The Xx: Sunset | fingerstyle guitar

Posted on 27. Sep, 2012 by in Free Tabs, Pop Music

“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

While listening to Coexist, the new album from The xx, I am reminded of the power of silence as an instrument, and minimalism as a virtue. I’m recording an EP right now, and my focus is both silence and minimalism.  Recording in my office with just a guitar, mic, and a wooden chair — I feel that I’ve captured some some really great performances.  I’ll be heading to the studio to start mastering soon, and I can’t wait for you to hear the final product.

I really have no rhyme or reason to what I post on this blog.  Mostly, I just check the new-releases on iTunes and see what inspires me.  Just like with Madness, Sunset immediately caught my attention. It’s simple structure made it easy for me to envision as a solo guitar performance.

Sunset, the 6th track on Coexist (the new album from The xx) is tuned one whole step down.  The only difficulty is that you’ll be stuck in an “underneath” position for almost the entire song.  People with small hands or short arms might find this interpretation of Sunset a little difficult.  Good luck, the tab is available below:

The xx — Sunset (Tab)

Sunset - Coexist

-Please comment if you’d like to let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

-My new EP Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings is now available on iTunesAmazonAmazon Europeand CDBaby. Any review or rating you may leave is deeply appreciated. Thanks for your support!

Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings -- EP - Evan Handyside


7 Responses to “The Xx: Sunset | fingerstyle guitar”

  1. Daniel

    03. Oct, 2012

    Hey Evan, really nice tab. It’s one of those little pieces that might go unnoticed on this blog. I don’t know what your analytics say but to me it seems a bit like “Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black”. You probably don’t get a lot of response on these ones at once but nevertheless I think they are absolutely gorgeous little pieces. I wouldn’t want to miss them on your blog! I only started playing Sun’s Gone Dim more very recently after I hadn’t really tried it for weeks and it turns out to be a really nice guitar transcription thats fun to play. All I’m saying is that some pieces just need a bit more time and that’s fine.
    This one falls in a similar category even though I did connect with this one quite fast and enjoy playing it and I guess for once my rather big hands come in handy here.
    Thanks again and good luck for your recording and mastering sessions friend.

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    • Evan Handyside

      03. Oct, 2012

      Thanks Daniel,

      Actually, this one is doing quite well. You’re right that the Sun’s Gone Dim isn’t a great performer, and neither is Apple Tree. I think those were a little weird for most folks. But hey, you can’t win em’ all! Thanks for the well wishes on my recording — I need it!


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  2. Sean Thielen

    15. Jul, 2013

    I am so thankful to have come across your site! I came first and foremost for the cloud atlas tab (as it is nearly impossible to find) and absolutely loved it! The xx is one of my favorite bands of all time, been with them since the beginning and seen them live multiple times, they’re great! Anyways, you really should add more of their songs here. You did a marvelous job on this, and I am curious to see what you could do for songs like “VCR” or “Hot Like Fire”. Cheers mate! Thanks again!

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  3. Sascha

    06. Nov, 2013

    great work,like ever!
    i love it.

    what kind of guitar and strings do you use,and how expensive are both?

    if the question has already been asked,sorry^^


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  4. Sascha

    08. Nov, 2013

    of course this has helped

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