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by Wolf Marshall
With The Sultan
pedal steel-style bends distinguish this unmistakable phrase. This is melodic
rock, Knopfler style. Note the held bends in bars one and three. The
articulation, use of the major pentatonic scale, and the sweeter note-to-chord
relationship imply a country streak in Mark's musical persona. Also check out
the typical raked arpeggio which begins bar three. This decorative arpeggiation
is a familiar component of his style and has graced many solos in the repertory.
Mark often employs question and answer phrase construction to produce a
song-like feel in his improvisations, and this is what we find here. The melody
in bars one and two is answered and completed by the line in bars three and
like this have caused
many to marvel at the
of his solos. Play this
one, and the next
example, with a twangy,
semi-clean tone (bridge
and middle pickups of
your Strat selected) and
just a touch of