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.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

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 tuned one whole step down. You tuning is as follows from low to high: D G C F A D. 

Intro by The Xx

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, film composer - Broken Noons, creator of modern content for guitar.