From Christina Aguilera's MasterClass

Playing With Textures and Tones

Christina demonstrates how to use different textures and tones, from gritty growl to haunting sadness, to emotionally charge a performance.

Topics include: Exploring tone • Case study: Genie in a Bottle • Case study: Fighter


Christina demonstrates how to use different textures and tones, from gritty growl to haunting sadness, to emotionally charge a performance.

Topics include: Exploring tone • Case study: Genie in a Bottle • Case study: Fighter

Christina Aguilera

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For me, I love in the paintbox, right, having a lot of different outlets for creating a mood and an environment. And I call it textures. I even reference the lead singer of Korn. He has a very interesting voice. Bjork. They have so many different colors and textures in their paintboxes where they can just explore a variety of sound. I'll go through my songs. But for instance, "Ain't No Other Man." That's going to call for a big, soulful, juicy, meaty, gritty, fun vocal for me. So it's a matter of the-- (SINGING) Hey. Ain't no other man can stand. And that whole thing projects from down in that place where I say the center and the core and the place where you do crunches from and all your emotion boils and comes together and gets connected. And so that gives you that really grounded foundation to then lift up and out. Everybody has their own tone. My specific tone sometimes is having a-- there's like a real intensity to it. It just comes from a natural place. What I was taught and what I practiced with my vocal lesson-- and there's a specific spot in it where you can hear the vocal teacher's voice saying, OK, bear down on it, but don't hold it in your mouth. Don't hold it there. Relax your mouth. Relax your face. Bear down on it. "Bear down" meaning compress. Compress from below, that same, like, as if you're doing a crunch or a sit-up or something like that. So bear down on it. And literally visualize the note before you sing it. There's one that I do, (SINGING). So it's "lun-gee." And then it goes, (SINGING) Lun-gee. So here's the difference I guess I can see in this one. (SINGING). Now right there, I'm kind of in my nose. I'm doing that eh-eh thing, so (SINGING). Now, if I open up my throat a little and my nose, if I'm visualizing this, (SINGING). It's more muted. Can you see how it's more like-- I don't know. There's a slight difference. I don't even know if it makes sense. But to me, I can feel it when it's more in my throat. You don't want to go in your nose. You have to go from a more throaty point if you want to-- I'm talking up here right now, but if I want to (SINGING) go low, I don't really want to sing in that tone. (SINGING) Go low. To have a nice, rich, bassy tone, you kind of want to throw it back in your throat. I'm almost caving in my chest a little bit. (SINGING) Go low. It's almost hot tea or something going down. It's smooth, just to have that bassy sound. But there's such a difference if I sing it through my nose and don't think about going to my throat. (SINGING) Go low. That would be through my nose. But if I open up my throat and go into my chest, take a bigger breath, so I give myself that expansion and that room to go in, it's almost that place, again, almost like when you're going to yawn. It's like (SINGING). It's almost that. It's exp...

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.

There were some real gems in this. Clearly Christina was being very open and honest sharing her approaches and techniques. And not just technical notes, also going through personal stories and feelings. Well worth the price.

Get in touch with my inner self and conscious about what´s inside, what gives me the strength to do things and always remember that every step of the journey is part of my story.

I've learned so much that I never even thought about which makes me more aware of explore what else I have secretly in my voice waiting to be unlocked

Amazing journey and opportunity. Christina did a fantastic job, and you can tell her advice and lessons came from the heart. Just what I needed to hear and learn in my continuous journey. Thank you, Christina and MasterClass. Please keep reaching out and sharing these opportunities.


A fellow student

LOVE the lessons but can’t take my mind off of.... WHAT LIPSTICK IS THAT?!? She sings, she talks, she licks her lips and the lipstick won’t budge!!!!! Need it ASAP


I wanted to note: I remember in a past interview when Christina wanted to sing Mulan's "Reflections" she sang "The Star Spangled Banner" in the restroom.

Nastasia M.

LOVE this lesson! So many little details and insight to take from. I'm definitely going to be referring back to this lesson later on.

Raederle P.

My favorite lesson yet in this series. If only we all performed all our work from our gut, from real emotions . . .

Shaunte T.

You’re such a great teacher! So much great descriptive information about singing! It has opened up a whole new world! Thank you!

Natalie F.

Oh my gosh how beautiful! Loved when she said about the quiver used to show a longing and passion.. "Please hear me right now!"


I LOVE how she explains the different emotions, tone and sometimes just the feeling, that helped me so much


WOW< I just had a light go on, the hot tea and Go Low description really got me, Thanks Christina. : )

Eddie V.

Thanks Christina!! That was just what I needed. A deep dive into not just having different textures but the thought process behind using them more effectively. Timing is everything.

Caroline P.

These are absolutely amazing. I have traumas in my past and singing has always been a way to get it out and express it and to fight for and accept myself, not letting the past define me. Christina, you are so inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to give advice on how you got where you are today.