I'm totally new to piano. I have a background in guitar, programming and some math, therefore I tend to think a little in an "exact number of boxes" fashion or "an array of numbers" as in programming.
From the little I've learnt so far, I've become used to finding a complete subdivision of the time signature on each clef (bass and treble) such as this:
where it is very clear that both the bass clef can be divided into 8 eighth notes. The bass clef has 8 eighth notes and the treble clef has 8 eighth notes.
With some effort I could eventually figure out how to count and play this.
Now, in the following case:
I'm expecting to find 16 eighth notes on each clef, but I can't possibly figure out to match the notes+silences present to a 16 eighth note measure on each clef. The treble clef adds up to 12 eighth notes (4 eighths missing which are somehow equal to the bottom dotted quarter plus the subsequent eighth??).
The bass clef adds up to 10 eighth notes (6 eighths missing which are equal to the treble's eighth silence + subsequent eighth note chord + subsequent quarter note chord). You get the idea, and I assume the math is pointing somewhere very clear but I can't yet grasp how I would both clefs together.
I'm managing to play this part by listening to the recorded song, but without that aid I would have failed to figure out the proper rhythm. My attempt at re-writing the bass and treble parts as complete 16 eighth note measures failed completely.