What I’m Currently Learning on Guitar: Hotel California and Jumpin’ Jack Flash

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.

the eaglesI’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.

The Best Five Songs From The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones are considered by some to be the greatest band of all time. They have a wide array of fantastic songs in their catalog. Below, you’ll find five of the best songs the Stones ever recorded. Read on to see if your favorites made the list.

1. Let’s Spend The Night Together

The sexy lyrics and R&B flair of this song helps it stand out from the rest of the Stones catalogs. It features excellent vocal work from Mick Jagger, and it has a very nice blues influence.

2. Fool To Cry

While The Rolling Stones are primarily known for their rock hits, some of their best tunes are very soulful. Fool To Cry is a simple ballad with a strong emotional core behind it. It’s sweet, but it also has a real simmer to it. Any Stones fans will be blown away by Jagger’s vocals on this great track.

3. Tumbling Dice

One of the most famous things about Mick Jagger is his swagger. It’s hard to deny the presence that he has, whether you’re watching a live performance or listening to one of their better tracks.

You can hear that swagger full-force in the song Tumbling Dice. Although the recording quality on this song isn’t great, the confidence of Jagger and his band really shine through.

4. Start Me Up

Start Me Up is one of the biggest hits the Stones ever had, and it’s easy to see why. This song feels as though it was written by rock stars, and it wouldn’t work for any other band.

Start Me Up has catchy lyrics and a strong beat, but it also has an authoritative feel. When you listen to it, you feel like you’re hearing a great band in their prime.

5. Jumping Jack Flash

Both Keith Richards and Jagger shine on this psychedelic Stones hit. It’s an incredibly creative song, but it’s still accessible enough to have achieved chart success. The chorus is extremely catchy, and just about anyone will start tapping their toes when they hear its powerful riffs.

Because the Stones had so many great songs, it can be hard to determine the best of the best. Still, these five songs really stand out from the crowd. Give them a listen and see if you feel the same way. All of these songs are hard to resist.

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Classic Rock- The Top Five Hits By Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd was a Southern rock band that formed in the late 1960s. At the top of their career in 1977, a plane crash claimed the lives of three members of the band, including Ronnie Van Zant (lead vocalist and songwriter), Steve Gaines (guitarist) and Cassie Gaines (backup singer). The band had many hits that are still loved today. Continue reading to learn the top five hits by this Southern rock band.

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Sweet Home Alabama (1974)

This was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first and only hit that made it into the Top 10. This song was written in response to Neil Young’s two anti-slavery songs. Although the lyrics would make one think that the band was pro-slavery, this is not the case. This song was in a variety of movies, including “Forest Gump”, “Crimson Tide” and “Con Air”.

Free Bird (1973)

Free Bird is probably the most known song of the band. It was used as the finale song in their concerts and achieved the number 3 ranking on Guitar World’s Greatest Guitar Solos. The song was the band’s longest song, lasting well over 14 minutes at most concerts. This song was featured in the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as a variety of video games and films.

Gimme Three Steps (1973)

Gimme Three Steps is a song that talks about a man “cuttin’ the rug” with another’s man’s woman. When the woman’s man sees them, he runs for the door rather than fight. This song went against so many other songs from this genre that were about never backing down.

That Smell (1977)

This famous song was written in response to Gary Rossington’s car wreck. Gary had just purchased a new car and had gotten drunk and crashed it into a tree. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant along with Allen Collins wrote this song because they were upset about Rossington’s drug and alcohol problems. This song was featured in “Joe Dirt”, “True Blood” and a variety of other movies and television shows.

Saturday Night Special (1975)

Saturday Night Special addressed gun control. The song talks about several different ways that the cheap handguns from that age along with impulsiveness resulted in violence. The lyrics include a home intruder getting shot, a poker game gone bad and an accidental shooting on oneself while intoxicated. This song has been featured in a variety of television shows and movies, including “Supernatural”, “The Walking Dead” and “Blue Collar”.

Although the band had a short career due to the plane crash, their songs are still enjoyed by people around the world. If you have never listened to the band, check them out. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy their songs.

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