Ian Anderson Plays Blues Harmonica

One of my favourite blues harmonica songs as played by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. Any idea what harmonica he’s playing and in what key?
(1) Jethro Tull - Someday The Sun Won’t Shine For You, TV Broadcast 1999 HD - YouTube

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Hi @jeffw

It looks like he is playing a Hohner Meisterklasse harp in the key of C. He is playing it in 2nd position (G).

Regards,
– Slim :sunglasses:

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Thank you. Would like to be able to play this one.

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Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull are so ridiculously good at anything.

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Yep. I first heard them in 1972 and have been lucky enough to see Tull/Anderson several times over the years.

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I was sadly born in the wrong decade :smiley: but I was raised with Aqualung as lullaby :laughing:
I’ve always loved how “crazy” he acts on stage (or maybe it’s not acting?)

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Definitely acting I would say and even now very rehearsed and staged though not quite as manic! Apparently his “standing on one leg playing the flute thing” was something he orginally did while playing the harmonica. When he switched from guitar to flute it became his trademark.
Talking of being born in the wrong decade - or the correct one in my case! - most of the music I still listen to is mainly from the late 60s and the 70s. Though I do enjoy a lot of different and more recent stuff.

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Each time I do the tree pose in Yoga I think of Ian :laughing: and maybe I should give it a try while practising the harmonica, see if it helps my breathing :smiley:

Yeah, I often wish I’d got to see Pink Floyd at their height, Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, etc. What a time for electric guitar!

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I will try not to make you too jealous by saying that I saw all 3 multiple times! Among many others.

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a bit late for that :laughing:

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Dire Strait? Jimi Hendrix?

Where is a good time machine when you need one! That’s it, I’ll hunt for a DeLorean…

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And the genius that is Frank Zappa! so many.

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Dancing fool cracks me up every time

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Hey @jeffw so crazy the time I’m seeing this. Just got home from my church rehearsal had one of my singers playing a lot of flute, and it sounded so cool, I was like, “It sounds like Jethro Tull up in here” to which she immediately lifted up one of her feet and put it on her other leg, lol! :joy:

Wow, some ripping blues harmonica playing. I didn’t know Ian Anderson could play harmonica like that! Definitely will be sharing this. Thanks!

Rock on,
Luke

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You could make a whole lesson out of the techniques Ian Anderson is using here!
That pose is definitely well known and iconic! He does Christmas shows in cathedrals around the UK so the chuch setting is not out of place.

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Here’s another version with a “Bendometer” to the right of the screen. Had fun trying to spot the various techniques Ian Anderson is using.
Some day the sun won’t shine for you - A blues with Jethro Tull - Con bendometer - YouTube

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