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Introduction

Beats and Measures

Time Signature

Note Value

Dotted Notes and the Tie

Rests

Values Shorter Than a Beat

Eighth and Sixteenth Notes

Eighth-Note and Sixteenth-Note Rests

Triplets

Beat Unit

Simple and Compound Meters

Reading Musical Notes

An Example

Accidentals

Key Signatures

Keyboard Notes

Other Tutorials:

Intervals

Scales

Chords

Harmonic Functions

Musical Forms

Related Exercises:

Rhythmic Dictation

Clef Reading

Time Signature

Key Signature Construction

Key Signature Identification

Rests

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

There is an equivalent rest symbol for each note value. Below we can see the corresponding rest symbols for the note values we already know:

Note Name
(USA)
Note Name
(England)
Symbol Rest
Whole Note Semibreve
Half Note Minim
Quarter Note Crotchet

Example:

Translated by Dan Román, English version revised by Sue Talley

© 2011 J. Rodríguez Alvira

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