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Sound of Silence (Early-Intermediate) Course

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The song was written by Simon & Garfunkel in 1964, but it’s become a meme in recent years, so it’s still very relevant today! Christy-Lyn’s intermediate arrangement is reminiscent of the finger-picking guitar in the original version of the song, with broken chords and some harmonies in the left hand and a right hand melody that’s been adapted to sound best on the harp. If you learn this piece from the Video Course, you’ll get essential practice tips on how to make the piece flow and sound musical, much faster than learning on your own!

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Difficulty level & Skills required

Early-intermediate (for beginner version click here). This piece has a simple melody in the right hand, with a left hand accompaniment that is a step up in complexity and variation from late-beginner pieces. There are parts of the piece where the two hands play the same notes straight after each other, which can be a challenge for placing without buzzing. There is quite a lot of syncopation – a rhythmic challenge! The left hand jumps around a fair bit, and the right hand has to place some tricky 4 finger chords. 

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Big and small harps, including 22 string (C to C) and bigger.

Lowest note is C an octave below middle C, highest note is B almost 2 octaves above middle C.

It is in the key of G major, with no lever changes. Harps without levers can tune their F strings to F sharps.

Video Course with multiple lessons to learn “Sound of Silence” (Early-Intermediate), which currently includes free sheet music for “Sound of Silence” (Early-Intermediate).

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  1. One person found this helpful
    Alicia Lea

    Beautiful oldie

    Alicia Lea (verified owner)

    Already started playing it. One of my favorites. Thank you for playing this song.

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  2. Mona Seering

    Sounds of silence

    Mona Seering (verified owner)

    Did the entire course yesterday and almost memorized. Yes, needs daily playing, I found it easier than beauty and the beast, which I love!

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  3. Kathy Reimer

    Kathy Reimer (verified owner)

    Beautiful arrangement. I appreciated the time stamps on the slow play through

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  4. REINOU GROEN

    great piece!

    REINOU GROEN (verified owner)

    easy to follow, nice arrangement to learn and have in your repertoire.

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  5. Kathryn Bourque

    sound of silence

    Kathryn Bourque (verified owner)

    this song was enough of a challenge to keep me interested in learning it to the end, and the variety of each phrase. Although it is easy to learn, learning he louds and softs add an extra dimension to mastery.

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  6. Rebecca

    Effective teaching of a beautiful arrangement

    Rebecca (verified owner)

    This is a lovely, simple arrangement of this haunting song, taught clearly by Christy-Lyn in the video lessons. Enjoyable to learn and to play. The early-intermediate version feels easier than expected; I would have enjoyed luxuriating in more of Simon & Garfunkel’s harmonies. Without written repeats to extend this lyric-driven song into 5 verses (allowing listeners to sing or think the lyrics through the whole story, as is the tendency for this unique song-without-a-chorus), I’ll just work out some minor tweaks so the song can be played all the way through without repetitive-sounding repetition. All in all, this course is an easy start to being able to play this song fully — and is already complete and satisfying for many, just as it is. 🌟

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  7. carol savage

    Sound of Silence

    carol savage (verified owner)

    Love this piece, it,s been a favorite of mine for years, maybe thats why I was able to zip through the course so quickly. Now I shall spend moretime perfecting it. I have learned so much since starting these courses, thank you everyone for making these videos avaliable, as harp instructors are not easy to come by in NH! Now if I can just overcome my stage fright.

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