How to Play Aqualung by Jethro Tull (Guitar Lesson)

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Mark Brennan


Mark Brennan teaches this classic rock song by Jethro Tull. Released on the album of the same name in 1971, this song features some memorable electric parts and lush acoustics as well as a classic 1970s guitar solo. All guitar parts including the solo are covered.

Taught by Mark Brennan in Rock Songs with Mark seriesLength: 69:09Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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jonpa10denjonpa10den replied

Where is the pdf of the tab????

marcelo_saccomarcelo_sacco replied

great editing! great performance, Mark!

gary.891gary.891 replied

To difficult for me need help

johnjmcmullenjohnjmcmullen replied

Dude ... that was awesome. Great lesson. I have minimal lead experience and really enjoyed working this one out. Super fun and again ... Good work!

alfrednoelalfrednoel replied

Mark, I can only chime in on all the fantastic comments thus far. The guitar work you did on this piece didn't surprise me since I've found all your guitar playing on other songs top notch........but man, Youve got a great voice too! Isn't it enough to play great??

stevie dstevie d replied

Fantastic job Mark... This solo has Always been one of the greats! I've wanted to learn it since I first heard the album and thanks to JamPlay and you, it's done. Can I be so bold as to make a suggestion? I realize you have to explain the nuances of each part of the solo, but after explaining it, playing the passage with a metronome at a slow speed, with no talking would be so much easier to get the feel of the riff. Sorry, I'm an ADHD musician...Thanks Mark, you're my new hero!

Joe319Joe319 replied

Mark, Thanks so much. Your method of teaching is great! This is a classic I have wanted to know how to play for years. Thanks again! You have a real gift for teaching and one sweet Martin!!!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks Joseph......enjoy!

daristanydaristany replied

This is one of my favorites. THANK YOU Mark, you were my first choice to start my lessons with and though I have checked out some others I just keep coming back to you. If I ever learn to play an eighth as good as you do I will be happy. Merry Christmas Mark and Jam Play.

brett911brett911 replied

ONE of the best lessons of all time. Martin Barre would be honored.

bikerhobbitbikerhobbit replied

One of the BEST Lessons on JamPlay!!! Thanks

jfm6stringjfm6string replied

Mark, after taking this lesson time after time I am finally proud to say that I've got it, finally. This is such a powerful song and you my friend, are one heck of a player. Thanks so much for your concise and relatively easy lessons. Without your help I would have never learned to play this the right way. Many thanks.

Rob SRob S replied

Thank You Mark! This is a great tune and you teach it well!

trevourtrevour replied

Great you covered this song properly I dont think anyone else does as a complete lesson

tinkotinko replied

Very good. Thankyou. This will certainly take me to another level.

tinkotinko replied

Very good. Thankyou. This will certainly take me to another level.

blobeblobe replied

I love this song man, and the lesson is awesome!

yanosukeyanosuke replied

I was scared of this song at first, but this turns out to be an amazing exercise to practice some chord progressions! I'm an absolute beginner and I'm slowly pulling off all of the acoustic stuff.

torotoro replied

hey mark awesome lesson always wanted to learn this song! now i have got it down, so thanks man!!! but you did mess up in the lesson breakdown and i cused you everytime i followed you into the mistake! somewhere in the fast acoustic part!!! but i got it down at the end in the song demonstration! thanks again great lesson!!

samljersamljer replied

Love how you do ALL parts, including the vocal. very nice.

samljersamljer replied

Love how you do ALL parts, including the vocal. very nice.

wickedvasewickedvase replied

love the classic rock stuff... Wish "Time" was still up. that was an excellent lesson too...

edtbjonedtbjon replied

I vividly remember one of my very first rock conserts seeing Jethro Tull in 1971. They played just about every song from the Aqualung album. Btw. the lesson info says 1977, which I recon is easy to correct. Many thanks from Björn

YaorenYaoren replied just done the solo parts, any comment? thanks Mark, it's a great lesson

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Great job Eric! Just get it up to speed and you've got it. I encourage you to start working with left hand vibrato to color some of the notes. Nice look good on youtube.

cal737cacal737ca replied

Nice lesson Mark, how about posting the lyrics in the supp material for this and all songs. Thanks

YaorenYaoren replied

It's almost the fastest speed I can achieve now.(90% of the original). I'll try to add some vibrato, but the same problem - speed. I really appreciate your suggestions, thanks. by the way, I have other questions about daily practice of learning scales(to remember them on the fretboard), and how to speed up? Can I ask in the forum?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Hey this question on the forum. You can get replies from any teacher and subscriber...Mark

YaorenYaoren replied

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

I just put up the song demo and the backing track in mp3 format under the supplemental content tab.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks Aaron!

jpetergjpeterg replied

Love your lessons Mark! Stairway was Epiq, aswell as all the Pink Floyd songs..

den9355den9355 replied

Hi Mark, Excellent lesson and great song. This lesson is why I am a member of Jamplay. Your classic rock lessons have always been my personal favorites. Luckily, I was able to see Tull live at Madison Square Garden when they perfomed the Aqualung album in the early seventies. Ian Andersen is one of the great rockers of our time. the band and Andersen was phenomenal in that show.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Hey Dennis....that must have been a great show. Ian Anderson is a great showman. I'd love to be able to play flute like him! Mark

ames57ames57 replied

Great job Mark! You really outdid yourself on this one. With this lesson, you've raised the bar so high that it's going to be tough to top it. Thanks for all your hard work.

esaizesaiz replied

Excellent. The best song lesson I ever saw.

mgapmgap replied

Outstanding job Mark this song now makes sense and I can make it work. Thanks

mattbrownmattbrown replied

I know this is a pretty bold statement, but I think this is one of the best if not the best Phase 3 lessons JamPlay has ever done! Nice work guys!

flyrerflyrer replied

Right on Matt

zackmanzackman replied

Jeez... I'll have to agree with Matt... This really raises the bar. Absolute top notch production. Well done Mark and Jamplay.

dave5363dave5363 replied

Great Lesson! We need more classic Rock for Acoustic Guitar. Thanks Mark.

dmvelzendmvelzen replied

Wish I had this on mp3! Thanks Mark

f3l18ipsk8ermf3l18ipsk8erm replied

man i wish they still had the lesson for dogs by pink floyd

strat9strat9 replied

Have to agree. Great lesson. Maybe some Who acoustic stuff?

YaorenYaoren replied's amazing..... Mark Brennan is great!! I'll try to learn this song

sbondsrnsbondsrn replied

Mark, Thanks for the new Phase 3 lesson. It's great as usual. You provide great detail in you lessons, which make it easier to learn. I hope you have more lessons coming.

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied

Mark, this is first class. I loved it. While you are in the mood for Tull I would suggest Minstrel in the gallery for your next project. Thank you and keep em coming. Jim

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks everyone! Had a great time doin this one....enjoy! Kudos to Aaron at Jamplay for the great production!

roy944roy944 replied

Nice! I've been waiting for this one for a long time!

sirstratsirstrat replied

Hay Mark you earned your pay on this one. And Frk’n nice Guitar.

davidlambdavidlamb replied

Thanks Jamplay great to see Mark back delivering his comprehensive phase 3 lessons again. Looking forward to digging into this. Off topic - Mark could you comment on the pick up set in the Tom Anderson. I'm looking at giving my mexi strat an upgrade thought that might be a good fit. thanks

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied

After explaining in another thread that stage 3 lessons weren't that important to me I'm going to spend tonight learning this one. ;-) Great stuff as always Mark, thanks.

deadlystandeadlystan replied

Sweet! Love this song! Thanks Mark

ssnowmanssnowman replied

This song rocks

mykemyke replied

Great to see some new stuff. Your the best at the song lessons. Wish they didn't have to take some of the others off.

paceincpaceinc replied

awsome Mark, I really enjoy your lessons they are so detailed. Thanks so much. Michael

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About Mark Brennan View Full Biography Mark Brennan, born August 12th, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, began playing guitar at the age of 10. His first influences were from the Ventures and the British Invasion, especially the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Shortly afterwards he was playing in rock bands with his brother on drums, developing his ear by learning songs straight from records. Playing in a band became a passion.

In high school, he grew to love acoustic and classical guitar. He spent time playing acoustic music, influenced by The Eagles, CSN, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc. In the 70's, he headed a very popular Cleveland band, The Brennan-Cosma Band, which played a variety of acoustic and rock music, along with originals. He also took up classicalguitar, and began developing his fingerstyle technique.

Mark is a graduate of Cleveland State University (1980), with a Bachelor of Music in Classical guitar performance. He also studied Music Composition, and took many Music Education classes. After graduation, he began his private teaching career, teaching electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with music theory. He taught in various studios and guitar shops throughout his career, and currently has a private practice at his home in Fairview Park, Ohio.

In the 80's Mark took an affection to Progressive rock. With his band Polyphony, he was influenced by the music of Yes, Genesis, Kansas, ELP, Styx, along with a set of prog rock originals.

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