Category Archives: Speaking

INSTANT KARMA

The idea of “Karma” as it was probably originally intended seems foreign to how we live our life. The idea that there is some mechanism by which our deeds come back at us is anathema to many of us, especially … 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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Emotional Transparency

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s fascinating in which contexts individuals intend to be emotionally transparent and in which contexts the intention goes more in the direction of concealment. Even more fascinating is it when you actually consciously intend to … Continue reading

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Jumping the Track

I can remember the first time I noticed that my thoughts always seemed to run along the same track. I remember too not liking that AT ALL! Here’s the thing though; when I notice that my thoughts are running in … 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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focus Focus FOCUS F O C U S

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ve long asked myself what people mean exactly when they use this word. It came up in a seminar recently. One of the participants was asking herself the same question out loud. It came up … Continue reading

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Coaching, Perfection and Excellence

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden The first time I heard the word „Coach“, outside of singing or sports my body jolted. I wasn’t sure why. In singing, as I understood the term, the distinction between a voice ‘teacher’ and a … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on “The Breath”

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ 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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Arrogance, Humility and the professional Singer

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Every singer has heard the word “Diva”. Even in Rock, Pop and Jazz the word is familiar. On the negative side, it denotes an attitude of arrogance, egoism, self-involvement and a bit of aggression. Does … Continue reading

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