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