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Learn to SightSing  Neil V. Hawes 2003
Note and rest lengths
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NoteRestBritish nameUS nameLengthComments
BreveDouble whole noteTwo semibreves
or four minims
Quite rare nowadays
SemibreveWhole noteTwo minims
or four crotchets
The rest is also used to indicate
a whole bar rest, even if the bar
is not a semibreve long.
MinimHalf noteTwo crotchets
or four quavers
The semibreve rest hangs from the line,
the minim rest floats on the line (it is "lighter")
CrotchetQuarter noteTwo quavers
or half a minim
You might also see a crotchet rest written as:
QuaverEighth noteHalf a crotchetTwo or more can be beamed together:
SemiquaverSixteenth noteHalf a quaverTwo or more can be beamed together:
DemisemiquaverThirty-second noteHalf a
semiquaver
Two or more can be beamed together:
HemidemisemiquaverSixty-fourth noteHalf a
demisemiquaver
Two or more can be beamed together: