Guitar lesson for “Hotel California” by The Eagles (acoustic, no capo)

This is a video guitar lesson for “Hotel California” by the Eagles, as performed on an acoustic guitar with no capo. I cover the chords & progressions needed, as well as some tablature for how to play my arrangement of the complete intro. I hope you enjoy.

Notes (tabs, lyrics) for this lesson can be found here:

Lesson table of contents:

2:34 About this lesson
4:05 How to play the chords
7:03 Verse chord progression
8:23 Strumming patterns
9:44 Chorus chord progression
10:45 Intro: basics
13:24 Intro: adding flourish
17:34 Chorus riffs

This video is a guitar lesson for the classic song “Hotel California” by The Eagles. It includes chords, tabs, and strumming patterns — showing how to play this song in standard tuning on an acoustic guitar (with no capo). I created this tutorial for Songnotes, which is my personal music lesson web project (video and text-based lessons).

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  1. man tik dickson Choy

    Very clear presentation and understandable!

  2. By far the best I have seen on the Youtube and it is very easy (for intermediate level) compared to thousand others. Best part, it sounds close to original. Thank you.

  3. thumbs up bruv

  4. teach me part of solo at the end , can't you ? please

  5. Country rock is my genre

  6. great lesson sir. just subscribed will be looking out for your videos

  7. What an amazing lesson Sir! You put great effort into making this! Highly appreciated :)


  9. could you make a tutorial video on a song Indan Summer by Simona Nae

  10. you rock man !!!!

  11. loved it

  12. you explained it very well…

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