Guitar lesson for

Hotel California

by The Eagles

Video lesson


Note, if you’re in the USA this video is likely blocked because of frustrating copyright issues. You can still view it on my Facebook page, though: https://www.facebook.com/songnotes/videos/1261105190576796/

Lesson order

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

Intro riff

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

Lyrics with chords

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

(etc)

Good luck!

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