitones higher.

What’s a semi-tone?

A semi-tone is a half step. So a half step from A is A#, and a half-step from G is G#, etc.

Likewise, a whole-tone is a whole step. So a whole step from A is B, and a whole-step from G is A, etc.

Let’s look at a piano:

Notice how there are a bunch of notes – but actually, there are only 12! what happens is that the notes are repeated over and over again. As a result, there are a total of 6 octaves on this piano!

Unisons Explained Part 1

What are Unisons?

Unisons are the same EXACT note played at two different positions on an instrument. A piano does NOT have unisons, but a guitar does! Usually, stringed instruments like Banjo, Violin, Guitar, etc have octaves and unisons, where as instruments like Flute, Piano, and Saxophone have ONLY the ability to play octaves. But what you could do is have two flute players play together – which could create the unison.

On the same example, if you had two singers sing the same exact note, then the two singers are referred to be “in unison”. But don’t be confused between Unisons and Octaves. Octaves are not the same EXACT note. For example – there is more than one ‘A note’ on guitar, of different Octaves.

What are Octaves?

A good example of Octaves is when you walk up a C major scale = C D E F G A B C. Notice how there are 2 C’s. The second C is an Octave higher than the first one.

Let’s look at a piano:

Notice how it has Octaves throughtout – but it is impossible to play two of the same note at the same time.

Watch this video on Unisons being explained Part 2.