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 03:16
Measures 158
Key signature 7 flats
Parts 6
Part names Clarinet(2), Guitar(2), Bass, Percussion
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this is the closest I’ve seen to the real thing! I’d like to add as a helpful comment that the last verse is slightly louder and higher than the rest. Also the rest b/t 'like silent raindrops fell' and 'and echoed in the wells' is too long, and the you in the first verse is to short.
How do you do those weird gliss things in the Bass Guitar part?
This is great, but this song was written in 1965, not in 1966. But it's great
Thanks so much for this. Is there any way to transpose this sheet music on a PC, not on a mobile app? I need it in C minor. Thanks.
Absolutely! You download the program from https://musescore.org
Thank you very much ! I wanted to sing this wonderful song and you make this job easier for me !
I love that song, I want a permission to change the instrument of Art and Paul to Voice Oohs. Instead of Clarinet. But don't worry key signatures are the same. I'll post it somewhere else. I'll give you the link when I'm done. Also, I'll put your credit.
I transposed the clarinet parts for trombone and this happened https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieog0p4LLLo
This is awesome! I love this song so much and you did an amazing job!
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 if 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.
Art and Paul are played by two Bb clarinets.
Actually, when I go to the mixer, Art is played by the Oboe, and Paul by a bassoon. I'm not trying to be condescending, I would just like to know if I'm bad at reading music or not.
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).
Hey, would you mind if I performed this with some of my friends?
No need to ask me, I hold no claim on it.
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.
Man Time to get a pdf viewer
to start learning!!
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.
Yes, I know the story behind this song well. I believe the guitar and drum parts were performed by the same musicians from many of Bob Dylan's sessions.
Hi, excellent work! Would you mind if I use your transcription of the voices for the choir I lead? If that's okay, I'd like to put up a simplified score on Musescore just containing the vocal lines like this : https://musescore.com/crize2foi/thesoundofsilencesimongarfunkel/s/488063 If that's okay, (or not) just let me know so I can remove the file or make it public. Thanks ;-)
It's fine by me; I hold no claim to this transcription.
Excellent. I love to hear hear it many times.
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.