I am puzzled by the left hand of this piece (Kiss the Rain by Yiruma):

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The first note on the lower staff looks like a C to me. However, all video tutorials play it as an A flat (for example here and here).

How can this be?

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    Notice the octave being played in the tutorial. That also should have confused you. If the left hand were notated with the bass clef, the C that note would indicate would be almost two octaves lower than the A being played. Sep 23, 2017 at 14:04

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The left hand is in treble clef.

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    @Tim no. Matt said what he said - left hand, usually in bass clef, is written in treble clef here. It's thus an ordinary A. Right hand is in treble +8. It's just that.
    – user10132
    Sep 22, 2017 at 21:22
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    Not A, it is A flat.
    – fdb
    Sep 22, 2017 at 22:30
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    @Tim look at the G symbol in the beginning of the left hand, it's a treble clef. A bass clef starts with a F symbol, find a normal sheet I'm sure you will see the difference.
    – hillin
    Sep 22, 2017 at 23:51
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    @fdb It’s the A that is diatonic to the key signature, and thus is ordinary. (Who’s gonna out-pedantic THAT?) ;-)
    – NReilingh
    Sep 23, 2017 at 3:36
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    @NReilingh: "out-pedantic' is not a verb. Out-pedanted. Sep 23, 2017 at 12:15

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