×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

cancel ×
This is a preview of your comment

No Comment Title Entered

Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago

No Comment Entered

77 comments

Really Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36405512)

The sound that comes from that doodle is an insult to Les Paul.

Re:Really Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36405642)

Not to mention the complete lack of sharps and flats. All you can really play is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Ode to Joy.

Re:Really Google? (4, Insightful)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405718)

Yes they should be horrified that the impractical toy guitar that was designed to fit inside their logo is impossible to play complex songs on.

Re:Really Google? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406352)

If you click on the little keyboard you can then play notes by pressing different keys, just like the old SoundTracker.

Re:Really Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406426)

I don't see any keyboard unfortunately ... and pressing keys gives me auto search :-(

Re:Really Google? (1)

lithis (5679) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406998)

There is, in fact, one sharp, because the doodle is in the key of G.

That's G as in Bach's Minuet in G [goo.gl] . I can't play the rest of the song [goo.gl] properly due to the lack of accidentals and notes below G.

Re:Really Google? (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407078)

I figured that somebody who really knows music would be able to come up with a tune that works within the restrictions of the doodle. That Minuet actually sounds good.

That is a terrible gallery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36405610)

Google lets you record them and then play them back via links... and they put together a gallery of crappy YouTube captures?

Wow, 3.5 MB for a page (3, Insightful)

A Friendly Troll (1017492) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405624)

Size of main page:
111.421 bytes

Number of inline elements:
172 (3.563.734 bytes)

That's with ad blocking turned on.

Without it, the page is over 4 megabytes.

Jesus...

Re:Wow, 3.5 MB for a page (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406996)

Additionally, the page allows you record the chords and use a shortened version to play the music. Yet, everyone has decided to record massive youtube videos instead.

Re:Wow, 3.5 MB for a page (1)

audunn (2254424) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407160)

Perhaps it is because google recording was just 30 seconds. For most those 30 seconds is more than enough but for a rare few nowhere near. But yeah maybe most people just didn't get the recording feature.

Re:Wow, 3.5 MB for a page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36410420)

It's 2011. If 4 MB doesn't load in about 2 seconds or less, you're doing it wrong.

The doodle doesn't show up for me anymore.. (1)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405696)

I don't know about others, but for me Google's homepage does not have the guitar anymore. It also doesn't appear in Google's history for doodles.

But, through some long-winded way that included Facebook, I found this link [pomocode.com] that has it. Enjoy.

Re:The doodle doesn't show up for me anymore.. (1)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407622)

For years now, I have not been able to see ANY of the Google doodles. All I ever see is the traditional multicolored logo, no matter what cute thing is being touted on the web. To be fair, what I see also has a small "Beta" subscript on it. Does that mean somewhere along the line I have eaten a cookie that makes me doodle-free? Since this situation began about the time I moved from the US, I thought it might be that the doodles are not shared on Google's international sites, but that seems absurd. No matter how I type the URL, I keep getting redirected back to encrypted.google.com, and that does not seem to have the doodles on it. There is a "go to classic Google" link on the page, but it takes me back to the same place. Annoying.

Re:The doodle doesn't show up for me anymore.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36409210)

It's the encryption, but it's good for you :)

You can always go here: google.com/logos

Re:The doodle doesn't show up for me anymore.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36409216)

Your DNS has probably been hijacked by malware. You're not actually seeing the real google site but a proxy designed to do all kinds of evil things.

Google's Public DNS:
Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as your DNS servers.

Re:The doodle doesn't show up for me anymore.. (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#36410194)

Do you possibly have a browser setting or extension enabled which forces the browser always to use the secure (encrypted) version of a web site if available?
If so, you probably have to disable that to see the traditional Google page.

No mention of Les Paul? (5, Informative)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405706)

The Google Doodle was in honor of Les Paul, who would have been 96 yesterday. For the handfull of slashdotters who don't know Les Paul was one of the inventors of the solid body electric guitar, multitrack recording, and many other inventions still used in the recording industry. And if that weren't enough he was an excellent musician as well.

Re:No mention of Les Paul? (3, Informative)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406248)

Here is a comic strip [questionablecontent.net] commemorating his passing (nearly two years ago).

Re:No mention of Les Paul? (3, Informative)

gknoy (899301) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406340)

For those seeing the [questionablecontent.net] annotation and wondering if the strip is worksafe, it is. That particular one is. (I'm pretty sure most of the ones in the archive would be also, but you might be careful all the same. This one's safe, though.)

If you'd rather not read the comic, one could always read Les Paul's wikipedia article ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul [wikipedia.org] ), but QC mentions some of his really notable accomplishments. A brief (and likely too-shallow) overview would be to say that he was a pioneer of the solid body guitar (the Gibson Les Paul closely followed the Fender Telecaster), and that he invented multitrack recording (along with also pioneering several other techniques). He laid the technological basis for nearly all of our recent music.

Even though I'm not a music nerd, I think the guy was pretty amazing.

Re:No mention of Les Paul? (3, Informative)

Naurgrim (516378) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407166)

And if that weren't enough he was an excellent musician as well.

I consider myself fortunate to have seen him play live, must have been about 1986. He was one of the finest guitarists ever, IMHO.

Before seeing him live, I had heard many of his recordings. Knowing that he like to use tape effects, etc. I thought that some of his fast riffs were done with double speed tape, as they sounded super-humanly fast. I was amazed to find that he actually could play that fast, live, without error.

The only other guitarist I have seen play live at that level is Robert Fripp, but that's a story for another day - King Crimson, Discipline tour, 1982.

Ought to be great fun... (4, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405742)

...until the RIAA lawyers show up with the take-down notices.

Heaven forbid if someone should do "Happy Birthday"[*] - a SWAT team might show up instead.

[*] Can I use those words on Slashdot without getting fined?

Re:Ought to be great fun... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406084)

Ah... Stairway to Heaven. The best joke in Wayne's World ruined for the video release.

Re:Ought to be great fun... (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407020)

Oh no, this guy better really be worried (artist featured in video)!

We're Going to be Friends [youtube.com]

It's really good BTW

Re:Ought to be great fun... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36411024)

Thanks, this clip restored my faith in the musical humanity :-) The ones in TFS were of... mixed quality.

My Submission (4, Funny)

Jonathan Perkin (554901) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405744)

Re:My Submission (1)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406308)

How did you do that? I have been playing with it, but I only have a trackpad, which feels incredibly restricted. I don't expect I could do much better with a mouse. Do you have a touch screen?

Re:My Submission (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406460)

Click the "record" button, then press numbers 0-9.

Re:My Submission (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36408262)

You can play by using one row of your keyboard.

Here's mine: http://goo.gl/doodle/wcJm2

Now I feel like sheepish (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405828)

All I could manage was row row row your boat.

http://goo.gl/doodle/Sesa [goo.gl]

Re:Now I feel like sheepish (1)

serbanp (139486) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406480)

use the computer keyboard and a world of possibilities (sans accents, that's it) will open up...

Re:Now I feel like sheepish (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406952)

Dude. I did use the keyboard! :)

Re:Now I feel like sheepish (2)

serbanp (139486) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407576)

oooh! [what one says in this situation? yes!] It's very good, yeah, the talent is there but you just need a little practice, that's all! :P

Strings vibrate but no sound (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 2 years ago | (#36405934)

I can see the strings vibrate when I pick them, and when playing back, but no sound with Chrome on Ubuntu. I kind of thought there should be, but figured I just didn't get it. Now I see I did get it, but didn't get it.

Suppose I could debug, but that would take time from Slashdot posting . . .

Re:Strings vibrate but no sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406398)

Do you have something like NoScript on?

Re:Strings vibrate but no sound (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406636)

They should have developed this in Silverlight for cross platform compatibility,

Re:Strings vibrate but no sound (1)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406946)

Sound comes from Flash.

Re:Strings vibrate but no sound (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 2 years ago | (#36408154)

Flash works -- well as well as flash works -- on other pages. And I wasn't no-scripting. The answer it seems was to use Firefox instead of Chrome. OK, Google.

I don't know if it's this laggy for everyone, but I will not inflict my extra slow and even crappier interpolation of "Stairway" on you.

Re:Strings vibrate but no sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36412022)

Apropos-of-nothing-Ubuntu-Guy! I knew you'd show up.

Why youtube videos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406026)

The doodle can record songs, then you can play them back in realtime in your browser. Does anyone have a link to an index of real-time recordings?

Forward to the past III (2)

Chemtox (1841312) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406166)

Until someone comes out with an ASIO driver for Firefox, I'm sticking to Guitar Queero.

Re:Forward to the past III (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406450)

Oh god you earned a funny from this mod for that one. Anyone who's used a DAW should know!

Tom Morello (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36406638)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5P3FcKpz8k

This may be good (1)

Lord Juan (1280214) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406740)

You know, if the RIAA and other collecting agencies start acting like assholes as always, and start taking down user created contend up and down, maybe more people would get a glance at how terrible the current copyright regime is. Since common people never create anything, and just consume, they never get to see how bad things really are.

If that's the best... (2)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406746)

If that's "some of the best", I'd hate to hear any of the worst. Most of the songs were virtually unrecognizable..

How to get the keyboard and not autocomplete (1)

pkinetics (549289) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406798)

Some people keep having the autocomplete kick in when they start using the keyboard. Here is how to get the keyboard to work.

There is a spot just under the strings, to the left of the record button. If you mouse over it, your mouse pointer will change to a cursor. It is a relatively decent size area, so you have a decent area to click. Click here.

This is essentially the spot where the widget is for the playback dealie bopper.

This works in Chrome, IE8, and Firefox.

Re:How to get the keyboard and not autocomplete (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 2 years ago | (#36406994)

Or, you can just click the record button (and then click to stop it). That's usually what I do.

Annoying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36407142)

Annoying. Google in my homepage and new tab page. Every time I open a new window I end up playing a string or two over the speakers. This is also at work.

Maybe ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407422)

... when Keith Moon's [wikipedia.org] birthday rolls around, Google can do a drum set. I've been dying to drive my cow-orkers completely nuts with a good drum solo.

Weird (1)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 2 years ago | (#36407756)

I don't understand the layout (maybe for ease in strumming chords with your mouse?), and there are only 10 notes you can play, limited to GMaj. Maybe Google didn't want people recording a bunch of atonal crap or something, but that doesn't stop me from doing this: http://tinyurl.com/3z5wvjz [tinyurl.com]

Les Paul (1)

BrynM (217883) | more than 2 years ago | (#36408250)

Since there's no mention of Les Paul in a lot of the news relating to the doodle, here he is. Thank you Les. I have proudly owned several guitars with your name and they have given me countless moments of joy, contemplation and reverence. I hope the other side of the rainbow is treating you well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NdSU03jnUw [youtube.com]

Hey There Delilah (Intro) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36408718)

Figured this one out:
http://goo.gl/doodle/UovOM

Some mistakes (1)

okmijnuhb (575581) | more than 2 years ago | (#36409492)

Really some rather tone deaf incorrect choice of notes in "Paint it Black" and others. How can you call it "not bad"?

Collection of Google Guitar Tunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36410372)

Here's a collection of Google Guitar Tunes http://www.jackcola.org/blog/166-a-collection-of-the-best-music-from-google-guitar-doodle

Requires Adobe Flash (1)

kriston (7886) | more than 2 years ago | (#36415268)

Even though many of these doodles are there to surreptitiously showcase standards-based alternatives to Adobe Flash, this doodle actually requires Adobe Flash to play the audio.

Re:Requires Adobe Flash (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#36419352)

That's because when it comes to multimedia, HTML5 really isn't there yet. It has no kind of support for live streaming, cannot deal with generated sound, and is fragmented by patent trolls. The latter is not a solvable problem until patents expire or the courts and legislatures of the world start being for the people, but the others are a simple lack of actually thinking things through.

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...