Two Bass Clef Lines in Piano Sheet Music

I am learning the piano on my own and have come across some sheet music that has one treble clef line and two bass clef lines. I'm confused. Which lines would I play on the piano? It is impossible for my hands to reach the notes on all three lines. Thank you for your help.


Hi, Tara--

Without seeing the particular piece of music, I would guess that the bottom bass clef line is for bass guitar. This would be true especially if your sheet music includes guitar chord symbols or notation.

Try playing the treble clef line and the top bass clef line and see if it sounds right. If some of the bass notes seem to be missing, you may have to
figure out how to add some of the bottom bass clef notes.

For example, you will want a bass clef note most times when the chord changes if the chord change is not made apparent enough by the left hand piano part.

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Best Wishes,

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