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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!

New Gig bag for my guitar!

Today I recieved a new gig bag for my guitar.

It’s important to keep your guitar safe and secure when traveling.

My friend and co-guitarist, Rob Higginbotham,

mentioned his interest in Mono cases.

I went on and got one and it is a fantastic guitar gig bag.

Most gig bags are not like this, but this one will drop to the floor,

and my guitar is completely safe.

Check out there cases!


Videoing students today

So I videod a couple of my students today. Not only is it a great way to market my business, but it is an excellent way to get the student motivated!

This is of a 9yr Old playing really great and working hard on strumming and chord changing.

This one is of a younger girl who is playing single notes really well!

This is one of my ukulele students busting out some bad chops on Oh my darlin Clemetine.