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The Quarter Rest

This symbol is a quarter rest. It indicates one beat of silence. Do not play any note. Re member that small counting numbers are placed under rests.

6Good Evening Friends
6Good Evening Friends

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The F Chord

The next chord you will learn to play is the F chord. To play the F chord, use the first, second and fifth fingers of your left hand, as shown in the F chord diagram. The F chord introduces the note A below middle C.

When changing between the C and F chords keep your fifth finger in position as this note is common to both chords. When changing between the F and G7 chords keep your second finger in position as this note is common to both chords. Practice changing between C, F and G7.

The Half Rest

This is a half rest. It indicates 2 beats of silence.

The Lead-In

Sometimes a song does not begin on the first beat of a bar. Any notes which come before the first full bar are called lead-in notes (or pick-up notes). When lead-in notes are used, the last bar is also incomplete. The notes in the lead-in and the last bar add up to one full bar.

7When the Saints Go Marchin’ In

When the Saints Go Marchin’ In is an early Jazz standard made popular by brass bands in New Orleans. The song uses a lead-in and also contains both quarter and half rests. The counting numbers refer to the melody (right hand part). Instead of writing a chord symbol above each bar of music it is common to only write a chord symbol when the chord changes, e.g., the first 6 bars of this song are a C chord.

7When the Saints Go Marchin’ In

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