In this week's music joke lesson: fermatas. Fermatas are notations in music composition that indicate the note should be held longer than it's standard note value indicates. The duration of a note with a fermata above it is entirely up to the person playing the note. Bach would often use fermatas in his chorales to indicate the end of a phrase and provide the musician with a moment to take a breath. Get the joke now? For more fermatas and Bach, head over to Chromatik for free sheet music and tutorials.