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Guitar Tab -Hotel California - Intermediate:

One of the most well-known and in many people's minds, one of the best Eagles songs of all time - Hotel California. The Eagles did an incredible job not only writing this song, but their arrangement is very beautiful too.

Although this TAB is not of the entire song, it is for the most requested and most popular portion of this song, which is the very haunting rhythm portion of the song done on the 12-string guitar that kicks the song off.

The Eagle have played many versions of this song over the past several decades since the song came out. Perhaps the best loved, is the version done on the 12-String acoustical guitar, and that is what I have tabbed out for you in this free guitar tab.

This lesson is available in the following formats:

    Hotel California Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you! The file has all of the notation, TAB, left hand fingering, rhythm chords and more. Turn on RSE and you can enjoy listening to the song as if it was really being played! Amazing sound.

    Hotel California Tab Notes PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you ! This will include the full tablature of the song, notation, rhythm tracks, fingering and lots more. Plus you can rearrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level. We also include the Tab Notes teaching system.


All of these files were authored in eMedia's Guitar-Pro. This is the favorite tab and notation authoring software for us here at Ultimate Guitar OnLine. It is filled with features and is simple to use - even without a manual. It is compatible with PC and Mac. We use it on the Mac here and it is a pleasure to use. To see a full review click HERE. Otherwise if you would like to try a free copy of it, you can download the demo HERE and use it for 15 days.

Hotel California - Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

If you are not familiar with reading Guitar Tab, click HERE for a quick tutorial. If you are not familiar with reading notation click HERE for some online lesson material we have put together. There are a few more areas that you can brush up on to really get going on this song. I have summarized them below. Just click the links and you can go to that particular article.

Having trouble with Crosspicking technique? We have a great article on Learning How to Crosspick.

Having problems with that flat pick? This article gives you lots of info on proper techniques - Right Hand Techniques.

Having trouble with the fingering? Take a look at Left Hand Techniques and get some help there.

Ultimate Guitar Tab Tips on Hotel California:
    Watch your up and down strokes carefully. It is critical that you keep them consistent. Down strokes are almost always on the downbeat and upstrokes are often on the upbeat, but not always. We have clearly shown the down and up strokes below each note in the tab. The down-up strokes are shown on the tab below the Guitar Tab staff.
    If you are being challenged by crosspicking, this song will be hard for you at first. It is however an excellent song with which learn crosspicking and you will get much satisfaction once you master it. If you need help click the link above on Learning How to Crosspick.

    The rhythm is very syncopated and thus many of the notes do not fall directly on the downbeat of the song. This will take some practice for you to achieve the desired result. If you listen closely and follow along with the Guitar Pro version of this song you will be able to nail the timing very easily after some practice.

    Many guitarists have trouble playing this type of rhythm because it almost classifies as lead type of playing. This is why it is very important that you study your down-up strokes of this selection very carefully. I have noted the proper down-ups in the first few measure of the song - after that they just repeat.

    So start out very slowly, hold your chord patterns (these are indicated above the notation and the forms are just below the song title). Let the notes all ring through each other, just as they do on the original performance by the Eagles.

    I touched on the term syncopation above, but what really introduces the syncopation to the song is the extensive used of dotted notes. As a refresher, dotted notes ADD 50% to the notes timing value. In other words, a half note typically gets 2 beats. If there is a dot behind it, you add 50% more for a total of 3 beats. It's not so complicated with the multiple beat notes like the whole and half notes. I starts to get difficult with quarter note, eighth notes and sixteenth notes.
    Although this song is tabbed in the key of C major, it is most often played in the key of D Major. Therefore use a Capo on the second fret and play it in C and you will be playing automatically in A. With a Capo on the Second Fret, it tends to play a bit easier also, since the frets are closer together. Watch for this technique a lot in flatpick guitar pieces. You will also notice that we not only use the chords in the key of C Major, but we utilize extensive chords from the relative key of A Minor.
Memorize Your Ultimate Guitar Tab:

Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.

Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.

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