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How To Read Apostolic Praise Chorusbooks

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.