Well, riddler, you seem to learn or to improve your skills almost like I do. I am not playing in a band, and NEVER IN A COVER GROUP. A lot of people play guitar in cover bands, I think the number one in cover bands are the Shadows. This is an example where you need to play almost exactly like they do. I also heard, and saw, bands playing HOTEL CALIFORNIA, but I think that almost no player can play exactly that song. They use a 12 string guitar in it, and how many of us have a 12 string ELECTRIC guitar? I have one a BURNS, not the cheapest one, by trading my Variax 700 (acoustic) for the Burns and got 400€ extra. What I found, when I played pretty much the 12 string Burns is that I had improved a lot my skills on guitar, REASON: the neck is thicker than a common electric guitar, and you have to push on 2 strings in stead of one which gave me a thicker skin on my fingertips.
I am discussing here in acoustic about electric, but TRUST ME, I COULD CHANGE ELECTRIC IN ACOUSTIC. It was just to explain some things.
The best way to learn a song is acoustic, 100% if you play along with a song on your CD.
Playing along is underestimated, but it gives you a much better idea. In most cases, using pure chords, NO CAPO, NO open tuning, I can play along quit fast.
So about Hotel California, using strumming, and I don't think that this song needs correct strumming. A song needing CORRECT strumming, is the at first site very easy song: "GLORIA" by THEM, using E A D. This is for me the best example how to strum.
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