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.
If you're looking for a guitar teacher in Huntingdon, guitar teacher in Peterborough, guitar teacher in Cambridgeshire or a guitar teacher in North London, let top professional guitarist, Andy Saphir help you get your playing to the next level.
Andy teaches electric and acoustic guitar to players at all stages, from complete beginner to professional, and is an alumnus of the prestigious Guitar Institute in London UK, (graduating with a distinction in 1995) and holds a PTLLS teaching certificate. He has accumulated over 20 years of professional playing and teaching experience which enables him to pass on invaluable skills and 'tricks of the trade' to his students as they progress on their guitar playing journey.
While it is always exciting to work through musically and technically challenging areas of guitar playing with his advanced students, Andy finds it just as rewarding to start off beginners who are new to the guitar; after all, there is nothing more satisfying than learning how to play those classic riffs when you first start out! (Infact, they're just as exciting and fun to play after 30 odd years!)
Intermediate guitarists who find they've reached a certain level with their playing but encounter a 'brick wall' where they feel they can't progress further on their own can also really benefit from guitar lessons with Andy, as he can help them to unlock the fretboard, improve their technique and introduce them to new musical concepts!
Lessons are normally hourly (though it's not uncommon for more advanced students to sometimes want a two hour lesson), on a one to one basis, and structured around each student. Andy prides himself on his friendly and enthusiastic approach to learning, valuing every student as an individual.
Andy is an internationally touring guitarist, an established contributor to Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar magazines, and a Jamtrack Central artist. He is also a guitar tutor at top London music college, ICMP (Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance), formally the Guitar Institute.
"Andy's a great teacher. I've been his pupil for a few months now and he's taught me more about guitar than I'd learnt in the previous two decades!! Highly recommended" - Ian, Cambridgeshire
"Andy, you're the best guitar teacher I ever had. Country was made so much more accessible and interesting. I'd like to think there's still tenets from your classes in my playing today. Keep it up. Those that can, teach." - Dan, Reading
"....I have learned a huge amount in our time together, and am grateful for all the tips and hints provided....you have proved yourself a professional, attentive and observant tutor and I would be more than happy to recommend you to other budding guitarists." - Rob, Cambridgeshire
Andy teaches from his studio near Ramsey, Cambridgeshire and from North London.
Standard lesson rates: £30 p.h (Cambridgeshire)
£15 per half hr (for children under 10)
£40 p.h (London)
£30 p.h (Skype)
Rate for expert/professional players: £40 p.h (Cambridgeshire)
£50 p.h (London)
Andy can teach at the students' own home if required. This will be at the standard rate plus an additional amount charged dependent on time, location and travel considerations.
An increasingly popular way of having a guitar lesson is via online video calling platforms such as Skype.
Although arguably not quite the same as physically being in the same room with a teacher, it really isn't that different. With a webcam, technique can be viewed and analysed by both teacher and student, and with screen sharing, music and tab can be seen by both as well.
The great thing about Skype lessons is that you can be anywhere in the world and not need to worry about needing to get to Cambridgeshire or London for your guitar lessons, meaning that you can get the benefit of Andy's guitar tuition in the comfort of your own home.
Andy has found Skype lessons an invaluable way of being able to teach while being away on tour, and has even taught students from USA, Europe and India online!
The technology that enables this to happen is truly amazing, and therefore this option is perfect for not only UK students who live beyond a reasonable commute to either Andy's Cambridgeshire studio or London, but to international students too. You really can have guitar lessons with the teacher of your choice these days without needing to worry about how far away they are...
If you'd like to try Skype lessons, please get in touch.