In this easy guitar tutorial, you will learn how to play Hotel California guitar chords in a basic acoustic arrangement with a simplified strumming pattern. This lesson requires familiarity with the basic open chords and one barre chord. It therefore makes a good learning experience for those guitarists who are at the threshold of open chord proficiency and now ready to expand into barre chords.
How to Play Hotel California Guitar Chords
If you’re looking for a complete breakdown of the song suitable for more advanced players, click here.
Some interesting Hotel California song trivia (from Wikipedia)…
- The lyrics weave a surrealistic tale in which a weary traveler checks into a luxury hotel. The hotel at first appears inviting and tempting, but it turns out to be a nightmarish place where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”. The song is an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s. Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles” and later reiterated: “It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”
- In 2008, Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics: Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about. Coming into L.A….
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