life in the fast lane bass lesson



Written by Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Glenn Frey and it’s about a couple who had everything but lost it all because of their fast lifestyle. Glenn got the song title while speeding in a car with a drug dealer.

The song appears on the Eagles 1976 album, “Hotel California”.

The song starts with the infamous guitar riff that Joe came up with and used as a warm-up exercise and the others liked it enough to develop it into a song.


Randy Meisner was born in Nebraska where he first learned to play the guitar, after seeing Elvis, but later switched to guitar and then bass.  He moved to LA and played with Poco, Rick Nelson, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, where he met Don Henley and Glenn Frey. He was a founding member of the Eagles and played with them from 1971 to 1977 and was on all of their classic albums. He quit the band for health reasons and to spend more time with his family.

Randy’s playing on this song features; short punchy notes, great tone, octaves, slides, ghost notes, syncing with the drums and a great lick way up high during the guitar solo. Perfect part for this song.

life in the fast lane bass lesson

Randy Meisner

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