Seize Your Guitar Playing Dreams With The Best Guitar Lessons In Iowa City


  • Do you want to start learning guitar, or have you already been studying but are frustrated with trying to get the results you want?
  • Are you sick of getting nowhere no matter how much you practice?
  • Are you afraid that you just aren’t talented enough to play guitar like you wish you could?
  • Would you like to have more fun while improving your guitar playing faster and more easily than you ever thought possible?

If you said ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, then I’m talking to you.

Trying to learn guitar on your own – or with average guitar lessons – can be painful!


Have you ever been stuck in a rut, lost amid all the information and tutorials and methods that are available? With all the things to learn out there, were you unsure what you needed to work on — or how to work on it — in order to become a better guitarist? You can practice all you want, but if you aren’t working on the right things in the right way then it won’t do you any good.

The frustration that comes with putting in hour after hour of practice without getting any real results can be excruciating! Practicing itself can become torture when you just feel lost all the time. And when you finally manage to make some apparent progress in one area, you often find that you still can’t actually express yourself any better than before.

It can get even worse when you take guitar lessons with a teacher who doesn’t know what they’re doing. You might bleed money for months only to end up with a bag of random licks and riffs you can’t really use and don’t understand. Then you’re just as lost as before and wondering if the problem is that you just don’t have something that your favorite guitarists have!

It’s not your fault. The truth is, most guitarists experience this. For a long time, I was one of them!

I was right where you are now.


For years I spun my wheels and got nowhere on guitar. I spent hours practicing, and worked at it every day, but I didn’t see results. My friends and family all knew how hard I was working, so I actually avoided playing for others because I didn’t want them to see how awful I still was!

I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better, and I was plagued with nagging self doubts. I wanted more than anything to be able to play like my heroes, but I took my lack of progress as proof that I just wasn’t as good or talented as them – and I never would be. My passion to play guitar and make music like my favorite bands and artists should have been a positive and driving force in my life, but it became instead a constant source of guilt, frustration, and doubt.

I took guitar lessons in Iowa City, from many different teachers, and it just made things worse. They were all nice guys, but they weren’t able to help me with anything but surface-level things. All I really accomplished was to confirm in my own head that I just wasn’t good enough to play guitar like I wanted, and by then I’d invested even more time and money than before!

It wasn’t until I finally began studying with a truly great teacher that I realized my lack of progress wasn’t really my fault! Everything turned around when I began taking guitar lessons with a professional teacher who really knew what he was doing. Suddenly all of the time I spent practicing really counted for something, and I made more progress in a few short months than I had in the several previous years of working with less effective teachers or trying to learn on my own. So what exactly was the big difference? First, let’s look more closely at the things that don’t work.


guitar lessons iowa cityLeo Smith didn’t make me feel intimidated about being a beginner. It was immediately clear just how much he loves music, and it is infectious. Leo had a fantastic lesson plan, but he would always allow for a little bit of time to try some of the songs that made me want to play in the first place, like “Man in the Box,” and we turned it UP! I did not expect how many different aspects of my musicality would improve at the same time. Leo Smith is the only guitar teacher I would recommend!”

-Esack Grueskin

I felt like I’d tried everything and nothing worked for me.


If you’re anything like me, you may have tried any number of things to improve your skills. I bought DVD courses, books, and CDs, I spent countless hours combing through Youtube tutorials and guitar forums online, and I relentlessly pestered any of my friends who were better players than me for tips and advice. I had more things to read and think about than I could actually get through, but none of it helped. I collected an ocean of ‘information’ about how to learn and play guitar, but when I jumped in I only floundered and sank.

There are many problems with these approaches. First, you don’t know what you need to learn to play like you want. You are forced to pick things more or less at random, because they seem relevant. But even assuming that the information you find is accurate and useful (a bold assumption), it very likely isn’t what you need to be thinking about in order to solve your particular problems. And even if you accidentally stumble across information that is accurate, useful, and relevant to you, you don’t know how to practice once you have that information, or how to apply it or integrate it with your existing skills.

Unfortunately, most guitar lessons are little better. If you’re lucky, you’ll find guitar lessons that provide the information you need in the order that you need it. If you’re really lucky, that information will be high quality so you don’t waste time and effort studying inferior technique. But only very few guitar lessons will actually involve training you, or helping you apply or integrate what you’ve learned. Furthermore, most guitar lessons will approach your education in a boring, ineffective, linear way. You won’t get the rounded, holistic approach to guitar training that you need to in order to make sure your weaknesses don’t prevent you from actually using your strengths.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!


  • Imagine if you had a teacher who analyzed your particular desires, strengths, and challenges as a player to make sure you learn exactly what you need to know, when you need to know it, in the order you need to know it.
  • Imagine if you had a trainer who made sure you knew how to practice these things and integrate them with your other skills, and personally held your hand to make sure you did it.
  • Imagine if you had a coach who kept you motivated and in the right frame of mind to crush through whatever obstacles you faced on the road to guitar mastery.
  • Imagine if you had a mentor to help you explore your goals and revisit them as you progress, to make sure that you are always working towards what you really want.

With all of that in your corner, you would have no choice but to get massive results!

My name is Leo Smith, and this is exactly what I do for students through my

guitar lessons iowa city

Leo Smith, Professional Guitar Coach

professional guitar lessons in Iowa City. If you’re frustrated by the process of learning guitar or just aren’t sure how to get started, I know how you feel. I felt that way for years, and so did many of my students before they came to study with me. What I’ve found, after trying many different approaches and teachers, is that any dedicated student can become a great guitarist with the right resources, but few ever manage to find those resources.

I’ve trained with my own teacher and with the most successful guitar teachers from around the world in the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle to provide not only guitar teaching, but also training, coaching, and mentoring services to my students. I will transform you into the guitar player you want to be, using a complete method that gets you results faster while you have more fun. If you’re looking for guitar lessons in Iowa City, I’m the only one who can and will take this comprehensive approach to your guitar training. If you’re serious about becoming the guitarist you wish you were then I’m confident I can get you there much faster, more easily, and while having more fun than you would trying to make it on your own or with an average teacher.

What Do You Get When You Study With Leo Smith?


  • You will study guitar with a holistic, personalized approach that is based on your goals and addresses your weaknesses, so you make progress faster and more consistently than ever before.
  • You will learn to play confidently in front of others and with other musicians.
  • You will work with a teacher who shows you what you need to know, when you need to know it, and exactly how to practice it when you go home.
  • You will get instant feedback on what you’re doing, so you know whether you’re doing it correctly and how to adjust if you aren’t.
  • You will stay motivated to keep moving consistently towards your goals.
  • You will get a trainer who holds your hand and does the work alongside you so you cannot fail.
  • You will be part of a community of like-minded musicians, so you have more fun and get the encouragement and support you need to make it through difficult or discouraging stretches.
  • You will enjoy the use of a professional and safe training environment.
  • You will save time and money by avoiding ineffective teachers and the books, DVDs, and online materials of self-study.
  • You will learn to integrate your skills so that you can use everything you learn fluently in real, musical situations outside of our training space.
  • You will get a free introductory session where we can go even deeper into your goals, strengths and challenges, and you can learn more about what I do and how I will help you, totally risk free.



Before I started with Leo Smith I’d been guitar lessons iowa citytrying to teach myself guitar for about a year, but my progress was slow. Leo got me results fast, and I made more progress in the first month than I had in the previous year of trying to guess at how to train myself. When I brought my guitar with me on a retreat with my church and started practicing, off on my own, people approached me and commented on the huge difference in my guitar playing all of a sudden. They wanted to know who my teacher was!

-Anna Shin



“Leo Smith was sincere and honest about what he was talking about. He knew what I needed to learn. After my first lesson, I went home and my wife noticed the difference in the way I played before and then later in the same day when I was already improving. Leo taught me how to just be relaxed, how to play and just relax and play whatever. He makes it so easy! I would recommend Leo Smith to anybody who wants to learn guitar!

-Cesar Andino

A few common questions


Q: What if this doesn’t work for me?

A: A big part of what I do is making sure you stay focused and motivated. In fact, I want to do the work right alongside you. I’m not going to just show you a map to your goals, I’m going to pull you out of the mud and hold your hand every step of the way.

Q: What if I’m not ready for lessons?

A: I’ve instructed players with years of experience and players who had never studied guitar at all prior to training with me. No matter what level you are at, you are ready right now to take your training seriously and get great results. The first thing we will do together is to analyze your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. This ensures that your training is appropriate for your level and what you want to accomplish.

The truth is, many of my students have felt like they weren’t ready to start training with me, but they’ve always found that getting started right away was the best choice they could have made. Others, who decided to go back to the old methods that hadn’t gotten them anywhere for years in order to ‘prepare’ for my training, only ended up contacting me again months later – having made no progress!

Q: What if I just don’t have the talent to play guitar like I want?

A: I want you to strike that thought from your head forever because it is self-fulfilling, self-destructive nonsense. If you do what I tell you to do, how I tell you to do it, then making you a great guitar player is the easiest part of my job. Typically, students end up not only reaching their goals, but exceeding them.

What you should do right now:


All you need do to get started is to scroll down and click the big, orange button below. On the next page, you’ll fill out a brief form telling me a little bit about yourself and how I can get in touch with you to learn more. Do it now!





P.S. Too many guitarists struggle to make progress with ineffective methods. They often end up quitting, believing that they just aren’t cut out to become the guitarists they wish they were. In reality, anybody can become a great guitar player as long as they know what to work on and how to work on it. Most guitar lessons only provide a small part of the complete process you need to play guitar like you wish you could. I will teach, train, coach, and mentor you, and hold your hand throughout the entire process, to make sure you do everything you need to do how you need to do it. Scroll up and click on the big, orange button above to get started today!

P.P.S. Stop wishing you could play guitar like your favorite artists. Stop envying other guitarists who are better than you. Stop thinking about getting started with guitar, or dragging yourself through the same old methods that don’t work. Do yourself a favor and get started down a better, more direct path today.