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Orientation

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GETTING STARTED FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS

Begin with Lesson 1 of AP 100.  Remember that each lesson will take about 1-2 weeks to master the material on average in the BEGINNING!
However, as you begin to catch on a little more, you may find yourself doing 2-3 lessons per week!

STEP ONE: Download and read the PDF Study Guide (or read it along with the video lesson).
STEP TWO: Watch the video lesson
STEP THREE: Practice your goals.
STEP FOUR: Do your Homework Quiz (OPTIONAL – not all lessons will have homework questions).
Submit the Quiz to the instructor, and then proceed to Lesson 2.
STEP FIVE: Practice with the PRACTICE TRACKS (not all lessons will have these)

GETTING STARTED IF YOU PLAY ALREADY

You need to find your place.  If all you know are major and minor chords, we recommend starting with AP 100 Lesson 1.
If you know all your 7ths already and how to use them, start with AP 102 Lesson 1.

We really recommend reading through the PDF Study Guide for the lesson prior to watching the video.  That way if you already know what’s in the lesson, you can skip to the next one!

Remember, each lesson will take about 1-2 weeks to master the material on average in the BEGINNING!
However, as you begin to catch on a little more, you may find yourself doing 2-3 lessons per week!

STEP ONE: Download and read the PDF Study Guide (or read it along with the video lesson).
STEP TWO: Watch the video lesson
STEP THREE: Practice your goals.
STEP FOUR: Do your Homework Quiz (OPTIONAL – not all lessons will have homework questions).
Submit the Quiz to the instructor, and then proceed to Lesson 2.
STEP FIVE: Practice with the PRACTICE TRACKS (not all lessons will have these)

How does taking lessons with Apostolic Praise work?

There are 4 main parts to each lesson.

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
Each lesson has a video of your instructor Richard W. Smith teaching you the core concepts of the lesson in person, as well as playing the songs and chords for you with full explanations and a full on-screen MIDI keyboard where you can view the notes being played.

THE STUDY INFO
This is the written lesson for you to read along with while you watch the video.  It contains explanations, exercise songs, and real church songs for practice.  Read this and practice playing the songs provided.

GOALS and HOMEWORK
The Goals are instructions telling you what you are to actually practice for each lesson.

The Homework is simply 10 to 20 questions that you are to answer and submit each week to prove that you understand the Study Info.  Your teacher is also available by phone and email to answer any questions that you may have regarding your lesson.

FULL BAND AUDIO TRACKS
Finally, there are Full Band Audio Tracks with Piano, Bass, Drums, and other instruments. Practicing with these tracks will give you the real “in-church feel” and help prepare you for what it is like to play with others and in church.