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Sun Aug 13, 2017, 06:22 AM

Figuring out sultans of swing

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Hey all been up since 0400 I just could not sleep. Yesterday my boys came to me dad have you ever heard of dire straits. I said yes I have boys , and I added I really like mark knopfler guitar work. For forty years I been exploring fretboard from Jeff beck willie Nelson Hubert sumlin Hendrix srv mr gibbons and many other awesome guitarists you all get what I'm saying, on Not just to learn their music but to tear it apart and study their nuances how they brought out awesome notes from a guitar. Of late I have been really into Django Reinhardt how he played with three fingers and I'm struggling studying Django with five. So now the boys and dad will note for note sultans of swing today and start a study of mark Knopfler. I told my wife in bed last night I wonder why it has taken me fourty years to get around to mark knoplfer.

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TEB Aug 13 OP
Goonch Aug 13 #1
OxQQme Aug 13 #2
TEB Aug 13 #3
thucythucy Aug 13 #4
TEB Aug 13 #5
Heartstrings Aug 13 #6
TEB Aug 13 #7
Heartstrings Aug 14 #9
TEB Aug 13 #8

Response to TEB (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 07:07 AM

1. a study of mark Knopfler

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 08:09 AM

2. Don't let a piece of plastic get in the way

of the notes.
I'm a bass player in a band that covers Sultans of Swing.
Our guitar player can't 'finger pick' the strings.
We've got the song down and are pretty good at it.
But, the resulting 'voice' of the guitar is way different than Mark's.

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Response to OxQQme (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 08:57 AM

3. Hello friend

Yes I agree on pick I am type player that uses my fingers. Tone wise I use tone and volume pots and I have taught that you do not have to play full dime. As for a pick I will use it for a sharper tone but majority of time I palm pick as I play. I credit my father for my style of playing because he was awesome finger picking player , Thank you for posting.

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Response to TEB (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 09:33 AM

4. Freddy King also used finger picks.

One of my all time favorite guitar players (his voice was awesome too).

He was Eric Clapton's mentor, and wrote "Hideaway," "Pulpwood," "Goin' Down" and lots of other great tunes.

Check him out, if you haven't already.

Sadly, he died young, in the 1970s.

One of the greats.

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 09:52 AM

5. He was awesome I love hideaway

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 10:19 AM

6. Yes.....Mark Knopfler

Hard to explain his "draw".....the incredibly smooth finger picking, his ultra-mellow voice, his captivating lyrics (that aren't consistently about love, or lost love), or just his uncockiness about being one of the all time greats....I tend to think he likes to "fly under the radar", just doing and living what obviously comes naturally.....

I've always been a Clapton freak, but lately I've swung over to Knopfler. I get severe migraines and to "settle" my head, I put in my earbuds and need to listen to something less edgy....Knopfler fits that bill to a tee!

Have fun with your sons learning Sultans!

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:42 PM

7. Why worry

Is also another beautiful song by dire straits. Have you found any relief for your migraines , my wife's uncle suffers as you do. Try SRV two songs when you go to escape with your ear buds. Riviera paradise and Lenny , not sure if I'm correct but I think I read years ago that he wrote Lenny for his wife lenora.

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Response to TEB (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 09:06 AM

9. Thank you!

Will try those SRV tunes!

My favorite go to song by Knopfler for my migraines is "Silvertown Blues", especially verse 3.....

My regards to your wife's uncle, migraine's suck!

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 04:09 PM

8. Hey all

It was awesome afternoon figuring out sultans of swing. My boys have a decent understanding of the core chord work of the song. We made it as far as studying the lead where he starts with harmonics in with the A major arpeggio but we hung it up for a bit the boys and their uncle my son in law and I played some hoops in drive way. I absolutely love sitting on back deck and the three of us jam. It excites me and brings me joy to see the happiness they feel when they get it wright on fretboard. I always tell them just have fun this is just a piece of wood with six strings that we run electric thru. . we always go off on tangents like today bridge of sighs or showing them pinch harmonics think billy gibbons ZZ Top on pinched harmonics.

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