Rockin’ All Over The Web – Google pay tribute to Les Paul with interactive doodle

Yesterday Google commemorated the 96th birthday of the legendary guitarist, inventor and musical pioneer, Les Paul with a quirky Google Doodle on the homepage of their website.

News of the doodle spread quickly and blog posts popped up from every corner of the internet. Facebookers and Twitterers were applauding Google’s honorary doodle for the guitar legend with comments like: “Have just spent a happy time playing the Google guitar. I wish it could be Les Paul’s birthday every day.” and “I love the Google tribute to Les Paul….”.

My blog post yesterday lead with information about the main chords that are playable on the guitar doodle – the famous I. IV, V chord progression (G, C. D). But this was not all the doodle could play. By clicking the rectangular keyboard box on the bottom right of the image you can access notes via your qwerty keyboard and by pressing the numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 you can play more notes!

Give it a try yourself:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – 11-55-66-5-44-33-22-1-55-44-33-2-55-44-33-2-11-55-66-5-44-33-22-1

There are now some 5,000 videos uploaded to YouTube of virtual guitar players playing the interactive guitar google doodle. Take a look at some of these examples:

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Medley – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Joy to the World, Lullaby

…and most fitting: Happy Birthday


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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One Response to Rockin’ All Over The Web – Google pay tribute to Les Paul with interactive doodle

  1. Pingback: Google do it again with a tribute Google Doodle to the late Freddie Mercury | I'M A GUITARIST, GET ME OUT OF HERE!

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