November 9, 2016

Guitar lesson for Hotel California by The Eagles

Lesson order

  • Playthrough
  • Intro & agenda
  • Opinions on lesson / meta
  • Chords needed
  • Picking pattern
  • Strumming pattern
  • Adding Flourish
  • Chorus (w/ walkup)

Chord Progressions

Intro & verse:

Bm ........ F# ....... A  ....... E  .......
G  ........ D  ....... Em ....... F# .......

Chorus:

G ....... D ....... F# ....... Bm .......
G ....... D ....... Em ....... F# .......

All chords needed

E –––2––––2––––0––––0––––3––––2––––0––––
B –––3––––2––––2––––0––––0––––3––––0––––
G –––4––––3––––2––––1––––0––––2––––0––––
D –––4––––4––––2––––2––––0––––0––––2––––
A –––2––––4––––0––––2––––2–––––––––2––––
E ––––––––2–––––––––0––––3–––––––––0––––
     Bm   F#   A    E    G    D    Em

Bar chord tips

F# variations:

    E ––––2––––––2–––––0––––––0––––
    B ––––2––––––2–––––2––––––2––––
    G ––––3––––––3–––––3––––––3––––
    D ––––4––––––2–––––4––––––4––––
    A ––––4––––––4––––––––––––4––––
    E ––––2––––––2–––––––––––(2)–––
          F#    F#7   F#7    F#7                           

B variations:

    E ––––2––––––2–––––2–––––––––––
    B ––––3––––––3–––––3–––––3–––––
    G ––––4––––––4–––––4–––––4–––––
    D ––––4––––––0–––––4–––––4–––––
    A ––––2––––––––––––––––––2–––––
    E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
          Bm     Bm    Bm    Bm

D variations:

E ––––0––––––0–––––
B ––––2––––––0–––––
G ––––2––––––2–––––
D ––––2––––––2–––––
A ––––0––––––0–––––
E –––––––––––––––––
      A    Asus2

E –––2–––– ––––––––––––––––0–––2–––– B –––3–––– ––––––––––––––––3–––3–––– G –––4–––– ––––––––––––––––4–––4–––– D –––4–––– … ––––––––––––––––4–––4–––– A –––2–––– ––––––––––––––––2–––2–––– E –––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bm

E –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––0–––2–––– B –––3–––––––––––––––––––––––3–––3–––– G –––4–––––––––––––––––––––––4–––4–––– D –––4–––––––––––––––––––––––4–––4–––– A –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––2–––2–––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Bm

E –––2–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––– B –––2–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– G –––3–––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––– D –––4–––––––––––––––4–––––––––––––––– A –––4–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + F#

E –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––2–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– D –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––– A –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Asus2

E –––0–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– B –––0–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––– G –––1–––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––– D –––2–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– A –––2–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– E –––0–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + E

E –––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––– A –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––0h2–––––– E –––3–––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + G

E –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D –––0–––––––––––––––4–––––––0–––––––– A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D

E –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D –––2––––––––––––––/4–––––––2–––––––– A –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Em

E –––2–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––– B –––2–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– G –––3–––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––– D –––4–––––––––––––––4–––––––––––––––– A –––4–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + F#

Chorus walk-up

E –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––– B –––3–––––––2–––––––3–––––––––––––––0––––––– G –––4–––––––2–––––––2–––––––––––––––0––––––– D –––4–––––––2–––––––0–––––––2–––4–––0––––––– A –––2–––––––4–––––––––––––––––––––––2––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––– 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + Bm A/C# D

Chorus D-riff

E ––––3––––––––2–––––––7–––5–––––3––––2–––––– B ––––0––––––––3–––––––7–––7–––––3––––3–––––– G ––––0––––––––2–––––––7–––7–––––0––––2–––––– D ––––0––––––––0–––––––0–––0––––––––––0–––––– A ––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G … D

Chorus Em-riff

E ––––0–––––––––––0––––––0––––––0––––––0––––– B ––––0–––––––––––0––––––0––––––0––––––0––––– G ––––0–––––––––––0––––––0––––––0––––––0––––– D ––––2–––––––/5––––––4––––––2––––––0–––––––– A ––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Em

E –––7––– ––7––––––––––-––––––––––––––––
B –––7––– ––––7––––––––-––––––––––––––––
G –––7––– ––––––7––––––-––––––––––––––––
D –––9––– ––––––––––––-––––––––––––––––
A –––9––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––7––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––6––– –––––––––––––-––––––––––6–––––
B –––7––– ––7–-––––––––-––––––––––––––
G –––6––– ––––6–––-–––––––––––––––––
D –––8––– ––––––8––––––-––––––––––––––––
A ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––5––– –––––––––––––-––––––––––––––––
B –––5––– ––5––––––––-––––––––––––––––
G –––6––– ––––6––––––-––––––––––––––––
D –––7––– ––––––7–––––-––––––––––––––––
A –––7––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––5––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––4––– –––––––––––––-–––––––––4–––––––
B –––5––– ––5––––––––-––––––––––––––––
G –––4––– ––––4––––––-––––––––––––––––
D –––6––– ––––––6–––––-––––––––––––––––
A ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––3––– –––––––––––––-––––––––––––––––
B –––3––– ––3––––––––-––––––––––––––––
G –––4––– ––––4––––––-––––––––––––––––
D –––5––– ––––––5–––––-––––––––––––––––
A –––5––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––3––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––2––– –––––––––––––-–––––––––2–––––––
B –––3––– ––3––––––––-––––––––––––––––
G –––2––– ––––2––––––-––––––––––––––––
D –––4––– ––––––4–––––-––––––––––––––––
A ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––7––– –––––––––––––-–––––––––––––––––
B –––8––– ––8––––––––-––––––––––––––––
G –––9––– ––––9––––––-––––––––––––––––
D –––9––– ––––––9–––––-––––––––––––––––
A –––7––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––6––– –––––––––––––-––––––––––6–––––
B –––7––– ––7–-––––––––-––––––––––––––
G –––6––– ––––6–––-–––––––––––––––––
D –––8––– ––––––8––––––-––––––––––––––––
A ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bm F# …On a dark desert highway… cool wind in my hair A E …Warm smell of colitas…… rising up through the air G D …Up ahead in the distance… I saw a shimmering light Em F# …My head grew heavy & my sight grew dim… I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway, I heard the mission bell I was thinking to myself, “This could be heaven or this could be hell” Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say…

G D …Welcome to the Hotel California F# Bm Such a lovely place, such a lovely face G D Plenty of room at the Hotel California Em F# Any time of year, you can find it here

Picking strings, low to high

E ––––––––––2–––––––––––––2––––––––––––0––––––––––––0–– B ––––––––3–––––––––––––2––––––––––––2––––––––––––0–––– G ––––––4–––––––––––––3––––––––––––2––––––––––––1–––––– D ––––4–––––––––––––4––––––––––––2––––––––––––2–––––––– A ––2–––––––––––––4––––––––––––0––––––––––––2–––––––––– E ––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––– Bm F# A E

E ––––––––––––3––––––––2––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––2–– B ––––––––––0––––––––3––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––2–––– G ––––––––0––––––––2––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––3–––––– D ––––––0––––––––0––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––4–––––––– A ––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––4–––––––––– E ––3–––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––2–––––––––––– G D Em F#

E ––2––––––2–––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––2–––– B ––3––––––3–––3––––––––3–––3––––3–––3–––– G ––4––––––4–––4––––––––4–––4––––4–––4–––– D ––4––––––4–––4––––––––4–––4––––4–––4–––– A ––2––––––2–––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––2–––– E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––– B –––––––––––––3––––––––3–––3––––3–––3–––– G ––4––––––4–––4––––––––4–––4––––4–––4–––– D ––4––––––4–––4––––––––4–––4––––4–––––––– A ––2––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bm

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––– B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––– G –––––––––––––3––––––––3–––3––––3–––3–––– D ––4––––––4–––4––––––––4–––4––––4–––4–––– A ––4––––––4–––4––––––––4–––4––––4–––––––– E ––2––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– F#

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––– B –––––––––––––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––2–––– G ––2––––––2–––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––2–––– D ––2––––––2–––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––––––– A ––0––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––– B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––– G –––––––––––––1––––––––1–––1––––1–––1–––– D ––2––––––2–––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––2–––– A ––2––––––2–––2––––––––2–––2––––2–––––––– E ––0––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E