Why Mark Knopfler Doesn’t Have Self-Confidence About His Guitar Playing

Mark Knopfler is considered one of the most commercially successful guitarists since the beginning of his professional career as a musician. Knopfler gained great fame and mainstream success thanks to his performance in Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his brother in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded, he began pursuing a solo career.

Knopfler’s solo works also achieved critical acclaim and got positive reviews from both music critics and fans. He has won four Grammy Awards, the Edison Award, the Steiger Award, and the Ivor Novello Award throughout his career. Furthermore, he is currently No. 27 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Mark Knopfler Thinks That His Way Of Playing Guitar Is Wrong

Knopfler has inspired many young musicians with his unique way of playing guitar. Even though Knopfler’s career as a guitarist has always been full of success, he defined his playing style as wrong and an instructor’s ‘nightmare.’ Also, he stated that he isn’t holding the guitar properly by resembling his hold to a plumber holding a hammer.

In Knopfler’s words, he said:

“I have a style which is probably all wrong. It would be a guitar teacher’s nightmare. I hold a guitar like a plumber holds a hammer.”

Therefore, it seems that Knopfler lacks self-confidence about his guitar playing even though he has won numerous awards and is considered one of the most successful guitarists in rock history. In addition, his fans reacted to his words on social media, saying that he should have given credit to himself, but he hasn’t changed his words about himself yet.

You can watch the interview below.