American group from California, Eagles, became in a few decades one of the icons of American Rock. It was in the 70's that the group started and quickly met success. Millions of records were sold worldwide and the band ranked most popular along with Michael Jackson as the best-selling album in the history of music.
According to the famous Rolling Stone magazine, Hotel California is in the top 50 of the 500 greatest songs of all time. With numerous awards and prizes, this song from the album of the same name has become simply legendary. A worldwide hit, it is difficult to escape this song full of history. Because behind this languorous slow song of more than six minutes, hides a much sadder and dark interpretation. For a long time the members of the group did not want to evoke the true history, that these artists fell into life with drugs and alcohol. Both were real plagues in California during the time; but the group reveals in a melodic tune the other side of the coin.
Despite it all, The Eagles is a band that still fascinates many individuals and bands all over the world.
Let's take for example one of the band's flagship songs, Hotel California. Which guitarist didn't dream one day to play it and why? This song is very interesting from a rhythmic point of view because there are many changes. However, because it is long, it requires some practice before it can be fully mastered. For many musicians, this piece can be seen as a challenge to take up knowing that this piece has become totally mythic.Of course other Eagle pieces are played by guitarists even if this one is the most legendary by most people.
You can find videos online that explain step by step how to play a particular piece.
It is perhaps the fact that they are a mixture of bluegrass and rock that appeals so much to audiences worldwide. Icon of an entire era, this group has had many successes throughout its career.
Moreover, The Eagles and in particular the song Hotel California have been covered by many individuals and bands, some of which have become famous from their covers, such as Majek Fashek, the reggae version of Bob Marley or Nancy Sinatra, the Gipsy King etc...
If you are reading this article, chances are that is what you are looking for. Be aware that the arrangement is typically Californian with many guitar tracks overlapping. This is what gives this sublime orchestration. Of course you can get a great result with just one guitar.
You can play the piece in two different ways with or without capo. To keep the right tempo, don't hesitate to mark it with your foot. Learn the chords, which are easy and there aren’t many, so it’ll take hardly any time at all to learn it.
I hope this article has enlightened you on the fact that The Eagles is one of the most played guitar bands in all of history and it behooves you to learn some of their songs; it will be a fun challenge and ultimately rewarding to perform.