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When looking at this part of the music, I saw the part in the bass clef and I didn't know how to play, it seems like I need 3 hands to play this part of the piece so I didn't know what to do. Please give some pointers. Thanks!

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    Which bass clef is weird? Or do you mean the whole lower system? – guidot May 15 '18 at 13:07
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Piano, presumably? On a good piano, there's a middle pedal, called the sostenuto pedal. This will hold down the notes played while it's being pressed. So you can hold the octave Gs using it, and nothing else will be affected.

Lacking that special pedal? Then an alternative is to play the Gs in the previous bar, then press the damper pedal (on the right), to hold those notes as long as needed. The downside is that it also holds everything else in that bar while it's pressed down.

  • The sostenuto and damper pedals can also be used simultaneously. You would use the sostenuto pedal first for the low octave in the bass, then keep that down while playing the upper notes. If you want to have the sustain effect for the upper notes, use the damper pedal for those. In this particular situation, though, I would stick to just the sostenuto pedal, if you have it. – Heather S. May 15 '18 at 10:46
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    You don't need the sostenuto pedal for this. Hold the low Gs until the second beat of the bar, then press the damper pedal and move your left hand to play the chord half a beat later. Depending on the tempo and the dynamics, using the sustain pedal to hold both the right hand F and G chords simultaneously may sound perfectly OK. Music notation isn't an exact science! – user19146 May 15 '18 at 11:38
  • @alephzero - why not make this comment into an answer? – Tim May 15 '18 at 13:34
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The sostenuto pedal is often mentioned, but not THAT often encountered on the pianos we actually play, even quite 'good' ones! Just use the sustain pedal. In this case, it would be depressed on the second beat of the bar, catching the low G but not the F chord. That leaves an 8th in which to move the LH up. This looks like something which would be played at a moderate or slow tempo? At a faster tempo I doubt the upper LH chord would have been written.

  • "not THAT often encountered on the pianos we actually play" I believe this is regional: in ~40 years, I've never seen a piano without a sustenato pedal. However, I'm in the US and I understand that's the default configuration here, but not necessarily elsewhere. – S. Burt Jun 14 '18 at 16:06

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