Mark Knopfler on Guitars

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Mark Knopfler Russia : Happy birthday Mark!

Brad Coleman : Pardon me while I play 5 different genres of music in just a few minutes, and with such ease that you'd believe anyone can do it. ;) Great piece of time with a great guitarist.

A Player 69 : He's like the Bob Ross of guitars. I could listen to him talk about guitars all day even though I know nothing about them.

Martin Cameron : "If you get to the end of a vocal and you've got nothing more to say, but maybe the guitar has..." Fantastic.

Rombizio : He is not afraid of sharing his knowledge. He is humble and a gentleman. A true master.

JT Michaelson : I love Mark Knopfler. I never knew that until somewhere in early 2000 when Dire Straits had long been gone. Back in the 80s, I liked DS but was not necessarily a fan. I had some of their albums and loved some of their singles, but not all. But in 2000, I was working at a classic rock station and the new Knopfler CD came in called Sailing To Philadelphia, and I saw the PD made a note to play "What It Is" ONLY after midnight, because general daily and nightly rotation dictated only "Money For Nothing", "Sultans Of Swing", "Walk Of Life", "Skateaway" and MAYBE "Lady Writer" were allowed. But after midnight I was allowed to explore a bit. So I would occasionally play the live version of "Once Upon A Time In The West" or "Romeo & Juliet" or "Expresso Love" or "One World". But one night I decided to give "What It Is" a spin and that was it. I became an instant Mark Knopfler fan since. I'd been missing out on some really amazing music all because I felt Dire Straits broke up so what's the use bothering. But trust me, if you've not explored Knopfler solo, you have to. If you are at least a fan of "Sultans Of Swing" or "Money For Nothing", give Mark's solo career a spin. You'll be surprised at how much both careers go hand in hand, but are different at the same time. And his guitar playing is maybe one of the most underrated, and yet, he's acclaimed as one of the best. Such a long list of paradoxes, which is what makes Mark Knopfler truly a unique talent.

Jack Spradt : 4:20 - pulls a $275,000 '58 les paul standard - first thing he does is kiss it....

Mario D : I have a new appreciation for Mark Knopfler after seeing this video.

Tony Driver : I jammed with MK, for about 20 mins along with my friend Stuart at the end of a jazz guitar lesson at Loughton College, Essex, England, on a Saturday morning in (I think) about 1973. MK was an English language tutor (before he was famous) and 'just happened' to be by the music rooms as our lesson was ending. He won't remember I'm sure - but I do. Stuart and I had this little jazzy/blue grass thing going on - and MK joined in. I was 15.

Prince Westerburg : "You're good but you're no Mark Knopfler!" - Chet Atkins

Austin Kirkpatrick : I love how Mark has a hard time articulating what he’s wanting to get across, but his guitar always finishes his sentence for him

Tablature Butler : I'm guessing this lad will go far...

Simon Wotton : I just love the way he gets carried away as soon as as he strikes a tone

Rex Holes : There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die

clearyourthirdeye : 4:19 only guitar players will understand-

simpe zulu : I do not understand sometimes from informative outlook like this what is here to dislike, he talks about past and guitars and playing styles. So I don't understand thumb down, where is it coming from, really, is that like automatic move or something else !? I am not his fan and I don't have to like it particularly, but I know he is great guitar player and if you like guitar it should be in a way interesting for all guitarists, no matter do you like him or not, what is here special to dislike, if not some kind of jealousy, that emotion, urge is not good, people generally should strive to be less jealous or envy etc, that feeling within is like a cancer, very dangerous.

TIM Grills : This video needs to be about 30 hours longer

Martin G : At 4:20 - "It's a '58" (kisses guitar). Love is a many-splendored thing.

Jason Higgins : The 1k shit eating dung beatles who disliked this video have no soul.

Paul Stewart : This man is a inspiration, he's not in it for the fame or the adoration or money or recognition or anything, he's simply in it for the music - Thanks Mark you've been with me throughout my life, long may you continue

walter lindsay : Isn't it strange when lists of great guitarists are made, Mark Knopfler never appears on them?

sedgwic st.patrick : I started playing guitar in 1979 and this video shows me that I don't know a damned thing about playing guitar.

Simon Simon : The longer this went on, the farther he left me behind.

RICH 1971 : Totally got lost in this video,I could have just carried on watching,what a real gentleman and musician this man is!

philipatoz : I love how he has such great respect for the possibilities of the range of tones and textures a guitar can produce. As good and amazing as a guitarist he is, he plays far more melodically and tastefully (see MUSICALLY) than most with his level of technical ability. He's always thinking about how the textures and frequencies of the surrounding soundscape come together. Mark was born to be a musician first, and a guitarist second - and there can be a huge difference between the two. There is so much value in having a great ear and a wide knowledge of the history of various musical genres. He's a real treasure!

D. Leigh : I saw the Dire Straits in the 1980s, and Knopfler made 13 guitar changes throughout the show. After the first few, I started keeping count. It was THE thing that I came away with. His ability to move from guitar to guitar while seemingly not caring as he chats on a beach is in full force on the stage. This video captures well that essence.

Andrew Power : "It's not my thing"....*plays it better than most whose thing it actually is*

The Magic Rat : I have the 1, 4 and 5 chords nailed... it's all that fancy shit in between I'm struggling with!

fhcicek : Mark Knopfler is the best guitarist of all time.

Nino Divino : Im having a lazy morning in bed, in Japan. It's a rarity for me because I'm usually always chasing something. This was such a treat as I sip my coffee and the sun rises while the birds are singing outside the window. First time I've had the pleasure of seeing this guy talk and play up personal. I'm a new fan for sure. Inspired with thanks.

John B : This man's music has brought me a lot of joy over the years. Thank you for that, Mark. Such a down-to-earth and easygoing guy.

Oliver Dolgener : When he kissed his guitar it brought a huge smile to my face. You really can feel the love he puts into the music. Such an amazing musician!

Desmond Odom : Thank you for your insights on guitar sir! You would make a great teacher

joey bloggs : Looks fairly straightforward. I'll buy a guitar and do all this

Rabauke4u : 1:54 Speedmaster Professional. And he leaves the chronograph running. Bam

THE CRINGIEST TIMECOP1983 FAN ON PLANET EARTH : I love his stare, how he looks tired and battered by life, the calm and collected way of his talking. As if he's almost dead inside, but then a few cords bring a faint but wholly genuine smile to his face.. It's good to be alive.

scrotzki789 : This video should come with every starter guitar.

poptillidrop : He makes me laugh like a kid he's so good. Anybody else lol.

michavandam : I like the cut after 5:16, where you can really hear the difference between a Stratocaster and a Les Paul.

michaelpsmusic : My favorite part is the "That's my thing" comment at the end.

Luckydog - : The Man !!!

Csaba Kiss : What a wonderfully unpretentious guy. I would listen to him for hours.

c1c : Such an amazing talent. How seamlessly he transitions between styles, like he is changing his accent when he speaks or something. Except this is complicated stuff. He makes it look like he is tying a shoe or something. WOW. He says it is really not his sort of thing as he nails it. From 12 to 14 he just dabbles around sounding like it is his life's passion to play blues or jazz. Then at 14:08 he says it is really not my thing. I'm just a simple guy... So, I just broke my guitar up and threw it in the wood stove. I'm not worthy to look at it any longer....

mike rayner videos : amazing musician and music/songwriter.. love this guy 🌹

Captain Slappywacks : I'm by no means a great guitarist, but he explains a lot of things about guitar that are hard for me to put into words such as the bit about finger picking. I learned to finger pick years ago when I lost my guitar picks but wanted to keep playing and was too lazy to go out and buy more picks. Been finger picking most of the time since then and it evolved very much the same way he just explained. Brilliant musician!

Tonto Epstein : Finally, a bald rock star not afraid to show that he's bald. No stupid Carlos Santana selection of hats, no Roger Glover head hankie, no idiotic everyday Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley wig glue and wig.

martyn spooner : He just seems like such a nice guy. Its like talking to the guy next door who plays guitar and is giving a few tips.

MechanicalMartialArtist : He stated that "he is TRYING to make the thing speak"??? What a humble statement! He makes it SCREAM!!

Arunaditya Basu : Oh when he kisses the Les Paul at 4:20!!!! Such passion 😢

Alessandro Drudi : Throw in a crapload of talent, sprinkled with enough British style, and you can even pretend all this isn't crazy hard to accomplish, and not to see all our jaws dropped.