Example Mark Knopfler Style
[Bar 1] Although this appears to be a standard version of the classic blues riff the magic really comes from the picking hand in order to achieve the driving sound. Strike the chords marked ‘m’ with the second finger nail or the nails of the ‘i, m, a’ fingers. This is similar to a banjo technique known as ‘frailing’ and the nail hitting the string will give the percussive, deadended sound if you release the pressure on the fretting hand just after. [Bar 8] To sound these two A5 chords try striking the first one with the downward flick of the second finger nail then pluck the following A5 chord by quickly dragging the first finger up the strings, towards your face. [Bar 9] On this D chord, mute the first string so it doesn’t sound - do it by lightly flattening the inside of the fretting hand fingers against the string - it requires a relaxed fretting hand so you don’t accidentally fret a note.