From Christina Aguilera's MasterClass

Christina's Inspiration

Christina learned the secrets of powerful performances from music legends like Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Learn how to gather inspiration, tap into your emotions and embrace your flaws to better connect with your audience.

Topics include: Christina's idols • Gathering and applying inspiration

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Christina learned the secrets of powerful performances from music legends like Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Learn how to gather inspiration, tap into your emotions and embrace your flaws to better connect with your audience.

Topics include: Christina's idols • Gathering and applying inspiration

Christina Aguilera

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Had I not gone through sort of a rough background, I'm not sure I'd be able to be the singer that I am today. I think that coming from something that makes you feel so deeply and sometimes so painfully really, really gives you that place, that gut-ridden soulful space that you can just draw everything from from there on out. My earliest memory of being completely drawn to and inspired-- I guess I've come to learn is the word-- at such a young age to music was when I was six years old living in Japan, and I completely was taken with The Sound Of Music. Watching Julie Andrews's initial shot so free and so alive and so just open and uncaring of anybody else being around or anybody hearing her or watching her, she was alive and free in those hills and singing out to herself, to the universe. I was, at the time, growing up on an army base, and my actual childhood was a little chaotic growing up. And it really moved me to just get something out of me. It like reached into me, and it was a form of expression for me, I think, at such a young age and feeling a little lost in the chaos that was in my home or in my environment. It was my form of release. I wanted to be her in that movie, and I would go up into my bedroom, I would open my window, and I would pretend I was her, and I would just sing out to the world. It was then that I guess looking back, I realized my dream, and that was my dream to become a singer and speak my truth, sing from my heart, my soul. And that, at five, six years old, was my first introduction to my love of music. As I got a little older, my mother and father had gotten a divorce, and we moved in with my grandma at the time. And this was out of Pittsburgh, and I remember her sort of bringing it to my mom's attention-- you know, she's going through the divorce. Things are a little chaotic still, and my grandma was like, she's got a real talent here. I mean, she knew I did things like spread towels on the floor in the bathtub and use the shampoo bottle as my "icophone" I would call it, but it was really my grandma that was like, you should really let her perform for people. She was so proud. She was my proud grandma that just-- she would probably bring strangers off the street to come in the front door to show me off. She was a proud grandma, but she sort of opened the door for me to experience my ultimate love, what would become my true love of music, which was soul, blues, and jazz music. We would go and take these road trips. It was me, my mom, my grandma, my little sister, and we would go into the city of Pittsburgh, and we would take road trips out there and go for a drive and go to these old record stores and just sift through record after record of-- you know, it was the dusty vinyls. But this was my first introduction to what I felt was real music, and that was the beginning of me then getting in touch with my soul, my ultimate heart and passion, because on those ...

Your New Voice Teacher

Christina Aguilera teaches you how to expand your range, find your voice, and master the techniques that have earned her five Grammy Awards. In her first-ever online singing class, you’ll learn warm-up exercises, breath control, vibrato, her signature growls, and hear Christina break down her biggest hits. You’ve never had vocal lessons like this before.

Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Great! I am working on embracing my imperfections !

I downloaded the pdf class book and i am so excited to make my plan and send it.

I learned how to sing better and improve my technique! This class was amazing and Christina provided fantastic material, tips & strategies. I'd recommend this to anybody who wants to improve their singing skills!

Christina is a true master and is a meticulous artist! Thanks!

Comments

Manuel B.

Soy actor. La verdad es que en cualquier arte, sobretodo si son artes vivas, hay que ser genuino y transmitir las emociones con verdad!

Joe C.

Thanks Christina - you've used words that cement what my voice instructor was trying to get me to understand - 'what is the texture I am adding to the song' ; 'what do I feel while I'm singing' put it in the song; 'Raw and Real' - there were a few songs we really worked on and that I now realize I was singing Raw and Real - that is me. Thanks for helping me realize that.

Holly B.

Wonderful. She talks about Nina Simone. Check her out. She is one of a kind. Btw, Christina, the title translates as "Don't Leave Me" a very sad song, indeed.

Kathy O.

Well I’m totally in love with Christina now. I learned a lot, felt a lot and have resolved that even though things will never be perfect they will none the less progress. My personal progression is within my power if I choose to embrace my efforts. I am a visual artist but Christina’s vocal career is the same as any artistic endeavor, it comes from within. Okay YES I’m going to take her words and energy and utilize that into my own need to express and explain myself.

Nora C.

I'm a soprano. Hitting high notes has never been my problem. I can sing in front of an audience...it's nerve wracking but I can do it. I'm taking singing lessons in London because my goal has been singing opera. But as I'm watching this lesson today, tears are falling from my eyes. I don't think that I'm normally an emotional person, but I've never thought about telling a story with my voice. I don't know why, but this has made me feel things that I've never felt before.

Jonathan M.

Great to hear about inspirations thank you. A wonderful way to begin the journey!

Louise K.

I'm not sure what I would like to accomplish with this course. I enjoy singing for myself, I used to in a choir as a child but I haven't done much since my teens. I would like to get back to doing it and improve my confidence to do it in public.

Michael A. G.

I grew up wanting to sound like Michael Kiske from Kiske Somerville, The Beatles and David Coverdale from Deep Purple and Whitesnake. On my releases I come off sounding like George Harrison, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison. This is really helping me, I'm so pleased.

Iara R.

When I was about 6 or so I remember sitting in my abuela Victoria’s house writing a song about a raven and a bloody heart. I’m pretty sure I didn’t experience a breakup or anything like that then I just had a vision of creating music. I grew up with Christina and Ella and spinetta and Simon and Garfunkel. Spanish rock and American soul and ballads. Recently now I’ve been writing songs of true heartbreak in oneself, vs friends and vs world. Thank you for helping me understand where my words come from

Patrick D.

I am on the older side - grew up with the Beatles, the Stones, The Who, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, and I recall how thoroughly I misjudged Christina when she first started out her first stuff. I wasn't impressed with songs like "Genie in a Bottle". Coming as she did from the Disney Mill, like Britney, I thought this girl is just another "pot tart" - tons of sex appeal, nice voice, singing pre-packaged fluff. Boy did she ever prove me wrong! I can only guess that she was young, she needed to get a start, and that was what the labels wanted - fluff that could make the Top 40 - especially with the right video. Back then I wouldn't have been surprised to hear that that Christina didn't even know who Etta James, or Ella Fitzgerald were. Now I know there is nothing she can't sing and make you believe it if she wants.