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Win a private guitar lesson with mark knopfler

Win a private guitar lesson with mark knopfler

The rather jammy-types over at MusicRadar have put together an amazing competition in which one lucky guitarist will win the opportunity to have a one-on-one mentoring session with Mark Knopfler.

This amazing prize includes travel - from anywhere in the world - to Mark's private London studio (where the session will be hosted), the session itself and two nights in a five star London hotel! One runner-up will receive a Fender guitar courtesy of the National Guitar Museum.

What do you have to do to win? Simple - head along to online music recording community and you'll see backing tracks for Sultans Of Swing, Calling Elvis and Speedway At Nazerath - all original, all remastered exclusively for this competition.

The only difference is that the lead guitar part has been removed - and that's where you come in!

How to enter

Sign up to, record new versions of Mark's original part in your own style and upload. It's simple to do - PureSolo's online recording facility means you just need you, your guitar, a microphone and a computer.

Once submitted, songs are then played and rated by other members of the PureSolo community, eventually creating a shortlist from which the winning recording will be chosen.

An expert panel of judges has been assembled including Mark Knopfler, MusicRadar's very own Guitar Editor Chris Vinnicombe and HP Newquist, author and founder of The National Guitar Museum.

The competition runs from today until 31 August 2010. The original backing tracks required for entry are exclusively available at and are priced at £1.99. Once purchased, PureSolo tracks can be re-recorded an unlimited number of times.

The competition prize includes a return economy flight from anywhere in the world and two nights in a 5* hotel in London. There will also be a prize for the competition's runner-up, a Fender guitar courtesy of The National Guitar Museum. See for full details.

Click here to enter - and good luck!

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.