Sound of Silence guitar lesson for beginners

Beginners
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This is a Simon Orrell guitar lesson for beginners showing how to play Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. There are only 4 chords – Am G F and C. Simon is singer-guitarist with The Violet Moon folk duo.

“The Sound of Silence” is the song that made folk music duo Simon & Garfunkel famous. It was written in February 1964 by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was the duo’s second most popular hit after Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The song features Paul Simon on acoustic guitar and singing.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

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