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Sheet Music Symbols...For Silences


Now that you have learnt a few music note symbols, let's take a look at sheet music symbols which tell you when not to play. These are called rests.

This rest, is called a crotchet, or quarter note rest. This means that you don't play anything at all, for one count. So you are silent for one count.

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Crotchet/Quarter Note Rest

This rest is called a minim, or a half-note rest. This means that you don't play anything at all, for two counts.

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Minim/Half Note Rest

This rest is called a whole-bar rest. This means that you don't play anything at all, for the full bar (which is usually 2, 3 or 4 counts, depending on the time signature).

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Whole BarRest



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