I am aware that this post may have a very limited readership, but in view of the publishers quest to master the guitar, I felt it only appropriate to offer him some encouragement. I am also aware that this may in fact be a discouraging post for many budding guitarist who have yet to learn the main lesson to almost anything in life.
Stan, Here is your challenge for the coming year. I gave up on trying to mimic Mark Knopfler on his rendition of Sultans of Swing when I ran across this guy who covers the iconic song without accompaniment. I quickly found out that Like Mark Knopfler, Yoni makes it look easy. I wondered what the missing key was only to discover that it was in fact the same thing I always knew:>>>>> TALENT!!!
However, I was able to duplicate the rough basic chords thanks to his use of a Capo (5th Fret). The rhythm strumming was another matter but I did manage to get it into somewhat of a repetitive flow. The one thing about this song that I always enjoyed was the driving beat and arpeggio that Mark inter spaced so effortlessly. It was not until YouTube until I realized that Sultans of Swing was accomplished with only one rhythm guitar and Mark's virtuoso combination of Rhythm and Lead on a single guitar.
So below, I offer you your challenge.
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Published on Oct 10, 2018
Published on Dec 30, 2018
Once you have mastered the acoustic version, I suggest you spend the next decade trying to master Mark Knopfler's rendition on a Fender Stratocaster as show below from a 1979 concert.
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