I am studying to play a piece and it has this: enter image description here

How do I play the eighth notes with the whole numbers? What does that mean?

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    (I'm assuming that "whole numbers" means "whole note," maybe a keyboard autocompletion mistake. If you mean something else, please edit to explain more.) Jan 26, 2022 at 13:23

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I'm assuming that this is a piano piece, the staff is for the left hand, and that you don't have freakishly large hands.

In that case the answer is simple. The notes don't add up to a whole bar because there are two simultaneous voices notated, and the only way you can keep the organ point sounding while executing the upper voice is to use the pedal.

  • yes. this is a piano piece and thats for the left hand
    – harpey1111
    Jan 26, 2022 at 7:56

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