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Matt Blake

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VH1 Save the Music: The Importance of Rests, and How to Use Fret-Hand Muting Effectively

In this column, I’d like to share with you a useful lesson that I teach my students, and that is the importance of rests, or silence, in music, and how to achieve it in a meaningful, controlled manner. I do this by teaching them some basic, stock jazz “riffs” that are both fun to play and beneficial for their general technique development.