How to Play Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull (Guitar Lesson)


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Brad Lindsey

Locomotive Breath

Brad Lindsey teaches you all the key parts to "Locomotive Breath" by Jethro Tull.

Taught by Brad Lindsey in Songs with Brad Lindsey seriesLength: 13:01Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (13.02) Locomotive Breath The following tablature will help you master the song Locomotive Breath. Remember, this is JamPlay's version of the song and it may differ from the original recording, music books or other tablature you might find.
Repeat 3 Times
|-0-0-0-3-2-0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-0-3-0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-0-2-0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-2-2-2-0-0-2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-2-2-2-2---2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-3---0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|

Play Once
|-0-0-0-3-2------------------------------0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-0-3------------------------------0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-0-2------------------------------0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-2-2-2-0-0-4--X-X-X-X-X-X-X--4-4-4-2-4--2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-2-2-2-2---2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X--2-2-2-0-2--2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-3--------------------------------0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|

Play Once
|-0-0-0-3-2-0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-0-3-0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-0-2-0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-2-2-2-0-0-2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-2-2-2-2---2--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|
|-0-0-0-3---0--X-X-X-X-X-X-X----|

|-0-0-0-3-2----|
|-0-0-0-0-3----|
|-0-0-0-0-2----|
|-2-2-2-0-0----|
|-2-2-2-2------|
|-0-0-0-3------|

Chorus Section - Play Once
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-5-X-5-5-X-5--7-X-7-7-X-7--9-X-9-9-X-9-9--9-9-7-9----|
|-3-X-3-3-X-3--5-X-5-5-X-5--7-X-7-7-X-7-7--7-7-5-7----|



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Dmajor1991Dmajor1991 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great lesson!!!! had fun with this one...Thanks for the slow version easier to learn when you did it alot so i could play along

DannyAhlfeldDannyAhlfeld replied on April 20th, 2016

very well taught.

segler56segler56 replied on May 31st, 2013

Great lesson on the rhythm part; was hoping for some lead guitar pointers!

andysworldandysworld replied on February 17th, 2013

Wonder if using 1st and 2nd fingers on e minor to make g transition easier would create a bad habit

bikerhobbitbikerhobbit replied on January 1st, 2013

I have watched all of your lessons and have to say you have the WORST sound of all the song lessons…None of them are even close to the sound of the songs you are teaching. You have ONE sound, BAD!!!

javierjjavierj replied on December 25th, 2012

Brad thanks for the lesson. It would be nice on acoustic guitar the same lesson.Great guitarrist.

funjunkie27funjunkie27 replied on October 18th, 2012

Can you advise on the guitar effects used in this song?

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on April 20th, 2012

Fun riff to play. Thanks!

bknokebknoke replied on April 29th, 2010

At 2:00 there is an error in the picture of the D Major, should be the 2nd fret on the G string, I guess. But It's a very nice lesson, anyway!

jboothjbooth replied on April 30th, 2010

The numbers on the fingering show what finger Brad uses instead of the fret # :)

gordonggordong replied on April 26th, 2010

Brad, thanks for the lesson, this is a fun riff to play..

nangananga replied on April 15th, 2010

Thanx for the lesson Brad. this is a fun one to play. Would enjoy some CCR lessons: Green River, Bad Moon Rising, Born on the Bayou etc

goinblindgoinblind replied on January 12th, 2010

hi Brad, towards the ending of the chorus,i always decende from B to A to G to Em, try it let me know if it also sounds good

shawnaveryshawnavery replied on May 11th, 2009

i'm having a bit of trouble on this for some reason. i am playing the chords right, but when i play them together, it sounds like they are all mixing together and it sounds terrible. i can see that Brad is palm muting on the Em, but is there also some of this done on the other chords? my guitar also hasn't been set up properly so maybe that's why, but i'm just wondering.

lpplyr1962lpplyr1962 replied on December 29th, 2008

Great lesson , although I use a cheater G that makes the transition to D a tad easier.

loslierloslier replied on November 17th, 2008

Thanks Brad, you make Tull reachable. G.

unforg1venunforg1ven replied on October 15th, 2008

Cool lesson! Might I add using your first and second finger for Em makes the transition to G easier

hussarukhussaruk replied on October 14th, 2008

Fantastic lesson by a great teacher.

gameboigameboi replied on August 15th, 2008

I forgot how much I loved Jethro Tull until I heard you play this. Thanks for the easy to understand lesson. With a lot of practice, I'm actually starting to play something that resembles Locomotive Breath!

magicfingers73magicfingers73 replied on June 28th, 2008

you did a great job of explaining how to play the song. How about a lesson on Every Rose Has A Thorn?

crackspackelpopcrackspackelpop replied on April 27th, 2008

Execelent lesson Brad; you broke the song down nicely and made it extremely easy to learn. If possible, I'd like to see you give a lesson on an Alice Cooper song : )

frisafrisa replied on March 3rd, 2008

great lesson brad is it okay to muff strings with palm on strings i find that easier

zofoblueszofoblues replied on January 26th, 2008

Thank you for the great song!Please do more songs for Jam play and as much tull as you want!! thanks

tedted3tedted3 replied on December 2nd, 2007

What a great lesson. The muted strums make this really fun to play. Sometimes lessons do not have to be difficult to sound cool.Thanks again!

igoreigore replied on November 7th, 2007

nvm i saw the rest of the video thanks alot great lesson and song

igoreigore replied on November 7th, 2007

your chucks sound awesome, what technique do you use

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Locomotive Breath

Brad Lindsey teaches you all the key parts to "Locomotive Breath" by Jethro Tull.

Length: 13:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

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From there Brad moved to Denver in 1971 and kept practicing. By 1980 Brad was playing in bands around Denver. Sometimes rock and roll and sometimes country.

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