Coffee and Google. It's the cyber savvy's all-American Internet breakfast.
You may have noticed Google looks a little different this morning. The search engine's home screen appears with a deconstructed guitar.
And if you are feeling musically creative, you can strum it and record your own 30-second masterpiece. Hit the button, play, and wait for your personalized link.
The "Googtar" is in honor of guitar legend Les Paul's 96th birthday. Paul, who died in 2009, is credited for innovations in recording techniques, including overdubbing, tape delays and phasing effects. He is one of a few artists who has his own exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What's neat about the doodle's design is that the string placement makes it simple to create a tuneful, somewhat cohesive series of chords. The center chord contains what in music we call the tonic chord (the main key). To the right we have the dominant chord, which leads back to the tonic. And to the left, depending on which strings you strum, gives us a little playful dissonance.
We believe it's only time before some music/techie virtuoso records a tune that will become the next viral meme. Could it be you?
Give it try and post your recorded link the comments.
And don't forget to name your tune. Ours, is CultureSong.