PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE
GRADE: Initial
ARTIST: The xx
SONG: 'Shelter'

ROCK & POP BASS SESSIONS: 'SHELTER', THE XX - WITH ELLEN O'REILLY

Watch session bassist Ellen O'Reilly put her spin on 'Shelter' by The xx. ‘Shelter’ is a perfect example of the sound of The xx with its sparse arrangement, hushed vocals, reverb-laden, single-note guitar refrain, minimalist bassline and subtle beats. You’ll need to count the opening rhythms carefully – the musical mood here is uncertain but the rhythm needs to be precise. The chorus brings more certainty, and here you’ll need to bring out the dynamics.

Ellen O'Reilly has been playing bass on radio and TV and has been touring the world since 1999. She’s worked with a wide range of artists and was the first female winner of a full bass scholarship at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and won their ‘Best Bassist’ award in 2012. She regularly appears at the Bass Guitar Show in London for Music Man, and is a regular writer for Bass Guitar Magazine.





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