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2015 Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar contest

Hey Everyone! Just got back from the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar competition and thought I’d tell you about it. 🙂 I’ll tell you right off, I didn’t win… 🙁 boo hoo cry wah wah! lol, didn’t even make it to the 2nd round. I think it may have been that I drew number 1 when we were picking for contestant performance order. Oh well. Maybe Winfield! As I’m going this year.

So, Got to Nashville north, as they say, on Friday afternoon and set up for a gig at the Pine Room. I barely got there because of a cancerous tire on my van as I traveled. It was really rough. Thankfully, my friend there and organizer of the event, Chuck Wills, helped me change it.

Kade Puckett, a great fingerpicker opened the show 5-7 and then I went on to pick some.  I played a handful of tunes, including my Beach Boys stuff and Beatles, and some more. Helen Avakian joined the stage with her friend David Irwin. Outside was some cool music happening too by Cari Ray and her band.  It was a good time had by all, and even my friend Maxwell Hughes, from the Lumineers, showed up and played some stuff!

Saturday was the day of the contest! In the morning we drew for our numbers and I got the dreaded number 1.  My plan was to play my song, Us Together and follow up with my strong arrangement of California Girls, by the Beach Boys. I played flawlessly, yet I did not make it to the 2nd round. Oh well next time… que Beck’s song… I’m a loser baby! so why don’t you kill me…. lol just kidding.

The Winners of the contest were:

David Youngman – 1st place winner David took home a fine handmade guitar by OC Bear!

Keith Taylor – 2nd place

Bill Russell – 3rd place

Helen Avakian and Mark Bayer were the two runners up in the top 5

There were 21 contestants and 3-5 judges keeping score.

It’s a great contest and I encourage anyone into fingerstyle guitar to give it a try. There was even a 14 year old kid name Evan Twitty who was great! Even the winner of the Canadian Fingerstyle guitar fest competed, Kevin Blake Goodwin.

On that Sunday I taught 3 workshops for guitarists. One was a fingerstyle for strummers, intro to thumbstyle guitar, and tricks and licks. It was great for me to teach, and because of that opportunity I felt like a winner.

I did learn a new joke while in Indiana. This is my step-ladder. I never knew my real one.  lololol!! 11854086_10208140832145472_1078886432_n

Buy Guitar lessons for Christmas

Need a gift for someone? Why not a month of guitar lessons with Lance Allen of Lance Allen studio? I also teach bass, mandolin, and ukulele.

Here’s the deal. 

It’s only $100 for a pack of four, 30 minute classes. We can do the lessons in the office in Smyrna TN or anywhere in the world using skype, facetime, or google hangout.

Pay securely using paypal and let me know who the lessons will be going to.

I’ll send you a cool pdf with the name of gift receiver and the giver.

That’s really simple. Then the student can get in touch with me to schedule the lessons.

Plus I’ll allow the certificate to last for up to a whole year.


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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






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!