Google understands that it's the little things that make the journey of life enjoyable. The Google Doodle logos are one of those things, ranking on my favorites list well above raindrops on roses but just below whiskers on kittens, which are arguably the best things ever.


The designers at Google have outdone themselves today -- even challenging the status of kitten whiskers -- with strum-able virtual guitar strings in celebration of what would have been electric guitar innovator Les Paul's 96th birthday. And seeing that "how to play guitar" and "guitar chords" are now trending searches on Google, I think many search engine users are taking this Doodle seriously, going so far as to research how to use it best. Sometimes, the pit stops on life's journey require you to learn how to rock out.


Playing the Doodle is not easy, but I like that you can do it from your keyboard and not just with your mouse. (PC World has more tips on how to get the most out of it.) It made me want to try a few of my favorite guitar solos. For the record, here are my top 5:


"Virginia Reel around the Fountain" by Built to Spill, from "Built to Spill Live"


"Let's Call It Love" by Sleater Kinney, from "The Woods"


"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by the Beatles (with help a little help from their friends, namely Eric Clapton), from "The White Album"


"All I Want Is You" by U2, from "Rattle and Hum"


"Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, from "Led Zeppelin II"


Top 5 Albums


Are you are cubicle musician, too? What are your top 5 favorite guitar solos?  Can you play them on today's Doodle without making air guitar face? Is there a Google Doodle that you find superior to feline vibrissae?



Posted by Stephanie Petersen

Stephanie Petersen



Jun. 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Best Google doodle of the year, I'm calling it right now. It totally speaks to my fantasy of being in a girl band. I took guitar classes in college and my teacher tried to help us learn "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" ha, yeah right teacher.

Jun. 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

The Google Doodles are seriously a bright spot in my day. My favorite so far is the Submarine one, but this one comes pretty close. Neither rivals kitty whiskers though.

Jun. 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Layla by Eric Clapton: My friend's mom would blast this from the car stereo while driving us around town on a sunny afternoon (no unplugged versions allowed).

Jun. 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I'm really glad that we now live in a world where these advanced Google Doodles are possible, instead of in the world of August 1998, when Google Doodles were like "me in psychology class" doodles.

Jun. 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

My top five favorite guitar solos in no particular order are: When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin; New Years Day, Mysterious Ways, The Fly, With or Without You, Bullet the Blue Sky...pretty much anything by U2; How Soon is Now by The Smiths; November Rain by Guns N Roses; Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

Jun. 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Ooh ooh, let's see... In no particular order: Dio - Rainbow in the Dark...for Vivian Campbell being my personal favorite innovator of shredding Steve Vai - For the Love of God...for being 6min or so of ridiculousness Morbid Angel - Summoning Redemption...because sometimes the stuff Trey Azagthoth does just gets into your blood and doesn't leave for years Testament - anything from Souls of Black...for being my introduction to that whole scene. (woot Alex Skolnick!) Metallica - Dyer's Eve....just a personal favorite, no other great reason. And if I'm not mistaken, at least 3 of those guitarists were students of Joe Satriani. (Don't think Vivian Campbell of Trey Azagthoth ever were.) Gotta love the student/teacher lineage.

Jun. 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I don't know if I could pick (or come up with) 5 guitar solos I love, but I sure sure do miss the days of guitar solos rather than rap breaks in pop songs, like Van Halen's rock-out in "Beat It."

Jun. 15, 2011 at 8:58 AM

broodlordbrz, that is like respecting Plato and Aristotle. *high five*

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