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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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What does this notation (bar joining notes) mean?

You're right it's just a dotted eighth note and a sixteenth note. The bar across the top is called a beam and it is typically used to group smaller notes by beats. For example that pattern in 4/4 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Tilting beams to indicate changing tempo is not standard practice. It might be warranted for a composition with a plethora of gradual tempo changes, but it discards the many well thought out rules ...
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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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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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Why are notes beamed across the barline in this piece?

This kind of beaming often indicates that that very passage in Violin II has a displaced accent when compared to the other instruments: while they follow the time signature changes, from 2/4 to 3/4 ...
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What does it mean when notes are beamed across both piano staves?

upper staff: r.h. lower staff: l.h. beams are cross over the staffs, rests are additional with the notes and complementary per staff, the reading of this notation is absolutely logical, like you were ...
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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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Is it possible to use notes on 2 different staves in Lilypond with one beam? If so, how?

A Voice can change Staff (the respective Staff has to exist at that point of time, if necessary by using \skip as appropriate). Try \new PianoStaff << \new Staff = "treble" { \new Voice {...
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What difference does the direction of a stem/beam make?

In a single line of notes - one voice, it's only to tidy up the presentation. Notes which are on the middle line and above generally have stems down, notes below, stems up. In your example, the first ...
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Beams in classical vocal music

There have been various fashions over the years. There seems no justification for syllabic beaming in a modern edition. I sometimes, semi-jocularly, wonder if the practice might be responsible for ...
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Why are these quavers beamed this way?

Yes, it’s a way to signify another level of phrase grouping. Just as your beaming within a bar can indicate groupings of beamed notes beneath the level indicated by the slur, this shows that the ...
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Placing beam between staves with autochanging voice in LilyPond

You need to restore the default stem direction with \revert Stem.direction because the notes are in a voice that has set the stem direction to DOWN. Use this: \version "2.19.83" \score { \new ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

The only "rule" is that the notation should be as clear as possible. In the Debussy example, it's very clear that there's one monophonic line that meanders across both staffs (and therefore, both ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Yes, when a musical phrase crosses staves it's conventional to leave out the extra rests. At present, in Sibelius at any rate, you just have to manually hide the unwanted rests. Here's what Gould ...
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