I'm reading the book of David Braid - Play Classical Guitar, everything goes smoothly until I get the Rests part :

Here the part that confuses me :

enter image description here

Let me explain first what I understood :

exr-26 )

  • When we bind a semibreve rest to a note, that note becomes separate in time for 4 beats ( regarding to other notes coming, this notes keeps ringing on the background ).

  • If a crotchet note is bind to minim rest it will be separate in time for 2 beats ( this notes keeps ringing on the background for 2 beats (Minim rest) ).

  • The small curved line means keeps ringing - don't rest you thumb for infinite time - just don't rest.

( Please Correct me if am wrong )

Exr-27 )

  • In the first bar i can't understand the meaning of having Semibreve note binded with crotchet rest and attached to the small curve, could you please explain to me?


1) What "separate in time" really mean?

2) Is the term "keeps ringing" identical to "separate in time" ?

  • 1
    Don't know the book, but it probably isn't the best. The way it explains could be better - and I expect English is not your first language. The last minim ought to be written the other way (upside down) too, and there's absolutely no need for the smiley bits to tell the notes last long. The notes themselves do that!. See if there are other tutor books out there; sorry to be so negative! – Tim Jun 17 '16 at 7:13

I can barely understand what you're talking about, honestly. Whatever it is, I think you need to forget the word "bind".

In both exercises, there are two separate lines. In the first, there's a top line that goes:

    (rest)  | E E E    | (rest)  | (rest) E

and a bottom line that goes:

    A A A   | (rest)   | A   E E | A

The second example follows similarly. In the first, the two separate voices seem pretty unnecessary, but the writer is just trying to create a simple example to prepare you for the next one.

The curved line after the notes is a tie connecting to nowhere, which is the common notation to "let ring", meaning don't dampen the note and just let it continue to sound until it dies away on its own.

  • Well, the explanation given by the book is rather nonsensical too. What does it mean "to keep the parts separate in time"? Anyway your explanation is quite good, I would just stress that the two lines should sound as independent as possible, as if played by two different players (and that, it seems to me, is the main purpose of the exercise). – José David Jun 17 '16 at 0:36
  • Short and simple thank you! (thanks to @joseem too for the comment) One more simple question: Is the position of the rest is soo important ? Since it's a silent note, can I just move it up and down randomly (Eg: from A to D ) without the affecting the whole piece? – Marwen Trabelsi Jun 17 '16 at 1:42
  • 1
    Not playing an A sounds the same as not playing a D. ;^) I think that convention is to hang or place the rest symbol on the centre line of the stave but since there are two parts superimposed on the one stave the lower part rest is signified on the first ledger line. – Transistor Jun 18 '16 at 7:24

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.