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Aaron Giles

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Last Build Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:57:38 +0000


The Final Rip: Intro & Tools

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:57:38 +0000

I have a massive CD collection, close to 1,500 titles, split about 70:25:5 Rock:Classical:Soundtracks (those being very broad categories). Of course, being a good nerd, I had long ago ripped them all and stashed them up on a server for my Squeezeboxen to stream from, or to copy to USB sticks for playing the car. Read More →

Messiah Rehearsal Tracks

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:51:04 +0000

For several years now, I’ve run the site to privately host rehearsal tracks for choral groups that I participate in. With the holidays fast approaching — and with them the inevitable Messiah sing-a-longs — I figured it was finally time to share something more broadly useful: a set of Messiah rehearsal tracks. They are Read More →

Summer of Song

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 06:13:18 +0000

September is finally here, and with it, the start of a new choral season. I recall when I first started singing a certain disappointment that the singing generally stopped in May or June, and didn’t resume until the fall. Eventually I discovered that I could cover the time with continued voice lessons, or participation in Read More →

Introducing summer fling vocal ensemble

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:07:21 +0000

Today I took the wraps off of a new project I have been putting together for the past few months: the summer fling vocal ensemble. The concept of the project evolved and morphed several times during that period, but I’m pretty happy with where I ended up: We are a mixed chamber group of community Read More →

Hymn Text Dilemma

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:48:31 +0000

I’ve recently been researching information about one of my favorite early American hymns, “Evening Hymn,” by Elisha West. It is a gorgeous example of a classic fuging tune, with the haunting period tonality that I just love. I first heard the tune in this wonderful rendition by His Majestie’s Clerkes: You might notice the recording Read More →

Vocal Woes — May Update

Fri, 06 May 2016 05:33:00 +0000

Almost there! Not too much more to report since my last update, except that I am still working on getting comfortable again in my upper range. I’m starting to be able to revisit some of my old solo repertoire and sing it again without too much fear that I won’t be able to hit the Read More →

New Arrangements for Strings & Flute

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:37:34 +0000

So for the Sacred Music Chorale‘s upcoming Spring 2016 concerts this weekend, I have once again had the opportunity to liven up some of the pieces we’re singing with strings and flute. Emboldened by the results at Christmas, I volunteered to take on 7 of our pieces: Consider the Lilies by Marie E. Roll How Read More →

Vocal Woes – March Update

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:33:52 +0000

At last, some improvement! Since my previous post, I followed up with my doctor and visited a vocal coach who is experienced in working with singers who have vocal damage. Prior to those visits I had started noticing a little less trouble getting above a D4 while singing, and was at times able to reach Read More →

Vocal Woes

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:35:15 +0000

Back at the start of November, things were just really starting to click. I was on sabbatical from work, had just joined the Seattle Bach Choir, and had taken a few lessons from a new voice teacher I was really excited to work with. I was really starting to feel good improvement in my tone Read More →

First Arrangements Performed

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:33:19 +0000

I’m a firm believer that nothing you learn really sinks in until you apply it. So, having just completed my first year course in Music Theory, I figured that I really needed to keep working at composition in order to help cement the things I had learned. Thus, I was excited to be given the Read More →