Number: #8 - April 2009
Guitar Guru: David
Dear David Shankle,
I love your music with DSG and Manowar, and you shred like none
other, but I've been waiting since 2006 for your instructional
DVD to come out. Nothing on the website seems to mention why it
hasn't been released yet. Any word on the progress of it? (because
I WILL buy it as soon as its released.) And also, can you tell
a little about what's going to be on it? Thanks a lot man, hope
to hear from you.
Hi Ian, I have changed guitar companies and am now with Dean gutars.
I am waiting for my prototype to come out and then It will be
are your favourite bands at the moment, and if you could join
any band in the world who would it be?
have liked so many over the years and all different types of music
that I really can't pick one. You can go to my MySpace and see
who my musical influences are. I have my own band now so I'm happy
Hi, i was wondering if you could give me some tips on
how to get a good pinch harmonic sound. I've watched some videos
but i just can't seem to get it. Can you explain exactly how to
get that cool squeeling sound, and does it matter about equipment?
David Robertson, UK
your pick at a slight angle and part of the skin of your thumb
hits it. If you want to contact me, go to my myspace and I teach
online lessons one on one with a webcam if you're interested.
Hi Dave, I'm excited about the DVD you are working on
for shred academy, I'm a big fan and can't wait to learn from
you! Just wondering is it going to be lots of really advanced
stuff like your free video lick or will it be more about explanations
of ideas and techniques for the intermediate guitarist to help
get to that level??
Marc, I am doing six videos starting at beginning and going all
the way to advanced. It will be covering technique and neo classical
I'm having a few problems with guitar right now. I don't know
the notes on the guitar, I'm trying to learn them by studying
a different string each day of the week. Will this work? My other
problem is creating my own style, I try to make my shredding unique
to me but I just end up with a bunch of scale sequences. Do you
have any way to break out of this?
Thanks for the help.
Hi Perry, Studying the neck is good. You can get sheets that will
show you all the notes. These are available online. I would also
suggest some lessons, either locally or online. Go to my myspace
if you would like any online lessons. Always practice with a metronome
and try to work with new material. This will help you stay out
of a rut and not playing what you're comfortable with all the
Dave, I'm a college student and am double majoring in Business
and Music (for the guitar of course) and I was wondering what
you think the greatest benefit of going to school for music is.
Also what do you think todays guitar players should work more
on, what do you think they're missing (if anything)? Thanks for
answering not one, but two of my questions, and shred on!
I think studying music theory and classical is of great benefit.
Also learning about composing.