06/13/2011 08:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Google Establishes Permanent Home for Strummable Les Paul Guitar Doodle


On Thursday June 9th, Google posted a "doodle" to commemorate what would have been the 96th birthday of guitarist and guitar designer Les Paul who died in 2009.

What's unique about this doodle is that you can actually strum it or, according to PC World, play it with your PC keyboard. You can also record your strumming by clicking on the record icon near the lower right. Your composition will be saved to the web and you'll get a URL to listen and send to your friends. Here's an example.

The good news is that Google recently tweeted that the doodle now has a permanent home.  The Huffington Post and  Washington Post have lessons on how to play the guitar. An easy way to start is to use the number keys (1-0) to go up and down the scale.

Listen to Larry's 1-minute CBS News Tech Talk segment about the Les Paul Doodle.

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