Andy is proud to be an established contributor to the awesome Guitar Techniques magazine, with his monthly columns, 'Hot Country Guitarists', 'Hot Country Lead', 'Modern Country', 'Session Soloing', and most recent series, 'Chops Shop'.
Andy is a member of the guitar teaching faculty at top London based school of modern music, The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), where he has taught on Bmus and BA degree courses, BTech Diploma courses and HNC courses, instructing on numerous modules such as styles, performance, harmony & theory and reading. He has taught hundreds of guitarists here over the years, some of whom have gone on to have successful professional careers of their own.
Andy is available to be booked for live work and studio sessions. Although specialising in country guitar, Andy is a pro player of all popular styles, like Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz etc. He uses top line live gear, like Fender/Gibson/Gretsch guitars, Fender and Tech21 amps and numerous pedals/effects. He uses Logic Pro X in his own studio. Please do get in contact to discuss your requirements.
Specialising in country guitar, Andy Saphir has been gigging and teaching as a professional guitarist for over 20 years.
Having graduated from The Guitar Institute with a distinction in 1995, he has studied further with renowned guitarist and educator, Lee Hodgson, who in his book, ‘Hot Country’, describes Andy as being one in a group of “fine British country guitar players”.
A pro player of all popular styles, (Country, Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz), Andy has established himself as one of the UK country music scene’s top players and enjoyed a busy touring schedule for many years on that circuit, gaining huge experience in many different live situations from small club gigs to festivals and theatres, both in the UK and Europe, having backed USA singer, Michael Twitty (son of country legend, Conway), and toured with USA fiddle player/ singer John Permenter (Clint Black). He has also played guitar on studio albums by various artists including X Factor finalist and ‘2 Shoes’ singer, Charley Bird, renowned Irish band, Celtic Thunder’s George Donaldson and Ryan Kelly (who’s 2013 album, ‘Life’, on which Andy played the guitar parts, debuted at #1 on iTunes USA, Canada, and Australia world music chart, and number 2 on the Billboard world music chart).
As well as teaching privately in Cambridgeshire, UK, Andy has been a member of the guitar faculty at top London music college, ICMP (‘The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance’, originally ‘The Guitar Institute’) for many years, where he teaches guitar across a range of courses such as Higher National Certificate (HNC), BTec Music Performance, BA (Bachelor of Arts), and BMus (Bachelor Of Music), teaching a variety of different subjects including live performance, guitar styles, techniques, and music theory.
Originally contributing to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques magazines as far back as the late ‘90’s featuring his transcriptions and recordings of solos by master guitarists, Jerry Donahue and Brent Mason, Andy is now a firmly established contributor to top guitar tuition publication, Guitar Techniques. His columns have focused on country guitar in the three series, ‘Hot Country Guitarists’, ‘Country Guitar Techniques’, and ‘Modern Country’, explored a range of different styles in the series, ‘Session Styles’, and concentrated on fundamentals in the series, ‘Chops Shop’. He has also regularly contributed to Total Guitar magazine, for whom he has also interviewed the legendary Stanley Jordan.
Andy is proud to have become an official artist of 'Jamtack Central', one of the largest online guitar tuition websites, with the 2016 release of his '20 Classic Country Licks' video tuition package, and his latest release, 'Modern Country Masterclass'. He has more products/releases in the pipeline.
Currently, Andy is enjoying an international performing career and is touring regularly with theatre shows, ‘A Vision Of Elvis’ (award winning Elvis Presley tribute show’) and ‘The Blues Brothers Approved’ (the approved Ackroyd/Belushi licensed Blues Brothers stage show). For many years, Andy was also the guitarist for ‘Voice of The Heart, Karen Carpenter’ (premier ‘Carpenters’ tribute show), ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ (a fast paced rock n roll/country ‘hits through the years’ show), and top Eagles tribute band, ‘Desperado’. Additionally, Andy also enjoys playing classic pop and rock tunes in various function/party bands.