Songs By Dire Straits & Knopfler
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Songs By Dire Straits On Guitar

Here on this songs by Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler page you'll find a collection of demo covers, free chord sheets, some rhythm tips and some background info on these songs. There are free chord sheets and some rhythm tips as well.

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Songs By Dire Straits & Knopfler
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1. How Long

How Long is a track on the "On Every Street" album which was a 1991 release. 

This track never made it out as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, D7, G, A7
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2. On Every Street

On Every Street was a single release back in 1992 from the album of the same name.

The song hit #23 in Ffance and #42 in the UK. The song did not chart in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: mainly just downstrokes until the end then use a down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: F, C, G, Am, G6, E, Em, Dm, A+, Gsus
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3. Our Shangri-la

Our Shangri-La is a track from Mark Knopfler's 4th studio album which came out in 2004 called simply "Shangri-la".

To my knowledge the song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3 up down up down up and repeat where 1-2-3 are arpeggio notes on the chords
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A6/9, Asus2, B7, A, Abm, Gb, Esus
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4. Poor Boy Blues

Poor Boy Blues was a duet track between Mark Knopflier and Chet Atkins from an album they did together in 1990-91 called Neck and Neck.

The song won a Grammy for best country vocal collaboration. I'm not sure how well the single did on the charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat or use root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: B, Gb, A, B7, E
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5. The Bug

The Bug hails from the last Dire Straits album in 1991 called "On Every Street" and was released as a single. Mary Chapin Carpenter had more success with her single the following year reaching #16 on the country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up down up ... just a steady up and down
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, A, D
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6. Walk Of Life

Walk Of Life is a track from the highly successful "Brothers In Arms" album which was released in the spring of 1985. It was first a B-side to So Far Away before the album came out.

But eventually was released as an A-side single and peaked at #7 in the US and hit #2 in the UK. The song almost never made it onto the album but their manager Ed Bicknell convinced Knopfler to include it.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: D, G, A
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