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Reinforcing meter when dealing with alternating 1/8 and 1/16 notes and rests

In fact, you can beam rests! I would go with: This is a clear modification of the "correct" beaming of your original example, which would be: Some of the comments below correctly state that beat 3 ...
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Theoretically Correct vs Practical Notation

The top version is more correct 100% of the time when written in 4/4. In the bottom version, I see a few issues that could present themselves: In the first measure, two consecutive quarter notes that ...
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What does it mean when notes are beamed across both piano staves?

It means exactly the same as the following (edited by me) The original version is just a way of showing that you play in groups of three. I don't think it helps!
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How to calculate notes beats and properly draw notes beams?

Wow, thanks for a well-documented and clear question! You calculated correctly that the example adds up to 2 beats. However, it normally wouldn't be as challenging as that example, since it breaks a ...
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Grouping three quarter notes in 6/8 time signature

This is technically not allowed, but it's one of the common exceptions to the rules that is widely accepted, as long as it's exactly this rhythm. Here's one way to explain where notes are allowed to ...
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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes

Select the entire area you want unbeamed. In the "Beam Properties" palette, select the unbeamed eighth-note. Starting score Select the region to unbeam On the "Beam Properties" ...
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Instances of note beams across measures

I wouldn't consider it to be rare in the Romantic period - it's not in every piece, but it shows up fairly frequently; it didn't take me long to find instances in Chopin (Etudes Op.10, No.3): in ...
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Theoretically Correct vs Practical Notation

In order to most clearly communicate a 3+3+2 feel, the "intuitive" right hand would need adjustment: Beam the first three notes (dotted eighth, sixteenth, eighth) together; Split the ...
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Can Lilypond typeset French beaming?

Yes, I'm not sure why I can’t find it in the documentation, but French beaming is relatively trivial to achieve with LilyPond: { \override Stem.french-beaming = ##t g'16 d'' e'' d'' }
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In the Hanon piano exercises, why is there a beam joining two groups of 16th notes?

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 ...
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What does it mean when notes are beamed across both piano staves?

This particular notation is called cross-staff beaming. Perhaps nastily, it's often done without rests near each such beamed group, so consider yourself lucky that you get rests. Playing-wise, whether ...
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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes

How prevent Grouping automatically notes? Click on "time signatures" in palettes, select "more" and "create time signature". This opens a window where you can select how ...
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Manual beam with chord and single note in lilypond

Firstly you should have the note value outside of the chord. i.e. <f'' a''>8 Both [ and ] should be placed after the note value of the note they are beaming i.e. <f'' a''>8[ c''8]
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Can you put one demisemiquaver rest inside a group of 4 demisemiquavers?

The beam keeps the 4 notes/or rest together = 1 beat. This assembling makes it immediately plausible for reading. Thus the red version is much better and more usual.
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Grouping three quarter notes in 6/8 time signature

It's not incorrect, but it should be understood that you're temporarily subverting the normal grouping of notes. Think about this: you could give a 3/4 piece a 6/8 time signature, and that would be ...
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Theoretically Correct vs Practical Notation

The top one is correct, as @Richard answered. A little more information on the possibility of 3+3+2 being notated in 8/8 is this: If this is a "pop" piece, which it sort of feels like to ...
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What difference does the direction of a stem/beam make?

That's an easy one: It makes no difference. If there were two voices on this staff, upward and downward stems might be used to distinguish them, e.g. to show whether the two voices cross or merely ...
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Beam break and rest height problems in ABCjs

I'm the maintainer for abcjs. I just happened to stumble on this question, and can confirm that the beam not breaking is a bug, as is the height of the rests. I fixed those bugs in the latest version, ...
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How to calculate notes beats and properly draw notes beams?

Your first question is partially correctly answered. The only issue is that you should consider note values as relations to the reference meter, not only the beat. For instance, while technically a ...
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Instances of note beams across measures

I don't have a great gauge on how rare beaming across measures was in all Romantic-era music - I do have a strong feeling it was pretty much nonexistent in Baroque and Classical-era music due to their ...
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams

The "3" below each group of three sixteenth notes is a triplet indicator. Rather than 4x6 16ths notes, consider that it's 8x3 16ths. Each sixteenth-note triplet is the equivalent of one half ...
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams

Under each three notes is a little '3'. It used to be, and sometimes still is, accompanied by a bracket. It means those three notes are a little faster than normal - they take up the same time as ...
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Splitting the beat in two when beaming a fast phrase in a slow piece

If you want a division in two you probably rather want to score two triplets, rather than sextuplets. Also you might go for subdivided beams like this:
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Unknown Musical Symbol: Straight Dotted Line Between Eighth Note Stems

I doubt that Breitkopf & Härtel intended the beams to be aligned and the dotted lines not to be printed. Here's another example, from the second movement's b.8: That beam between the first two ...
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Grouping Syncopated Notes

The present answer is actually very good, but one fatal flaw has resulted in its downvote, so I thought I'd offer a full answer. The best version is: The reason this is the best is because—as you ...
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What difference does the direction of a stem/beam make?

With vocal music, beams are traditionally following the lyric syllables. This is not uniformly so these days and does not match the beaming used for non-vocal instruments. Beaming direction is used ...
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Beam slope indicating accelerando or rallentando

I suppose this is what you mean: That is standard. I have played music with that notation and I have also composed music myself with that notation. If you mean something else you better include an ...
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