The ubiquitous search engine launched a dedicated page for its interactive Les Paul doodle on Thursday, which would have been Paul’s 96th birthday had he lived as long. He died in 2009 at 94.
The doodle consists of Google’s company logo made up of 10 electrified strings, virtual pickups, a recording button, and two anatomically incorrect, albeit cleverly situated, sound holes for the ‘Os.’
“With all the great tunes you’ve created, we had to give the #LesPaul doodle a permanent home. Keep on rockin!” tweeted Google, offering a link to the new page.
The virtual guitar lets you strum three major chords: G-major (G/B plus G/B an octave higher), C-Major (C/E), and D-Major (D/F-sharp/A/D). Played in that order, musicians might call it an I-IV-V (or “one-four-five”) pattern. Fiddle with the order and strumming rhythm and you can play thousands of songs, including “La Bamba,” “Twist and Shout,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Wild Thing,” “Louie Louie,” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”
If you want to strut your stuff, you can also pluck the doodle’s strings individually using corresponding keys on your keyboard. Here they are, starting from G (the G an octave below the G that’s just below middle-C on a piano-style keyboard).
G = 1/Q/A/Z
A = 2/W/S/X
B = 3/E/D/C
C = 4/R/F/V
D = 5/T/G/B
E = 6/Y/H/N
F# = 7/U/J/M
G = 8/I/K/<
A = 9/O/L/>
B = 10/P/:/?
Want to play the verse portion of “Suspicious Minds”? It’s just 1+3+5, then 1+4+6, then finally 2+5+7, then back to 1+4+6, and finally 1+3+5. You can do the strum rhythm any way you like.
Want to really impress your friends? Figure out how to pluck your way harmonically through Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”