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Chords in this song

A chordBm chordD chordE7 chordEm chordGb7 chordG chord

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Pluck the chords for the fingerpicking riff.

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Verse:
BmBm chord                        Gb7Gb7 chord
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair  
AA chord                     E7E7 chord
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
GG chord                         DD chord
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light 
EmEm chord                                        Gb7Gb7 chord
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim I had to stop for the night 
 
BmBm chord                              Gb7Gb7 chord
There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell 
AA chord                                            E7E7 chord
And I was thinking to myself, "This could be Heaven or this could be Hell" 
GG chord                        DD chord
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way 
EmEm chord                                  Gb7Gb7 chord
There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say...
 
 
Chorus:
GG chord                        DD chord 
Welcome to the Hotel California 
       Gb7Gb7 chord                                BmBm chord        Gb7Gb7 chord  BmBm chord
Such a lovely place - Such a lovely place - Such a lovely face 
GG chord                               DD chord
Plenty of room at the Hotel California  
    EmEm chord                                     Gb7Gb7 chord
Any time of year - Any time of year - You can find it here
 
 
Verse:
BmBm chord                           Gb7Gb7 chord
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
AA chord                                     E7E7 chord
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends 
GG chord                                DD chord
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat. 
EmEm chord                      Gb7Gb7 chord
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
 
BmBm chord                           Gb7Gb7 chord
So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine" 
          AA chord                                     E7E7 chord
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine" 
GG chord                                       DD chord
And still those voices are calling from far away, 
EmEm chord                                     Gb7Gb7 chord
Wake you up in the middle of the night Just to hear them say... 
 
 
Chorus:
GG chord                        DD chord 
Welcome to the Hotel California 
       Gb7Gb7 chord                                      BmBm chord        Gb7Gb7 chord BmBm chord
Such a lovely place - Such a lovely place - Such a lovely face 
GG chord                                  DD chord
They livin' it up at the Hotel California 
       EmEm chord                                             Gb7Gb7 chord
What a nice surprise - what a nice surprise - Bring your alibis 
 
 
Verse:
BmBm chord                      Gb7Gb7 chord
Mirrors on the ceiling, The pink champagne on ice 
              AA chord                               E7E7 chord
And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" 
GG chord
And in the master's chambers, They gathered for the feast 
EmEm chord
They stab it with their steely knives, But they just can't kill the beast
 
BmBm chord                           Gb7Gb7 chord
Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door 
AA chord                                 E7E7 chord
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before 
GG chord                                   DD chord
"Relax, " said the night man, "We are programmed to receive. 
EmEm chord                                   Gb7Gb7 chord
You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave! "    

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

32 Comments

  • nikkiuke says:

    it would be great if there was a tab for the finger picking

    • Jonas says:

      You can simply fingerpick the chords above the lyrics, the timing/rhythm isn’t that difficult ;-). Listen carefully to the recording to get it right.

  • nikkiuke says:

    i don’t get it though do you pluck every string for each chord or what

  • Land Cat says:

    I’ve seen another tutorial for this song nikkiuke and they suggested a plucking pattern of :C+A [slight pause, then] G E G A G E A. They add in some extra notes to transition between chords, but I think that patter works rather well.

  • Tom says:

    I use the travis pick and it sounds great! Comment above I only use for the intro.

  • MakalaMan13 says:

    This song is best on -2

  • GeeFdi says:

    I agree with MakalaMan13. Try it on -2

  • BubbaUke says:

    Has anyone swapped D in for D7? Sounds OK and is a bit easier to play.

  • BubbaUke says:

    Has anyone swapped D in for D7 on -2? Sounds OK to me and is a bit easier to play.

  • ukeman says:

    i agree with BubbaUke, because when i swapped the D7 for a D on -2 its easier and it sound better. Also on the second last verse, after the Dm there should be a E7 and after the F there should be a C.
    i hope i helped anyone out with

  • Frank the tank says:

    For the picking i do G-C-E-A-E and then the chord for each one

  • Christophe says:

    For the fingerpicking: GCEA ECGC EAE sounds good to me

  • lapinapequena says:

    “Man, come on. I had a rough night and I hate the f*ckin’ Eagles, man!” ?

  • t.mercer says:

    We need tabs for the fingerpicking!

  • gonzo says:

    real easy chords +5. Em B7 makes a nice transition.

  • Lex says:

    For finger-picking I found the best was 1-2-3-4-3-4-3-2-3, and it works for each note. Sounds exactly like the original when you play it right

  • kelletth says:

    +2 for women, -2 for women. Sounds much more like the original song.

  • zippy says:

    Gb7 sounds better with a F#

    Play a F from the 2nd fret, baring the 1st with your finger.

  • shruggernaut says:

    -2 does NOT sound good, at all. I’m sorry but it just does not sound like Hotel California. just stick with the non-transposed version. It’s pretty spot-on.

  • Viv R says:

    How do you put all of it on one page? Also, is there an app for this? Thanks!!!

  • Frostmace says:

    put capo on fret 1, played the original chords here.
    sounds good with a lower male voice

  • Unicornofthec says:

    I’m confused about the second line in the chorus. More specifically how to play the chords.

  • Eperks says:

    For the fingerpicking I like C A G – E A – C G E A – – – – –

  • McSuckit says:

    This sucks really bad

  • Dillan says:

    Is there any chords that I should play at the end for -2?

  • Teggers says:

    I’ve just been playing about with this and on -2 with a bridge on fret 2 actually works really well, keeps it in a similar key (unless i am soon tone deaf its unreal haha)

  • TheBabbauke says:

    Strumming pattern?

  • Iury says:

    Intro [2x]:
    A|-2——-2—–2—–|-1——-1—–4-|-0——-2—–0——|
    E|—–2——-2——–|—–2——-2—-|—–0——-0——–|
    C|-2—————2-4-|-1—————–|-1—————-1-2-|
    G|—2—2—2———|—3—3—3—–|—2—2—2———-|
    [Bm7] [F#] [A]

    A|-2——-2—–7-|
    E|—–4——-4—|
    C|-4—————|
    G|—4—4—4—–|
    [E]

    A|-2——-2—–2-0h2-5-|-0——-0—–5-|-2——-2—–5-|
    E|—–3——-3————-|—–2——-2—-|—–3——-3—|
    C|-2————————–|-2—————-|-4—————-|
    G|—0—0—0—————|—2—0—0—-|—0—0—0—–|
    [G] [D] [Em]

    A|-1——-1—–1-4-|
    E|—–2——-2——|
    C|-1——————-|
    G|—3—3—3——-|
    [F#]

  • Iury says:

    Intro [2x]:
    A|-2——-2—–2—–|-1——-1—–4-|-0——-2—–0——|
    E|—–2——-2——-|—–2——-2—|—–0——-0——–|
    C|-2—————2-4-|-1—————|-1—————-1-2-|
    G|—2—2—2———|—3—3—3—–|—2—2—2———-|
    [Bm7] [F#] [A]

    A|-2——-2—–7-|
    E|—–4——-4—|
    C|-4—————|
    G|—4—4—4—–|
    [E]

    A|-2——-2—–2-0h2-5-|-0——-0—–5-|-2——-2—–5-|
    E|—–3——-3———|—–2——-2—|—–3——-3—|
    C|-2———————|-2—————|-4—————|
    G|—0—0—0———–|—2—0—0—–|—0—0—0—–|
    [G] [D] [Em]

    A|-1——-1—–1-4-|
    E|—–2——-2—–|
    C|-1—————–|
    G|—3—3—3——-|
    [F#]

  • Cranky Franky says:

    I transpose from Bm to Am for the key. I fingerpick without picks. sounds good to me.

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