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Eagles – Desperado Lesson (Guitar Version)

I have something a little different for you with these video lessons. I am gonna show you a nice guitar arrangement of the Eagles' "Desperado". The original recording uses piano, so the guitar parts you will learn in these lessons will recreate those piano parts note-for-note.

"Desperado" originally appeared on the Eagles 1973 album of the same name. It has since become a classic and been covered by countless artists.

This Desperado lesson will probably be quite a challenge to most players. That is usually the case when you attempt to transcribe a piano part on the guitar.

The arrangement taught in these lessons works really well and sounds great either accompanying a singer or played on it's own without vocals.

For these lessons I chose to use a nylon string acoustic, but you can pretty much play "Desperado" on any guitar you are comfortable with. I prefer playing fingerstyle guitar arrangements on a nylon string guitar since they are a bit easier to fingerpick on due to the wider string spacing.

These "Desperado" lessons make an excellent chord workout. No matter what your level I think learning this arrangement will be a great exercise, an exercise that sounds very beautiful at that!

You will probably find a lot of chord voicings in this lesson that you have never played before. The piano lends itself to a very rich harmonic style. So when you adapt those harmonies to be played the guitar you will usually find some very unique chord voicings. This "Desperado" lesson is no different in that regard.

I do believe that playing fingerstyle is the way to go when playing this arrangement. Playing fingerstyle allows you to play the chord voicings in a pianistic style which basically means you can pick all the strings at the same instead of strumming across them. This style of fingerpicking lends itself well to most piano transcriptions that are played on the guitar.

In any case I have broken the song up into a couple video lessons. The first video demonstrates the instrumental piano intro and first chorus. The second lesson will demonstrate the rest of the song.

Take it all bit by bit. It may take some time to memorize completely since a lot of the chord voicings may be a bit unfamiliar to you. But, once you get those chords under your fingers, you will then have a larger chord vocabulary to use in your own playing. 🙂

Good Luck!!


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Eagles - Desperado Lesson (Guitar Version) Pt.1

Eagles - Desperado Lesson (Guitar Version) Pt.2


  1. Oriel Jr Rontas on August 14, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Can you please teach us hurt by seven dust..


  2. J.Francois bonet darcy on September 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Carl……great song and well demonstrated. In part 2, the time lapse navigation bar is missing. Is it possible to add it, it really makes following you instructions much more feasible , especially with as many chords to learn.


  3. J.Francois bonet darcy on September 20, 2015 at 8:57 am

    thanks Carl for fixing it.

  4. Thomas Washington on January 18, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Carl, thank you for your tireless compositions., updated daily. Any interest in offering Witchy Woman?

  5. mark roller on February 5, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Hi Carl, I love both acoustic and nylon string guitar and I can’t tell you how bad I want to be great at both. But I’m struggling trying to teach myself. This song Desperado is the style I love. I don’t know how to read, and I’am a older guy now and not sure if I should spent the time to learn that. I can’t afford personal lessons, but I might be able to afford your premium plus. Do you think you could help me with the video send exchange thing ?? Looking forward to your advice.. Mark

    • Carl Brown on February 5, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Of course Mark, the video exchange would work great for that.

      Also, I do recommend maybe trying to learn how to read guitar TABS. It only takes a few weeks to get pretty proficient at it unlike reading traditional sheet music which takes years.

      Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions. 🙂


  6. Edwin Gardiner on May 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Carl,

    How can we access these blocked videos?

  7. JC Sirtori on March 15, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Great site all around. Ditto on the blocked videos thou. It’s new to me ‘cuz I haven’t seen them before, but now they seem to be all over the place. Hopefully it can be resolved soon. Thanks again for the great time and effort put into this Carl!

  8. TJ Dorn on April 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Hey this got taken down. Can you upload again?

    • Carl Brown on April 7, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Hey TJ, I has been blocked in some countries and unfortunately uploading it again won’t fix that. It needs to be worked out between YouTube and The Eagles’ publishers.

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