In music, silence is just as important as sound. How do we notate silence? We notate silence by using symbols called rest notes or rests.

For each note value, there is a corresponding rest symbol. Below are the rest symbols for the note values we already know:

Note Name
Note Name
Symbol Rest
Whole Note Semibreve
Half Note Minim
Quarter Note Crotchet


Translated by Dan Román, revised by Sue Talley.

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