03
Nov
08

Circle of Fifths in Hotel California

The Eagle’s Hotel California is widely known among songwriters to use the circle of fifths which from my very basic understanding is jumping up a fifth in the chord or harmonic sequence several times to make a kind of “round” -although you don’t have to strictly follow the pattern every chord change. Apparently it’s a common device in claissical music, but there’s no reason why you can’t implement it in your own songwriting. But rather than me try and explain it, you can follow the link here

http://www.thesonglines.com/Hotel+California

You tube link:http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=hcwr1nbmWLI

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