Hotel California [Eagles] Bass Guitar Tutorial + Cover

Hotel California by Eagles is an iconic bass line.

Most of it is made up from the simplest of notes - a root, 5th, and octave. How can something so simple sound so good??

I think the answer lies, in part, down to infectious rhythms and a great groove.

In this lesson, you're going to learn the two main sections as well as:

  • how to memorise the line
  • the song structure
  • how to make up your own fills
  • what makes this such a great bass line

You might first want to look at this arpeggio exercise based on one of the chord progressions from Hotel California:

Hotel California Bass Guitar Arpeggio Exercise


Hotel California Bass Guitar Cover

Before we get into the lesson, here's my cover of Hotel California. I kept things similar to the original but did add in a couple of my own touches - something I might do on a gig.

The TAB/notation and play along software I'm using is excellent and it's called Tomplay.

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Hotel California Bass Guitar Tutorial


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