The xx – Intro (Tab)

The xx – Intro (Harp Ukulele Tab)

The xx were the highlight of my sofa-Glastonbury this year. It might have been Arctic Monkeys if it weren’t for that weird gameshow host thing and the cheesy, Oasis-style string arrangements. For a better example of arranging for pop bands have a listen to Alex Baranowski’s work with The xx.

Anyway, their performance inspired me to have a go at this instrumental piece. I first tried it on standard uke but it didn’t work out. I moved on to low-G with was better. Then I went insane and decided to drag my aNueNue harp ukulele out of deep storage.

Harp Ukulele

The harp strings on the uke are supposed to be tuned C, D, E, F. But I retuned the bottom two to A. One to pluck and the other to give a bit of sympathetic resonance. The sympathetic resonance turned out quite well. You can particularly hear the reverb-like effect at the beginning.

Important: The letters above the tab represent the bass note being played in that bar they’re not the chords.


The strings tabbed are just tuned like a normal low-G. And it’s tabbed in the same key as the original. So if you’re playing a low-G you can just play this tab along with the record or a bass-playing friend.

Standard Tuning Version

To play it with a high-g ukulele you’ll need to move the whole thing up an octave. Here’s a tab for that. This time with the chord names above the tab.

The xx – Intro (gCEA Tab)


But the MP3
Crystalised Intro Tab
Here Comes the Sun on Harp Ukulele

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  1. Megan July 12th, 2013 1:22 am

    You’re my hero.

  2. Woodshed July 12th, 2013 8:07 am

    Megan: Just doing my job, ma’am.

  3. trias July 12th, 2013 11:10 am

    that was great! been struggling with XX music especially the changes. wish I could learn to read tabs to learn this, but I have some mental block with it. I can only work with chords in standard tuning but thank you for your work! It sounds great!

  4. Woodshed July 13th, 2013 11:17 am

    trias: I hope you manage to figure out the tab thing.

  5. hannah July 15th, 2013 1:21 am

    where did you find your hare uke? I have a soprano and a baritone and this is super cool!

  6. Woodshed July 15th, 2013 6:50 am

    hannah: I got it directly from aNueNue.

  7. Johnny July 18th, 2013 5:18 am

    Thanks a ton for a tab.

    The more I get into playing notes instead of chords, the more I want to get a second uke as a soprano is so limiting in that regards – maybe a baritone since it solves both the size issue and the G string issue (high G is really nice for some songs, but it can also be a hindrance for some others).

  8. Woodshed July 18th, 2013 6:51 am

    Johnny: I prefer tenor ukuleles myself. It’s personal preference but you will have a harder time finding tabs for baritone.

  9. Johnny July 18th, 2013 8:22 pm

    Translating from guitar tabs would be a lot easier though (which is what I normally do), but then it’d lose that nice high pitch that other ukes have.

    I definitely would play around with some before making another purchase to see what I like most. Unfortunately, the closest store with a good uke collection is about 2 hours away…

  10. Claudio July 21st, 2013 1:17 am

    Speaking of sympathetic resonance, did you see that mid-eastern sitar-uke?
    Nuts but I love it.

  11. Woodshed July 21st, 2013 8:24 am

    Claudio: I have. I was thinking about getting one when they first came out. But I wasn’t all that keen on how the sound.

  12. Waterbottle July 24th, 2013 2:43 pm

    wow. This is incredible! I love The xx and this is just…. it’s left me speechless. I hope one day I can do this.

  13. Woodshed July 25th, 2013 6:58 am

    Waterbottle: Thanks so much!

  14. Mark August 26th, 2013 2:05 pm

    That is awesome ,really impressive !

  15. Woodshed August 28th, 2013 8:45 am

    Mark: Thanks!

  16. arleth August 29th, 2013 1:54 am

    Could you Pleas do Treasure if you have time ??
    i ‘ve been looking for a tutorial but i cant find one

  17. Pink September 24th, 2013 4:30 pm

    love this song. found a lovely piano version on utube. this I can have fun with forever! nice job!

  18. Woodshed September 25th, 2013 7:40 am

    Pink: Thanks!

  19. Justin December 28th, 2013 10:10 pm

    Ive recently bought a ukulele and your videos are amazing! Didnt think anyone could play this kinda music on a ukulele but you make it work so well

  20. Woodshed December 28th, 2013 10:17 pm

    Justin: Thanks very much!

  21. Daniel March 23rd, 2016 9:39 am

    Wow you are amazing i have only been playing ukulele for close to seven months now and nearly everything i know is from you :) but i think it would be so cool if you did a cover of lightning crashes by live on the ukulele

  22. Woodshed March 24th, 2016 10:54 am

    Daniel: Thanks! That’s fantastic!

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