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Music Notes, Rests and their meanings

Note values

 

             SIGN                                 NAME                          MEANING
 Breve/Double Whole note
A Breve/Double whole note is a note lasting twice as long as a semibreve/whole note. Because a breve itself lasts longer than a bar in most modern time signatures, it is rarely found in music now.
Semibreve/Whole note
A Semibreve/Whole note is a note represented by a hollow oval and no stem/tail attached. Its length is equal to four beats in 4/4 time
Minim/Half note
A minim/half note is played for half the duration of a semibreve and twice the duration of a crotchet/ quarter note
 Crotchet/Quarter note
A crotchet/quarter note is played for one quarter of the duration of a semibreve and half the duration of a minim
 Quaver/Eighth note
A quaver/eighth note is half the length of a crotchet and played for one eighth of the duration of a whole note (hence its other name).
Semiquaver/Sixteenth note
A semiquaver/sixteenth note is half the length of a quaver and played for one sixteenth the duration of a whole note (hence its other name). Played in groups semiquavers sound fairly fast because of their length.
Demisemiquaver/Thirty-second note
A demisemiquaver/thirty-second note is half the length of a semiquaver and  played for 1/32 of the duration of a whole note (hence its other name). Played in groups demisemiquavers (and all others shorter in length than it) sound verly fast because of their length.
Hemidemisemiquaver/Sixty-fouth note
A hemidemisemiquaver/sixty-fourth note is half the length of a demisemiquaver and is played for 1/64 of the duration of a semibreve/whole note
Beamed notes
A beam connects quavers and notes of shorter value. In metered music, beams reflect the rhythmic grouping of notes shorter than a crotchet.
Dotted note
A dotted note's dot increases the duration of the note by half of its original value, e.g. a dotted crotchet (like  the picture to the left) will be equal to 3 quavers as the dot represents the extra quaver (quavers being half of a crotchet).





Rests

 

             SIGN                               NAME                                    MEANING
Breve rest/Double Whole note rest
A breve rest/double whole rest is the length of a semibreve rest (4 beats in a bar). Because a breve itself lasts longer than a bar, that and the breve rest are rarely found in music now.
Semibreve rest/Whole note rest
A semibreve rest/whole rest is equal to 4 beats in a bar
Minim rest/Half note rest
A minim rest/half rest is half the length of a semibreve rest, therefore is worth 2 beats in a bar
 Crotchet rest/
Quarter rest
A crotchet rest is half the length of a minim rest and a quarter of the length of a semibreve/whole note rest (hence its other name).
 Quaver rest/
Eighth rest
A quaver rest/eight rest is half the length of a crotchet rest and an eighth of the length of a semibreve/whole note rest (hence its other name). This rest (and all other rests shorter than this) tends to sound like a short gap whether on its own or between notes.
Semiquaver rest/Sixteenth rest
A semiquaver rest/sixteenth rest is half the length of a quaver rest and one sixteenth of the length of a semibreve/whole note rest
Demisemiquaver/
Thirty-second rest
A demisemiquaver rest/thirty-second rest is half the length of a semiquaver rest and 1/32 of the length of a semibreve/whole note rest
Hemidemisemiquaver/Sixty-fouth rest
A hemidemisemiquaver  /Sixty-fouth rest is half the length of a demisemiquaver and 1/64 of the length of a semibreve/whole note rest
Multi-measure rest
A multi-measure rest indicates the number of measures in a resting part without a change in meter, used to conserve space and to simplify notation. Also called "gathered rest" or "multi-bar rest".




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