Learn how to play quarter notes and quarter rests in 2/4 and 3/4 time signatures with the Unit 1 Time Lines rhythm exercises. If you haven’t done so already, read the Unit 1 Introduction: How to Play Quarter Notes and Quarter Rests in 2/4 and 3/4. Select a link below to play along with the appropriate video recording. Each of the videos for the exercises includes the written music and Time Lines color blocks that indicate the relative length of each note and rest. There is also an animated bar line that moves across the screen to show you where each note and rest begins and ends.
It’s always helpful to clap and count the exercises with a metronome or these videos before playing them on your instrument. That will ensure that you are feeling the beat, that you are also feeling every downbeat (beat 1 of each measure), and that you are playing the notes and rests the correct length.
E101 - Quarter note exercise in 2/4
E102 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 2/4
E103 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 2/4
E104 - Quarter rest exercise in 2/4
E105 - Quarter note exercise in 3/4
E106 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 3/4
E107 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 3/4
E108 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 3/4
E109 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 3/4
E110 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 3/4
E111 - Quarter note and rest exercise in 3/4
E112 - Quarter rest exercise in 3/4
Once you have practiced and repeated these exercises accurately, visit the patterns and melodies pages for more examples to play:
Unit 1 Patterns: Quarter note and rest rhythm patterns in 2/4 and 3/4.
Unit 1 Melodies: Quarter note and rest melodies in 2/4 and 3/4.