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As you would guess from their name, rests direct players and singers to stop momentarily, as though to take a rest.
Rests obviously have no pitch, but they do have time, and their values are structured the same as for notes. Below are shown the rests used in Dear Old Illinois.
And as with notes, there are dotted rests. The same rule applies as for notes: dotted rests are worth 1 1/2 times their usual values. You can see them in the image below.
Here are a few examples where you can see and hear rests in use.
Each example is played first at slow tempo, then faster.