From Christina Aguilera's MasterClass

Duets Part 2: Perfecting the Performance

Learn to perfect duets. In this lesson Christina breaks down the pitch, timing and emotion you'll need to captivate an audience with your partner.

Topics include: Rehearsal process • Mistakes • Creating a connection

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Learn to perfect duets. In this lesson Christina breaks down the pitch, timing and emotion you'll need to captivate an audience with your partner.

Topics include: Rehearsal process • Mistakes • Creating a connection

Christina Aguilera

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Say something, I'm giving up on you. I'll be the one if you want me to. Anywhere I would have followed you. Say something I'm giving up on you. And I am feeling so small. It was over my head and nothing at all. And I can stumble and fall-- [LAUGHTER] I messed up the words. We had a stumble and fall. [LAUGHTER] If this happened live, we would just keep going. Yeah. But right now-- Yeah. Let's take it again. Because some of the timing wasn't perfect in some of the-- what was it? It was the beginning though. And I (SINGING) know nothing at all. Wait, wait. I think it was "head." (SINGING) I'm feeling so small. It was over my head. It was something. Our timing was off on "it was over my head." (SINGING) And then nothing at all. And then I just, I had to stop because something in the "and I will." Right? And then we went into "stumble and fall," and just had to laugh. Because we stumbled and fell. But we wouldn't do that in a gig. No. [LAUGHTER] But if we did do it on a gig, you just keep going. And it almost refocuses you to hone in more with your timing. Sure. So, right? OK. Take it again real quick. [PIANO PLAYING] (SINGING) Say something, I'm giving up on you. I'm sorry-- Oh, I'm sorry. It's OK. I'm actually sorry. Now what's happening is we start to overanalyze ourselves. And we start nitpicking our mistakes. And that's sometimes why I don't like to over-rehearse. Because it should feel good and organic. But yeah, take it again. Back to the top. [PIANO] [LAUGHTER] (SINGING) Say something, I'm giving up on you. I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you. Anywhere I would have followed you. Say something, I'm giving up on you. It's almost like you have to keep it one, two, three. One, two-- (SINGING) And I-- One, two, three. (SINGING) Can swallow my pride-- Look. I'll continue the notes. So it's almost like you have to keep a one, two, three. One, two, three. Silently in your head. Pick it up here. (SINGING) And I-- One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. (SINGING) Will stumble and fall. I'm still learning to love. And I was busy saying one, two, three. I forgot where it is. (SINGING) Starting to crawl. Momentum builds up in your head. (SINGING) Say something, I'm giving up on you. I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you. Anywhere I-- Shit. [LAUGHTER] Now we're just all over the place. I would-- see, what happened just now was he went for the-- (SINGING) Anywhere I would have followed-- And I went for the ending. (SINGING) Anywhere I-- And that's why it's so important to know where we're at. But we stopped and started many times within this last take. So we got a little confused. I got a little, he did it right actually. I went for the end chorus and decided to wrap it up. [LAUGHTER] How do you get back up from a mistake? You laug...

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Comments

RENE G.

I love Christina's voice. Her tips on this one were great and practical. Her masterclass is improving with every chapter

Emma L.

The only thing lacking in this is how to harmonize more in detail with the other person, not just timing and connection. Although I really liked it as an inspiration type of lesson.

A fellow student

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Natalie F.

She's one of the best teachers on here. Fact! I could watch the lesson over and over and still learn from her. Her techniques with how to reach people's emotions are incredible. Thank you!

Michael B.

Very informative. I thought it was really entertaining to watch, as well! Loved the buildup of making a mistake at first, only to triumph in the end with a dramatic and wonderful performance. It felt so inspiring and moving, then. What would it be like to record a song in that way, I wonder? Like the recording itself is a performance. That would be cool to find out.

Kelly Y.

Great tips to take in and use personally. They work together so well and harmoniously. Now to find someone I can do that with 😂

Jonathan S.

She talks about how the two of them have their own styles, but they really do a great job of pushing and pulling back on many of the words. He has a great feel in his voice, too. And the piano player is rock solid on that beat. I also love the way they changed their texture as the softened near the end. Very inspiring!

Karen

Highly recommended. Excellent curriculum content, and Christina articulates very well her points throughout. Thank you!!!

Ben P.

How does she sing that and just chuckle without bursting into tears? Amazing, heartfelt performance. Wow.

Shreya S.

This was an amazing lesson! I love that we are able to learn from the greats from any corner of the world! Is anyone interested in doing a duet with me? I am trained in Carnatic classical music. I am from India.