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Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler Talks 'Money For Nothing'

01/08/2016
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(Gibson) Easily one of the most memorable and recognizable riffs in the history of rock and roll, Mark Knopfler's chunky guitar work on Dire Straits' 'Money For Nothing' is nothing short of legendary.

In a recent video uploaded by the Forgotten Guitar website to their Facebook page (which can be viewed here), Knopfler, with his 1958 Gibson Les Paul in hand, explains how he came up with the song's signature riff.

In the video part of a documentary titled Guitar Stories: Mark Knopfler and hosted by his former Dire Straits bandmate John Illsley, Knopfler talks about how the riff started out as a simple little lick based around his fingerpicking playing style. Eventually, combining a a Marshall amp turned up to the max and a wah-wah pedal - "just to give it something different" - the magic was born. Read more here.

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