Guitar lesson for

Hotel California

by The Eagles  •  Lesson #31

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Editor’s notes

This video is a guitar lesson for the classic song “Hotel California” by The Eagles. It includes chords, tabs, and strumming patterns – showing how to play this song in standard tuning on an acoustic guitar (with no capo).

Video timestamps:

Lyrics with chords

See page 1 of my sheet music for all of the lyrics & chords, shown together.

Chord Progressions

See page 2 of my sheet music for the chord progression this song uses, both with no capo (key of Bm) as well as capo 2nd fret (key of Am) and capo 7th fret (key of Em).

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

A variations:

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

Intro riff

See page 4 of my sheet music for the complete intro tab.

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