Google has come up with a way for us to make music right from our browser. No songwriting experience required.

I know it’s way too early to talk about going back to work on Monday, but here’s something of a pre-emptive strike.

Google has unveiled a nifty new thing from its Chrome Music Lab, the part of the company with “a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.” The latest creation is something called Song Maker.

Basically, you “paint” notes on a grid. Add in more instruments as you go then mess with tempo. The more you use it, the more you’ll understand how it works–and you’ll get a better idea of the elements of songwriting, arranging and mixing.

Here’s a video that explains everything. Once you see what to do, go here to get started on your first hit single.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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