From The 100th recital of Niibori Guitar Music School

Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)

Extensively reported from page 8 of this issue is The 100th Big Recital of Niibori Guitar Music School.
Niibori Guitar Music School, established by Dr. Hiroki Niibori in 1957, is the hobby classes putting guitar for central point. Subjects of lesson for guitar are classic guitar, folk guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, guitars for each sound range peculiar to Niibori Guitar (Method) such as Alto guitar, Bass guitar, Cembalo guitar and so on, instruments similar to guitar (guitar family) such as ukulele and Taisho-goto, and others depending upon facilities and size of class room such as flute, vocal, piano, drum and cello etc.
Class rooms directly managed by head quarters are mainly located in Metropolitan Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture, and other Branded-classes (big classes are mainly in Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture, Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Tsu City in Mie Prefecture and Jouetsu City in Niigata Prefecture), and friendship classes using Niibori-Method (from Hokkaido to Okinawa) in many districts of Japan.
Recital for this time was performed by students of classes directly managed by headquarters such as Tokyo (including Chiba and Saitama), Kanagawa and Shizuoka. Many snapshots of student are carried in this issue, but they are only a part of all students in these districts. Soon after the establishment, recitals by all students had been held sometimes a year, but recently, students increased so many that dividing various kinds of groups, selecting in New Year Concert and Spring Concert of each class or district, then glorious stage in this big recital was given to selected performers.
Snapshots tell wide range of age of performers. Peoples, age of before school to 70s, 80s, 3 generations, sometimes 4 generations, are meeting together to present their results of daily study. Entering Niibori Guitar Music School in age of 50s of course, 70s and sometimes 80s without experience are increasing. The reason why this kind of things are possible -----. Greetings for this recital of Dr. Hiroki Niibori (now, president of Niibori Guitar Music School) and Professor Toshio Matsumoto (the first concert master of N-Orchestra), working together with Dr. Niibori since soon after the establishment of Niibori Guitar Music School, are introduced here.
<From Dr. Hiroki Niibori's Greetings for program of the recital>
"Reaching 100 times" Hints for more profound charms.
52 years has passed since the establishment of Niibori Guitar Music School and recital mainly by students counted 100 times.
Admission free recitals had been held in 7 years before Tokyo Olympic (1964), considering as research period for future for students and teachers. And after epoch-making Niibori- Method with full of harmony with low, medium and high sound range was adopted by Kunitachi College of Music and I was invited as the professor (1964, Shouwa 39), recitals has been divided into pay concert by professional teachers and recitals by students. Both of concerts have been held continuously without stopping, and that is the result of continuous research on music even in financial difficulties, I think.
Niibori- Method, peoples in any country in the world are able to join easily at once and to enjoy marvelous music, expanded to 27 countries and won many honorable prizes.
I am going to present words, commemorating 100th recital, with theme of "profound charms".
Music with Do, Re, Mi, Fa scale, raised in church for 1700 years, was completed with "counterpoint" in the era of Bach. Then human superb art of music with 4 parts began to bear fruits. That is, soprano, alto, tenor and bass for vocal, first violin, second violin, viola and cello for general string orchestra, first alto guitar, second alto guitar, prime guitar and bass guitar for our Niibori-Method.
All of them are basic full of harmony attained by mankind, and these combinations have been understood to sound most pleasantly for whole body.
Now, for these basic four parts, asking which part will be the basic framework, that is bass. It is the foundation for a house for example. Thus, it will be natural result to speed up progress (understanding the piece of music) for solo or ensemble that repeating research and practice attaching importance to bass. Performers of high sound range hearing carefully sound of bass to get on it, and bass part taking positive attitude to study as to drive stepping on accelerator, will be biggest hint to attain profound charms. Entering into Niibori Guitar, it will become possible to realize "profound charms", teachers and students are advised to have experience of "bass guitar" at least.
Roaring sound of unique group of bass guitar winning heart of high leveled audience was the evidence for Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (N-Orch.) with 130 members to attain all standing ovation at golden hall of Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien on Nov. 19, 2007.
Today, we are going to enjoy concert performed by students began genuine learning method. I am expecting all of audience to enjoy N-Method, able to enjoy human life, and to head to appear on stage together in next year.
<From Professor Toshio Matsumoto's Greetings>
1 year after the Music School was established, on Nov. 23, 1958 (Shouwa 33), the 1st recital of Niibori Guitar Music School was held at Suginami Assembly Hall in Tokyo.
Dr. Niibori said in his greetings at that time ----"I am looking forward to be understood art and beauty of orthodox classic guitar music from only a piece of music from performance of today", and "learn music having noble pure ideal correctly in good order", these words were told frequently.
In social circumstances at that time, understanding guitar music and natural, free handling for music were not firmly established in social affairs, which was an appeal of spreading correct guitar music highly announced by Niibori Guitar Music School.
he basis of lessons in Niibori Guitar Music School, educational principle of "good music to be your nourishment for your soul" and "for all of you", has been constantly inherited, progressed in changing ages, and even beginners, soon after having guitar in his/her hands, will be able to experience well balanced sound to get comfortable, calm peace of mind. That is our Music School and genuine "Niibori-Method".
Experiencing full of harmony with guitars of each sound range, represented by "high pitched" Alto guitar, "medium pitched" Prime guitar and "low pitched" Bass guitar, you can enjoy more of deep well balanced impression.
There are many performing styles, solo by one performer and ensemble with companions, and it will be possible to select musical instruments fitting well to the piece of music in Niibori Guitar, thus resulting splendid musical performance with good sound. Especially experiencing ensemble will give you lots of musical sensitivity and splendid effects to your body and mind. The reason is, that is just Niibori-Method.
Greetings by 2 teachers are briefly shown above. There are many growing guitar ensembles and guitar classes adopting Niibori- Method. Adopting Niibori-Method to increase guitar & music lovers, to give raison d'etre, to make close friends, to contribute to attain world peace and worldwide family, will be happy for us.


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