First Pick
Guitar Lessons

Welcome to First Pick Guitar Lessons; providing fun but professional guitar lessons for students of all ages and abilities. With over 12 years teaching experience, the lessons and courses will help you take your first steps on the instrument, or progress to the next level in your guitar playing.


About first pick guitar

First Pick Guitar Lessons was founded by Geoff Smith, the principal tutor.

Geoff has a degree in Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music and has been teaching for since age 19. Geoff learned guitar at Savage Guitar Studio in Newcastle, progressing to teach alongside the owner Jimi before moving to Leeds to study at the Leeds College of Music

Geoff has a wealth of teaching experience, including being Head of Guitar at the Northern School of Music in Hartlepool, one of the largest independent music schools in the North, working in Leeds for Roundhay Music, teaching in London with the Key To Music agency and also in the long running Musician’s Centre, Keighley.

Geoff has an extensive playing experience covering styles including rock covers, nu metal, jazz, live hip hop and even Indian improvisation. His experiences include:

Performing on TV and recording at EMI studios with the immensely talented Andreya Triana (Ninjatune)

Geoff’s main current project is the electronic guitar crossover collaboration with Leeds based producer Dj Zemion called Baltimore Gun Club ( Some of their work includes a remix for the indie band The Procession which is available on itunes and Spotify, -

Performances on BBC Radio Leeds and Leeds student radio with Afrophysics, a hip hop act that sadly disbanded several years ago.

He also works with Leeds based Chequered Band (, playing a range of classic hits from Motown through to pop and rock, and plays regularly with many up and coming singers at the Singer Showcase nights at The Exchange, Keighley