How do I count a rest note in drum music?

by Michael
((Texas))

I am just beginning to play the drums. I am struggling to understand how to count a rest in a measure. For example in a 4/4 measure, lets say the first note in the measure is a quarter note, the second note is a quarter REST, the third note is a quarter note, and the last note is a quarter REST.

I was told to count a measure like this by saying out loud ONE,REST,THREE,REST. By saying REST during the measure it throws me off completely and I lose my count on what number I was on. Is there any other way to count the rests in a measure so that I don't get confused and lose my count.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

ANSWER

Hi, Michael--

It is actually very simple--just count ONE TWO THREE FOUR and don't play on the rests.

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Best Wishes,
Lynne

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