Notes and Rests

  • Different note shapes determine the lengths of sounds in music.
  • Different rest shapes determine the lengths of silence in music.
  • The names of the notes and rests correspond to how much of a beat the note or the rest is to last.

Here are the different notes and their corresponding rests:

whole note

half note

quarter note

eighth note

sixteenth note

thirty-second note
whole rest

half rest

quarter rest

eighth rest

sixteenth rest

thirty-second rest