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The first measure of the Hanon exercises has a set of four 16th notes that make up a quarter note, and another set of 4 16th notes that make up another quarter note. This adds to 2 quarter notes for the measure, which is the time signature.

But why are the first 4 sixteenth notes joined to the next 4 sixteenth notes with a line?

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I believe that that's just to do with the typesetting and not at all to do with anything technical. If anything, then I think that it may be to help you group those 8 notes together and think about them as a group.

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