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Mastering Vocal Techniques

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 12:34 min

Harmony. Belting. Vibrato. Slides. Master these vocal techniques as Christina breaks them down for you step-by-step.

Christina Aguilera
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Christina teaches you her unique vocal techniques in over 3.5 hours of voice lessons and exercises.
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Technique versus soul. So, technique versus truth. It's a weird balance. But you know, and that's why it's so important that you know yourself, and you know where you like to feel things from, because it's a balance. It's a balance that you have to find. I didn't have any technical training growing up. So I can't tell you all the technical terms that are used in relaying music, or talking music sheets and notes and things like that. You know, somebody told me the word "melisma" the other day-- I didn't even know what that was. I do my thing, and I feel my thing, and it becomes what it is. And those are the kind of singers that I love. So if everybody went to the same vocal teacher, and learned the same notes, and how to sing so proper-- you're losing the truth in there. And that's why sometimes I don't like to be too over-rehearsed and whatnot going into a live show, or watch myself back and critique myself too hard, is because it's so important for me to live in that moment, and to feel my truth, and to own it. People sometimes think that belting means being a great technical singer, and being able to hit certain notes, and all of that. But to me, being boisterous, and being able to belt, and be loud in that way, but in a controlled way if you want to sustain and hold out a note in the right key, on the right pitch, in the right tone that you're looking for, which are three different things that have to combine into one-- it's something that comes from your gut. And it's something that you have to start from here, with your breath, centering yourself, knowing how to stand firm in your two feet. There's a stance that happens when you're in the studio, even, and I'm prepping up, and I know this big note is coming. When Whitney Houston sings "I Will Always Love You"-- And I will always love you. And then she goes back into that belt, like that? That takes power. That takes focus, it really does, to stay on that note to keep your power going. And it's all a centering thing. It's mental, it's all connected. You can't just sing from your head, being in [? there, ?] like, oh, let me memorize the song and sing from there-- it has to come from down here. And it has to come from that place of feeling, to exude the power that you need, if belting is your thing, to be a belter. For anything that you sing, really, but belting is power. And it comes from the soul, and for me, it comes from my gut. Vibrato comes in all different shapes, sizes, and textures, and tones, and to each their own on this one. I'm not one to technically critique somebody's style of vibrato unless it's wavering and uneven. But stylistically, sometimes it's more of a quivery vibrato. And I'm saying-- like that, that's not always my form of vibrato. I think whenever you're using almost a quiet tone vibrato, it's setting a mood. You're setting an ...

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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.


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

An honest lesson about singing and the power of truth. Thank you Christina!

It's improved my confidence to enter the studio with what I've got, to keep practicing my vocal drills, and to continue opening and sharing my voice.

I loved this information. It is something I have forgotten. It is important to sing let people see the raw person in front of them.

I have learned so much about singing that I wasn't aware of. Things such as when it comes it the textures and tones of your voice, how you should execute the vocal textures to make the sounds that you want. How to achieve different singing styles such as the Pop styles and the Rock styles etc.



This course has taught me nothing so far. She's a great singer but a terrible instructor.

Chava G.

You are really doing a terrific job, being yourself is the truth music brings to our presence. We are fortunate to have you. Paying dues, is something we all have to do, but learning to love the music within is a response to hearing, listening, feeling, strengthening and learning!


There's a problem with this lesson: I've watched yesterday already but it displays like I didn't, I watched again today n the problem persists... It's gonna b complicated to keep control of wich lessons I've taken if this simple function doesn't work...


Dear MasterClass web designers: Please when we pause a video is because we wanna read or watch a detail, or simply read the caption, it is annoying that emerging boxes appear with non relevant comments like "review your workbook" or links to different masterclasses hiding what we really wanna watch. Can u please keep it clean when we pause it? Thank you so much!

Barbara F.

Love it! Christina is not teaching you how to sing, she never took voice lessons. If you need to learn how to sing--get a great voice teacher. Christina is teaching how to feel and about different techniques that you use when you sing. When you learn how to sing and come back to this; guess what? You'll be surprised at how much sense Christina makes!

A fellow student

Singing has to do a lot with muscle training and muscle memory. If you have a great vocal Coach, who’s also a voice teacher(and those are 2 different things) who can teach you how to use your muscles to maximize your voice and help you achieve your vocal goals then you will not lose your uniqueness nor your style. I agree that this course is for advanced students and professionals, but I would love to hear from someone who appreciates training and applying yourself a little more, like a Lady Gaga for example who come from training and technique and yet delivers a powerful message through her singing.


Hi, Christina mentioned that belting requires one to hold out the note, nail the pitch and use the correct tone. I got a question as I don’t quite understand after googling for it: What is the difference between a note, a tone and a timbre? Appreciate if someone can help.

Kaitlin J.

I agree with you about vocal training. I don't really have any vocal training, and I just sing from my heart. What you said totally resonated with me. In a way I don't want to be trained, because that would take away from my voice, and would train me to sing a certain way. However, I do want to know how to properly sing from the diaphragm and breathe so that I don't strain or hurt my voice.


For those confused of what masterclasses are, they're not for getting started! You can use insights from them if you are just getting started, so you learn about pitfalls to avoid. So, it's kind of sad to see all the disappointing comments of those who thought they would be getting a training on how to sing. Get Brett manning's singing success courses/programs, if you want to learn how to sing, or get a teacher in real life. This is why I will not (try hard not to) read the comments on these pages anymore :P

A fellow student

Maybe, those lessons are a bit disappointing as they do not really teach you much on "how to" in all the detail you expect. But they are still very inspiring, at least to me. The money we all paid for it is a different side of the issue. Well, I'll keep on studying all the classes available to get the worth of my full access year subscription. Giving up based on frustration would be a bigger waste of money anyway. Christina is very inspiring and charming! And I do agree with Jonathan Stars that she is there to point us directions, and we are to learn by imitating and finding our ways to improvement. Wishing all us inspiration and good luck with intuitively finding the right way to sing, ha-ha :D