Types of Rests
Rests are used to indicate silence – periods where you will not play.
Like notes, rests have different durations. Since you already understand how notes work, rests are going to be very easy to master!
The Most Common Rests
Rests follow a pattern nearly identical to notes:
Like notes, rests continue into thirty-second rests and then sixty-fourth rests.
Using Dots with Rests
Like notes, rests also use dots to increase their duration.
Dotted rests work the exact same way as dotted notes do: they increase the duration by half.
A dotted quarter rest equals a duration of silence equal to a quarter rest and an eighth rest. Shown visually, here’s what that looks like:
Here is a dotted eighth rest:
What About Ties?
Recall from the last chapter that ties are used to extend the note’s duration over a bar line. Composers write rests to completely fill each measure and have no need to use a tie. If they need to use a rest at the end of one measure and the beginning of the next, they will simply write two rests like this:
If you’re curious about that 4/4 you see in the above image, that’s the time signature. We’ve mentioned it a couple times in the last two chapters and now it’s time for you to understand what it means. Head to the next chapter to learn about time signatures.