How To Read an Apostolic Praise Chorusbook
This book was written primarily for those who have completed the Apostolic Praise© series, but it can also be used by those who have not. This page is written for those who have not completed the series.
Unique Apostolic Praise© symbols
○ = open position chord (where the hand is more “open” when it plays the chord); for ninth chords, this means the chord is in root position. For suspended 2 chords, this means 1st inversion.
Example of 9 in open position: C9○ would be E-G-Bb-D.
Example of 2 in open position: C2○ would be D-G-C
(Closed position chords are where the hand is more “closed up” when it plays the chord.)
Example of C9 in closed position: Bb-D-E-G
Example of C2 in closed position: C-D-G
(v) = This stands for “vamp.” It means you are playing passing chords on that chord for 2 measures. The basic passing chord is always the IV chord, so your passing chord on a C chord would be an F chord.
C (v) = C-F-C-F-C-C-F-C-F
C7 (v) = C-F-C7-F-C-C-F-C7-F
Cm7 (v) = Cm-F-C7-F-Cm-Cm-F-C7-F
This is explained more in-depth in Apostolic Praise 101: A Crash Course in Piano. So if you are unsure how to do this, you need to purchase Apostolic Praise 101.
(m-v) = This stands for “minor vamp.” This is when you play passing chords on a minor chord for at 2 measures. For example, the passing chord for Cm would be Bb. (Cm-Bb-Cm-Bb-Cm-Cm-Bb-Cm-Bb)
* = This means that you only play the vamp for 1 measure, half of the normal time.
C (v)* = C-F-C-F
C7 (v)* = C-F-C7-F
Cm7 (v)* = Cm-F-C7-F
Cm (m-v)* = Cm-Bb-Cm-Bb
C / / / = together-right-right-right. This means play on C for 1 measure of four beats.
[ ] = The chords inside only receive half a beat.