I remember as a kid seeing the Money For Nothing video on MTV, that’s the one that had the super high-tech CGI animations which were state-of-the-art at the time. The guitar riff at the beginning of that song totally blew me away and I believe was my first foray into playing proper air guitar. To this day day if I hear that intro in the car I’ll turn it up as loud as it will go, I highly recommend trying that sometime if you haven’t already. Money For Nothing was my introduction to Mark Knopfler and although I didn’t play guitar at that time, I think the riff at the beginning of that song was one of the things that made me want to one day learn how to play. It wasn’t until years later that I learned just how great DIre Straits was as a band and how incredibly talented Mark Knopfler is as a guitar player. When I finally got my first CD player, the Knopfler / Chet Atkins album “Neck & Neck” was the first CD I bought and still is one of my favorites. All that is a long way to say that Mark Knopfler is one great musician, great player, song writer, and singer (ok, not everyone loves his voice but I like the rawness of it). This mini guitar solo lesson has parts that a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player would enjoy – so no matter where your at, I recommend trying to learn it. This isn’t from an album or anything, just something I made up that captures (to the best of my ability) the Mark Knopfler style of playing. Obviously he wouldn’t be using a guitar pick if he were doing it, but that’s another lesson entirely. If you have any questions about this lesson, ask and I”ll answer.