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I do not understand why there are two treble cleff staves and why there are music notes in the middle of the two staves. Which hand should I play those notes with and why are there two treble cleff staffs? Thanks for any help! :)

Here is a picture of what I am talking about just in case someone needs clarification.

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  • The top staff is the (vocal) melody. In principle this could be given to the vocal performer by itself for him/her to sing from in a vocalist+pianist type of situation; as the pianist, you do not play these.
  • The lower two staves comprise the grand staff common to piano music. As indicated in other answers this is organized so as to show the right vs. left hand parts to be played on the instrument. In principle, the grand staff by itself could be provided to the piano player in a vocalist+pianist type of situation.
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The two staffs on a piano grand staff are primarily used to differentiate between your left and right hands. Sometimes, the left hand will need to play notes in the treble clef range, and sometimes the right hand will be playing notes in the bass clef range. In those cases, you will have two treble or bass clefs. In this case, however, the piano music is only in the two staffs with the brace around them at the left. The treble staff at the top of the page is only for a singer.

When you have notes between two staffs, you will still be able to tell which staff the notes are associated with based on where the ledger lines come from and where the note stems go.

In this case, the notes in the middle of the grand staff are on ledger lines that extend from the treble clef, and the stems are pointing down, indicating they are in the lower voice of the treble clef. In your example, they are As and C#s.

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Notice that on the middle stave, the notes with up tails are exactly the same as the notes on the top stave.This is because the right hand, playing the middle stave, is producing the melody line.

On the middle line are also notes with down tails.These are part of the accompaniment, played with right hand. The bottom line is standard bass, played with left hand.

The top line in songs written out in this way will always be the melody line, to go with the words printed above.

The other part of your question is answered with - the notes on LEDGER LINES are too low to fit on the middle stave, but too high to be played using the left hand. So they are written like that to make the tune playable. As in the second bar, the A and middle C# can be reached using the right hand, while the left hand plays a low F#.You wouldn't reach the A/C# with your left hand, whilst holding the low F#.

Also note that with ordinary music, written in standard form using treble/bass clefs, the tails are generally put up or down to keep it all looking tidy, so it's not going to be the same format as your example.

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Actually, in the second bar, there should be a note to represent the word 'the' shown on the 'middle' stave. –  Tim Jul 30 '13 at 6:07
    
that would indicate that the note is to be sung, but is not included as part of the accompaniment. –  Dave Jul 30 '13 at 16:35
    
All the other notes are included in the top of the right hand tune, why not that one? –  Tim Jul 30 '13 at 21:02
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The top voice of the accompaniment does not have to be identical to the sung melody; in this case it is 99% the same, but there are other songs where the top piano voice diverges more from the sung melody. –  Dave Jul 30 '13 at 21:09
    
@Tim: If pianist uses the right thumb and index finger to play the lower A's and C#'s in the treble clef, the distances between the fingers will be reasonable, but adding a "D" to the mix would require that it be played with the middle finger--quite a stretch from the upper "A". That having been said, I'm surprised the fourth beat doesn't omit the C# so as to free up the index finger for the E. Otherwise, playing that beat smoothly would seem to require six fingers. –  supercat Apr 25 at 18:30

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