Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Have you ever wondered how really stupid people seem to be oblivious to their own stupidity? Have you ever noticed this cognitive self-blindness in yourself in a particular life domain or skill (after the fact, … Continue reading

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Terminology, Semantics and “The MIND”

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It fascinates me over and over again how we use terminology and yet it’s not REALLY clear what is meant and what is not. Take the word “MIND”. If we are going to separate “Mind” … Continue reading

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Slower is Faster

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Funny thing about time. It is relative. When I was in my 20s, I wanted to ‘get it together’ as a performer and as a singer as fast as possible. My time-frame for preparing a … Continue reading

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Seeing love everywhere; a dangerous occupation

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden See. Love. Everywhere. Noone knows how ridiculous this sounds more than I do. First time I heard anything similar, I started laughing and couldn’t stop. After all, let’s face it, life’s dangerous. There are a … Continue reading

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Astral Travel, Lucid Dreaming, Altered States and Brain Waves

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been into some pretty weird stuff over the years. Before I seriously got involved in the study, practice and teaching of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, my explanations of my experiences tended MUCH more … Continue reading

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Metaphors and the Semantic Chauvinist

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I have a real place in my heart for method-chauvinism. I think that’s probably because some of my best voice teachers were convinced that there was only one way to teach and that was their … Continue reading

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Vocal Pedagogy; an additive or a subtractive art?

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden The way you answer this question is the way you teach. I’ve argued for both sides of the question, depends who’s asking. On the one hand it often feels like the voice lesson mainly consists … Continue reading

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