Les Paul Google Doodle: Guitar notes explained, what can you play?

By Alan Ng - Jun 9, 2011

It has been a while since we last reported on a Google Doodle but having seen their latest creation, we definitely couldn’t pass it by. Google has put up a new interactive Les Paul doodle on their homepage, letting users get a taste of the guitar pioneer.

What’s great about this interactive doodle, is that you can actually play some tunes straight off the homepage thanks to Google’s clever design. Each string you pluck on their custom guitar logo brings up a different note, and you can even play a few chords if you pluck the strings at once.

They have designed in such a way, that you can pluck notes very quickly, making it possible to come up with your own mini jingle if you have a musically trained head. I’ve had a quick little jam on the Google doodle myself, and below are the notes if you want to play along yourself:

Starting from left to right:

C, E — G, B G (High), B (High) — A, D, F#, A (High)

As you can see, those are two lovely chords that Google has offered up for you’re own personal needs so try it out now, celebrate Les Paul’s 96th birthday and let us know what you can come up with. We’d go as far to say that this is probably the best ever doodle that Google has created – Would you agree?

Also See: Google apps customization: Star Wars Light or Dark Side?

  • Slim2003

    1235534 1235543 11235 54314 33223 2211

  • Anonymous

    “Asa Branca”, Luiz Gonzaga – 1235534 1235543 11235
    54314 33223 2211
    “One” (Metallica) –
    3-7-3-5, 1-7-1-5, 3-7-3-5, 1-7-1-5-8
    “In the End” (Linkin Park) –
    2-6-6-4-3-3-3-342-6-6-4-3-3-3- 342 -6-6-4-3-3-3 – 3-4-2 – 6-6-4-3
    “Run to the Hills” (Iron Maiden) – 0 009
    990 889 778
    “Judas” (Lady Gaga) – J KKKKK
    Marcha Imperial do filme “Star Wars” – E, E,
    E, Q, T, E, Q, T, E, U, U, U, I, T, E, Q, T, E
    Trilha do Filme “Poderoso Chefão” –
    Parabéns pra você – AASAFD
    Trilha do filme “Indiana Jones” – ERTI
    When the Saints Go Marching In (hino
    hospel americano) – A-D-R-T X2 , A-D-R-T-D-A-D-S, D-D-S-A, A-T-T-R,
    Trilha do filme “Harry Potter” –

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=869520233 Alan Ng

      Nice Carlos

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=869520233 Alan Ng

      Nice Carlos

  • http://www.facebook.com/lou.badis Lou Badis


  • Sara Almeida

    I can only play the beginning of Halo YUI IUGUY…

  • http://www.facebook.com/RockStarTurner Alan Turner


    z, x, c, z
    v, n, v, b, c
    z, x, c, b, v, c, x, z,

    Redemdtion song – bob marley!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=869520233 Alan Ng

      Nice work Alan..brilliant :)

  • http://twitter.com/starpath Dallas Knight

    PDS = Pretty Damn Smart. The Google Doodle, and I would say, the best everr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julio-Quintana/100001423600223 Julio Quintana

    anybody know what this looks like tabbed out?

  • http://twitter.com/vulgodarkside PABLO CARVALHO

    play this sequence 

    Intro of One – Metallica

  • Corey Duane Marshall

    It’s incredible! YAY Google for making my web searching that much cooler!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521150863 Felicia Provance

    Maybe not *the* best (I still have a soft spot for that playable Pacman logo) but it’s definitely very very cool and near the top of the list. :-)