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The electric guitar has had its day - here comes the ELECTRIC BASSOON!

The electric guitar has been the frontman-musician's instrument of choice since the 1960's. But here comes the instrument that is about to sweep it into history - the ELECTRIC BASSOON!

Let's face it, the electric guitar has had a good run. First popular in the late 1950's and early 1960's, 2008 will be seen as the year that marked the beginning of its demise.

And the reason the electric guitar will go...?

Simple - there's a better instrument in town.

The electric guitar might be electric, but really all it is is a plank of wood with pickups bolted on. Not really very twenty-first century.

No, what we need is an instrument that has all the style of the electric guitar, but is bang up-to-date and chock-full of technology.

And that instrument is...

The Logical Bassoon!

The Logical Bassoon, sometimes also known as the electric bassoon, is of course a development of the acoustic bassoon, an instrument that has been around for centuries.

The acoustic bassoon itself is a member of a family of instruments - the 'oon' family. As well as the bass oon there is the higher-pitched tenor oon and other oons besides.

All of these instruments are blown into to make them sound - no cheap plastic plectrum, but the breath and soul of a real human being.

The problem with the acoustic bassoon however is that it is fiendishly difficult to learn and to play. This has meant that its popularity has been confined to a small number of highly talented musicians.

But now, hotshot British inventor Giles Brindley has replaced the acoustic bassoon with his Logical Bassoon. The Logical Bassoon has all the sound and all the style of the acoustic bassoon, and more posing potential than the electric guitar.

But instead of being played purely manually, the Logical Bassoon has a 'keyboard' and wires and relays control tiny valves, which are used to generate the different notes.

The Logical Bassoon is easier to learn than the acoustic bassoon because the notes have a sensible layout and lie under the fingers. The Logical Bassoon is easier to play because the difficult finger stretches of the acoustic bassoon are avoided.

So come on... stop living in the past. The electric guitar is history.

The new instrument for the modern performing and recording musician is...

The Logical Bassoon.

Happy April!

By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006