TO BE IN DIRE STRAITS = Etre dans une situation désastreuse, désespérée, être aux abois. --- Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits 1979

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Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) built a reputation as an intensely creative virtuoso (not to mention an ace songwriter), showing remarkable command over a range of tones and textures – from the gnarly distortion on hit single "Money for Nothing" to the stinging precision of "Tunnel of Love. One key to Knopfler's signature style: playing without a pick. "Playing with your fingers," he has said, "has something to do with immediacy and soul."

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Dire Straits co-founder and guitarist Mark Knopfler. Mark is a finger style guitarist and holds three honorary doctoral degrees in music from UK universities. Rolling Stone ranks him 27th on the list of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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