Types of Rests

and its value

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Types of Rests. Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

Rests are used to indicate a pause in a piece of music. A whole rest is silence equivalent to the value of a whole note (4), a half rest is silence equivalent to the value of a half note (2), etc.. Whole rests are placed on the 4th line of the staff; half rests on the third line and quarter rests are placed over the middle 3 lines. The table below shows you the common types of rests and its value.

Types of Rests

Types of Rests
RestValue
whole rest4
half rest2
quarter rest1
eighth rest1/2
sixteenth rest1/4

Special Rest Symbols
RestValue
General Pause (G.P.)Indicates pause or silence for all instruments or voices.
FermataIndicates that a note should be sustained longer than its value. Often, it is the performer who determines how long he/she should hold the note. The fermata is often placed at the end of a music piece.