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Eagles: Hotel California

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Difficulty: 6
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  • Hi GMCers! Today we have an all-time classic hit - "Hotel California" by Eagles! :)

    The atmosphere and catchyness of this song is really outstanding. Clean guitar work is very detailed and intricate, and the progression became a standard classic. Lead guitar work is legendary incorporate two guitars, playing polyphonic melodies in most parts, and the main solo of the song is being considered by many as one of the greatest rock solos ever. In this lesson, we will cover all of the rhythm guitar work and variations, and complete solo, including fills.

    Arrangement of the song is not that difficult to remember, with only alternating verses and choruses, but the solo part has the arrangement on it's own which is excellent. For efficient learning, and not to get yourself confused because of the big number or slow videos, always return to the main video, and check out what videos are for what part of the song.

    SONG STRUCTURE:

    INTRO 16 bars (VIDEOS 1-16)
    VERSE 16 bars (VIDEOS 9-16 for first 8 bars, and VIDEOS 17-20 for the last 8 bars)
    CHORUS 8 bars (VIDEOS 21-24)
    VERSE 16 bars (VIDEOS 9-16 for first 8 bars, and VIDEO 25 for the last 8 bars)
    CHORUS 8 bars (VIDEOS 21-24)
    VERSE 8 bars (VIDEOS 9-16)
    FILLS FOR VERSE 8 bars (VIDEOS 42-46)
    SOLO 1st guitar 8 bars (VIDEOS 26-29)
    SOLO 2nd guitar 8 bars (VIDEOS 30-33)
    SOLO both guitars 8 bars (VIDEO 34-37 and 47-48)
    OUTRO SOLO 8 bars (38-41 and 49-52)

    Tuning:
    *Standard E
    E - A - D - G - B - E
    (From thick to thin)

    Techniques in focus:
    * Chordal/Arpeggiated Playing/Strumming
    * Strumming
    * Bending

    Equipment:
    * US Stratocaster Modded
    * Focusrite OctoPre MKII preamp/converter into E-MU 1212m
    * All emulations from Amplitube 3: For rhythm guitars, Deluxe model without cab with chorus was used to create acoustic feel. For lead parts, first guitar is using MarkV emulation with humbucker pickup, and second guitar MarkV with Phaser, some reverb, and on a single coil pickup.

    If you have any questions:
    * Give feedback (upper-right-corner)
    * My Personal Board
    * General Forum

    Enjoy!
    /Ivan

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