An introduction to music theory
An introduction to music theory

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An introduction to music theory

Group 2: identifying two single omitted rests in either compound or simple time

Activity 1

Which single rest is required at each of the places marked with asterisks?

a. 

semiquaver rest/dotted minim rest


b. 

quaver rest/dotted minim rest


c. 

quaver rest/semibreve rest


The correct answer is c.

Answer

The second beat in the first bar consists of a crotchet and therefore needs a quaver rest to make up the dotted crotchet beat in 6/8. For the second bar, a whole bar’s rest in 6/8 is written as a semibreve rest.

Activity 2

Which single rest is required at each of the places marked with asterisks?

a. 

quaver rest/semibreve rest


b. 

quaver rest/dotted minim rest


c. 

semiquaver rest/dotted minim rest


The correct answer is a.

Answer

Since the time values in the first bar add up to two and a half crotchet beats, a quaver rest is required to complete the bar. For the second bar, a whole bar’s rest in 3/4 is written as a semibreve rest.

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