I'm a beginner in playing the piano and I came across these signs that I don't know. What do they mean and how should it be played?

Music Fragment

Second measure, first notes for the right hand:

  • the three dots after the notes
  • and the mini crossed note before them
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    You have to look for music symbols Nov 15, 2020 at 22:03

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A dot after a note extends the length of the note by half. In this case, the eighth notes are extended the length of 3 sixteenth notes. There's a sharp sign before the dotted eighth on G which means to play a G# (half step above the G.) The note with a slash is a grace note. Depending on the style, a grace note is played just before the main note or "crushed" at the same time (played quickly and released while the main note is held.)

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    'A dot after a note extends the length of the note by half'. Talking of a one beat note,(crotchet, quarter note), that's always true! A dotted one beat note is extended by half, becoming one-and-a-half beats long. Reason for picking up on this is a dot increases a note's value by half of its own value. Lots of newbies get confuse by this!
    – Tim
    Nov 16, 2020 at 8:38

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