The first issue in 1997 introduced 'Guitar orchestras and the conductors in the world', 'What is contemporary guitar orchestra?', 'Profile of Dr. Hiroki Niibori, originator of a guitar orchestra', 'Guitar orchestra world's 40 years of great historic story tracing by photographs', 'About Niibori Method watched by all the world now', 'Advice to study Niibori Method in Japan', 'text books, music scores, video tapes and CDs for a guitar orchestra' and so on.
The second issue in 1998 was a special edition for conductors, and focused on the conductors of a guitar orchestra.
The third issue in 1999 reported a history of the Niibori Guitar Orchestra in detail in English.
Well, the new issue vol.4 was issued as a special edition for the alto guitar. Regarding the alto guitar, text books, score books and magazines have been published in Japanese, but there was no book like this magazine that contains precious literatures in English. Dr. Niibori who is an originator of the alto guitar, Prof. Toshio Matsumoto who is a vice president of Niibori Guitar Music Academy and a member of the alto guitar development project, and famous guitar craftsmen Mr. Saburo Nogami and Mr. Manuel Contreras contributed interesting essays at the beginning of the magazine.
It is also the first time to report the discussion on the theme of the alto guitar. In the discussion, Dr. Niibori and guitar instructors and a guitar craftsman talked with enthusiasm about lots of dreams, achievements and applications regarding the alto guitar.
For people who will purchase and start learning how to play the alto guitar, 'A guide to alto guitar' is highly recommended. Prof. Matsuji Nishikawa who is a top alto guitar player of the Niibori Guitar Orchestra teaches how to turn, play and practice the alto guitar in detail.
Also, 'a guide of text books and music scores for a guitar orchestra', and 'a guide of video tapes and CDs by Niibori Guitar Orchestra' are carried at the last of the magazine, so please make full use of them.
'The Guitar Orchestra' magazine wishes to comply to the requests of readers. We look forward to your opinions and comments.
Especially in the A program (Tokyo & Yokohama), the Niibori Guitar Orchestra and lots of stars will appear on stage one after another. This time, 'Ave Maria' (Giulio Caccini) will be first played by chorus and the guitar orchestra. And it would be enjoyable that Kengo Momose's original 'Gold Rush' played by 2 electrical guitars and the guitar orchestra. Also, comply with audience's request, 'Overture Op.362 from Die Fledermaus' that was popular at the main concert will be played by Dr. Niibori's conducting again.
This concert can be enjoyed by from children to the aged. Please come to the concert and make an unforgettable memory on the Christmas. (Refer to page 10~)
* Niibori Guitar Christmas Concert Tour will be held in Nagoya, Nara, Okayama, and all over Japan.
* Christmas special event
NE Christmas Party 'Goodbye the 20th century'
December 6 (Wed) 19:00~ Live House N
\5,000 (incl. dinner)
Performance: Niibori Guitar Ensemble (NE)
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