“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

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Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings -- EP - Evan Handyside

 

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