Rest Durations

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.



Dotted Rests

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.