- A rest in music is a duration of time when the music, or one
part of the music, does not have any
notes, and therefore there is a
- When one part is being played or
sung by one or more people, the word rest is therefore
very appropriate, because they can have a rest at that point.
- The lengths of rests are notated
by their shape and there is a
rest length for every
note length; unfortunately, there
is very little commonality between the shapes used, except that
the number of tails on a quaver rest has the same meaning as
the number of tails or
beams on a quaver note.
- Quaver rests are not beamed together like quaver notes:
- No more than two quaver rests are ever written
consecutively, higher value rests would be used instead.
- Two rests of the same value are only ever written
consecutively for the same reason as two notes of the
same note length are
tied together, because of the
rules of grouping.
- A silence of two seconds is
indistinguishable from two consecutive silences of
one second each.
- For the same reason, rests are not tied together like notes.
- Rests can be
dotted just like
notes, but this is not so common; multiple rests are more often used.
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