Most awesome Google logo ever

If you go to the Google home page today, you’ll see something that looks like this:

You can pluck the strings and play some awesome electric guitar, and even record what you play (the site gives you a URL for playback.)  The NPR blog tells you how to use it, and shows a guy playing a passable version of “Hey Jude.” (Press the black rectangle at lower right to activate “record,” and then use your keys to play the strings.)

The explanation: today is Les Paul’s 96th birthday (though he died in 2009).


  1. Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh– so *that’s* what the button-thingie is for… I wondered. Was very surprised yesterday to pull up my homepage and see that come up– and even more surprised when I accidentally ran the cursor over it. Ooh–music 🙂

  2. Marta
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Most embarrassed to admit to playing with that doodle all day.

  3. Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Damn! I saw it and didn’t know you could play it, and now it’s gone.

  4. Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    You have to disable “Instant Search” or your keystrokes will activate search.

    Thanks, Google, for the very cool reminder that I have no musical ability whatsoever.

    • Rod
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      You aren’t alone…. i can’t make anything like a pleasurable noise out of this thing…although there must be someone somewhere who can…
      I leave the music to others, and focus on the chemistry!

  5. Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink



    • phalacrocorax
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      clap, clap clap!

    • Marta
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 5:53 am | Permalink

      Cool, Ben!

      • Posted June 10, 2011 at 6:21 am | Permalink

        Ah thankyou. Thankyouverymaaahch.


  6. Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Best toy ever.

  7. Aqua Buddha
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Almost as time-consuming as when the logo was a game of Pac-man.

  8. gnome
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m embarrassed that I learned how to play real guitar. I practiced on a real instrument for hours at a time.I even got a degree in it. What a waste. Right?

    • Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      Ruined your life too?

    • Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      Nahhh… it got you laid, right?

    • Andrew B.
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      I suspect it depends on the college. I studied guitar in college before dropping out. 90% of my classes were irrelevant to becoming a better musician. They just wasted my time and my folk’s money.

      Music is a trade. There’s a fair amount of theory one needs, but that can mostly be learned by oneself. If anything, one can get by by studying with a good teacher for a few years until they can learn to teach themselves.

      Maybe it would be better described as an apprentice-ship than an academic discipline. I mean, one can study the history of music, but I was a performance major and that stuff was just superfluous.

      Now, if I could have had the opportunity to study at Berklee I’d take it in a second.

    • Posted June 10, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      Hey, it coulda been worse. Your degree could have been in orchestral trumpet performance, for example….


    • gnome
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      True. One does not need college to learn music.
      But these kind of ‘virtual instruments’ like this and ‘rock-band’ games annoy me.
      You can learn to strum 3 chord songs in a month of practice. Easily.

  9. Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I figured out “The Last Steam Engine Train.” Just hit it really fast up and down.

  10. TrineBM
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    I used some of my time at work yesterday on this thingie (not a lot … well not a very BIG lot of time) And I played Frere Jacques and almost Stairway to heaven – sans the highest note though 😉

  11. daveau
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    The trouble is you need to unlearn what you know about actually playing guitar or piano. I wonder what they’re doing for Leo Fender’s b-day?

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