Silence is just as important as pitch in music. Special symbols are used to indicate durations of silence or rest in music.
|Whole Rest||Half Rest||Quarter Rest||Eighth Rest||Sixteenth Rest|
The duration values of rests are equal to their note counterparts. A whole rest receives the same duration as a whole note and a half rest receives the same duration as a half note, etc.
Just as notes can be dotted, so can rests.
|Dotted Half Rest||Dotted Quarter Rest||Dotted Eighth Rest|
Placing a dot after the notehead adds half the value of the rest. A dotted rest can be divided into three values.
A dotted rest can be divided into two equal values, each of which is a dotted rest.