The 40th All Japan Guitar Concours, 2009
Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)
The 40th All Japan Guitar Concours were held from Aug.2 to Oct. 12, 2009 and that
is specially featured in this issue. This concours is sponsored by Nippon Kyouiku
Guitar Remmei <NKG> and International Guitar Orchestra Association <IGOA>
(President: Hiroki Niibori), and this is a worlds exceptional, synthetic
competition (11 departments in total) organized with solo, ensemble, guitar orchestra,
conducting, arrangement, composition, education, guitar & mandolin, guitar
manufacturing, key board guitar (Taisho-goto) and electric guitar.
Here, for this time, Greetings and Finishing the judgments for
this concours, written by Dr. Hiroki Niibori, chairman of judge for this
concours, will be briefly introduced. Studying method for music, now practiced
in Niibori group, is written. We will be very happy when it was useful for your
From the greetings of President Niibori carried on the program of The 40th
All Japan Guitar Concours
Fulfilling my wish to continue this biggest concours, spreading over 11 departments,
with supreme judges, in guitar society in the world, for 40 years, I would like
to say thank you from bottom of my heart to all relating persons.
Hundreds of staffs for pre-selection festival ~ final selection, charming performers
called overflowing audience, great numbers of high leveled teachers bringing them
up, composers and arrangers writing original pieces for our concours for tens
of years, workers continuing to record them for future generations,etc.
It will be only because of existence of big group continued to love and cultivate
music and guitar that the miracle in 20th and 21st centuries exists.
Many people departed from here, and academic method completed here was recognized
as bringing up peaceful mind in many countries to be awarded by NGO
(The International Parliament for Peace Settlement) authorized by United Nations
Committee on Disarmament and other countries.
The Orchestra of Niibori Method with full of harmony by high pitched,
medium and low sound range has been continuing to attain
success with all standing ovation in many countries in Europe, U.S.A.,South East
Asia,etc. And all of students of middle and high school, and also general public
practiced the most advanced learning method has been awarded higher prizes.
Then, how you can obtain such a level of performance in short period as to get
all standing ovation at the international stages will be described here.
Conclusion became clear and it is thoroughly study with right brain
= thoroughly study with full use of DVD.
Not beginning study first with musical scores (left brain), that is the study
method starting first with image and sound = DVD (sense = right brain).
Practically using right brain, it is the best to understand the heart of composer,
but following care must be necessary.
The decisive factor is selection of piece of music. Fully researched musical scores
already reached hundreds of numbers. Selected DVD with level of performance worth
the model of performance. Each one should see DVD first and memorize drama of
superb performance to right brain before looking the musical score.
Any one, especially, beginner or having no experience of receiving higher prize,
should avoid the loss as many people repeated mistakes by suddenly trying done
by no one yet or new trial. It will be better entering level
to enjoy music with all ones heart utilizing effective learning method.
Then, following condition should be kept when you are replaying DVD.
Screen size should be more than 50 inches, and speakers should be set at left,
right and back sides to closely resembling sound in a hall and to resound to whole
body (especially for back bone). Thus, it will easily, comfortably enter into
Beautiful sound, of course it is beautiful for picking up only one,
but beautiful sound moving to tears (body becomes trembling) is closely
related to sound to whole body in well balanced. Low pitched
sound will affect on waist, medium on back, and high
on neck, thus, prime guitar for waist, alto guitar for back and N-Method Full
Harmony with cembalo guitars and sopranino will sound up to neck with sound of
up to 4000Hz. That is the sound giving great peace of mind. Peoples of many countries
said spring out peaceful mind. That brought continuous winning prize
of recognition in the world.
Today is the concours of people proceeding toward there. I am dreaming birth of
great number of messengers after this concert in the age of mind, 21st century,
I hope success of performances from bottom of my heart.
From the writing <Finishing the concours>
Summarizing Advise for the next year, I can firmly declare as Study
It can be clearly said by the fact of all higher prize winner groups having good
To finish eye contact skillfully, the important factors are large number of performers,
firmly unified for each part, left and right arm of conductor moving separately
for sending signals and eye contacts going ahead. Fresh starting of each phrase
will be decisive factor. Therefore, selecting musical score, the important point
is to select a piece of music, pause being dealt carefully.
Next, the aim of composer,the outline = drama should be firmly sensed, and conductor
for especially should understand it previously. Practically use the DVD.
The results will surely be obtained earlier.
To understand the drama of the pieces of music, as the same way for sentence,
it is necessary to study first the punctuations of music = phrases, phrasing with
singing, and understand the feeling of climax.
Finishing phrasing with singing (with abundant breathing), setting of tone (finishing
organization of instruments) will be finished soon. Being aware of outline of
drama, eye contacts from conductor will become sparkling. Sending back eye contact
from performer being aware of it, the impression of audience seeing and feeling
it will be deepened. That is the same for solo. Performing with thinking as conductor
will be the way. More details will be explained at seminar and in this magazine.
Warm eye contact will warmly Harmonize all and surely
bring up Peaceful mind.
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