Mark Knopfler: How Gear Can Influence Music

Mark Knopfler has this deceptively powerful advice about how gear can influence music.
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Knopfler sits with his 2011 “Blue” Pensa Custom

Knopfler sits with his 2011 “Blue” Pensa Custom

Mark Knopfler has this deceptively powerful advice about how gear can influence music.

“If you take your song and change the key or the instrument that you play it on, or you pick up something else and do it a different way, very often the instrument will dictate something new to you," Knopfler told GP in a recent interview. "It’s the difference between sitting down with a piano and sitting down with a guitar, or sitting down with a Spanish guitar as opposed to an electric. 

"I often find that what I’ve written can yield something else. Even a different string gauge can create something completely different. Very often I’ve found that if I’m playing something with very heavy strings, I’m not bending them, and it leaves room for something else to happen.”

Knopfler's new solo album, Down the Road Wherever, is available now.

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