As far as being a 'player's player,' you've only got to go to Nashville or Argentina and you can forget about it. The world is full of amazing guitar players, and you know it, and I know it...it's a humbling experience.— Mark Knopfler
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My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.
Sometimes you gotta be an s.o.b., you wanna make a dream reality
I'm also getting an Ovation Legend, because I like them so much.
I just want to be able to play and make people feel good with what I do.
When you're thinking that way, anything can happen. And, usually, what happens is good.
Juliet, when we made love, you used to cry.
You said, "I love you like the stars above, I'll love you 'til I die". There's a place for us, you know the movie song. When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?
While I was into many different types of music, and played with many different local groups, I really didn't have a band to call my own until Dire Straits was formed in 1977.
The music you make is shaped by what you play it on .
.. if you feel that you're not getting enough out of a song, change the instrument - go from an acoustic to an electric or vice versa, or try an open tuning ... do something to shake it up.
Last time I was sober, man I felt bad, Worst hangover that I ever had.
It took six hamburgers, Scotch all night, Nicotine for breakfast just to put me right.
Every guitar I own gets used and has its purpose.
When you point your finger 'cause your plan fell through You got three more fingers pointing back at you!
I was into playing American music, especially the blues.
I even played bass for a while. Besides playing electric guitar, I'd also get asked to play some acoustic stuff. But, since I didn't have an acoustic guitar at the time, I used to borrow one from a friend so I could play folk joints.
My playing is fairly straightforward, really, and everything's pretty much standard no frills or special effects.
I don't really think of Dire Straits as a sound, you know.
It. just depends on the song, and the stuff we're doing is so varied.
I bad a piano long before I bad a guitar, and the practice I got just playing those three chords in a basic 12-bar blues song was very important.
Then came the churches, then came the schools, then came the lawyers, then came the rules.
While listening, to things like western swing, for instance, I'd work something out in my head, then play it on my National; not the same song, but one that captured the feeling of the original tune.
I left for the same reasons everyone leaves jobs that are no longer fulfilling their hopes and aspirations. I didn't see myself spending the rest of my life being a strummer for someone else's dreams. Whatever the opposite of regret is best describes how I've always felt about that decision - it opened me up to a million creative opportunities I needed to experience away from the bullshit and distorting mirrors that fame engenders.
I'm not a collector, however, and I have no desire to own 50 or 60 guitars.
I used to go to the school folk club with my songs when I was only 13 or so and say "this is a traditional folk song" and sing it with a bad Irish accent to disguise the real source.
I shoulda learned to play the guitar.
There's so many different worlds, so many different suns.
And we have just one world, but we live in different ones.
I love Gibsons, and Nationals, too. There's something magical about them.
Well, I was born in Scotland and spent the first six years of my life there.
Then I went to Newcastle-On-Tyne in northeast England, close to Scotland.
There's so many different worlds.
A Strat was a thing of wonder .. when I was 14 or 15, the Shadows were a big influence, and they had the first Strats that came to England. I like to play all kinds of guitars, but I wasn't getting the sound I really wanted until I got a Stratocaster
What I always try to do is to respond to the song; I've always rebelled against theory.
There happened to be guitar classes at the college, and there was a guitar teacher there with whom I used to play. In addition, I also would go out into country schools and teach little kids basic guitar and singing a few times a week.