"I think it´s good that I began the way I did: started playing alone, and then with one other person, and so on, going up to four pieces. You see that you become a kind of arranger, you learn very slowly and painfully. You make most of your mistakes in public; but it´s always been fun."
Because he learned to play classical violin, the left-handed youngster got used to a right-handed playing method. Then, "desperate" to emulate Hank Marvin, the young Knopfler finally got himself a guitar and "worked very hard at it."
His name is synonymous with Dire Straits, the group with which he broke the world scene in 1978 with a guitar sound and playing style that turned rock on its ear.
By following his own instincts, Knopfler (with Dire Straits) has sold more than 100 million albums to date, making his group one of the biggest-selling bands of all time.
A five-time Grammy winner, Knopfler has the curious honor of being the only rock musician ever to have had a dinosaur named after him!
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Read more about and from Mark Knopfler in the book Uncommon Sound.