In this free online guitar lesson I demonstrate how I play the guitar solos in “Hotel California” by the Eagles. These examples are suitable for intermediate and advanced level players who have learned pentatonic, major and harmonic minor scale patterns. You can follow along using the free tools below including guitar tab, a play along guitar backing jam track, and an audio mp3 of the performance.
Hotel California Guitar Tabs
You can view and download my free Hotel California Guitar Solo Tabs PDF file here. This file is just an interpretation of some select song parts. You may only use it for private study, scholarship, or research.
Official, Complete Guitar Tab
If you would like to learn how the original recording was played, or would like to play any other parts from the song, then you can get the complete, accurate, fully licensed and legal guitar tab at musicnotes.com. You can also listen to, buy and download the original recording at iTunes.
Hotel California Play Along Backing Track
You can stream and download my free Hotel California jam track here. It includes the accompaniment for just the guitar solo sections. This mp3 was made with a MIDI file and GuitarPro6 (the same program I used to make the guitar tab).
In addition to the video demonstration, I also have an audio performance of the solos I play. This is a separate take from the video, so the performance may be slightly different.
Hotel California Chords, Progression, and Scales
For a complete break down of the chords, progression and scales used in Hotel California along with fretboard diagrams go to my article 10 Steps to the “Hotel California” Guitar Solo at Dummies.com.
One of the tools I use to help me learn songs is the Song Surgeon software program. It includes features that allow you to slow down, change the tuning of, and loop and repeat songs and song parts. Since I reference so many songs in my guitar theory book and DVD course and instruct you look up and learn these song parts on your own, I highly recommend that you use the Song Surgeon program. It’s a fantastic tool for guitarists!
I used a PRS P22 with 57/08 pickups, staying on the bridge (treble) pickup through all the solos. I plugged into a PRS Custom 50 amp head and used the lead channel with the following settings (12 represents 12 O’clock). Volume: 12 Treble: 12 Middle: 12 Bass: 10 Master: 8 Presence: 12. I used a plate reverb on my Alesis MultiMix8 mixer. The amp head was plugged into a Rivera Silent Sister isolation cabinet with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker and then miked with a couple of Shure SM57s. I used the phaser effect in the Line 6 M5 for Joe Walsh’s parts beginning at 1:39. I recorded and played back the first set of arpeggios with a Boss RC-3 Loop Station. I use Dava Jazz Grips Delrin guitar picks.
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Play Until Yer Fingers Bleed!
Mr. Desi Serna