# Questions tagged [rests]

For questions about rests, an absence of notes in one or multiple voices.

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### Could anyone give some tips/basic rules for completing measures with rests?

I'm currently studying music theory and this is a big gray area for me. Whenever I do practice problems and my answers are marked incorrect, I'm introduced to a lot of new concepts/rules. Some ...
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### What does this symbol (circled in red) mean?

I've recently got this sheet music from my teacher and there was no explanation on how to play this. I can't seem to find anyone talking about it so I've asked here. If you got some idea, thanks. ...
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### What exactly does a rest mean?

Let's consider this example (Shostakovitch, Waltz) As we see, there are two rests in the left hand, after the sustain pedal. Due to the sustain pedal, the left hand C note will be longer than a ...
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### Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor rest symbols in m. 33-41 seem to be unnecessary?

The rests in these measures (see arrows) seem to be unnecessary? Whenever there is a quarter rest for this "voice", there is a quarter note in the "main" voice of LH. And whenever ...
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### Linking quaver and semiquaver beams over a rest with LilyPond

I am transcribing the Sentimental Tango for four hands by Vasha Azarashvili. And I'd like to obtain this: But my code (in Italian, but surely you get the point) \language "italiano" <...
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### How would I number my measures for my solo? [duplicate]

How would I number the the top line, since the first measure is basically 1/2 of a measure, would I still put 1? The measure or 2 after the 2-4 are half measure, but two half measure make one so would ...
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### What is this notation that looks like a hat above the stave? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble finding what this notation means:
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### What do you call it when a song constantly adds prominent rests? (like the example given)

Check out the first 25 seconds of (Romance in the Night Sky [Touhou]). As is immediately obvious, it keeps hitting you with rests in a weird rhythm that completely ...
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### Misplaced rest in triplet

LilyPond beginner here. I am trying to set an easy shuffle beat rhythm for the drums as follows: \version "2.24.2" \new DrumStaff { << \new DrumVoice {\voiceOne \drummode{\...
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### Lower voice in Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1 not adding up to 6/4 time signature

I wanted to learn Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1. In most cases, the note values add up to the time signature of 6/4. However, in measure 6 of the right hand part, I counted the note values of the lower ...
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### What is the correct rest grouping in 6/4 time?

From an ABRSM test paper (G5) The last rest is incorrect according to the answer. However to me it divides the dotted minim beat into 2+1 for compound time and appears correct. What is wrong with it ...
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### Is there a notation for a short rest of undetermined length; the rest equivalent of a grace note?

Here's the phrase I'm working on, a nice chord progression from the finale of a symphony movement (Dopper 7 mov. 1) that I'm arranging for solo piano. So the B♭ trill in the right hand exists for ...
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### Corridos staccato eightnotes or 16th notes? [duplicate]

La mesa del rincon is a song I am transcribing bass for. It is by Los tigres Del Norte. I am wondering if it is ok to use staccato eighth notes for the bass part, or are they actually supposed to be ...
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### How to align breve rests to the middle of a bar

I have the following code in Lilypond: \new ChoirStaff << \new Staff << \new Voice \relative a' { \time 4/2 r\breve } \new Voice = "high" \relative d' { e1\...
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### What do these rests mean? Carcassi Etude no. 1 op. 60 (Guitar)

What do the the quarter note rest and the half note rest in the first measure mean? Full score PDF I listened to the piece and they play the D and G notes the rests are under. It is just pointing out ...
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### What is the meaning of this notation that looks like a rest superimposed on a note?

In the picture below, it looks like there is a rest superimposed on top of a note. What does this mean?
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### Full bar rest at the end of piece

Béla Bartok's Mikrokosmos - Vol. I is a book of short and simple, yet quirky piano pieces. Piece No. 24. Pastorale is shown below. A full bar rest (for both hands) ends the piece. This is something ...
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### Can I use/when can I use dotted rests in time signatures such as 5/8 or 7/8?

I'm writing a song that changes to 7/8 and I'm wondering if or when dotted rests are appropriate (assuming that dotted rests are appropriate for compound meters).
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### A big "1" in the middle of a piano grand staff

The image is from a Russian edition of Alexander Goedike's 20 Little Pieces for Beginners (20 маленьких пьес для начинающих), Op. 6, no. 11. What do the big bold ones in the middle of the grand staff ...
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### Placing rest symbols according the convention of the time signature

I am preparing for a music school entry exam and I am given following problem: In the following example, place the missing rest symbols in the brackets. It's possible, that you have to write down ...
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### Do all voices deserve rests, or can I tactically omit rests?

The voice 3 (magenta) plays for just two semiquavers at the end of the bar: should I add a series of rests for that voice? it's hard to understand which rests belong to which voice when rendered in ...
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### In keyboard style harmony should there be a rest for each voice?

Here is a picture, and you can see the melody voice has a rest for the last 8th note, but I also added a rest for the alto and tenor. Is this correct, or would one rest have been ok?
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### How to engrave these rest symbols in LilyPond？

The original instrument for the music below is violin, I'm engraving this piece for another instrument using LilyPond v2.20. How can I make the rest symbols that look like the first line below? And, ...
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### Can a rest count as a musical accent?

I remember reading somewhere (I don't know where) that a rest counts as a musical accent. Is this true? If so, then for example, when can I rest in 4/4 for an instrumental piece?
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### A rest with a lyric syllable under it? Is this a typo?

I am confused by this passage where a rest has a lyric syllable under it: I do not understand what the singer would do here. Is this likely a typo? The source is a specific edition of Thomas Tallis's ...
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### How do I add a rest in SmartMusic's Compose?

I've just started learning SmartMusic's Compose feature whereby I can create my own musical score. I'm starting with Mary Had a Little Lamb (the hello world program equivalent for any music notation ...
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### Beams broken/unbroken with rests - meaning and usage

Shown in the circled parts of the image, are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest - a sixteenth note: In one of them, the beam is broken at the ...
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### How to represent beams broken with rests in LilyPond

I'm trying to write the following in LilyPond notation: As shown in the circled parts of the image, there are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note – a sixteenth rest –...
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### Adding special text, signs, symbols, and marks, to LilyPond scores

What is the best way to add special text, signs, symbols, and marks for multi-measure rests, rehearsal marks, segno, and coda symbols, in LilyPond code?
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### Adding missing rests to 9/8 meter

I am trying to figure out the missing rests in a couple of bars with the time signature 9/8. I think for the first bar there will be a dotted quarter rest. I am not too sure about the next one. Any ...
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### What is this violin ornament? [duplicate]

Pictured below is an excerpt from Sibelius’s Tapiola, (Bar 460): It looks to me like a trill/mordent on its side, to fit into the condensed score. But is it?
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### Can you put one demisemiquaver rest inside a group of 4 demisemiquavers?

I did a picture with 2 examples so you guys can see what I mean. Please can you tell me if blue or red is better?
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### Is the length of a G.P. that has no fermata discretionary?

In mm. 342 and 382 of the last movement of his Piano Quartet n. 3, Op.26, Brahms writes G.P. over one measure's rest (with no fermata). Is the intention that this General Pause should last exactly one ...
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### How to write rests in triplet semiquaver groups

In the second bar of this exercise, I have to add the correct rest into a triplet semiquaver group: Do you have to use separate semiquaver rests like I have done, or could I have used one quaver rest ...
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### Can you use a dotted semibreve rest in 3/2 time?

In an exercise I am doing in 3/2, I am asked to mark the rests used as correct or incorrect. I got an answer wrong and am not sure why. Here is a photo of the answer book and you can see right at the ...
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### Notation - when to use staccato vs rests

I'm arranging a piece of music I wrote for string quartet, and I'm not sure what the most practical way of notating the following rhythm is. I'm self taught and rarely use written music, so I'm not ...
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### Rest at the beginning of a score in musicxml

I've been studying diverse musicXML files with MuseScore and I've found that usually rest notes are easily represented and visible in its musicXML file. Yet, I found this 'repeated rest' at the start ...
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### Why don't most lead sheets notate rests? [closed]

All of the Mel Bay books, My Gene Autry songbook, and I'm sure many others do not indicate rests for the entire song. At the end of a four bar lyrical line they just place a whole note when it is ...
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### What are the guidelines/rules for notating rests?

I know there are rest notation rules in theory, and I’m curious to know what they are, as I’ve never learned them. I read somewhere, for example, with ‘cut time’ there’s not supposed to be dotted ...
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### LilyPond: rests making an empty whole measure

I am writing (in LilyPond) the beautiful lyrical waltz of Shostakovich, and I am getting a whole measure empty. What I want to achieve is the following: But I am getting this: I'd tried several ...
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### Rests in 10/16 time

I am confused about a solution to a question in my music theory exercise book. The answer is shown in an image below (the one in 10/16 time). From what I understand, the rests should fit into the ...
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### How to conduct a fermata over a rest?

I'm currently learning how to conduct Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique - Reveries and Passions. In the first few bars there are fermatas over a few rests and I know I'm supposed to prolong and hold the ...
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### Tie instead of a Rest in Keyboard Staff notation

I am learning keyboard notation. I want to know why a tie is used across bar lines. Why can't they use a rest in bar 2?
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### Problem Understanding Specific Rules of Adding Rests

I am currently studying music theory via https://mymusictheory.com and I can't perhaps understand the English this teacher is using while trying to explain these two rules of adding rests: If the ...
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### How do I use full bar rests in LilyPond with long bar lengths?

I am working with a file that has some bars of very long duration (the first bar of the piece is in 20/8), and simply putting R1 will not give me a full bar rest. In the following bar of 8/8, it works ...
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### Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1, are the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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### How many beats does a quarter rest get in 3/4 time, and how do you count it?

How many beats does a quarter rest get in 3/4 time, and how do you count it? I think it would be 1/2 beat. I also wanted to know what note this is and how many beats does it get in 3/4 time.
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### How to finish the bar with rests

Can you help me check these two bars? Did I finish these bars with rests correctly? Or haven't I handled these dotted eighth notes correctly?
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