In music notation, a half rest is a pause in the music lasting for two beats, the same duration as a half note. It is drawn as a short thick line just above the third staff line from the top.

On the staff, a half rest looks something like this:


    /\                                                     
---| /-----------------------------------------------------
   |/                                                      
---/-------------------------------------------------------
  /|               __                                      
-/-|/\-----------------------------------------------------
|  |  |                                                    
|--|--|----------------------------------------------------
 \ |  |                                                    
--\|_/-----------------------------------------------------
   |                                                       
  \|                                                       

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