Category Archives: BLOG


I just have to say it. BlueChip has a great thumbpick, hands down. The tone that is grabbed by the material of the pick is unreal.

Check it out, it’s the best $40 you’ll even spend on a pick.

If you play thumbstyle guitar or banjo, this will be a wonderful addition to your sound. I’ve compared it to all of my other thumbpicks

and it definitely has a tighter frequency response when plucked.

It’s made of a special and expensive material, that is very tricky to work with. Each pick is individually crafted and made.

I’m wanting one of the flat picks now for my mandolin and when I play bluegrassy stuff.

BlueChip Thumbpicks

Thumbpicking guitar lessons


Made in Tennessee, How cool is that? Another reason to buy one!

If you heard it from me, go ahead and tell them! 🙂

Plus the owner, Matthew, is an excellent fellow that cares about his workers and people that use his products!

Some of the players that using his products!

Making Money with QR Codes as a Musician

So I got a new iPhone not long ago and had heard about QR codes. Today I had a bright idea.

I have a gig tomorrow, what can I do different.??

I’m going to create a QR code and link it to my cd’s. Oooooohh Brilliant! So I google QR code creator, or generator and found this one.

I then said to myself, there has got to be a direct link to my music on itunes. and sure enough there was. Easy to find..

So I grabbed my tip jar and printouts and thought of another bright idea!

I have a donation button on my website and thought I could use a QR code for tips as well, using PayPal.

This one was a bit more tricky but I figured it out.

So here is my final thing and tomorrow I put it to the test. I’m playing at a really hip Farmers Market in Franklin TN. So lets see if anyone takes on my 15 minutes of extra work. LETS HOPE SO. 🙂

I will be soon printing out QR code sticker that link back to my site so that people can learn more about guitar lessons.

Arranging Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye

So I got a tickle to arrange this really cool number one song on billboard. Somebody that I used to know by Gotye.

It has a really cool groove to it and I was able to arrange this in the original key.

Make sure you go and check out Gotye.

 Here’s a link to purchase the single

Here is my arrangement of the tune for fingerstyle guitar

Become a GUITARLANCER fan on youtube!!

Meeting Your Guitar Sage, Erich Andreas! Fun times in Nashville, TN

So I met with a fellow guitar teacher today, Erich Andreas.

He’s kind of a big deal on youtube and well known for teaching song lessons. He has over 85,000 subscribers and continues to grow.

He’s widely known as YourGuitarSage. We have a lot in common and I figured meeting him would be good.

We talked about our careers and what not, and a lot about the youtube business.

It was a good meeting and we hit it off really well.

He gave me some great ideas that I’ll be doing soon that will be fingerstyle oriented, considering that’s what I’m good at.

So be on the look out and check out my new friends website and Youtube stuff. I’m sure you’re seen him on the web already if you’ve tried to learn a song on the guitar.

“Your Guitar Sage”




Two new friends, aahh, how cute lol!

Tab stick ems

So I came up with this neat idea to help improve my guitar lessons. A lot of times I teach beginning students and only need one or two chord stamps, or one row of tablature. I got tired of drawing them out so I came up with a printed out version that peels and sticks to the students note book. It’s white and matte finish so I can write on it nicely.

I thought about calling this tab-tape, but I think calling them stick-ems is more appropriate. I can make bass tab, ukulele chord stamps and there is a potential that I can get these in different colors.

Here’s a video on my little invention and you can see that it is useful.

I may market these, so let me know your feedback, if you may have any.


Pierre Bensusan at World Music Nashville

Tonight I saw a wonderful guitarist from France, Pierre Bensusan. This took place at World Music Nashville, which is really in Bellevue. He was excellent! I knew him as a fingerstyle guitarist, but didn’t know could sing so well. It was kind of like hearing Bobby McFerrin, with a guitar, in sort of a French kind of way. I was really surprised in a good way.

Saw a couple of friends that only Nashville can provide

Tim and Myles Thompson, Bill Piburn (Editor of Fingerstyle 360), and Phil Keaggy showed up to listen.

Don’t Forget.

I play fingerstyle guitar music similar to what Pierre does, and can teach too!

For Guitar Lessons, Bass, Ukulele, and Mandolin call me and get in touch.

Thanks for reading!

Here are some of Pierre Cd’s for Purchase at Amazon.


Hanging at Lance Allen Studio

Hey Guys! Just got in from doing stuff, now I have a handful of students! I love teaching! Today I have a ukulele student that is really really good and the her brother is doing great as well. He’s a lefty and is playing some really cool stuff, by the Newsboys, and then we’ve been working on Eye of the Tiger.

Then another student and another student and another student and another student.

Played a wedding tonight

Despite the nasty weather there was a beautiful wedding. I had the honor of playing for a new friend from church, Tommy.  They specifically asked for Canon in D so I did it as the bride walked on down. I also did the music for people as they came, and played all of my original love songs. It was a really small and quaint wedding at the United Methodist church in Eagleville, TN.

If you would like to hire me for you wedding or hire my band for reception music, feel free to get in touch with me.




Lance Allen Trio Plays Country Music Hall Of Fame

Me and the band played a gig at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, TN. The band is comprised of Brian Shind (Bass) and Kyle Jones on percussion. We had a great time playing for the UPSTREAM2012 event social hour. The music was perfect for such and event as wine drinking and eating food and being social.

Here are some sampling of our music being played there.

“Sleep Walk”

“Happy Together”

Guitar center Retreat in Palm Springs CA

So I had a great time with the KMC music group this last week. Got to hang with really cool people. Even the bass player of Danzigg. Yeah maybe you remember that band. He was so funny.

California Was beautiful and I got a few wonderful pictures of the trip. I got to meet a lots of Guitar Center Managers and district managers, including the CEO of the company.

I played Mojo at the Takamine/Ovation booth and I’m sure I’ll be doing more events like this.


Here’s some video I made of the Takamine/Ovation booth.

I’m playing some cool made up stuff in the back ground. I hope you like it.

Those are some really sweet Fender Tele guitars there!