I was looking for the lead (the music that starts the song) in the Hotel California Song. But I am having trouble locating the tab. Even after listening more than 50 times, I still cannot locate the guitar tab.Additionally, I have a very quick hand and can play any chord.

I am extremely discouraged.Furthermore, I do not want to copy the tab from YouTube or other website.

How can my ear training be made better?

  • There are many, many questions on this site about improving ear training. Please read through some of those to see if they answer your question. If they don't, then please update your question to indicate what issue(s) are left unaddressed.
    – Aaron
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 19:34
  • @Aaron Could you check and search the question for me?
    – jasmine
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 20:22
  • That's your job when posting on this site — to do some basic research first. If you hover over the downvote button, you'll see that it says "This question does not show any research effort."
    – Aaron
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 21:24
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    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 23, 2023 at 11:24
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    A teacher and/or loads of practice is what has served most of us. It's not an easy job, but knowing scales and chords is a very good start. That apart, there are many inaccurate tabs out there.
    – Tim
    Commented Jul 23, 2023 at 18:05

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In my experience, it's all about practicing and just hearing the same things over and over enough times. Playing by ear is definitely challenging at first. My advice is to break up the song into manageable chunks by pausing it. Try listening to the first five notes, and then find those on your instrument. If that's too hard, just do the first four notes, and so on. Then move on to the next chunk of notes, learn them, and add them to the first part. Soon you'll know all the notes and be able to practice it, and each song you learn by ear will get a little easier.

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