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Time Lines Rhythm Exercises for Unit 3
Half Notes and Half Rests in 3/4 and 4/4

Practice half notes and half rests along with quarter notes and rests in 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures with the Unit 3 Time Lines rhythm exercises. If you haven’t already done so, read the Unit 3 Introduction: How to Play Half Notes and Rests. Select a link below to play along with each video recording. The videos for the exercises include the written music and Time Lines color blocks that indicate the relative length of each note and rest. There is also an animated vertical line that moves across the screen to show you where each note and rest begins and ends.

Clap and count the exercises with a metronome or with these videos before playing them on your instrument. Practicing that way 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.

E301 - Half note and quarter note exercise in 3/4
E302 - Quarter note and half note exercise in 3/4
E303 - Half note and quarter rest exercise in 3/4
E304 - Quarter rest and half note exercise in 3/4
E305 - Quarter note and half rest exercise in 3/4
E306 - Half rest and quarter note exercise in 3/4
E307 - Half note exercise in 4/4
E308 - Half note and quarter note exercise in 4/4
E309 - Half note and quarter note exercise in 4/4
E310 - Half note and quarter note exercise in 4/4
E311 - Half note and half rest exercise in 4/4
E312 - Half rest and half note exercise in 4/4
E313 - Half note and quarter rest exercise in 4/4
E314 - Half note, quarter note, and quarter rest exercise in 4/4
E315 - Half note, quarter note, and quarter rest exercise in 4/4
E316 - Half note, quarter note, and quarter rest exercise in 4/4
E317 - Half note, quarter note, and quarter rest exercise in 4/4
E318 - Half note, quarter note, and quarter rest exercise in 4/4
E319 - Half note, quarter note, and quarter rest exercise in 4/4

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Once you have practiced and repeated these exercises accurately, visit the patterns and melodies pages for more examples to play:
Unit 3 Patterns: Half note, quarter note, and rest rhythm patterns in 3/4 and 4/4.
Unit 3 Melodies: Half note, quarter note, and rest melodies in 3/4 and 4/4.

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