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Teaching Guitar at W.O. Smith School in Nashville, TN

For about a year I’ve been teaching private guitar lessons at W.O. Smith Music school in Nashville, TN.

First, It’s been a blast and I’ve met some great people there and had some wonderful opportunities come about.

Not everyone can be a student at WO Smith as the family has to meet certain eligibility requirements prior to enrollment. And then a student must take and pass a general music class prior to even having private lessons with an instructor.

It’s been a great place for me to be involved and there has been some big named artists who have donated, sponsored, and visited the school.

Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Bela Fleck to name a few.

If you think you would be interested in donating or volunteering to this wonderful organization click the picture below!


Not only does W.O. Smith facility serve as a music school durning the week, but a place to hold weddings, corporate events, and parties. Click here to find more info on how to reserve the wonderfully designed facility.


Here’s a little history from the website if you don’t make it over there.

W.O. Smith (1917-1991)

Through hard work and perseverance, W.O. Smith earned a PhD, was the professor of music at Tennessee State University, a member of the Nashville Symphony, and a noted jazz bassist.  He played with the great jazz players of the time, including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

He had a dream that by offering musical instruction to low-income families that these children could change their lives also.

In 1984, his dream became a reality, when the W.O. Smith Music School opened its doors.

45 students in 1984 has grown to over 400 today.

The W.O. Smith Music School has introduced thousands of interested and deserving children to the world of music.

How to set your business up with Skype and find more clients/customers

Recently I wrote and Article for a national trade magazine called Music and Sound Retailer. It goes out to 1000’s of subscribers. I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience on my skype teaching.

Here’s a link to subscribe to the magazine and then here’s the PDF of the issue that my article was in.  Pg 36.

Recording High End Acoustic Guitars at Guitar Gallery in Nashville, TN

For 2 years I’ve been occasionally going to the Guitar Gallery in Nashville, TN and recording audio for their website. I’ve gotten to play some really nice guitars that sound great and are wonderful pieces of artwork.

Here’s some of the guitars that I’ve played and recorded on and links to there sites. If you’re in the market for a really nice fine handmade acoustic guitar, then the Guitar Gallery is a great place to go.

Kevin Ryan


Froggy Bottom


R.S. Muth











In this picture I’m playing a smaller body Hoffman.

Guitar Lessons Smyrna TN

Take a tour with this video

Here is one that I played a beautiful guitar!

Was a part of Christmas DVD program to go out to all nursing homes in U.S.

So today I went to Mr Hart’s house and filmed about 5 Christmas songs for one of his upcoming projects.

He puts together a Christmas DVD of live performing musicians that goes out to nursing homes all across America.

Films from the heart

This year he is raising enough funds to have the ability to send this DVD out to all nursing home in America. I think it’s a wonderful ministry and was glad to be a part of it!

This year he will send the DVD to every Nursing Home in the U.S.; around 2 million residents  in all

Some of the the performers include Kevin Williams (lead guitarist for Gaither Vocal Band), Dick Tunney (pianist for Steve Green), Tami Pryce (Grand Ole Opry), Tyler Stephenson (grammy nominated 3 times), Mike Harland, Christi Harper, Jim Cole, Emily Samuelson, Lara Landon and Emi Ferguson (flutist at 911 10 year anniversary in NYC).

If you’re interested in donating to this project, please get in touch with David at

Or by emailing him at

Met in Person 2 skype students in Indiana

I went to Indiana this weekend to compete in the Indiana State Fingerstyle contest.

Two of my skype students live in southern Indiana and I invited them to come. They both did, in fact one of them I stayed at his house and we jammed all evening!

I love my skype students!


This is Ms Roellgen, Who has taken lessons with me for several months now. She is an acupuncture therapist.

She is learning great fingerstyle guitar music and loves the skype lessons, because she basically lives way out in the boonies! 🙂



This is good ole Larry, from Henryville! He is an engineer and owns and operates his own business where he makes really cool stuff for aerospace and government contracts.

I stayed at his place and we jammed the night away and he sure did feed me a nice breakfast! He reminded me a lot of my own dad in a bunch of ways and he was the official guardian of MOJO!

Skype guitar student and teacher Meet for first time!













For more info on guitar lessons in Smyrna TN or on skype, feel free to get in touch.

Lance Allen Studio 661 Fitzhugh Blvd. Suite 105 Smyrna TN 37167






Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition ~Nashville, IN

I competed at the Indiana State fingerstyle guitar competition, which was great practice for Winfield’s International Contest in September.

I was in the Top 5 of the  total 23 competitors but only as a runner up.

Winners of the Contest were

1st Jack Wilson ~Chicago, IL

2nd Kade Puckett ~Linton, Indiana

3rd Mark Sganga ~ NY City, NY

4th Jonathan Brown and Lance Allen ~ Nashville, TN

This was the first year for the competition and they did a superb job of keeping it flowing and interesting. Everything was organized and they even had a table for the competitors to sell there cd’s, which was a great idea!

The first place prize was a hand made O.C. Bear acoustic guitar. It was really nice at a retail of $4500!!

Second got another guitar and third place received a $100 prize.

The night ended with a wonderful performance by three great artist and fingerstyle guitarist, Muriel Anderson, Pat Kirtley, and Brian Henke.

Kara Barnard, the brains behind the event, did such a nice job and I’ll definitely come again next year with my family!

She owns the little music shop there in Nashville IN  called Weed Patch Music Company

Here are some pictures that I snapped with iPhone while there!

Double Rainbow

Smyrna TN Guitar Lessons

Me and Skype Student, Larry, Hanging out at the concert!

Me and Beth, another Skype student, meeting for first time in person.

Buddy Jimmy DeHeno, who is also an excellent fingerstyle guitarist. Thanks for getting the double at the Brown County INN!

Didn’t realize there was a donate a dollar bin there once I took a picture. Oops didn’t have one…

Did interview with Jamey Tucker of News 2 Technology report

I did a live skype lesson with Jamey Tucker on Sunday evening. This one will be really cool! He fed the skype call video feed to his TV and used that as part of the segment.

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports

If anyone is interested in Skype guitar lessons, get in touch, let’s schedule a meet-up and let learn the guitar!

email me

or fill out this contact


Skype guitar Lessons featured on Nashville News channel 4 WSMV

I was interviewed by New Channel 4 WSMV today and was on the 10pm news talking about how I want to teach in all 50 states using skype!

Craig Landschoot did a really great job at capturing this video and interviewing me. Thanks Craig!


For more information on how to get skype lessons with me, just go to contact and email me or surf around on my page!


Lance Allen Skype Lessons featured on Nashville News Channel 5

Tonight I was interviewed and featured on News Channel 5. Really cool and I’m glad to be getting the word out on how cool it is to take lessons with me using Skype.

CLICK HERE for the story.

For more on Skype lessons, click SKYPE GUITAR LESSONS | Nashville News, Weather

Skype Guitar Lessons in all 50 states

So I have this little goal to have taught guitar lessons in all 50 states using skype. I emailed a bunch of music stores in states that I have not taught in, but have had no responses.  I’ve even contacted my local news stations to see if they might be interested in running a story on this method of teaching.
So far I’ve taught in these states.
Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Florida (FL), California (CA), New York (NY), Ohio (OH), New Jersey (NJ), Missouri (MO), Nevada (NV), Pennsylvania (PA), Indiana (IN) Oklahoma (OK), Nevada (NV) Rhode Island (RI), Kentucky (KY), South Carolina (SC), Washington (WA), Hawaii (HI), Michigan (MI), Wisconsin (WI), Illinois (IL), Colorado (CO), Utah (UT), Oregon (OR)

Feel free to get in touch with me, even if you live in one of these states, as the next goal is all the major cities in the United States. I’m also looking to teach in foreign countries to those that can afford my rates and communicate in English.

I’m writing this to find students. You don’t have to pay for first lesson, but I encourage you to sign up for a month of four if you desire.
If satisfied, you must be willing to leave a review on my google place and website along with a picture of you holding guitar.
This will serve as proof of my teaching in all 50 states.

I’m a Takamine Clinician/Artist and clinician and promote many products on youtube and website blogs. I’m involved with NAMM and volunteer at WO Smith Music in Nashville, TN.

Help me achieve this goal!

If you subscribe to Retailer Magazine, be on the look out for my article on how to do skype lessons. Should be in the August issue after summer NAMM.

Skype name is guitarlancer

I’ve even tried to get on The Today Show, and with your help I can probably make it happen.

Click here to send them an email.

You can paste in this information in the contact area.

Lance Allen is a guitar teacher using skype to teach people all over the world. check out his site and his goal to teach in all 50 states.


World’s Top Skype Guitar Teacher