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The Eagles – Hotel California Video Guitar Lessons

FavoriteLoadingBookmark this Lesson. In this video guitar lesson series we will take a look at one of the most famous songs ever written, The Eagles' "Hotel California".

"Hotel California" is just absolutely saturated with TONS of guitar parts. There are constant guitar harmonies swarming around, 12-string acoustic picking and electric guitar rhythms. Because of that I have broken down this classic song into what I feel are the essential parts to learn so you or you and another guitarist can play it just fine.

We will take a look at the incredible 12-string acoustic intro for starters. Now if you don't have a 12-string acoustic don't worry, it can be played on anything. In fact, I teach the whole song on a Fender Strat. 🙂

Besides the acoustic guitar parts for the Verse and Chorus, you will also learn the electric guitar rhythms for the Verse and Chorus. After that comes the epic solo which is broken down here in it's entirety including the harmony guitar section that closes out the song.

This song has somewhere between 8-10 guitars going on at one point or another, so I feel this was the best way to tackle this song, instead of getting into all the little harmonized fills during the verse and chorus. That kind of thing would take at least 4 guitarists to make it sound convincing. So in this tutorial you will learn the essential parts that make up the song in detail.

There are 3 videos in all covering all the parts mentioned above. Cheers!!!

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The Eagles "Hotel California" Acoustic Guitar Parts

The Eagles "Hotel California" Electric Guitar Rhythms

The Eagles "Hotel California" Guitar Solo

31 Comments

  1. s w on February 10, 2015 at 11:53 am

    could you make a song lesson for “Hold On ” by Triumph?

  2. David Miller on March 25, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Hi, can you direct me to the accurate tab for this please? As well as using your excellent video lesson (thank you) I would find it useful to be able to see it written down – thanks again, David

    • Carl Brown on March 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Hey David, I personally can’t provide any TAB due to international copyright restrictions. Sorry!

      Carl…

  3. zach hill on July 8, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Carl I know I’ve asked this already please do a holy wars full song lesson

  4. WhaleRider on August 23, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Hi Carl,
    I’m a visual learner so besides watching the videos (which are AWESOME!) it really helps me to write the basics down on a piece of paper.

    I’m an advanced beginner (with an emphasis on “beginner”) so some of the terms I might be using are common knowledge for everyone else whereas it’s borderline Greek to me. So y’all bear with me here.. 🙂

    Based on your recommendation I’m staring out with the first video (acoustic guitar parts). I’m starting out slow and will take my time..

  5. WhaleRider on August 23, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Basics 101:
    1) capo on fret VII,
    2) I’ll be calling out shapes based on the capo’s position and not the actual chord (not to confuse myself more than I already am :),
    3) when I specify fret numbers they will be based on the capo’s position (except for tabs which will use the actual position),
    4) I’m counting string 1-2-3-4-5-6 from high e (thin) to low E (thick),
    5) when strumming (or is it plucking?) individual strings the direction of plucking will be based on the next string I’m going to – so 4 – 3 – 4 – 2 will be down – up – down, etc., etc.

  6. WhaleRider on August 23, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Hope I’m making sense here, please correct any errors I might’ve made.

    “Talk” to you soon…
    Whale

    Capo VII
    Ok, here we go:
    The first 3 chords:

    -> Em – shape (7 9 9 7 7 7)
    Strum all 6 strings, then
    4 3 4 2 4 3 1, then
    4 3, then
    -> change chord shape to (7 7 7 9 7 7) [third finger on G string, 2nd fret]
    3 & 2 simultaneously, then

    -> B7 shape (7 9 8 9 7 9)
    Strum 4 3 2 5 1 3 2 4, then

    -Dsus2 (7 7 7 9 10 7) (D without second finger),
    Strum 4 3 2 2 1 2 4 3 (2) 5 3 2
    (After (2) in parenthesis lift up the third finger from the high e string)…

    This should keep me busy for a while…

    • Carl Brown on August 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Hey WhaleRider, if you want you can just email me this info and I will get back with you at once. Or even better would be to send in a video with you working through everything on the guitar instead of typing it out. It doesn’t have to be a performance, it is just to show me that you are learning everything correctly.

      The video doesn’t need to go live on the site if you don’t want it too though. 🙂 Let me know if that would be better for you. Seems like to me it would be more productive that way.

      Carl..

      • WhaleRider on August 24, 2015 at 12:16 am

        Ok, I guess I figured writing out the fingerlings could help another lost soul here.. lol
        I’ll email you next time and/or will make a video. You’re right that it’d probably be more productive that way. I’ll still write it out on paper for myself though, makes it easier to remember..

        • Carl Brown on August 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

          Have you tried just writing out the TAB instead of describe it with words?

  7. Manoj Patwardhan on November 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I just joined because I wanted to play Hotel California and I really liked the way you taught. I used to play lead long back and then for about 15 years didn’t do anything. Great to be back on the guitar and your lessons are helping to catch up again. Planning to be a premium member soon.

    Thanks!!!

  8. Diesel Trowbridge on January 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Carl, I just received word that we lost Glenn Fray of The Eagles at the age of 69.

    OMG another musical tragedy. To best honest, this the worst month so far, we lost iconic musical legends after another.

  9. jadm110 on June 16, 2016 at 3:28 am

    The Eagles “Hotel California” Acoustic Guitar Parts
    question: if I am trying to play through the whole song how do I transition from having the capo at the 7th fret (Acoustic Guitar Parts) to ( Electric Guitar Rhythms) with out the capo?

  10. Robert Branch on August 9, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Hello, I really like your site and lessons. I was wondering if you ever teach country style guitar like chicken picken, Merle Haggard songs, and other country music. I really want to join your site, but I mostly play country guitar.The older style like Roy Nichols and others like that.If you do please let me know and I will join as a premium member. Thanks,Robert

  11. Jackson Hammond-Furst on November 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Carl, thank you so much for all the help with guitar! I am wondering if you could show how to play, “Life’s Been Good” by Joe Walsh! Thanks

  12. Weston Covell on January 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Hey Carl, just wondering why I couldn’t use your video anymore on YouTube? I was in the process of learning this song and it said it was banned from the country or some crap. Watching you play it made me want to pick my guitar back up again after years went by and now something or someone blocked the video. Just wonderin what’s up, if you could get back with me, it’d be greatly appreciated, thanks man.

    • Carl Brown on February 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Hey Weston, unfortunately it is an issue between the music publisher and YouTube. It has happened before on other videos of mine where they are banned in certain countries.

      Most of the time, it works itself out within a few weeks. Hopefully this will be the case with Hotel California in the near future and it will no longer be banned in the US. Unfortunately, it is out of my control 🙁

      Carl…

  13. Carlos Arce on February 2, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I can’t watch the Hotel California lesson videos, they seem to be blocked; Is there any way I can see them? Because I really enjoyed how these tutorials are made.

  14. Dylan Christman on January 24, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Carl,

    I am not able to view these videos. It keeps telling me “This video contains content from UMPG publishing, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.” Is there anything you can do about that?

    Thanks so much

    • Carl Brown on January 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      I wish there was, in the past year a few of my lessons for The Eagles have been blocked in the US. Not sure why…

  15. Keith harrell on February 14, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Hi Carl
    I took out your course because 1) it is good but 2) I saw I could go thru Pt 3 Hotel California and now getting blocked message!
    Can you send it over or if not perhaps the tabs? They can’t be banned.
    Thanks
    Keef

    • Carl Brown on February 14, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Hey Keef, there is nothing I can do about the videos being blocked in the U.S.

      I suggest watching the videos using a VPN. You can google that and find many of them. It will hide your location and you should be able to watch the videos. The Eagles are the only band that I have had trouble with their lessons being blocked in the U.S.

  16. Keith harrell on February 15, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Many thanks
    I will try the VPN route. Good suggestion!

    Ta Keef

  17. Manoj Patwardhan on August 5, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Hi Carl,

    What foot pedal or other modifier are you using when you play this song?

    Thanks!

    • Carl Brown on August 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      I was using a Line 6 modeler in this one. It was so long ago I can’t remember which one.

      I am using a Line 6 Helix LT for the lessons these days.

      • Manoj Patwardhan on August 13, 2018 at 6:53 am

        Thank you!

  18. Manoj Patwardhan on August 5, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Hi Carl,

    In my last question about the foot pedal, I mean for the lead solo.

    Thanks!

  19. wesley emms on December 31, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Hi any tab for the solo middle section? I have the first and last parts nailed but can’t crack the middle.

    Thanks.

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