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How to read musical notes: Types of Rests

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Music also has rests, which indicate silent beats - time when no notes are played. They're counted in the same way as notes, and correspond to the notes they represent.

The Whole rest

Looks like a dark rectangle attached to a bar line, facing downwards (1 shown).

The Half rest

Looks like a dark rectangle attached to a bar line, facing upwards (2 shown).

The Quarter rest

Looks like a squiggly line (4 shown).

The Eighth rest

Looks like a slanted line with a dot (8 shown).

The Sixteenth rest

Looks like a slanted line with a double dot (16 shown).

These continue on to thirty-second and sixty-fourth rests (with three and four dots, respectively).

See notes and rests in the chart below:

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