# Rest values

Sometimes, silence is better than unmeaning words. (Pythagoras)

In music, when you play nothing and when you have a moment of rest, it means that you have **rests symbols** on your score.

Rest values are like note values:

Signs | Names |

Double-whole restBreve rest | |

Whole restSemibreve rest | |

Half restMinim rest | |

or | Quarter restCrotchet rest |

Eighth restQuaver rest | |

Sixteenth restSemiquaver rest | |

Thirty-second restDemisemiquaver rest | |

Sixty-fourth restHemidemisemiquaver rest | |

One hundred and twenty-eighth restSemihemidemisemiquaver rest |

Note that the **quarter rest** (**crotchet rest** ) can be written in two different ways: or

## Rest signs equivalences

For Americans :

One **Double-whole rest** is equivalent to **Whole rests**

One **Whole rest** is equivalent to **Half rests**

One **Half rest** is equivalent to **Quarter rests**

One **Quarter rest** is equivalent to **Eighth rests**

One **Eighth rest** is equivalent to **Sixteenth rests**

One **Sixteenth rest** is equivalent to **Thirty-second rests**

One **Thirty-second rest** is equivalent to **Sixty-fourth rests**

One **Sixty-fourth rest** is equivalent to **One hundred and twenty-eighth rests**

For British :

One **Breve rest** is equivalent to **Semibreve rests**

One **Semibreve rest** is equivalent to **Minim rests**

One **Minim rest** is equivalent to **Crotchet rests**

One **Crotchet rest** is equivalent to **Quaver rests**

One **Quaver rest** is equivalent to **Semiquaver rests**

One **Semiquaver rest** is equivalent to **Demisemiquaver rests**

One **Demisemiquaver rest** is equivalent to **Hemidemisemiquaver rests**

One **Hemidemisemiquaver rest** is equivalent to **Semihemidemisemiquaver rests**

## Empty measures (bars )

There is a tolerance for empty measures (empty bars ), they can be filled with inaccurate rest values:

## Multiple measure rests

Instead of writing this:

we prefer this: