HOW TO: THE LES PAUL GUITAR GOOGLE DOODLE

GOOGLE CELEBRATES THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CREATOR OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR

Leave it to uber-search engine GOOGLE to come up with an extremely cool, yet simple way to honor guitar legend Les Paul: with a home page interactive logo, or "doodle" . Paul, who died in 2009 and would have been 96 today, is the originator of the solid-body, "rounded sound" electric guitar.


THE MAN

Les Paul
Les Paul | Source

The Machine

A Gibson Les Paul electric guitar.
A Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. | Source

HOW TO: THE NOTES

To begin, go to the Google website homepage by typing in www.Google.com. Or click the link to the right.

The Google guitar doodle plays ten notes, starting with a low "G" and rising up to a high "B." Using your computer's mouse, strum over the doodle; or, activate the guitar by using the keyboard icon (use your computer keyboard for this). DO NOT click on the strings, just let your cursor touch them. There's also a RECORD button so you can keep your music.

Each note has a numerical key it corresponds with. Beginning with low "G":

1 = G

2 = A

3 = B

4 = C

5 = D

6 = E

7 = F

8 = G

9 = A

10 = B


To use your keyboard: hit the "1", "q", or "a" button to play the low "G." The "2", "w" or "s" plays the low "A" etc.

NOTE: Only a C major scale is playable, there are no sharps or flats.


HOW TO: THE CHORDS

Here are some chord examples:

1, 3, 5, 8 = C Major
4, 6, 8 = F Major
5, 7, 9 = G Major


EXAMPLES

Now, it's time to hit that record button (you get 30 seconds) and see if you can compete with the following doodle guitar maestros.

"Here Comes the Sun"

"Pachelbel's canon"

"Redemption Song"

"Stairway to Heaven"

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