# Proper use of fermata marks on sheet music

I'm VERY new to music notation ... an absolute novice, so forgive me if this is an obvious beginner question.

My questions involve use of Fermata marks.

(1) In music notation, if I want to tell the player to play a note or chord in a measure slower than normal, then resume the specified tempo,I can put a Fermata mark over the note (see measures 33 and 35 below). The 2nd quarter note chord in measure 33 will be held longer. My first question is, do I also HAVE to put the same Fermata mark over the note or Rest in the Bass clef, or is it assumed that both the quarter chord and the rest will both be slowed together? (The same question applies to the example in measure 35. Must a Fermata mark be placed over both the treble notes AND the Bass notes, or is the top Fermata enough, as I showed in measure 34?)

(2) If a measure has 4 quarter notes and I want all 4 to be slowed, do I place a Fermata over each of the four notes (as in measure 29 below), or do I change the tempo of just that measure by using a tempo mark, then restore the tempo with a new tempo mark in the next measure (see measure 30 & 31 below). Alternatively, is there a way to allow a Fermata mark to span multiple notes in one or more measures?

(3) According to what I've read, a Fermata mark signifies to a player to slow that note or note by a time stretch of 2x the normal tempo (= 1/2 the tempo speed). I realize that playing a piece is in part up to the player to judge, but if I want a note or notes slowed by different amounts than 1/2, how do I give that direction to the player? For example, if in measure 33, suppose I want the 2nd quarter chord to be slowed just slightly, by a time stretch of 1.2 or 0.8 of the normal tempo (not by 1/2). How do I indicate that? Is there some written note I can append to the Fermata mark to do so?