A rest is a musical notation sign that indicates no sound.
Each rest symbol and name corresponds with a particular note value for length of time. The rest shows how long the silence should last.
Normal rests[change | change source]
|American English||British English||Multiplier||Symbol|
|Double whole rest||Breve rest||2|
|Whole rest||Semibreve rest||1|
|Half rest||Minim rest||1⁄2|
|Quarter rest||Crotchet rest||1⁄4|
|Eighth rest||Quaver rest||1⁄8|
|Sixteenth rest||Semiquaver rest||1⁄16|
|Thirty-second rest||Demisemiquaver rest||1⁄32|
|Sixty-fourth rest||Hemidemisemiquaver rest||1⁄64|
Multiple bar rests[change | change source]
If a rest should last for multiple bars, it is shown by a thick horizontal line in the middle of the staff, with short vertical lines at each end. The number of bars of the rest is written over the top.