enter image description here What is the meaning of the thick line with the 8 on top in above the photo? I have looked everywhere on the web, but can't find anything. Any help would be appreciated.

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    If you don't have a better camera or scanner at hand, then please at least make sure you have good lighting conditions. The photo is sufficient for recognising the big multi-bar rest symbol, but barely. I feel reminded of this post. – leftaroundabout Jun 24 '18 at 11:07

It denotes multi-bar rests. The number above the bar is the number of bars that are filled with whole rests. It's done this way to be easier to read (you don't have to be looking at the page for each specific bar) and to save paper.

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    Yes, this is a multi-measure rest. It is equal to 8 bars of rest. – jjmusicnotes Jun 24 '18 at 3:40

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