Category Archives: Fitness

“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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LOOKING FORWARD The Virtues of Anticipation

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I love looking forward to things. There’s something so sweet and grand about somehow being fully in the here and now and, at the same time, tasting a future event fully. There’s something about that … Continue reading

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That Striving for Perfection– KINTSUKOROI, Wabi-Sabi, Mahayana Buddhism and whatever else

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s that growth impulse in human beings which I find fascinating. Biological growth and psychological growth follow patterns that we can influence, to be sure. When we’re not consciously influencing (learning, working out, dieting, practicing) … Continue reading

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Motility and Mobility

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ 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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Mental Diets

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden The New Year always seems to bring with it one article after another on New Year’s resolutions, ESPECIALLY regarding new diets. I always smirk, but I read them anyway. Typical American, I know. My German … Continue reading

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Survival of the Fitness

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I always sort of smile when I hear the word “Fitness”. Much like the word “Love”, when 5 people say it, they mean 15 different things all at once. Hey, when I say it, it … Continue reading

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VOMITARE and Calibrated Loops

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ll never forget the first time I heard the term “Vomitare”. It was proceeded by an experience I had singing in Innsbruck. It was during a love duet with a gorgeous soprano with long, thin, … Continue reading

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Zauberflöte – Star Wars The Same Story

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden They did some research recently about how our aggression impulses and our harmony impulses are triggered and balanced. They gave different groups of test subjects texts with the task of correcting the spelling. When the … Continue reading

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Mixing Concepts – Collapsing Models… some thoughts for Singing Teachers

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden There are significant advantages to having studied a lot of stuff over the years. When enough of it sinks in, it starts to form into something new. In the formation of cut-to-measure exercises in the … Continue reading

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Singer’s Formant, the Diaphram and the “Vegas”-Nerve

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden In a recent discussion in a forum on LinkedIn the topic of the Vagus nerve came up. Someone unintentionally (or intentionally) misspelled it “Vegas” which precipitated a most educating and entertaining exchange. Here are some … Continue reading

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