Last weekend we had guests and one of them had this new photo camera – a Panasonic Lumix FX 37 which costs less than 200,- €. Besides taking great photos you can also record videos in HD quality (1280 x 720 pixels). As I was curious what these look like with my stuff I played Sultans for them and we filmed it. The result is really amazing – much better than that old camcorder I normally use – and this from a small, pocket size camera.
I wanted to check what it looks like on youtube so I uploaded a part of the final Sultans of Swing solo. The audio is of course also recorded with the camera itself (I recorded audio on a special track for the Six Blade Knife cover I did a few days ago).
A few notes on what I am playing here
It is just a mixture of different licks from different live versions plus some improvisation here and there. I played some of those staccato things from the Alchemy version at 0:30 – although it seems noone knows for sure how Knopfler did that exactly. The lick at 0:40 might be similar to one from Wembley 1985, I always liked this one. I am not sure myself about the next one at 0:43 – it was suddenly in my head one day, not sure if I heard it from Knopfler somewhere or not.
The next lick (0:46) is from one of the 1996 versions if I remember correctly.
I messed up the part around 0:57 a bit, I never know when the backing track goes for that bass string lick (I need to build in a small drum fill to identify this part for me).
At 2:00 you will find another example of Knopfler’s 6 chord – a shape he uses quite a lot lately.
The backing track I used – the only one of the ‘long’ version with the piano part in the middle – is available here.