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Thanks for all the Great Reviews!

Hey everyone!

Thanks for all the great reviews on my google plus business page. I would love to see it continue to grow over 100, 5 star ratings and reviews. If you have a few minutes, visit


And leave a nice 5 star review, whether you take lessons or not, it will be okay.

Don’t forget to set back, relax, have a cup of coffee, and play some guitar, perhaps even take a listen and thumbs up Lance Allen music on Pandora Radio.

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.


Give the gift of lessons

visit paypal.com and pay guitarlancer@hotmail.com

If you have more questions feel free to email me.

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

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