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"Money for Nothing" picking pattern 
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Hello, I'm trying to play the song following the pattern explained by Mark Knopfler himself in this video



My first problem is that I don't get to see the pattern he does (his movements are very small). I get the impression it's this (but I'm not sure):

Code:
  U D U   U D U   U D U
T U D U T U D U T U D U


where

T - Thumb stroke
U - Upward stroke
D - Downward stroke (used mostly for mutting effect, I think)

and being both, upward and downward strokes, done with the index and middle fingers simultaneously (that's why I put them in two lines).

So, my first question is if this is the pattern Knopfler uses in the video.

If it is, I can not fit this pattern to the melody of the song.

Taking only the begining of the intro, as an example, this is the closest "fix" I was able to achieve, but I think this is not right:

Code:
   U         U D U       U  D  U       U  D  U
   U  T      U D U    T  U  D  U    T  U  D  U    T
E|--------|-------------------------------------------
B|--------|--------------6--X-------------------------
G|-0------|--7-X-7-(p)5--7--X--7-(p)5--5-----3-(p)0---
D|-0-(s)5-|--5-X-5----5--------5----5--5-----3----0---
A|--------|-------------------------------------------
E|--------|-------------------------------------------


Note that the last downward stroke is "empty" (i.e. no strings hit).

The first two notes, isolated by that kind of bar separator are only the beginning hit'n'slide touch, not really important.

So, what is the pattern used by Mark Knopfler? How do you fit it to the melody?

Many thanks in advance.


Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:58 pm
Hi, I thinks he's just alternating thumb strokes with upward strokes. I feel most of the muting is done by the thumb...I'll give it a try later and see how it goes!


Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:23 pm
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