Here's how to play my arrangement of 'Hotel California' by the Eagles! See various arrangements and ideas of how to play this classic song on this page!
I've taught this to private students many times over the years, and all of them struggled massively with the 'as the record' version. I was therefore going to teach the live version (see the video of Don Felder demoing that further down this page). However, the live version was a bit too simplified and didn't sound like the record to me. So, I came up with this hybrid arrangement, which keeps the pattern as similar as possible throughout- making it MUCH EASIER to learn! Private students love it, so I chose to film this version, hope you like it!
Sadly, due to change in copyright, the TAB is no longer available for this song, not even to purchase. If this changes, I will update this page.
Also, the video may not play in certain countries, again due to copyright restrictions decided upon by the record company. There is nothing i can no about this at this time.
Get printable TAB to match this tutorial - click here
Hotel California - intro picking tutorial (capo 7th fret)
This is a high capo (7th fret). Some strings may not ring out with some cheaper capos. Check out the G7 capo that I use here. This was NOT a paid endorsement, I just think they're excellent. A private student actually bought me one as a present a few years ago and I've used it ever since - 100% recommended! Learn more here.
Here's a comparison video where I show you how I layered my normal guitar with another guitar in Nashville Tuning to create the 12 string effect!
Hotel California - simplified tutorial (capo 2nd fret)
Here's my older tutorial showing an easier arrangement of this song with the capo at 2nd fret- using easier chords and strumming, this is ideal for Beginners!
Teaching Hotel California - Jamming workshop clip!
Here's a clip from me teaching both the capo 2nd and capo 7th versions to a Jam Class group!
Don Felder lesson - from the guy who wrote it!
Here's a video of Don Felder talking you through how he played this wonderful song on the record and also the live version!