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Question about notes and rests

 
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Cikayelle
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject: Question about notes and rests Reply with quote

Hi, I'm a beginning guzheng player. This is also my first instrument, so forgive me if it's an elementary question, but what exactly is the difference between the two boxed music sequences in the photo below (essentially, what is the difference between a rest and a continued note)? My friend (who is a piano player) suggested that for the rest, I prematurely stop the string after I pluck it, and for the note, I let the string continue to vibrate after I pluck it. But when I do that, the rest note sounds jarring and not very pretty. Is that what I'm really supposed to do?

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Chiichyan
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
I agree with your piano friend. From what my teacher has told me, there will always be noise. Sometimes noise noise is part of the song (There's a song where you hold the string and trill on it), but at times like this, the melody in your right hand should be enough to cover the noise.

To dampen the sound, you place your left hand on the strings. As for your left hand, you should use the side of your hand, like a Karate Chop! (use the palm end, not the finger end.)

I hope this helps a little =)
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