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Acoustic Guitar In The Background – Spotify Playlist

Hi Everyone!

I created a wonderful playlist of fingerstyle guitar music.

In response to the popular Piano in the Background, now you can have a wonderful independently created playlist of guitar in the background.

Please follow it and share the playlist as to help grow  fingerstyle guitar interest.

Make sure to follow me on Spotify as well. I’m releasing beautiful  Instrumental Christmas music alongside my music partner, Avery Bright, that I’m quite certain you will love and enjoy!

Here are some other new releases that you might enjoy!

Growing up as a kid in the 80’s you cou;dn’t help but love the muppets! This tune is the same tune Kermit the Frog sang with the banjo! Now available in the most beautiful arrangement for guitar and violin!

I’m a big fan of the musical artist, Brandi Carlile!

This song is just so nice and I’m reminded of my love story with my wife everytime I hear it or play it!




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.