David Shankle, Milwaukee Music Academy
David Shankle, Milwaukee Music Academy

David Shankle, Milwaukee Music Academy

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Introduction: We are taking special precautions & actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including wiping down areas and surfaces, and sanitizing the air between students. When you send a request for info, we can begin our conversation about how to explore the possibilities of studying here, and you can share with us if you prefer online lessons as a temporary situation until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.   I've been teaching for over 30 years; students of all levels & styles - I can help you reach your guitar-playing goals whether you're a total beginner or an advanced player looking to expand your musical knowledge. Former member of the metal band Manowar (1988 to 1995), I played on the epic, certified double-platinum album “The Triumph of Steel,” co-writing 5 songs on that record, and touring all over the world. I set out on my own 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've appeared on over 30 CDs as a guest solo guitarist, I've recorded and produced 3 full-length CDs with DSG-David Shankle Group, and am respected by my peers and the industry as one of the top 10 shredders and fastest guitarists in the world. 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 them to excel at a faster pace in almost every genre of music! Currently I play in DSG, Feanor, GraveReign, and Wings of Destiny.

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Serves Milwaukee, WI

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6 years in business

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Joseph A.
Oct 30, 2020

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Glad to have found David here in WI. He can play better than 99.9% of the rest of the world yet teach the elementary fundamentals to young & old with the patience of a saint! Excellent experience so far!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • No, the student cannot read music • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Blues • Country • Jazz • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Joe C.
Sep 18, 2019
My son is taking classical guitar lessons from David. From our first meeting I was impressed with his enthusiasm for teaching guitar. David assessed my sons guitar playing and quickly developed a plan to help my son reach his goals. Initially the lessons were in person but we found it easier to work around our schedules by doing lessons via skype. Surprisingly the online lessons are just as effective. David is an amazing musician and an amazing teacher. He has an amazing educational background in in not only rock but country, classical, blues , jazz and more. David's rock persona as the "Shred Demon" may seem intimidating to a non rocker, but he can shift gears to the appropriate guitar style. My son has been a student for more than a year and we couldn't be happier with the results.
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Brett C.
Sep 18, 2019
Ive been with David for a year and have received higher quality lessons than the 3 previous teachers i had been with in year before. He teaches music theory and classical guitar at your own pace and keeps it interesting as well as motivating to work to become better. His personality makes lessons an encouraging and helpful enviroment to learn no matter where you are or how much experience you have in any genre of guitar. I highly reccomend him as a guitar teacher he has taken me and my playing to another planet in the span of a single year.
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Barbie R.
Sep 18, 2019
David has been amazing! He is the best guitar teacher I've ever had. I learn something new every lesson. He has the classical training with practical stage and studio experience to share. Best teacher ever!
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Nick Z.
Sep 17, 2019
I have nothing but good things to say about my lessons with Dave. The man knows music from A to Z and everything in between. I watched YouTube videos for years and learned more in a month with Dave. He got me on a path and gave me useful material to practice rather than just noodling around. On top of being a great teacher the guys got a personality of gold. There’s never a dull moment with Dave. Highly recommend.
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