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Skype Facetime Guitar Lessons are Great

Hello everyone! I’m chilling at home today because of thick ice everywhere here in Tennessee! Crazy!

Anyways, I have power and the internet, therefor my lessons can resume on FaceTime, or Skype!
If you’ve ever thought about taking Skype guitar lessons, give me a shout. It works and people have learned a lot from a one on one coaching experience. Thanks also if you’ve been a student of mine in the past. Tell a friend, get a bonus!

Skyping Around the world

Hey everyone, here’s a very nice article about me and my skyping business.

I’ve recently added Sao Paolo and Uruguay to the list. Cool stuff happening!



Smyrna Guitarist Teaching the World Via Skype

Lance Allen smiles as he listens to a student strumming a guitar. Not an uncommon scene in this part of the country, where guitar picking seems to be a regional pastime. What is uncommon is that Allen is based in Smyrna, but his students . . . well, they could be anywhere an Internet connection is available.

From the comfort of his desk chair, Allen utilizes the wide-reaching power of Skype to teach lessons on guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele on a global scale. In one day he may share video time with students in different states, even different continents. That’s in addition to students who sit across from him in his studio.

He can hardly believe the scope of his reach.

Raised in Kentucky, Allen, an award-winning guitarist who has been featured in musicianship magazines likeFingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar, was initially inspired by his musical father and by classic rock veterans such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Metallica, just to name a few.

In time, Allen was drawn to the guitar style of Chet Atkins, particularly Atkins’ ability to play two parts of a song simultaneously via fingerstyle playing, the technique of plucking strings directly with the fingertips or picks attached to fingers. Allen soon focused on mastering the style.

Not long after graduating Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in recording industry management, Allen took a full-time job at a local music store where he also took on a full schedule of students for one-on-one lessons.

During this era, the rise of YouTube provided an entirely new way to broadcast his teachings to a wider audience. Allen began uploading videos of himself playing, and his audience reached a couple hundred thousand views within a short period of time.

Lance Allen in his Smyrna studio, photos by Natalie Shipley (3w)
Fellow YouTubers soon inquired what types of guitar styles he could play. Those conversations led to the use of Skype, the video conferencing network.

“A friend from Malaysia, actually, was interested in Skyping to see if it would really work,” he recalled.

Sure enough, the webcam lesson turned out to be a success and Allen’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold, leading to the creation of a business where he could teach the intricacies of guitar-playing from the comfort of his studio.

“I built a website with keywords and things like that so that people could find me,” he said. “I kept putting video lesson teasers on YouTube and I eventually started to get a schedule of people . . . now I’ve taught [someone] in every state in the United States, and roughly 30 or so countries at this point.”

To date, his YouTube channel has nearly 3 million views and approximately 3,000 admiring subscribers.

Aside from posting highly successful song tutorials, Allen is also an original composer of instrumental music, which is available on iTunes and Pandora Internet Radio.

For Allen, the rewards of teaching in person, or on Skype, are equally gratifying. For example, he recalled a 10-year-old student who was strumming and singing along in a mere four lessons with Allen at his studio.

“She was really on fire,” he said. “I’m just really impressed with her, you know. And that right there, to see someone become really into guitar, it really makes my day.

“You know, you fall in love with an instrument, and I’ve got all kinds of guitars in here that my students are welcome to play and put their hands on,” he said from his studio. “When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to play a Les Paul [electric guitar] in the music store, but I have one here that any of my students can play on.”

In terms of original work, he claimed that his favorite song is one that he wrote for his wife. Called “Just Thoughts,” the tune doesn’t have lyrics, said Allen—but one has to remember that actual words are not always necessary to convey genuine emotion through music.

Lance Allen in his Smyrna studio. Photos by Natalie Shipley.


He began to pick a pleasant, uplifting melody with skillful, fingerstyle precision on each chord. As he played he reminisced writing the arrangement for his then-college sweetheart while still an MTSU student.

Allen is grateful for the opportunities that technology has given him to expand his local business worldwide, and to teach students from different cultures who all share a common love for learning and playing music.

“The only drawback is that a student and I can’t jam together,” he noted, because there’s a slight time delay in the video. “But I imagine one day they’ll have that figured out as well,” he predicted.

When asked about advice for aspiring guitarists and songwriters, he shared the same wisdom he would give to any of his fellow students in the form of “three P’s.”

“Pursue; number two is to persist and then number three is having patience. If you can achieve all three P’s . . . you can be moderately successful with any instrument.”

It could also help to have a good Internet connection.

To book a music lesson, visit Lance Allen Studio .com

Zoom Q2 HD by Samson Webcam, audio recorder, and HD video!

Lately I’ve been using the Zoom Q2HD to do my skype guitar lessons. I wanted to talk about why it’s a great tool!

Here are some bullets

  • Easy to use
  • Very compact
  • Perfect for online teaching because you can move the camera around in various places.
  • Works with mac, unlike many external webcams.

One bummer is when using with skype you have to turn it off in between calls or leave open the skype preferences off to the side.

Video performance is ok if mounted on tripod. Not recommended for making professional movies etc. Great for making home movies with kids and what not. The sound is also of quality for the money.

Click here to buy one from Amazon.

Skype Guitar Lessons, I’m getting more and more students from all over the world!

So just this week I’ve been asked about skype guitar lessons from Long Island, NY, Ghana, Ireland, just to name a few! It’s still my goal to have taught guitar in all 50 states using skype.

Take a look at my map and see if you are in a state that I haven’t taught in yet. Give me a try and I look forward to hearing from you.

I specialize in acoustic guitar and fingerstyle guitar methods, but I’m accomplished on the electric guitar as well.


If you’re reading this and know someone that might be interested, tell them. I pay $20 for referrals!


Not much else is going on.

Oh, I am finishing up my 3rd CD at the moment. I have another song to add to it to make 12 songs on the disc. It will be another wonderful solo guitar cd.

You’ll be hearing more about this project as it get finished.


News story about skype guitar lessons with CNET

Recently I did a set of interviews with C-Net and got some good internet buzz about my guitar lessons and the use of Skype in bringing acoustic guitar lessons to people all over the world.

Here is the link to the story. Please read it, comment, and leave some positive feedback if you like.


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






Lance Allen Skype Lessons featured on Nashville News Channel 5

Tonight I was interviewed and featured on News Channel 5. Really cool and I’m glad to be getting the word out on how cool it is to take lessons with me using Skype.

CLICK HERE for the story.


For more on Skype lessons, click SKYPE GUITAR LESSONS

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Skype Guitar Lessons in all 50 states

So I have this little goal to have taught guitar lessons in all 50 states using skype. I emailed a bunch of music stores in states that I have not taught in, but have had no responses.  I’ve even contacted my local news stations to see if they might be interested in running a story on this method of teaching.
So far I’ve taught in these states.
Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Florida (FL), California (CA), New York (NY), Ohio (OH), New Jersey (NJ), Missouri (MO), Nevada (NV), Pennsylvania (PA), Indiana (IN) Oklahoma (OK), Nevada (NV) Rhode Island (RI), Kentucky (KY), South Carolina (SC), Washington (WA), Hawaii (HI), Michigan (MI), Wisconsin (WI), Illinois (IL), Colorado (CO), Utah (UT), Oregon (OR)

Feel free to get in touch with me, even if you live in one of these states, as the next goal is all the major cities in the United States. I’m also looking to teach in foreign countries to those that can afford my rates and communicate in English.

I’m writing this to find students. You don’t have to pay for first lesson, but I encourage you to sign up for a month of four if you desire.
If satisfied, you must be willing to leave a review on my google place and website along with a picture of you holding guitar.
This will serve as proof of my teaching in all 50 states.

I’m a Takamine Clinician/Artist and clinician and promote many products on youtube and website blogs. I’m involved with NAMM and volunteer at WO Smith Music in Nashville, TN.

Help me achieve this goal!

If you subscribe to Retailer Magazine, be on the look out for my article on how to do skype lessons. Should be in the August issue after summer NAMM.

Skype name is guitarlancer

I’ve even tried to get on The Today Show, and with your help I can probably make it happen.

Click here to send them an email.

You can paste in this information in the contact area.

Lance Allen is a guitar teacher using skype to teach people all over the world. check out his site and his goal to teach in all 50 states. www.lanceallenstudio.com


World’s Top Skype Guitar Teacher

Why I love G7th Guitar Capos

So today I got in the mail a new G7th Guitar Capo. This time with my aka name guitarlancer engraved in it.

Cool guitar tool capo g7th

Needless to say, I’m a happy guy!


Thanks to Seamus Brady and Nick Campling for the hook-ups over the years! You have a great product!!

Here are some reasons why I love the G7th Capo.

  • They’re a courteous company. Always nice to me at trade shows and in emails and even promote me as a G7th user!
  • They go on your guitar very easily and do not put your guitar out of tune.
  • They look great on your guitar! I have the matte finish silver one, and a glossy gold one, and they both look fantastic on my guitar!
  • There is not harsh tone exhibited from the rubber clamp, it’s a perfect warm sound and consistent.


Here’s a link to the G7th Website. www.g7th.com

You can buy them from your favorite local store, or email me and I can get you one as I’m an authorized reseller of there products.


For more info on Skype guitar lessons, hit my page up and shoot me an email. I also teach guitar in Smyrna TN and would love to meet any local Nashville, Murfreesboro, Antioch, Nolensville, La Vergne, or Mt Juliet people looking for a quality guitar instructor.

I also teach ukulele, mandolin, harp guitar, and bass.

Lance Allen Studio

661 Fitzhugh Blvd. Suite 105

Smyrna TN 37167


Skype Lessons today

So you know now that I teach skype all over! On Thursdays  I teach in St. Louis, and Henryville, Indiana.

My student, Steve in St Louis, has been learning some really cool stuff lately. He’s been taking lessons for a while now and has improved greatly! So much that he is even gigging and singing at a Wine Bar. Now that’s cool! We’ve learned some Paul Simon, John Mayer, Cat Stevens, and Plain White Tees, plus lots of scales and techniques that he’ll be using.

Turn the compass, now we’re in Indiana with my new friend, Larry! Larry is an engineer, and he loves the fingerstyle guitar music of Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, and Jerry Reed. He was a referral from Eddie Pennington. Eddie is a great guitarist himself who has been an influential part in keeping the art of thumbstyle guitar alive. Back to Larry… I have been teaching him how to play Tommy Emmanuel’s “The Man With The Green Thumb” by Tommy Emmanuel. So far so good. Keep up the good work Larry!

If you’re interested in doing skype guitar lessons with me, email me. If you play a little but want to get better, too busy to go to a music store or studio to take lessons, then I may be a compatible fit for you and the best of it all is you can take lessons from your home or office. I’ve helped lots of professional people get better on the guitar!

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