- A plan of Mark Knofler on the pentatonic scale
I'm happy to meet you for this little tutorial of a plan from Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.
I had already done the complete tutorial of solos of Sultans of swing, I put them in link and I will do again a blog post for tablatures.
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|Label||Warner Bros. Records (U.S)|
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Sultans of Swing is the first single recorded by the British rock band Dire Straits in 1977. It is the band's flagship song.
The song was first recorded as a simple demo, and quickly looped on Radio London. It did not take long for this song to become very popular, and for Phonogram, a British label, to offer a contract to the band. The song was re-recorded and released in the United States and the United Kingdom, while the demo version only appeared in the United Kingdom. Sultans of Swing entered the United States on the charts in early 1979. The success of this first single allowed the band to record their first album in the same year; the song reaches the Top 10 in the United States and the United Kingdom, the album becoming a huge success.
With its very dylanic phrasing and its particular guitar playing, the piece, like the group at its inception, hardly seems influenced by the modes of the moment (between disco of the seventies and emergence of the punk movement). Sultans of Swing is played by one of the most classic rock band formations: two guitars, a bass, and a drums. The band's original lineup included Mark Knopfler on vocals and lead guitar, David Knopfler on rhythm guitar, John Illsley on bass, and Pick Withers on drums.
The story told by this song is that of various members of a proletarian jazz band who just want to play their music in a small London club, and who make fun of their popularity. One of the players (Guitar George) is actually the musician George Young, brother of the guitarists Angus Young and Malcolm Young. The Sultans of Swing was the band in which he played.
The studio version of the piece includes two guitar solos, the second, longer, was acclaimed by critics, and is considered one of the greatest guitar solos in the history of rock1, because of its complexity, its diversity, its different versions, as well as its particularity to be practically playable only to the fingers. Knopfler improvised and extended this solo many times over the course of the concerts. The most notable versions are those of the album Alchemy (1984) and the concert in tribute to Nelson Mandela (1988), played with Eric Clapton who added his personal touch to the solo. Their best-of, released in 1998, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits and the 2005 compilation (Private Investigations - The Best of Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits) take up this title.