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New Batson Guitars

Hey everyone! You know I’m a friend with Cory Batson, and he makes a fine guitar. Recently he got connected with a friend of an acquaintance of mine and got connected with a manufacturer of fine guitars in Korea.

He finally has a model that isn’t going to be custom handmade guitar price range.

The Models that are coming are 3 different combinations. All Batson designed with a very comfortable bevel.

The first order of handcrafted Korean Batson guitars is in production! Due to arrive in April 2015…

It has been a long and painstaking process of finding the perfect manufacturer, but it has all been worth it. I could not be happier to have finally found the company I’m working with. They are highly skilled craftsman with integrity and I am proud to be offering these guitars to the world!

There are 3 models to choose from.

GC11 – Batson Grand Concert with Western Red Cedar and East Indian Rosewood
GC21 – Batson Grand Concert with Sitka Spruce and East Indian Rosewood
GC22 – Batson Grand Concert with Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

All models feature the patent pending Batson guitar design, flamed maple bevel/armrest, flamed maple binding, select solid tonewoods, ebony fingerboard, bridge, and tailpiece, 1.75” bone nut, bone saddle, black chrome Gotoh tuning machines with 1:21 gear ratio, electronics with soundhole mounted volume and tone controls, deluxe arch-top hard-shell case, and a beautiful high gloss finish.
All models are available left-handed.

MSRP- $1500

This first order will go quickly, so contact Cory at cory@batsonguitars.com to reserve yours immediately! Tell him you heard it from me, as Cory appreciated the referrals. 🙂

Here’s a video slide show that Twila  (My wife, the photographer) and I did. Hope you enjoy.

I put together the movie and music. Visit www.batsonguitars.com . BTW, if your interested in having a professional looking slide show with pictures and custom music for your product or guitar, get in touch with me. guitarlancer@hotmail.com


“Mystic” tab Now Available

Hi Everyone.

After a lot of requests to have the tab for my song Mystic, I finally got around to notating and it it now available. Mystic is a melancholic song on my first album, Sometimes in Life. Inspired by the mystery of minor keys and moving minor melody, is a great song to learn and be inspired by.

Click below to get the mp3 and tab of Mystic. My tab is written easily so that you get the right idea and can play it very close to original. I occasionally leave out some grace notes and things that hopefully you can add in your self as a part of improvising etc.

I’ll let you know when I have other tabs available.

MYSTIC (Tab and mp3) 


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Feel free to get in touch with Lance Allen Studio about guitar, bass, mandolin, or ukulele lessons.


An Inspiring moment with guitarist, Phil Keaggy

Many of you know I’ve been a fan of many guitarist over the years. Phil Keaggy was one of my early influences and I’ve been fortunate to be able to meet him several times.

I have a young student who also has admired Phil’s work. Andrew is also pretty talented kid. I was able to arrange a meeting with Phil at my lesson studio with Andrew.

It was an inspiring 3hrs of fellowship, lessons, and advice.

Here’s Andrew’s site. Go check it out and show him some love, as he is pursuing a path of musical creation.


AN inspiring moment for a young player
An inspiring moment for a talented young player

TrueFire Inspired Fingerstyle Guitar #1: Unique chord voicing in key of C

Folks, I just got featured on TrueFire’s website. Looking forward to mending a relationship with them as another part of my teaching/music career unfolds!

Please go visit the post and leave a comment, watch the vid, leave good comments and feedback. I’ll be doing more and hope to be able to produce a workshop with them in the near future.



Thanks for subscribing to all the new folks!

Don’t forget I’m trying to teach and meet people all over the world using skype or FaceTime. I still have a few states left to teach in. Trying to be the 1st teacher to teach in all 50 states on a one on one basis. I’m willing to do a free lesson for anyone who lives in the states I haven’t taught in.

New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Alaska, N and S Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Iowa

Happy Guitar playing! 🙂

Indiana State Fingerstyle Competition

Just finished up a weekend in Nashville Indiana where I competed in the Indiana State Fingerstyle guitar competition. There were 24 really good contestants this year. This contest is set up very much like the International contest I attend in Winfield, KS. The prize here was a very nice O.C. Bear guitar. It’s a hand made guitar by Clint Bear and valued at $5000. Our buddy Kade Puckett won this year. It’s very fitting as well, because he’s the Indiana boy and has been wanting an O.C. Bear guitar for a long time.

  • If you’re a fingerstyle guitar player, this is a contest you’ll want to enter. The people of Nashville are very accommodating. Many of us played gigs around town, where folks showed up. If  they keep it up, this contest has a potential of having a competitive edge with Winfield’s Contest.

Mark Sganga got second place with a cash prize and a student type Indiana Guitar.

I got 3rd place, with a plaque and $100 cash prize. My buddy Jimmy Deheno was a runner up, along with Jonathan Brown and Dan Bankhurst. 

I also got to teach my first workshop for fingerstyle guitar. It was really great and got to give some individual attention to each student as they learned some new guitar techniques. Got to show off my Takamine Guitar and talk about why I love Takamine

Indiana Contest photo

 The Stage at the Brown County playhouse

Indiana Contest winners

Clint Bear, Mark Sganga, Kade Puckett, Lance Allen

Lance and jimmy practicing

Me and Jimmy Practicing against a cinder block wall. lol Funny picture.


New videos up!

Here are some new videos of me performing songs I’ve done.


Close to You by The Carpenters and here I’m playing Tommy Emmanuel Arrangement


This is a favorite song of John Denver’s. Annie’s Song. So beautiful!


And hopefully this will get me playing at some ball games. It’s going to sound and look really great playing this on my Gretsch 6120-1959 🙂


My Orginal song called “Portrait of an Old Man”

Nov. 29 is my birthday! Here’s my Happy Birthday Fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement!

I’ve always loved to celebrate birthdays! Especially my own! lol!

Here’s my arrangement of the Happy Birthday Song for fingerstyle guitar!


Make a video of yourself playing it and send it to me via youtube or facebook!

Happy Birthday Me!

Happy Birthday Fingerstyle

If you have a present for me , please send to paypal! 🙂

Lance Allen Studio

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Smyrna TN 37167 USA

Great Gig with Kyle Jones at Kalamata’s in Green Hills

I just wanted to tell you about my gig at Kalamata’s in Green Hills this past weekend.

Kyle Jones was as always fun to play with.We did a number of tunes as well as improvising. I used my new Bose speaker system and it sounded fantastic in the small restaurant.

I played Beach Boys, Beatles, Bobby McFerrin, Stevie Wonder, originals, One Direction, Police, and many more artists you may be familiar with. Kyle used his new Korg Wave Drum Oriental. It had a lot of interesting percussion sounds in it.

Come to find out that Kyle has played with many people. One of them is one of my personal guitar heroes, Phil Keaggy. Here’s there latest CD called Numen. It’s a great CD to listen to and it’s almost like a movie track to your life, especially as you drive down the road. Please go and buy it from itunes or click here to purchase from CD baby

Here’s Kyle Jamming out.

I did some video using my Zoom Q3HD video camera, but we talked too much and didn’t get any really good tracks. Maybe next time in a video studio.

It’s an honor and I’m very flattered that Kyle chooses me to play at some gigs with him, because he’s played with some of the greatest guitarist around and toured with some major people. Janet Jackson, Phil Keaggy, Byron House, Rick Vito, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs, just to name a few.

Feel free to check Kyle out here. I don’t believe he has an official website, but you can learn about him at his World Music Nashville profile.