Discovering ‘Walk of Life’: An Updated Guitar Tutorial

Hello, music enthusiasts! Today, I want to share something special with you – a revamped guitar tutorial for Dire Straits’ classic hit, “Walk of Life.” The old tutorial has been a fan favorite for over a decade, with more than 130,000 views.

Why the update, you ask? Well, times have changed, and technology has evolved. We now have access to the original isolated guitar track, making it the perfect time to revisit this gem.

The focus here is on Mark Knopfler’s guitar work, which gave “Walk of Life” its unique flavor. It’s not just about playing the notes; it’s about capturing Knopfler’s distinctive style.

One standout technique is Mark’s right-hand approach. He uses a thumb and index/middle finger combo, giving the song its distinctive groove. It’s like a mix of bluegrass and country guitar.

The tutorial breaks down the song into three parts: the intro, verse, and chorus. In the intro, Knopfler’s Chuck Berry-style riff takes the spotlight. The instructor emphasizes making the strings resonate for that rich sound.

Moving to the verse, we see a lot of E chords. Pay attention to Knopfler’s G note bend when switching to A. There’s also a cool pedal steel lick on the 14th fret.

In closing, if you’re a Dire Straits fan or just eager to explore guitar playing, check out this tutorial. It’s an insightful journey into Knopfler’s guitar magic. Subscribe, keep strumming, and stay tuned for more musical adventures. Rock on!


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