Welcome to Natalie Raynes Music. I’m a pianist, teacher, and performer in the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work with church musicians and pianists around the world through video lessons, live tutorials on Instagram and Facebook, YouTube videos, web courses, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. Tell me about the Basic Congregational Accompaniment Course: Basic Congregational Accompaniment” includes 20 Video Lessons and 20 downloadable hymn arrangements that will teach you the basic patterns and styles for congregational and invitational playing. The hymn arrangements all include 2-3 different verses of each hymn, with lyrics and chords. They are written at an intermediate note-reading level, but some include a more basic verse at the beginning. Several also include a more advanced verse, all while staying playable and full-sounding! You can watch and re-watch the lessons as often as you’d like with lifetime access to the course!
  2. Tell me about the Foundation in Hymn-Playing Course: “Foundations in Hymn-Playing” includes 11 Video Lessons that teach you the basics of playing chords, understanding theory, and playing in multiple time signatures, styles, and keys. Just using a hymnal of your choice, you’ll learn the essentials for a church pianist in 2.5 hours of comprehensive content. You can watch and re-watch the lessons as often as you like with lifetime access to the course after purchase.
  3. Will the course be shipped to me? No, this is a virtual course, and you have access to all the content as soon as you purchase. You’ll click on your course at the top of the home page, then log-in with your email address and password (which is included in your confirmation email you’ll receive after purchase).
  4. How do I access the sheet music for the Basic Congregational Accompaniment course? There will be a list of links in your confirmation email. All the sheet music files can be printed from that email.
  5. Is any sheet music included in the Foundations in Hymn-Playing course? No, this course is designed to be taken with just a hymnal.
  6. Which course should I take first? It depends. The Foundations in Hymn-Playing course is designed for the note-reader and the pianist who plays by ear. There is a lesson on basic chords and theory, so if you feel like you need that information, I’d recommend starting there. If you play by ear, and want to learn more about fill-ins and ways to make your playing sound more full, start with the Foundations course. If you’re an intermediate note-reader (or more advanced), and you prefer to see the patterns written out entirely, I’d recommend starting with the Basic Congregational Accompaniment Course. It includes twenty hymn arrangements that you can use for congregational accompaniment, offertories, special music, preludes, and more.
  7. Can I sign up for weekly lessons? At this time, I do not have open availability for weekly lessons, but one-time lessons may be purchased on the Shop page. If you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, contact me below. 

To find out more about live video lessons, or to ask about my availability to play for your wedding, special event, or service, just send me a message at any of the outlets above or through my contact page here on the site!

Read more about me here!

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Thanks for visiting the site! Please leave me a comment with any questions you have, topics you’d love to see covered on a future tutorial, tips or suggestions!

28 Responses

  1. HELP!!!! I just purchased the Basic Congregational accompaniment Course, but cant find a way to download the music.

  2. I have songs that I have written and have soundtracks but would love to get them in the form of sheet music that I could us with a choir. Can you help me with this? Freddie Smith, music director with Jackson County Baptist Church, Jefferson Ga.

  3. I’m interested for my granddaughter to enroll in piano tutorial. She is just 9 years old and has started few piano lessons.We are in the Philippines, will it be workable? will the tutorial be live sessions?

  4. does your sheet music contain the same notes and chords that you play when you are playing the same song, is it your style of playing

    1. Hi Raymond, all of the arrangements on the YouTube videos are spontaneous, so when I take the time to write out the arrangement, I may include some different fill-ins than I played on a specific video, but yes, they’re my style of playing. For many of the arrangements, there is a YouTube video linked below the description (in the Shop page) where you can hear me play the exact arrangement you’re purchasing.

  5. Hi Natalie,
    I have a question.On your new CD that you and your family sang on,do you have a print out of the words to the songs.The tunes are stuck in my heads-but the words aren’t yet.I need to read them to memorize them.I got part of the “Wait for the Miracle” going through my head.Woke up with that song in my head.I am not selling or doing anything bad with your songs-I just need to be able to put them to the music in my head.I play the piano and know a lot of the old hymns by heart,but learning new songs is a bit harder and especially at this age-74.LOL! I so appreciate you and Josh bringing us music whenever you can.Your baby and Emily are so sweet together.I would gladly pay you for a copy of the songs words.Just let me know how much,etc.OK? May the Lord keep blessing your and your family in His service. Thank you for your help.
    In His love,Penny

  6. Natalie, do you have a cd just filled with songs of comfort, the cross, Calvary etc. I was thing of uninterrupted music to play at a funeral viewing. We love you and your music and my husband is 92 and today we laid for our funerals. Our church no longer has an organ or a traditional piano so this is where you come in, it should be at least 1 hour and 1/2. Advertise for background music fir funerals etc. if the viewing in 3 hours long we just replay. Consider this, I would buy one. Judi Hardman

    1. Hi Judi, our CD “Haven of Rest” is uninterrupted piano solos played in a contemplative, peaceful style. We also have another album, “Confidence” by the Raynes Family available on streaming platforms and iTunes. It’s all piano/violin hymns. Both albums together would be close to 1.5 hours of music. There are also many other options available from other artists on iTunes, AppleMusic, Spotify and more.

  7. I just purchased “When We All Get To Heaven” congregation arrangement. I went to my junk email and found the link for the download but it said something like “no more room in shop”.

  8. I’m trying to decide which course is best for me. I’m debating between “Basic Congregational Accompaniments” or Foundations in Hymn Playing.” I was taught how to do a very basic hymn improv fill for the bass line twenty years ago. This was plenty sufficient for the time but the opportunity to play for church services has unexpectedly opened up and I would really like to improve my skills leading to a fuller sound. After watching videos and getting tips from excellent church pianist, I’m still stuck with what I’ve done for so long. (As the saying goes, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks!” Lol)

    A little about my skill level: I can sight read just about anything—except I despise the key of E and will play those hymns in E flat. I can do basic transposition. When I was taking piano lessons as a child, I hated learning chords and theory. Today, for example, if you said this song is in the key of A flat, I wouldn’t know what notes are flats without looking it up. Yet, if I see BEAD flats in the key signature I can play it just fine but wouldn’t know what key I am actually playing in. Even though I haven’t played for church services or Sunday School in many years, I play at home frequently. In the past year I have played through “The Celebrational Hymnal” and “Songs & Hymns of Revival” from cover to cover. As long as I know the songs tune, I can pretty much sit down and play any hymn by sight and it be sufficient for service without practice.

    I’m hoping with this information maybe you can suggest the right course for me. Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for reaching out. If you’re a great sight-reader, I’d recommend Basic Congregational Accompaniment, since it comes with 20 written arrangements. If you’d like the challenge of learning to fill-in, using just a hymnal of your choice (making it sound more full), then I’d recommend Foundations. 🙂

      1. Thank you! I decided to purchase several of the accompaniment pieces individually and then the Foundations course.

  9. Hi Natalie, You and your families CDs are wonderful! I was wondering if you have all the piano music/words in book form that I could purchase? Seems like I remember g a book of all the songs from the CD We Need The Church being offered. Thank you so much. I’m from Gethsemane Baptist Church in Radford, Virginia. We love y’all.

  10. Wonderful piano playing. May God continue to bless you. And God bless your husband in his behind the scenes work.

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