I'm transcribing Cappella music. When sometimes there is a small pause less then a measure before starting again the next theme or further melody. My question is how do I notate such a pause.


That's what either a fermata (on the last note of the ending phrase) or a caesura (after the last note of the ending phrase) are for.

  • Does these two, fermat, caesura good for any length? – Nachmen Nov 9 '17 at 11:38
  • In show music, we always call ceasura "rail-road tracks" because they're indicated with "//" They are of any length.. and usually rely on cues from the actors on stage. – Greg Nov 9 '17 at 11:44
  • Fermata and caesura are of indefinite length. If you want to be more militant, you can always throw in an out-of-meter measure, such as a 3/8 measure of rest in a 4/4 song. – Carl Witthoft Nov 9 '17 at 15:30
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    I think in choral music (which I what I assume you mean), it's more common to use either a breath mark (a 'V-shaped' symbol), or a pause ('comma' symbol). – Brian Chandler Nov 9 '17 at 17:22

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