The Xx: How to Play — Intro for classical guitar

Posted on 04. Mar, 2014 by in Best of Intellimusica, Easy to Play, Method, Pop Music, Premium Tabs

The Xx

Why it’s OK to be okay at guitar

Within my lifestyle as a guitar teacher and guitar blogger, nothing is more apparent to me, then people’s lack of self-confidence, or perceived status, as a guitarist. I’m not immune either.

We’re all [one YouTube video of some kid playing Eruption] away from thinking: we either genetically suck at guitar, or that we need to spend 8 hours a day practicing like the other guy.

However, it’s important to realize that — its often your identity as a guitar player, rather than your skill, that is far more important. The Xx is a perfect case in point.

The Xx’s Romy Madley-Croft is one of my personal guitar heroes. From what I can tell, she largely makes her music with just a few notes on one or two strings — yet Romy has a STRONG musical identity. It’s what she plays, and how shes plays it, that makes her sound — The Xx’s sound — unmistakable.

I would encourage you to de-emphasize skill with regard to your guitar playing. It’s highly overrated. However, you should be writing and creating your own riffs. Even if you’re a beginner and you only know one or two notes — the less bound by convention you are, the better. You can always use a black Les Paul and crank the reverb.

(Note: Intro is my premium content. Check out my version of Sunset too. It’s also by The Xx and a free tab. Please comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.)

How to play Intro, by The Xx, for classical guitar

Not surprisingly, Intro is very easy to play. The tab is spaced out just right to give a feel for the timing too.

There’s a hundred versions of this on YouTube, so I wanted to set myself apart with something a little different.  My version of ‘Intro for classical guitar’ is

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10 Responses to “The Xx: How to Play — Intro for classical guitar”

  1. sajjad

    09. Mar, 2014

    thanks man
    i love this song
    you best Musician

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  2. Nikesh

    18. Mar, 2014

    This is great! ive been following the blog for sometime and, as a beginner guitarist, its an incredible source of diverse good music that easily accessible.. I was wondering, have you heard a band called Alt-J (mercury prize winners in the UK – not sure they’ve hit it big yet in America) – they have some great songs and i wandering if you ever thought of composing some of them? Sorry, not wanting to sound like a request but…

    Nikesh

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    • Evan Handyside

      18. Mar, 2014

      Hi Nikesh,

      No problem, I enjoy hearing from people! I like Alt-J. I might try Fitzpleasure or Tesselate actually. I kind of forgot about them, but I did mean to do one of their tunes.

      Thank you for the kind words about my blog Nikesh!
      Evan

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  3. Jiggly

    21. Mar, 2014

    Great song really, I learned this on tab only one note per one note and was not happy of what I done do to the lake of sounds. Here, alone you have a beautiful music and seems easy to play, great job keep it up :)

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  4. Eugene

    28. Mar, 2014

    I love this song. Thanks for the tab!

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  5. serenity

    16. Apr, 2014

    Wow, i wish i had read this artical a long time ago! Very inspirational. Thanks so much man and keep up the good work, its much appreciated!

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  6. noran

    30. Jun, 2015

    I love this song. Thanks for the tab!

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  7. Sofia

    21. Feb, 2016

    Hi!
    Im from Argentina, thanks for your post and tabs, i feel what you are saying and it encorage me to keep playing guitar even if im not very very good at it..
    Thank you!

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