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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 ...

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.


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

Very informative. no one will have her vocals but it was fun. :) Thank you Christina Aguilera :)

love the videos and inspiration mostly all the teaching is done threw the links.

I learned a bit more than what I had learned in choir class.

Christine was very generous. Teaching to crowd and her insight helpful.


A fellow student

I like this master class. I have read a lot of comments below. I think that if u do have vocal knowledge, you won't come to Christina Aguilera for "techniques". It's kinda funny when people expect to learn "proper techniques" from her because obviously she is never a "technically perfect" singer. She admits herself she does not play by the rules. Do you even listen to her records and watch her live? She is full of "improper" placement, "tension", cracks etc If you are a vocally educated singer/coach why would you even come to her for a "technique master."? In contrast, I really appreciate her insights, her tastes, and her presence and I find a lot of her ideas, tips useful. I won't call this master class a rip-off cuz it's not. It just does not focus on techniques that you can learn from so many other vocal coaches!!!

Launa B.

As a vocal coach (for the past 30+ years) I have to admit that this Master Class offers very little instruction and details on how to perform techniques and such. Although I respect Christina's talents as a singer and performer, she is not a teacher. (sorry) She does offer insights on what it takes to be a performer. Something I have stressed upon all of my students over the years. You need the proper tools (techniques) to sustain your vocal instrument, while finding your own sound and style. I too create custom CDs for warm ups for all of my students. A very important tool for maintaining your chops. -Thank you


I am really really disappointed about this Master Class. i spent a lot of money on it but honestly? Nothing new, barely any real help or technical guides. This is just a rip off.

Jacob A.

This whole masterclass is pretty disappointing so far. I think most of us came looking for the technical side of things, for techniques to help improve our voices, but instead we got a lot of "trust your feelings" and "practice and study the greats" which if you're spending $140 on a masterclass, that's *probably* what you're already doing.

Morgan D.

" Christina breaks them down for you step-by-step." Christina share lots of great points about vocal techniques, but this lesson description is not accurate. She literally says, "It's so hard for me to break it down." Once again, the message here is listen and mimic. Over and over. And eventually you'll figure it out. Which is true... but I think most of us were hoping for a little more from this lesson.

Morgan D.

Remember that time when Christina was casually talking about how singing a big note takes focus and preparation... then suddenly blasted out a huge Whitney Houston note? Yeah, me too. I about fell out of my chair.

Josh N.

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!