This time, we'd like to introduce the newly published book 'Guitar Orchestra Masterpieces by Niibori Method' written by Dr. Hiroki Niibori. It was prepared for the intermediate and advanced level orchestras on condition that they use Niibori Method Original Guitars. The guitars, impression method based on apoyando, new formations and arrangements introduced in the book, enable the new orchestration we've never seen. The sound isn't a copy of string orchestra's but a brand new Niibori sound. Let's introduce 24 types of guitars used in the book here. Their common peculiarities are as follows: 1) Perfect interval between each guitar. 2) 6-strings. 3) Ratio based on the prime guitar. Therefore, person who has mastered how to play one of them can play every kind of guitar. That's one of the reasons that guitar orchestras by Niibori Method easily spread in the world.
Alto guitar (abbreviation: A.) is very popular and the existence is like the violin in a string orchestra. It's turned 5th higher (1:H 2:F# 3:D 4:A 5:E 6:H) than the prime guitar . Bass guitar (abbreviation: B.) is tuned 1 octave lower than the alto and 4th lower than the prime. Duet by a bass guitar and an alto guitar has a wide range and is very enjoyable.
Contrabass guitar (abbreviation: C.B.) and guitarron (abbreviation: Gr.) are turned 1 octave lower than the prime (abbreviation: P). These 2 guitars have quite different constructions and color of sound. Sound of the C.B. is solemn and has a hard core. And sound of the Gr. is so rich and wraps whole ensemble sound gently in it. B., C.B. and Gr. create the reliable base line that supports the orchestra sound strongly. B. and C.B. are played with a thumb only, and Gr. is stood with an end-pin like the cello and played like drawing a bow with an index finger and a thumb. (See Oct., Nov. and Dec. issue in '94 for detailed information)
Cembalo guitar is an essential for baroque music. There are the alto cembalo guitar (abbreviation: A.Cem.), the prime cembalo guitar (abbreviation: P.Cem.) and the bass cembalo guitar (abbreviation: B.Cem.). Each one has steel strings, and there are single (6) and double (12) string guitars. In case of single, A.Cem. is the same turning as A., P.Cem. is the same turning as P. and B.Cem. is the same turning as B. (See from Feb. to May issue in '94 for detailed information)
Above guitars are the main ones used in the book. Then let's talk about the pieces and formations. Every arrangement has been done by Dr. Hiroki Niibori.
All the scores are Niibori Guitar Orchestra's repertoires. Everyone is arranged so excellently. Please take a look and try one.
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