Sultans Of Swing | Licks 18 – 25: Riffs 1 – 3 | Acoustic Guitar Lesson | Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits is unquestionably one of the greatest and most distinctive guitarists of the modern age. In an age where most electric guitarists used a pick Knopfler bucked the trend by using his fingers in a similar yet distinctive style to say Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. 

‘Sultans of Swing’ is a track from their 197 self-titled album and it is in all likelihood the song that most guitar players want to learn and master. 

This is the second of four tutorials.


– 25 guitar licks (small series of notes used as a ‘call & response’ between the vocals
– 2 stand alone ‘signature’ solos
– Key of D minor
– BPM at 149
– Fingerpicking (no pick)
– Recorded with a 61 Fender Stratocaster

I have painstakingly transcribed the entire song as accurately as I could and I’ve made 4 video tutorials and a backing track. Of course I’m teaching you how to play this using an acoustic guitar so I have out of necessity changed some of the fingering locations to make life easier for acoustic players. 

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My classical guitar lessons and acoustic guitar lessons will help you to learn to play the guitar. I cover a wide range of guitar music and each of my guitar lessons comes complete with matching guitar tabs and guitar sheet music. These online guitar tutorials are a one-stop shop giving you an effective means of learning beautiful guitar music without needing a teacher in your local area.

You don’t need to be able to read tab or sheet music to play any of the songs in these guitar lessons but they can be a powerful tool that can assist you to become a better musician. All guitar tabs for my lessons are free and can be downloaded easily from our website or for a very small fee you can also purchase the guitar sheet music that contains standard music notation with guitar tabs underneath, suggested left & right-hand fingerings, and performance indications.

I hold a Licentiate in Performance Classical Guitar with Distinction from the Trinity College of London and I love arranging music for guitar. I have well over 20 years of teaching experience at many schools in New Zealand and also at one school in Dubai, and privately in Bahrain. I have taught people from all ages and skill levels and continue to do so via YouTube.

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  1. Kia ora koutou! Let's nail the last few licks and get those 3 killer riffs sorted.

  2. Another great lesson! Thanks. Is it possible for you to teach the classic Stairway to Heaven solo?

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