David Shankle

David S.

Milwaukee, WI
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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I’m a professional guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist, respected by my peers and the industry as one of the top 10 shredders and fastest guitarists in the world. I’m well-known for playing 7-string over-the-neck scales and arpeggios, string skipping, and mastering many guitar techniques. This expertise has brought me many high-level guitar students from around the world, while I am still also very successful teaching beginner guitarists of all ages.

I was a member of the metal band Manowar from 1988 to 1995, playing on the epic, certified double-platinum album “The Triumph of Steel” and co-writing 5 songs on that record. I toured all over the world during those years, regularly performing to crowds of 10,000+, in over 50 countries. In later years, I played in front of some of the biggest rock and metal crowds all over the world, including 70,000+ people at Earthshaker Fest 2005 and 40,000+ people with my own band DSG at the First Annual Magic Circle Festival in 2007.

I set out on my own from Manowar in 1995 and attended Roosevelt Music University in Chicago to further my guitar studies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music specializing in jazz and classical guitar, music theory, and composition.

I continue to record and perform live all over the globe. I have recorded and appear on over 26 CDs as a guest solo guitarist, and there’s more to come. Even before my days as lead guitarist of Manowar, I had already received numerous accolades. My technique and blistering speed on the guitar won for me the moniker “The Shred Demon”. Such revered artists as Michael Angelo Batio, Joe Stump, Rusty Cooley, George Bellas, Uli Jon Roth and Tom Hess have testified. George Bellas has said, “DSG should stand for Dangerous Speed Guitar”.

My playing styles vary from classical to shred metal and everything in between. I teach the beginner to the advanced/master student, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical, and bass guitar, in various genres ranging from classical to metal to country to neo-classical. With 40+ years of playing professionally, and 30+ years of teaching, I use my expertise to cut off the fat and get down to the quickest ways for my students to become better players, allowing my students to excel at a faster pace. I look forward to taking YOUR playing to the next level in the shortest amount of time, and we can have a lot of fun in the process!

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Bachelor of Music
Sep 1995 - Feb 1998
Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)
Classical Guitar & Music Theory
Sep 1986 - Nov 1988
College of DuPage (Wheaton, IL)


Gold & Platinum Record
Mar 1995
Warner Music Germany

Photos & Videos

Ex-Manowar and DSG guitarist David Shankle breaks down a lick - the tab is at www.ShredAcademy.com
This is a video I was asked to create for FRACTAL AUDIO AXE-FX II.
David Shankle Insanely Amazing Demonic Guitar Solo video for the movie JEZEBETH.

5 Reviews

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Ken Jun 2, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

Appreciate your patience!!

Brian P. Jun 2, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

Great instructor! Has always gone the right pace to where I'm learning new things and perfecting things throughout every lesson. He is always very helpful, and if you want to learn something, he will help you learn it.

Vince Jun 2, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

Ive been taking lessons from David for about a year. He is very versatile... everything from Blues, Classical, Rock and of course Metal. I've been playing for years, but decided to go to him to learn to solo better. He is great with beginners, from kids to experienced guitarists. He is absolutely the fastest guitarist I have ever seen, especially sweep picking. But, when he slows things down, he has tons of tone and feel, and I have learned a lot about that just by watching him play. He is educated in music, and has much experience from a life, as far as I can tell, dedicated to music. He truly seems to care about your playing, and seems to enjoy developing students into better players.

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Bill Jun 1, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

David has far exceeded my expectations. His techniques and material are outstanding. I would recommend him to anyone that wants to learn from the best !

Joe Jun 1, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

David is the best guitar teacher I’ve ever had. I learned more with him in a year than I did in my prior eight years of playing. While he is a metal guitarist, his teaching is incredibly well rounded, incorporating rock, jazz, blues, and other styles.
I highly recommend Dave’s lessons.

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