Foundations in Hymn-Playing

This web course includes 11 information-packed lessons that cover essentials for the church pianist, including basic theory, the right and left hands’ roles, different time signatures, and congregational and invitational basics. Filmed in a professional video studio, the course contains 2.5 hours of high-quality content that will give beginners a solid foundation, and provide intermediate and advanced pianists with fresh ideas for their own hymn-playing.



“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.

After purchase, you’ll be able to log-in using your email address and a password that will be given to you via email. You may change it to a password of your choice.

Note: Video courses are non-refundable. Please read our refund and exchange policy here.

There are no hand-outs attached to this course. All you need is your own hymnal. This course is designed for the pianist who primarily plays by ear, and desires to have a more full hymn-playing style. It’s also for the note-reading pianist who desires to learn how to expand on what is written in the hymnal. Happy learning!

Note-reading pianists, check out the course “Basic Congregational Accompaniment,” if you’d like to get video lessons and sheet music arrangements where all of the fill-ins are written out entirely, available here.

7 reviews for Foundations in Hymn-Playing

  1. Mariani

    Do you have a preview for this? Before I decide to purchase it.

  2. Kim

    Is this course available on dvd? I live in a rural area with extremely poor internet service. Can’t stream video without it buffering every other word! Would love to have the course but thinking I can’t stream it with my poor internet connection.

    • natalieraynesmusic

      Hi Kim, currently, we don’t have the course available on DVD. I had another person ask about how to watch the videos with poor internet connection. She had good internet service at her church, so I suggested that she watch the videos and practice there, if at all possible. I don’t know if this would work for you, but it’s an idea! 🙂 There may be a church nearby that would allow you to practice there, if the service is better. Thank you for inquiring about the course!

  3. Christina Lenington

    Once I purchase the course, how long do I have access to the online videos? Would I be able to watch them more than once?

    • natalieraynesmusic

      You’ll have lifetime access to the course, and you can watch it as often as you’d like. Yes, you can repeat lessons.

  4. Mrs. Lee

    Does this course include all the sheet musics? Do sheet musics on this website include all improvisations?

    • natalieraynesmusic

      No, the sheet music is included in the Basic Congregational Accompaniment course. This course uses a hymnal to teach hymn-playing skills.

  5. Alex Rivera

    Hello! Miss Natalie. I am interested in purchasing a course but I am somewhat undecided. I don’t consider myself an expert but either a beginner ( I only have a little bit of trouble for reconozing the chords but i reconize the basic chords I-IV-V-V7 etc…) I want to play for accompaniment for my church, but i have trouble for play directly from the hymn. And i want to do my own arragaments too. Do you recommend this course for what im loking or i keep searching?

    • natalieraynesmusic

      Hi Alex, you can read more specifics about each course here:
      Really, if you’re a solid note-reader needing to learn more fill-ins for your hymns, I’d go with Basic Congregational Accompaniment. If you’re not a confident note-reader, but you do play by ear, and you’d like to learn fundamentals and fill-ins, I’d go with Foundations in Hymn-Playing. That course can be taken with only a hymnal of your choice. If you’re not a note-reader, but you’d like to learn, and you’d like to learn how to play basic chords in different ways, I’d go with Hymns for Beginners.

  6. Robin (verified owner)

    This course is lovely and informational. Thank you for all you do. You are helping many to lead in worship. Also, thank you for responding to my email so quickly.

  7. Ruth

    Hola Natalie! ¿tus cursos tienen subtítulos en español? Saludos.

    • Natalie Blanton

      No, lo siento!

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