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First day in studio with Richard Smith

Today was the first day in studio with Richard Smith. It was fun and focused. We did 13 songs today! I think that might be a record!

I may have to fix or redo one one called “Travel Time” which has a difficult part where I somewhat lose the groove, but can be fixed with some practice with a metronome. I’m headed back next week to mix and finalize! 🙂

Hang in there and do tell a friend. I’m very passionate about these songs and inspired to play the guitar more and more.

Here is a short video I put together of the studio and my song “Long Island” is in the background.

The song “Long Island” was inspired by a trip to Long Island. I met my skype student, George Giannaris for a few days. The Batson guitar company also came and we were showing off guitars for the community in the north fork of Long Island. George’s friend fixed us a Greek coffee, which is similar to Turkish coffee. I stayed up very late that night playin with a new tuning on the guitar that was unfamiliar to me. DADF#AE. This song was born.

My new CD!! “Us Together” to release this summer! With your help..

Hello everyone! I’m excited to tell you that I’m doing my new cd finally! Check out my kickstarter campaign and help me by making pledges so that this project can be done more efficiently and quickly! The project is currently underway and I will need to meet a certain budget to make it happen. Rewards come with every pledge. I look forward to sharing my music gifts with you.
If there are any questions, email me personally. guitarlancer@hotmail.com

Click Here to go to my campaign and check it out! ——–>Lance Allen “Us Together”


Top 5 Winner at International fingerstyle guitar contest in Winfield, KS.

This year marked my 4th year to compete in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, KS. I did really, really well and played nearly flawlessly. In the first round I played my smokin’ arrangement of the Beach Boy’s California Girls, and my original tune, Little Bit. I made it to the top 5, but was unable to bring home a trophy and new guitar. I did get a really nice plaque that will display nicely next to my other top 5 plaque that I received in 2010.

 I was hoping for a higher placement and felt a little disappointed, but I managed to have a little fun with my winning of a plaque and made a cool necklace out of it. Everyone at my campsite called me, Lance-O-Flav.

Walnut Valley International Fingerstyle guitar contest

This summer, I also competed in the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar contest, which was a great precursor to the International contest in Winfield. This is a nice facebook post from one of the scoring judges. I was picked number one by her, but somehow averaged out and got a runner up position.

Lance Allen Guitar Lessons Fingerstyle Skype Teacher

I will keep trying to win until I do. It is a very fun event and look forward to it every year!

The top 5 winners were

First Place

Adam Gardino of Colorado Springs

Second Place

Shuhei Nishino from Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka Japan

Third Place

Maxwell Hughes from Fort Collins, CO

Runners up

Lance Allen and Glenn Roth

Here’s a video of me playing an arrangement of You’ve Got A Friend in Me. Inspired by a Bill Piburn Arrangement.