The Sound Of Silence Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my The Sound of Silence chord chart by Simon and Garfunkel. I’ve had A LOT of requests for this song and I hope I can do it some justice because it absolutely beautiful.

This sound is more a fingerpicking song but I will give you some strumming options as well.

This version of the song requires a capo at the 6th fret.

The Sound of Silence Chords:

The chords themselves are not hard at all. We have Am, C, G and F. There is also the occasional C/B indicating a walkdown and for the F, you can always use the easier Fmaj7 below.

The Sound of Silence Chords guitar
Fmaj7 (1)

The Sound of Silence Strumming Patterns:

I pulled strumming from one of their live performances.

Now remember there are two guitars on this song. Also, the picking for this song does varying from chord to chord. I will give you a generic general pattern you can use, but if you are looking for a more in depth precise version of the picking, Try This Version Here. This version uses a capo at the 1st fret.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4+

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The Sound of Silence Intro:

Here is the real sound of the intro with Capo at 6th fret:

And this is my generic picking pattern you can use to play over the chords. Mainly alternating bass with some treble notes. But at least it’s a pattern you can stick with.

The Sound of Silence Guitar Lesson:

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The Sound of Silence Chord Chart:


Picking pattern x 3

Am(strum & hold)                    G     G
       Hello darkness, my old friend,
                                                     Am Am
I've come to talk with you again,
                                         |F             C|     C
Because a vision softly creeping,
                                         |F         C|           C (2/4)
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
                  F                               F
And the vision that was planted in my
 |C - - C/B|       Am Am(2/4)
Brain ….Still remains
                        G                Am      Am(strum & hold)
Within the sound of silence.

Verse: (strumming begins)
                                                         G      G
In restless dreams I walked alone
                                                    Am       Am
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
                                     |F              C|     C
'neath the halo of a street lamp,
                                                  |F                C|       C (2/4)
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
                        F                                                 F
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon
|C    -   -    C/B|       Am         Am(2/4)
Light That split the night
                                     G              Am      Am
And touched the sound of silence.

                                               G      G
And in the naked light I saw
                                                            Am     Am
Ten thousand people, maybe more
                                     |F                C|     C
People talking without speaking,
                                       |F             C|      C (2/4)
People hearing without listening,
                                F                    F
People writing songs that voices never
|C    -   -   C/B|         Am   Am(2/4)
Share and no one dare
                     G           Am      Am
Disturb the sound of silence.

                                                  G     G
Fools said I, you do not know
                                            Am     Am
Silence like a cancer grows.
                                            |F                      C|   C
Hear my words that I might teach you,
                                          |F                      C| C (2/4)
Take my arms that I might reach you
                   F                F
But my words like silent raindrops
|C  -  -  C/B|  Am   Am(2/4)
Fell…and  echoed
               G             Am Am
In the wells of silence

                                                           G           G
And the people bowed and prayed
                                              Am      Am
To the neon God they made.
                                                 |F             C|   C
And the sign flashed out its warning,
                                       |F               C|    C (2/4)
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway
|C       -       -        C/B|     Am   Am(2/4)
Walls, and tenement    halls.
                                            G                Am (hold or play intro)
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.

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