I have to admit that one of the main factors that determines whether or not I like a song is how easy or hard it is to play on guitar.
I’d rank myself as an intermediate guitarist: I’ve been playing on and off for a few years now, and probably practice an average of 30 minutes a day.
That means that I can easily handle most of the 4-chord songs, but sometimes have trouble when I try to incorporate some of the licks and solo riffs that are emblematic to a lot of the songs that are out there.
Right now, I’m working on two main songs: Hotel California by the Eagles and Jumpin’ Jack Flash by the Stones.
They’re both at an intermediate level, I’d say, and are a good challenge for me, but both songs that I think I can reasonably tackle and will be able to play decently well in a couple of weeks.
Hotel California is often considered a beginner song, but I don’t think it is. I think that a lot of people want to learn this song quickly, so they dumb it down in order to be able to play it well even though they don’t have a lot of experience with the guitar.
In my view, the key characteristics of this song aren’t just the chords, but the style in which you play them. That’s what makes the song more challenging, and something I’m currently struggling with. The intro, which I’m playing according to this video lesson, is what gives me the most headache.
If you want to get a few tips, check out this post on how to learn Hotel California at OnlineGuitarTab.com.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash is the other tune I’m working through.
Again the actual chords here aren’t that difficult, but the intricacies of how the Rolling Stones performed the song are something of a challenge.
Even if you’re an advanced beginner, you shoudl be able to make it through the Jumpin’ Jack Flash tab reasonably well, on just a few days or a week’s worth of practice.
If you really want to master the song, though I suggest you take a careful listen through the original recording, and try to emulate the style of the piece.
You can also watch this lesson for more tips.
Learn more about the Rolling Stones on allmusic.com.