#1
First, excuse me if this has already been asked, as I was unable to find anything on the subject through search.

The question is, in the solo in Hotel California, I'm assuming the guitarrist uses the B minor pentatonic. If I have that wrong, please correct me. Also, if he is using the Bm pentatonic, where does the Bb / A# come from in this part and also in other parts? I also see him use a G from time to time. Can anyone explain the theory behind this? Thanks in advance.



SOLO: (4:20)
E--------------------------------------------------------------------
B---------10h12^^---10-12--------7-----------------------------------
G--10/11------------------9--7-9---7---------------------------------
D------------------------------------8--9h11p9p7^--------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------

(4:28)
E--------------------------------------10----------------7-----10^^--
B-----7--------------7-------------10^----10^r-7-10-8^-----7---------
G-7-9---7--------7-9---7---------------------------------------------
D---------9-7-9----------9-7-9--7------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------



Edit: There's also this C# / Db here, but I am assuming that's from the Bminor Mixolydian...

(4:35)
E-10--10^r-7-----10------------------10------------------------------
B------------10^----10^r---8-----------------------------------------
G-----------------------------x-x-9^----9^r---7---7p6--7-------------
D--------------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------
Last edited by hotriceaa at Sep 27, 2006,
#2
The Bb/A# and the G should be from B harmonic minor. (B,C#,D,E,F#,G,A#). The A# leads nicely to the B note because their a half step apart.

Actually, G natural is in B natural/pure minor/aeolian as well. (We guitar players/musicians can never agree on what to call something, I swear every note/technique/sound has at least 3 names!)


Keep in mind that not everything a guitarist plays is necessarily rooted in theory, especially in a guitar solo. Chromactic notes are often used for embellishment. If it sounds good, it's correct. After all music theory is just a theory.
Last edited by Freeze1186 at Sep 27, 2006,