Google’s Les Paul Guitar Doodle Is Awesome, And Here Is How You Can Play A Song On It

Google’s Les Paul Guitar Doodle Is Awesome, And Here Is How You Can Play A Song On It

google-guitar-doodleTodays Google Doodle is without doubt the best Google doodle ever.

Go to and you have a working electric guitar, waiting to be strummed using your computer’s keyboard and mouse. Google is celebrating the 96th birthday of Les Paul the legendary American Jazz guitarist and the person to whom the famous Epiphone Lespaul electric guitar is credited.


Playing music on todays Google logo is pure fun. Hover your mouse over the strings and slide it down to strum the Guitar. Make sure your computer’s audio system is properly connected, otherwise you might miss the sound produced by the doodle.

The Guitar doodle also works with your computer’s keyboard, just hit the keyboard button once and press any alphabet (A-Z) or number to hear a unique tone. You can play Do Re- Mi in the sequence: QWERTYUI. Some sources have reported that the doodle also houses a small record button, which can be used to record your notes and you can simply copy the URL of the resulting page and share the piece music with anyone.

As for me, I was not lucky enough to find the record button and record the sequence of notes of a song. However, here is a keyboard sequence of a song which you can play on todays Google Doodle and surprise your friends

Play Titanic’s Title Track on The Les Paul Google doodle

I went crazy enough and recorded half a dozen songs, here is the notation for one of them:

The prelude:


Here are first two lines of the Song:

K KK K JK k JK L ; L

Sweet, isn’t it?

Playing Chords is also simple enough. If you know the grammar behind creating music, recall the base notes of a chord and you can play any chord by pressing the desired notes all at once.

For example: If you want to strum the C MAJOR chord, you have to hit the musical C E G notes which can be done by pressing the A D and G key on your keyboard. For the A MINOR chord, you have to play the musical A C and E notes which is achieved by hitting the A D and H keys simultaneously. There are two catches though. The doodle does not support multiple octaves, so you won’t be able to play a tune which has notes from multiple octaves. And neither any Sharp notesare supported so you can only play the C MAJOR scale which has all the base notes and no sharp notes in it’s scale e.g C#, D #, F#, G# and A #.

The following video shows how notes and chords work in the Les Paul Google doodle:

You have only 24 hours to check out this fascinating piece so don’t be late.

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Amit Banerjee

Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee

  • Seraphim

    Can we now play some straight songs for a change? Thanks.

  • Akash

    You can record if u have a US proxy! Try some VPN…u can use hotspot shield for example, its free and awesome to use!! :)

  • Abin

    think for that tune.. instead of k kk k jk k l ; l try k kk jk k l p l… sounds better I guess.. :)

  • Abin

    think for that tune.. instead of k kk k jk k jk k l ; l try k kk jk k jk k l p l… sounds better I guess.. :)

  • I have just used it by keyword and mouse,, but i can not play very well as i have no idea how to play it.but i have just tried 5-10 times,,

    I love this idea ..thanks google

  • Lay

    Wow, the Titanic transcript is awesome. Must give it a go… All I managed was a small section of Lady Gaga Paparazzi

  • Jeff

    I absolutey love today’s doodle! I could spend all day playing around with it.

    Drew up a “little ditty” in about 5 minutes. Very basic, but most people should be able to get a jist of just what you can actually do with today’s fun google art:

  • Click the pickup to record…

  • Me

    Umm, you mean the famous “Gibson Les Paul.”

    • I apologize for the wrong information, I meant the Gibson Les Paul actually.

  • Cindy


  • mormonboy

    Ever heard this song?

  • Jamie

    Fortunately, Google archives all of their logos. So you aren’t limited to the 24hrs that it appears on the homepage.

    I think this tops my previous favorite:

  • Lauren Davies

    on the titanic bit try this insteadd..


    (instead of YUI UYT RTY)

  • tRUE oGRE


    And having a US proxy to record is quiet tough for a novice (non US).

  • Steven
  • Seth C

    You’re wrong about the notes. It’s a G major scale (I’d guess G for Google), so the lowest note is G, and the F is sharp. I’ve got my real guitar here to confirm.

    • @Seth: A song can be played on any scale but I didn’t checked the notes with an original instrument. Usually, C major which has no sharps on it is used as the base scale. And thanks for letting us know that it’s a G majr scale, you see Google is really creative with all the details.

  • Justin

    I MADE A SONG! Click this!

  • Harmesh Rohira

    Hi folks,

    Yeah definitely the doodle rocked everyone’s day today. But unfortunately its gone. :(
    Is there any way i can get it back / download the doolde.

    Please help / suggest.


  • Joy M

    will be be able to use this after today to create songs?

  • Joy M

    why bother with playing already written stuff on this? it’s just great for playing around with new stuff.

  • check this out and tell me what you think

  • That’s not bad. You’re right, the keyboard does make it easier to play chords and get the timing down. My attempt at “Lean on me” turned out pretty good.

    Still, you can only do so much with 10 notes. :D

  • HEX

    Does anyone know what song this is?? I have tried looking for it for some time now. I thought it be best to use the google doodle to play it out. Hopefully someone can help me.

  • Raquel

    This guitar is an obnoxious noise nuisance. I have turned off my speakers! Time to start using a new search engine.

  • Mozart’s 25th Symphony duet on 2 separate Google Guitar Doodles!
    You probably haven’t seen this, it was just uploaded, hands down gotta be the best use of Google’s Guitar Doodle!