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The Sound of Silence (1965 Single Version) (Complete Transcription)


Uploaded on Feb 10, 2014

I love Simon and Garfunkel and I finally got around to doing one of their songs. I'm sure this is their most well-known hit, probably followed closely by Bridge Over Troubled Water or Scarborough Fair. Fun fact: Paul Simon came up with this song while sitting in his bathroom. He said some of his best songs came to him there.

folk paul Art 1966

Pages 16
Duration 3:16
Measures 158
Key signature 7 flats
Parts 6
Part names Clarinet (2)
Guitar (2)
Bass
Percussion
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Correct me if I'm wrong. But it seems like the score is wrong. When I play it, the pitches are accurate to the original. But the notes are played as written, it's different. The first note on the score is an F natural for Art and Paul. But when listened to and played on a piano it is an Eb. I could be very wrong but I've been using this for a few weeks and it seems that way to me.

you wouldn't mind if i used this as a base to make a score for string quartet, would you?

I wonder if the original recording was sped up. I've seen Paul Simon play this with a capo on the 5th fret (Dm, using Am grip); and at the Central Park concert (awesome show, btw), capoed at the 7th fret (Em, still using Am grip). Obviously, this is in the middle -- and in a key that would not be the first choice of most guitar players. (Then again, P.Simon is not like most).

This is a lovely arrangement - I notice that Art's part starts on Eb in the playback and not F as written - in fact this is faithful to S&G's original I believe.

Great work!

Ironically, the version of this song that Simon & Garfunkel actually made wasn't a hit, and the album it was on, 'Wednesday Morning, 3AM', was a flop. This song only became a hit when the two regrouped in 1966 after someone reworked the original, adding electric guitars and drums to make it sound more like contemporary rock.

first time I realize how great this song is. Awesome lyrics, very poetic and very true.

Great Arrangement! I could hear them singing :) I get my best ideas, when i´m trying to sleep. That´s sometimes a big problem, when there´s a great melody in my head and i´m afraid to forget it until the next day.