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Sound Of Silence Chords And Strumming, Simon And Garfunkel

The Sound Of Silence Chords And Strumming, Simon And Garfunkel

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Did You Know? Paul Simon wrote this song when he was 21 in a bathroom in the dark. He'd turned of the lights to help concentrate better.

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with 'The Bouncer' Strumming Pattern)

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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White Pick Level

The Sound Of Silence Chords And Strumming, Simon And Garfunkel

Chords: 

(Capo: 6th Fret)

Django G Chord

Django F Chord

Django C Chord

Django A Chord


Key:  with capo Eb minor without A minor

Strumming:

"The Bouncer":

|D    D U D    D U |


"The Bouncer 2/4":

|D    D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                    |


Tempo:  108 bpm

Intro -

|A - - - |A - - - |

Verse/Refrain 1 (A)  -

|G - - - |G - - - |A - - - |A - C - |
|F
 - C - |C - - - |F - |- - - |
|
- - - |- - - |C - - - |C - A - |C - |
|
- - - |A - - - |A(1 Strum)|


Hello darkness, my old (G)friend (G)
I've come to talk with you a
(A)gain (A)
Because a (C)vision softly (F) creeping (C) (C)
Left its seeds while I was
(F) sleep(C)ing
And the
(F)vision that was (F)planted in my (C)brain
Still re(C)mains
(A) (C)
Within the (G)sound of (A)silence (A)


Verse/Refrain 2 (A) -

|G - - - |G - - - |A - - - |A - C - |
|F
 - C - |C - - - |F - |- - - |
|
- - - |- - - |C - - - |C - A - |C - |
|
- - - |A - - - |A - - - |

In restless dreams I walked a(G)lone (G)
Narrow streets of cobble(A)stones (A)
'Neath the (C)halo of a (F) street (C)lamp (C)
I turned my collar to the (F)cold and (C)damp
When my (F)eyes were stabbed by the (F)flash of a neon (C)light that split the (C)night (A) (C)
And touched the
(G)sound of (A)silence (A)


Verse/Refrain 3 (B) - 

|G - - - |G - - - |A - - - |A - C - |
|F
 - C - |C - - - |F - |- - - |C - |
|
- - - |- - - |C - - - |C - A - |C - |
|
- - - |A - - - |A - - - |


And in the naked light I (G)saw (G)
Ten thousand people, maybe
(A)more (A)
People
(C)talking with(F)out speak(C)ing (C)
People hearing with
(F)out listen(C)ing
People
(C)writing (F)songs that (F)voices never (C)share
No one
(C)dared (A) (C)
Disturb the (G)sound of (A)silence (A)


Verse/Refrain 4 (C)  - 

|G - - - |G - - - |A - - - |A - C - |
|F
 - C - |C - - - |F - |- - - |
|
- - - |- - - |C - - - |C - A - |C - |
|
- - - |A - - - |A - - - |


"Fools" said I, "You do not (G)know (G)
Silence like a cancer
(A)grows (A)
Hear my
(C)words that I (F)might teach (C)you (C)
Take my arms that I
(F)might reach (C)you"
But my
(F)words like (F)silent raindrops (C)fell (C) (A)
And
(C)echoed in the (G)wells of (A)silence (A)


Verse/Refrain 5 (C) -

|G - - - |G - - - |A - - - |A - C - |
|F
 - C - |C - - - |F - |- - - |C-|
|
- - - |- - - |C - - - |C - A - |C - |
|
- - - |A - - - |A(1 Strum)|


And the people bowed and (G)prayed (G)
To the neon god they
(A)made (A)
And the
(C)sign flashed out (F)its warn(C)ing (C)
In the words that it
(F)was form (C)ing

And the (C)sign said, "The (F)words of the prophets
Are
(F)written on the subway (C)walls
And tenement
(C)halls" (A)
And
(C)whispered in the (G)sounds of (A)silence 
(A)

Final Chord Strum: A

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Yellow Pick Level

The Sound Of Silence Chords And Strumming, Simon And Garfunkel

Chords: 

(Capo: 6th Fret)

Open Fmaj7 Chord (F△7)

Open C Chord

Open Am Chord

Open Asus2 Chord: x02200

Open G/B* Chord: x20000


Key:  with capo Eb minor without A minor

Strumming:

"The Bouncer":

|D    D U D    D U |


"The Bouncer 2/4":

|D    D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                    |


Tempo:  108 bpm

Intro -

e|  0   0   0    0|  0   0   0    0 |

b|    0        0   |    0        0   |

g|2       2        |2       2        |

d|                  |                  |          

a|                  |                  |

e|                  |                  |


Verse/Refrain 1 (A) -

|G/B* - - - |G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |- - - |F△7  -  |- - - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |C - - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am(1 Strum)|


Hello darkness, my old (G/B*)friend (G/B*)
I've come to talk with you a
(Am)gain (Am)
Because a
(C)vision softly (F△7) creeping (C) (C)
Left its seeds while I was
(F△7) sleep(C)ing
And the
(F△7)vision that was (F△7)planted in my (C)brain
Still re
(C)mains (Am) (C)
Within the
(G/B*)sound of (Am)silence (Am)


Verse/Refrain 2 (A) - 

|G/B* - - - |G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |C - - - |F△7  -  |C - - - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |C - - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |

In restless dreams I walked a(G/B*)lone (G/B*)
Narrow streets of cobble
(Am)stones (Am)
'Neath the
(C)halo of a (F△7) street (C)lamp (C)
I turned my collar to the
(F△7)cold and (C)damp
When my
(F△7)eyes were stabbed by the (F△7)flash of a neon (C)light that split the (C)night (Am) (C)
And touched the
(G/B*)sound of (Am)silence (Am)


Verse/Refrain 3 (B) - 

|G/B* - - - |G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |C - - - |F△7  -  |C - - - |C - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |C - - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |


And in the naked light I (G/B*)saw (G/B*)
Ten thousand people, maybe
(Am)more (Am)
People
(C)talking with(F△7)out speak(C)ing (C)
People hearing with
(F△7)out listen(C)ing
People
(C)writing (F△7)songs that (F△7)voices never (C)share
No one
(C)dared (Am) (C)
Disturb the
(G/B*)sound of (Am)silence (Am)


Verse/Refrain 4 (C)  - 

|G/B* - - - |G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |C - - - |F△7  -  |C - - - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |C - - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |


"Fools" said I, "You do not (G/B*)know (G/B*)
Silence like a cancer
(Am)grows (Am)
Hear my
(C)words that I (F△7)might teach (C)you (C)
Take my arms that I
(F△7)might reach (C)you"
But my
(F△7)words like (F△7)silent raindrops (C)fell (C) (Am)
And
(C)echoed in the (G/B*)wells of (Am)silence (Am)


Verse/Refrain 5 (C) -

|G/B* - - - |G/B* - - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |C - - - |F△7  -  |C - - - |C - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |C - - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G/B* - - - (miss)|


And the people bowed and (G/B*)prayed (G/B*)
To the neon god they
(Am)made (Am)
And the
(C)sign flashed out (F△7)its warn(C)ing (C)
In the words that it
(F△7)was form (C)ing

And the (C)sign said, "The (F△7)words of the prophets
Are
(F△7)written on the subway (C)walls
And tenement
(C)halls" (Am)
And
(C)whispered in the (G/B*)sounds of silence



Ending


e|  0   0   0    0|  0   0           0| 

b|    0        0   |    0             0|

g|2       2        |2                 2|

d|                  |                  2|          

a|                  |                  0|

e|                  |                   |  


Final Chord Strum: Asus2

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The Sound Of Silence Chords And Strumming, Simon And Garfunkel

Chords: 

(Capo: 6th Fret)

Open G Chord

Open Fmaj7 Chord (F△7)

Open C Chord

Open A Chord

Open Asus2 Chord: x02200


Key:  with capo Eb minor without A minor

Strumming:

"The Bouncer":

|D    D U D    D U |


"The Bouncer 2/4":

|D    D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                    |


Tempo:  108 bpm

Intro -

e|  0   0   0    0|  0   0   0    0 |

b|    0        0   |    0        0   |

g|2       2        |2       2        |

d|                  |                  |          

a|                  |                  |

e|                  |                  |


Verse/Refrain 1 (A) -

|G - - - |- - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |- - - |F△7  -  |- - - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |- - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G - - - |Am - - - |Am(1 Strum)|


Hello darkness, my old
(G)friend (G)
I've come to talk with you a
(Am)gain (Am)
Because a
(C)vision softly (F△7) creeping (C) (C)
Left its seeds while I was
(F△7) sleep(C)ing
And the
(F△7)vision that was (F△7)planted in my (C)brain
Still re
(C)mains (Am) (C)
Within the
(G)sound of (Am)silence (Am)


Verse/Refrain 2 (A) -

|G - - - |- - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |- - - |F△7  -  |- - - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |- - - |C - Am - |C - |
|- - - |Am - - - |Am - - -

In restless dreams I walked a(G)lone (G)
Narrow streets of cobble
(Am)stones (Am)
'Neath the
(C)halo of a (F△7) street (C)lamp (C)
I turned my collar to the
(F△7)cold and (C)damp
When my
(F△7)eyes were stabbed by the (F△7)flash of a neon (C)light that split the (C)night (Am) (C)
And touched the
(G)sound of (Am)silence (Am)

Verse/Refrain 3 (B) -

|G - - - |- - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |- - - |F△7  -  |- - - |C - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |- - - |C - Am - |C - |
|- - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |


And in the naked light I (G)saw (G)
Ten thousand people, maybe (Am)more (Am)
People (C)talking with(F△7)out speak(C)ing (C)
People hearing with(F△7)out listen(C)ing
People (C)writing (F△7)songs that (F△7)voices never (C)share
No one (C)dared (Am) (C)
Disturb the (G)sound of (Am)silence (Am)


Verse/Refrain 4 (C)  -

|G - - - |- - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |- - - |F△7  -  |- - - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |- - - |C - Am - |C - |
|- - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |

"Fools" said I, "You do not (G)know (G)
Silence like a cancer
(Am)grows (Am)
Hear my
(C)words that I (F△7)might teach (C)you (C)
Take my arms that I
(F△7)might reach (C)you"
But my
(F△7)words like (F△7)silent raindrops (C)fell (C) (Am)
And
(C)echoed in the (G)wells of (Am)silence (Am)

Verse/Refrain 5 (C) -

|G - - - |- - - |Am - - - |Am - C - |
|F△7 - C - |- - - |F△7  -  |- - - |C - |
|F△7 - - - |F△7 - - - |- - - |C - Am - |C - |
|G - - (miss)|

And the people bowed and (G)prayed (G)
To the neon god they
(Am)made (Am)
And the
(C)sign flashed out (F△7)its warn(C)ing (C)
In the words that it
(F△7)was form (C)ing

And the (C)sign said, "The (F△7)words of the prophets
Are
(F△7)written on the subway (C)walls
And tenement
(C)halls" (Am)
And
(C)whispered in the (G)sounds of silence


Ending


e|  0   0   0    0|  0   0           0| 

b|    0        0   |    0             0|

g|2       2        |2                 2|

d|                  |                  2|          

a|                  |                  0|

e|                  |                   |  


Final Chord Strum: Asus2

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