Category Archives: Breath

“La Lutte Vocale”: The Battle that really isn’t. Thoughts on Linguistic Ambiguity and Reflexive Antagonism.

How many times have you expressed something, only to have it misunderstood? If you’re like most people, your answer is most likely: ‘frequently’! One of the advantages of language is that it’s flexible and multi-dimensional. One of the disadvantages of … Continue reading


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Self-Development, Self-Evolution and Fake-It-Til-You-Make-It

After a truly inspirational weekend at the Landsiedel NLP-Conference, I’m still absorbing and integrating the many impressions and learnings. It’s always captivating to get together with like-minded, positively-oriented individuals with great ideas and great ways to implement them. Fascinating is … Continue reading

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„Don’t Push”— Pressure Centers Above and Below

Evan Bortnick Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden How many times have we singers heard that admonition; “Don’t Push”? Either we’ve said it ourselves (to ourselves or our students) or we’ve heard it a million times from our own teachers. It sure sounds … Continue reading

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Motility and Mobility

Evan Bortnick Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s always been a particular fascination of mine how singers move. The raised shoulders, the furrowed eyebrows, the tensed upper lip, the pelvic wave all have both an emotional expression AND a very specific technical, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on “The Breath”

Evan Bortnick  Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Much has been said and much has been written about “The Breath” for singing and for speaking. Discussions about the breath in general and in singing specifically always remind me of that Zen story of … Continue reading

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Evan Bortnick  Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s a new world. Over the years, I’ve commented on countless posts on Facebook, Xing, LinkedIn and myriad emails. As “Old Age” sets in, numbers of people have advised me to take some of this … Continue reading

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