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I want to hold down the A key on the piano for 3 beats. During the first of these 3 beats ONLY the A key is held, but during the second and third beats I press the C and E keys staccato on the beat.

Effectively I want a sound like this:

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However I only want this sound to take plase in the base clef and be played with the left hand. Meanwhile the right hand is playing a melody.

I've tried finding an answer to this but most answers involve slurring the entire chord where you press and hold the A, then press and hold the C, then press and hold the E. They don't offer a way to lift your fingers from C and E without lifting your finger from A.

What's the proper notation for what I'm trying to accomplish? I'm trying to take a small piece I prototyped on a piano and jot it down with some notation software, but nothing seems capable of producing the sound I want. Whenever I declare that the first note of the chord is a dotted half-note, I'm forbidden from placing additional notes in the measure (understandably - the measure already has 3 full beats)

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    If you want staccato, better put a dot under each dyad. – Tim Jun 1 at 6:33
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OI vopiSeveral posts down, there is an example of correct notation.

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I copied it from that post. One notates the sound as two voices (thus the quarter rest) with a dotted half in one voice and a quarter rest and two quarter notes in the other voice. It's a common notation when the keyboard plays more than one voice in each hand.

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This is where using more than one voice comes into play.Split the bass clef into two voices one with stems pointing downwards, the others pointing upwards.

It's a common thing to do, when effectively there are two separate things happening simultaneously. So the A note underneath will be for three beats, and its stem facing down, and there's a rest above it for the 1st beat. Then come the two crotchets, with their staccato dots, on beats 2 and 3, and their stems up.

We have a lot of questions about 'how come there's 6 beats in a 3/4 bar', etc., and this is usually why!

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