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Melody Maker Youtube Video

Hey everyone. I borrow my wife’s Nikon D800 and made this video. I love how it’s much clearer and 1080HD. Very cool! This is my tune Melody Maker. Hope you enjoy and may share with a friend or 2. 🙂

As always you can buy this record on itunes, or support me by thumbs up my music on Pandora Radio. I also license my music to companies and businesses. That may be of interest to you. Contact me personally to discuss. guitarlancer@hotmail.com

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


A visit to V-Picks in Nashville TN

Nestled a bit west of Nashville TN is a unique business that’s is rocking the music world. Vinny Smith’s V-Picks are known world wide for there tone,playability and good looks. Many artists are playing V-Picks. Carlos Santana, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Brad Whiteford (AeroSmith), Phil Keaggy, and the list goes on.

While visiting, Vinni told me so of his story how he got started, and shared with me some good stories about the business. It’s a family run deal, with a few employees that shape each and every pick.

He showed me the pick making process and his nifty laser cutter, along with what I believe was a hydrogen flame thrower that tempers each pick. 🙂 It was really cool visit with him and I’m glad to see him as a new friend and encourager. I look forward to our next visit.

I’m now a proud V-Pick dealer and would be glad to sell you a pick. They’re basically $4 each. You can buy from me or their site, just mention that you heard about it from Lance. You know referrals go a long way. 🙂 Here’s a link to his full catalog of picks and accessories.




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Vinni made me a special custom box with my name on it!

IMG_2636Here are his workers shaping away and buffing picks.

IMG_2637Here’s a unique look at the material used and what remains after each pick is cut.


After telling Vinni about my love for Chet Atkin’s music, he said we could visit his grave site just down the road. Vinny laid a pick there in honor of all that Chet has done for guitar. I’ve never been here and was glad to pay a visit

Melody Maker CD hard copy is now available.

Hey everyone,

Melody Maker CD’s are available now hard copy and signed. Get your limited edition today.

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Lance Allen Melody Maker


New Lance Allen CD Melody Maker

Hello everyone! The wait is over and I have my new music ready for you. I’ve decided to offer this record digitally so it’s much easier for you to add to playlist, phones, or other devices. I’m selling it for only $10 and it will be delivered right to your email box. When you check out using paypal, you will also have the opportunity to pay more than $10 if you like. By doing this your investment will help in future projects and the new baby Lucas on the way. 🙂

I would love your review and rating on itunes. Click on cover to review and rate.

Would love you review on Amazon if you are an Amazon junkie like myself

Lance Allen - Melody Maker

The Songs Blue Ireland (Featuring Phil Keaggy)

This song is inspired from a trip to London. One that I’ll never forget. We descended, and the pilot said we were over Ireland. I looked out the window and saw nothing but blue. It was the sea of blue and barely what I imagined Ireland looking like from above. My appreciation for Irish music is what may have led to this song! Not only did I record a neat song, It was a dream come true to record with Phil Keaggy. He has been a guitar influence to me since my teenage years. His contribution here is really amazing! You can hear his unique styling and percussive tapping.  If you listen carefully you can here a touch of Ebow, which Phil is known for using.

Fingernail Moon My son and I love looking at the moon and its wonder. When its just right it can appear to look like a fingernail. I think this pretty song was deserving of a title that give credit to something so beautiful in the sky.

I Love You Lullaby Inspired by a book that was read during my son’s younger days. This is a perfect example of a lullaby. Experience a memory when listening.

Landon Boy Another dedication to my awesome son. When he was born this is the first song he heard. As he glanced around, I know he was listening.

Melody Maker I think this song gives me a sense of purpose. Now that I have a catalog of guitar music, this seemed to be very fitting. Melody Maker is certainly melodic and a song that has my signature.

Ode To Batson This is another song where it was inspired by a guitar. My friends Cory and Grant, have built some amazing guitars which are unique.  Batson Guitars

O’Farely’s Waltz O’Farely is the psuedo-name that I have given my friend, Michael Farley. He loves Irish music and DADGAD tuning. This song is just that. A bit of Irish, and in a special tuning called DADGAD. Mr. O’Farley has been a wonderful influence to me as a friend and mentor.

Pacific Drive The title Pacific drive came from a memory of driving the PCH (pacific coast highway) It is a grooving beautiful drive and deserving of a fun guitar song.

Pura Vida Pura vida in Costa Rica is a surfers term meaning that everything is all good, and life is awesome. We recently had a visit there, and it was an amazing experience. Hopefully this song will remind you of a beautiful place.

Sunshine Falling Every Monday during the school year I volunteer at a music school in Nashville, TN, WO Smith music. I get there early every time, because I love playing guitar in their foyer. It’s really full of reverb! One morning, the sun sun was shining bright on my shoulder. I was playing the middle part of this tune and singing, “Sunshine, falling like raindrops”

Be inspired on a Beautiful day

Today in TN, it’s a great day to be inspired. Grab your instrument and go play somewhere in nature. In front of a lake, or mountain, grassy field. Be inspired. Write a beautiful piece of music. 
Recently I was in spired by my visit to Cost Rica, Hotel
Villa Caletes

Villa Calletes Costa Rica

Photo by Twila Allen 

Here’s a sneak peek at one of my new songs, inspired by the beauty of Costa Rica. I call this song Pura Vida,which is a positive expression commonly used in Costa Rica meaning that life is good and that people and things are cool, rad.

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2014 Happenings

Hey Everyone! Sorry I haven’t wrote in a while. I’ve been busy teaching, writing, recording and promoting.

  • I recently took a trip to East Long Island Orient Point, and hung out with my friend George Giannaris who is my greek bro, and owns a very tasty restaurant called The Hellenic. It’s a famous eatery up in that area and very delicious greek food. We recorded some instrumental music to be played at his restaurant and enjoyed visiting and eating!
  • I’ve been also getting a lot of attention on Pandora radio. I have my own station http://www.pandora.com/lance-allen and I enjoy discovering new artist that they think are similar to me. It’s very cool to have Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Kirtley, and one of my new favorites, Ed Gerhard. Feel free to create a Lance Allen station to help get the music rated higher and higher.
  • I’m also considering making a new record in coming months. I have discovered some old tunes of mine that are perfect for the way I play.
  • Lessons are going great. Been keeping a full schedule of folks. Skype is picking up too. I have only a few more states to go before I can actually say I’ve taught in all 50 states. That was a goal I made in the last couple of years. If you know some folks living in the midwest states Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North and South Dakota Kansas… Those are about the only ones I have left go .
  • I also have a new addition on the way to the family. Looking forward to having a new band member. 🙂




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

Takamine TC135SC Acoustic Electric Nylon String Guitar

Hey Everyone! I got a TC135SC acoustic electric guitar a while back and did a nice video of the guitar.

I kinda look funny in the first video, but then there is the second one which is more basic and you can hear the sound of the guitar acoustically and the plugged in.

Kind of a neat guitar meant for finger style guys like myself who want a nylons string but maybe not the tradition 2 inches at the nut. This particular guitar too has a nice cutaway and 24 frets. I’ll be able to shred with that! Just kidding, but seriously this is a cool guitar and I wanted to write a blog post about it.

Since I’ve become a Takamine Clinician and endorsee I’ve gotten really familiar with some of there pro line of guitars that are handmade in their factory in Sakashita, Japan in the foothills of the Takamine mountain. I hope to one day get to do a trip there documenting the guitar company and how they came to be. Perhaps even meeting some of the existing family that started the company. My wife, Twila, would love to go on this trip!  For now enjoy my demonstration and review of the Takamine TC135SC guitar.





You can purchase this guitar at a Takamine Authorized Dealer.

Or you can follow this link and get one from Amazon.

Takamine Guitar teacher and Clincian


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