Exercise E401 features a whole rest in 2/4 time. There are two beats in each measure and the quarter note is equal to one beat. Whole rests indicate that the entire measure should be silent, so in 2/4 time the whole rest is two beats. Since there are no notes to play in this exercise, you can use it for practicing counting, clapping, or playing other 2/4 exercises in the Time Lines book. This exercise is one measure long, and it is repeated eight times in the video. You can buy Time Lines Book 1 and see all of the rhythm exercises, patterns, and melodies, as well as the Time Games, in a clearly organized format.
In the video, you will hear a voice count two measures in tempo (“1-2-1-2”) after which you should start playing the exercise. Listen carefully to the count-off to enter at the right time. The voice will continue to count for two measures. The metronome will continue to sound on every beat for the rest of the example. The Time Lines Color Blocks show the relative length of each note and rest, and a magenta line moves across the screen to show when each note and rest begins and ends.
This exercise is played at 80 BPM (beats per minute). If you would like to practice this exercise at a slower or faster tempo, visit the metronome section of Music All the Time.