Easy stuff for beginners

Calling Elvis chord analysis – Major, minor, no-third, power chords

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This time I will start with some very basic stuff: major and minor chords. Every guitar beginner soon learns that there is e.g. an A major chord, and an A minor chord. Obviously they are similar, they just differ in one single note (in case of the first position chords, in the example it is either the 2nd (A) or 1st (Am) fret on the b string). You need to understand that both a major and a minor chord consists of three different notes: the first, the third, and the fifth note of the corresponding scale. Example: Take the C major scale (C D E F G A B C), notes number 1,3 & 5 are: C E G These are the notes a  C […]

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The Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer compressor – Did Mark Knopfler really use it?

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Today the Orange Squeezer compressor by Dan Armstrong is an almost legendardy guitar effect. An essential portion of this fame is probably due to the fact that it is often named as an ingredient for the early Mark Knopfler / Dire Straits sound. Ironically this goes back to my old Dire Straits Guitar Page which was the first site in the web to mention the Orange Squeezer as part of the MK gear, so today it should be up to me again to clarify what is really sure and what is rumour. What is sure, what is rumour? First of all, there is no clear evidence that Mark Knopfler really used one of theses on any DS or MK album. The first hint however I […]

Easy stuff for beginners

Mark Knopfler licks around the 7/9 chord

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The last poll about what you would like to read here is still running (so vote if you haven’t yet), but it seems to be clear that many readers want to read about licks (or rather want to see something as video I guess). So here a quick reaction (to be honest, I started to work on this video anyway 😉 ) This post is about a typical Mark Knopfler lick which is based on the notes of the 7/9 chord, the chord we are talking about is the following one (in this example a E7/9): This chord is nothing special, special however is Mark Knopfler’s way to fret it, which is often like this: The difference is the bass note, instead of an E […]