If you have not seen this already, here is Mark’s contribution for the Soundbreaking series on Youtube.
Soundbreaking is a documentary series about the creation of new sounds in the rock music history, based on more than 160 interviews with celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers.
Mark is demonstrating various guitar techniques and instruments. I guess you have seen one or the other lick in similar videos with Mark before but it is a great video for sure.
With this blog post I want to recommend a free Android app that I use myself not only for listening to music but also for figuring out licks, riffs, or lead stuff. It is the AB Repeat Player.
The feature I love most on it is not the one that gave it the name – the ability to define two loop points – but the three ‘Jump’ buttons. These are labelled with 7,5 / 5 / 2.5 and simply make the music jump back for 7,5 / 5 / 2.5 seconds as soon as you press one of these. You are listening to e.g. a fancy Mark Knopfler guitar lick, thinking ‘Wow, what was that?’ – press one button to hear it again. This is to me the best solution, as rewinding or moving the position slider in other apps is very inaccurate and take too much time. You can also combine the three buttons or press one of them several times, e.g. press the 7.5 seconds button twice to jump back for 15 seconds to repeat a longer part.
The rest of the app is fine, too – it simply does what you expect of a music player app.
Here is the feature list:
* AB Repeating Function (Ad hoc and saved) * AB Points post-adjustment Function with “Check Mode” * Interval (Pause) between AB Repeats * Easy traverse inside A and B points * Easy to play recorded A and B points list. * Customizable three Jump Buttons * Bookmark Function (Ad hoc and saved) * Bookmark position adjustment function with “Check Mode” * Unlimited recording of AB points and Bookmarks * Editable list of AB points and Bookmarks * AB points and Bookmark database clean up * Backup and Restore of AB points and Bookmark database * Display order in AB points and Bookmark list. Creation date, name and A point with reverse order for each.(New) * Mp3 Lyric Display.(Font size and previous position memory) * Playlist (same as Google’s standard media player) * Setting to the Ring Tone (same as Google’s standard media player) * Shuffle modes (same as Google’s standard media player) * Search (same as Google’s standard media player)(Enhancement: can be invoked from menu) * Artwork Display (same as Google’s standard media player) * Audio and Video Support * Automatic pause/resume on received calls. * Automatic pause on headset unplugging. * Controls by Bluetooth. * SD card installable for Android 2.2 or later. * Database Migration to a new device. * Sleep Timer * Float Pad: Translucent Control Button Pad floating over any other apps. * Saving the sound between AB as a ringtone, alert, Ankidroid flashcard sound and othe
The song Portobello Belle has been played as a great ‘Irish-reggae-calypso’ version on the Love over Gold tour. An edited version has been released on the Money for nothing compilation sampler a long time ago. However, it was not included on the Alchemy video, and there is no youtube video at all of this song from that tour.
For this reason we do not know much about the guitar on this song. The only info came from myself on my old Dire Straits guitar page where I stated that it was played on a black Fender Stratocaster. The source of this info is my own memory, as I visited the concert in Cologne, May 16, 1983. But I never have seen the guitar I remember well on any picture, until recently when the following picture appeared:
Note the capo at the third fret, a clear indication for an open G tuning, shifted to Bb by the capo, the key of Portobello Belle on this tour (it is C on the Communique album and D on the Making Movies tour!). The guitar might be the Amercican vintage reissue which was released just a year before (it does not llok like 50ies vintage guitar).
Mark played a lot of cool solo licks in the long outro of the songs, often in dialog with Mel Collins on the saxophone, as seen in the picture.