Jethro Tull Song Lesson Playlist

If a rock band stands the test of time, it’s only natural that their sound evolves between albums. Most, however, can’t quite compete with the amount of stylistic shifts made by British rock group, Jethro Tull. One of the main reasons for the band’s ever-evolving nature is that members have always come and gone. The one exception to this is the band’s lead singer, flautist, and acoustic guitarist, Ian Anderson, who has been the band’s only constant member.

Over their career, Jethro Tull’s albums have gone platinum five times, and gold 11 times; the band has sold 60 million records globally. Their 1969 album, Stand Up peaked at No. 1 in the UK. 18 years later, their 1987 album, Crest of a Knave won the band a controversial GRAMMY Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental.

In this blog, we’ll be highlighting some of Jethro Tull’s hits by featuring a few comprehensive song lessons from JamPlay’s top educators. Let’s dive right in!

“Aqualung” by Jethro Tull – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Although singer and writer, Ian Anderson says that Jethro Tull’s album, Aqualung isn’t a concept album, critics and fans widely regard it as one. The album’s central themes revolve around the division of God and religion. The “Aqualung” character, who is the subject of the album’s title track, is said to have been inspired by a homeless person who Ian Anderson’s wife photographed. This song is one of Jethro Tull’s most played tracks during live performances, and is currently their No 1. song on Spotify.

In this lesson, JamPlay educator, Mark Brennan demonstrates the different guitar parts on “Aqualung” note-for-note. For the breakdown of all the parts, check out Mark Brennan’s full Jethro Tull song lesson on JamPlay.

“Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull – Song Lesson – JamPlay

The only song that Jethro Tull plays live arguably more than “Aqualung” is the song, “Locomotive Breath” from the same album. According to lea singer, Ian Anderson, the song’s rhythm is meant to mimic the chugging of a train. The lyrical content of the song is meant to serve as a social commentary about the world’s overpopulation and capitalism.

In this guitar lesson from Dennis Hodges, you’ll learn not only the guitar parts for “Locomotive Breath,” but the transcribed flute solo as well. For the breakdown of this iconic rock song, check out Dennis’ full song lesson on JamPlay.

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