What is a rest?
A 'rest' is quite simply a period of time during a piece of music where there is no pitch. The violinist stays silent for the duration of the 'rest'.
The length of a rest is measured by the number of beats that it lasts for. The symbol for each rest will change according to the duration. There are several unique symbols for different lengths of duration.
In the next section, we will learn the different types of symbol that you may come across, and understand how much time each symbol represents.