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In a lot of piano music, the upper staff is always in the treble clef and the lower staff is always in the bass clef. However, the point is that, regardless of the range of notes being played at the moment, the upper staff should show the part for the right hand, and the lower staff should show the part for the left hand. If the part that is to be played by ...
To add a bit to the other answers, switching between clefs is simply a matter of notational convenience. If lower notes--typically those taken by the left hand--are higher than usual, it may be more convenient and clearer to write them in the treble clef. Here's a pretty clear example, from Mozart's C major sonata. Look starting at :29, where the left ...
Play the notes as written. The notes on either clef are defined and fixed. They do not change. You could write any note on any clef, given enough ledger lines. Some instruments have a tradition of switching between clefs quite often, while others have a tradition of using ledger lines instead. The rules of notation say you can switch clefs or use ledger ...
You would read it as treble clef. It is common to change the clef if the notes start going high. This way you can avoid adding a lot of extra lines above the bass clef, which makes it harder to read. It is possible (and quite likely) that in some point in the song, the clef will go back to the bass one.
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