The xx – Crystalised (Intro Tab)

I wasn’t as impressed with The xx’s debut album as most of the internet seems to have been, but there was enough interesting stuff on it to make me eager to hear the follow up that’s arriving in September. The most interesting being Crystalised with it’s interlocking guitar lines.

I’ve wangled the intro onto ukulele in few ways: with two ukes, with one, and a simpler version with one. The rest of the song is just Em – Bm – A. There’s also this guitar line in the chorus and the uke 1 part in bars 9 – 12 crops up later in the song.

Duet Version

The xx – Crystalised (Intro)(Duet Version)

Duet Version

Solo Version

The xx – Crystalised (Intro)(Solo Version)

Simpler Version

The xx – Crystalised (Simplified Intro)

Simpler Version

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  1. pepamahina June 22nd, 2012 4:49 am

    Wow, sometimes your timing is just spooky. I just spent most of this evening putting together a playbook of music for multiple ukes for the ukulele quartet group that I play with. This will make a lovely addition, thank you Al.

  2. Jerika June 22nd, 2012 10:17 pm

    This is lovely.

  3. MeowJesse June 22nd, 2012 10:48 pm

    Nice! I love The xx and i was really happy to see this haha. Good job!

  4. frimpong June 23rd, 2012 8:30 pm

    fantastic cover…
    what strumming would you suggest?
    im really bad at working out strummings to sing along with..
    btw thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your songs, tutorials and work! this website is my reason and motivation for playing the uke…

  5. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:15 am

    pepamahina: I’m happy to help!

    Jerika: Glad you like.

    MeowJesse: Thanks!

    frimpong: Maybe try following the bass for the strum.

  6. kathryn March 3rd, 2013 8:33 pm

    So would you pick the notes for this one rather than strum?
    Thanks, I love this song x

  7. Woodshed March 4th, 2013 12:27 pm

    kathryn: Yep, picked.

  8. Destiny August 7th, 2014 7:20 am

    I love it! now i just need to figure out the rest of the song-let me know if any other tabs are posted

  9. Dayna August 21st, 2014 4:02 am

    Hello there!
    First I just want to say thank you for this amazing website. It has really inspired me and helped me to develop as a ukulele player. Picking up an instrument as an adult is never easy, so i really appreciate this website for making me feel like anything is possible! Okay now that you know I’m obsessed with this website, I was wondering if you could do a more slowed down version of this song, because I keep watching it and i’m trying to study your hand movements around the 8th-9th measure, but it’s hard because you move pretty quickly! If not, I completely understand, but any pointers would be appreciated :D

  10. Woodshed August 21st, 2014 1:35 pm

    Dayna: Thanks very much! Sorry, I don’t think I’ll get around to making that video.

  11. Marcel November 30th, 2015 10:06 pm


    I’m having a hard time with the chunk in the strumming pattern, could you clarify how you do it?
    Thanks for this amazing tab by the way :)

  12. Woodshed December 2nd, 2015 11:02 am

    Marcel: I’m bringing the side of my hand down on the strings at the same time as strumming. There’s a close up of it here.

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