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  • Les Paul: The best songs played on today's Google guitar

    Les Paul: The best songs played on today's Google guitar

    In a single Google doodle, the search engine somehow captured both of Les Paul's incredible contributions to modern music: The solid-body electric guitar, shown in the look and sound of today's Google logo; and multitrack recording, presented, in some degree, through Google's clever record feature. This interactive Les Paul tribute caught the imagination of armchair guitarists across the country, no doubt derailing office productivity in the process. Since strumming with your mouse is a little imprecise, Google also allowed people to play through their keyboards. Once you click the record button, type any number key to pick at a corresponding string. The 1 key plays the lowest note, 0 strums the highest. Plus, if you hit several number (or letter) keys at a time, you'll play a chord. YouTube has many excellent recordings from the Google guitar. Here are some of the best, in no particular order. The final page of this story will have some instructions on how you can play your own version. If you record a good session, share it with the world by posting the URL in our comments section.

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  • Gibson Guitar Corporation admits to importing endangered wood

    Gibson Guitar Corporation acknowledged Monday that its importations of exotic wood, including ebony, violated environmental laws. Federal prosecutors will drop criminal charges against Gibson Guitar Corporation, and the Nashville-based insturment maker will pay a hefty fine.

  • Doc Watson, innovative guitarist and 'positive icon' for Appalachian region

    Doc Watson, who passed on Tuesday, developed a signature style of guitar picking, elevating the instrument to frontline status and influencing guitarists of every genre.

  • Richard Gere guitar collection fetches $1M in NYC

    Richard Gere guitar collection fetches $1M in NYC

    Richard Gere says he's parting with the instruments to support global humanitarian causes. Christie's says the "Pretty Woman" star studied trumpet and is a self-taught pianist and guitarist.

  • Les Paul: More of the best Google guitar recordings

    Horizons Les Paul: More of the best Google guitar recordings

    The Les Paul tribute so excited armchair guitarists yesterday that Google brought back its doodle for a second day. Here are more great performances, this time recorded or recommended by you, the readers.

  • Les Paul: The best songs played on today's Google guitar

    Les Paul: The best songs played on today's Google guitar

    In a single Google doodle, the search engine somehow captured both of Les Paul's incredible contributions to modern music: The solid-body electric guitar, shown in the look and sound of today's Google logo; and multitrack recording, presented, in some degree, through Google's clever record feature. This interactive Les Paul tribute caught the imagination of armchair guitarists across the country, no doubt derailing office productivity in the process. Since strumming with your mouse is a little imprecise, Google also allowed people to play through their keyboards. Once you click the record button, type any number key to pick at a corresponding string. The 1 key plays the lowest note, 0 strums the highest. Plus, if you hit several number (or letter) keys at a time, you'll play a chord. YouTube has many excellent recordings from the Google guitar. Here are some of the best, in no particular order. The final page of this story will have some instructions on how you can play your own version. If you record a good session, share it with the world by posting the URL in our comments section.

  • Les Paul honored by musical Google Doodle

    Horizons Les Paul honored by musical Google Doodle

    Les Paul was an accomplished guitarist, but his technical innovations made modern music possible.

  • Opinion Real-life guitar hero: Les Paul

    The ultimate 'can do' guy helped Woodstock plug in.