From Christina Aguilera's MasterClass

Protecting Your Voice

Your voice is an instrument. Learn to protect it as Christina talks about the top three things to avoid, adjusting to different environments, and cures to heal a strained voice.

Topics include: Supplies • Adjust to environments • Vocal strain

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Your voice is an instrument. Learn to protect it as Christina talks about the top three things to avoid, adjusting to different environments, and cures to heal a strained voice.

Topics include: Supplies • Adjust to environments • Vocal strain

Christina Aguilera

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So part of my process before any performance, while I'm in the vocal booth, there's a whole ritual thing that happens with my drinks. And even with interviews sometimes, I'll need my plethora, I call it, of drinks because I need my options. "Options" is a big word with me. So we have hot coffee, hot tea. I'm not a huge fan of Throat Coat. It's great for singers, I hear, not for me. I'm very tea taste picky. So we have my hot coffee, my hot tea, room temperature water, but really cold for after I'm done with a concert and straight off the stage. And during the performance, I'll go through just very quickly, just I need honey ready to go on a plate, already opened, ready-to-go Ricola throat drops. Sometimes I have my throat spray. It's always in the go-to vocal bag. So that's it. That's my weaponry of fuel to perform. So I have a system where I definitely have my side table, and I set it up on a stool. I don't care who sees it from the audience. This is my thing as a vocalist. And it's set off to the side where I literally will just use it during my performances while the audience is watching-- or in between songs, rather, not during the performances. But in between songs, as we're taking a moment and I go on to introduce maybe the next song and when the time feels right, I'll take a little swig of honey, just plain, raw honey. I have it set out on a plate with my throat drops just ready to go, unwrapped. No fiddling, fussing with the wrapper and the paper. Just boom, they're on a plate with the honey, maybe a little spoon on the side. But sometimes there's no time for that and I've just got to use my finger. And room temperature water. There's no time for sipping a hot beverage or a liquid and burning your tongue or whatever it is. You've got to go for the room temperature water. You don't want it too cold because that will tense up your throat. Although, at the end of a performance, give me the cold water. I just need something cold because you're hot. You're sweaty. You're done with the show. You don't have to necessarily have the room temperature anymore because the show's over and you can go ahead and breathe and relax and switch onto whatever other beverage you may want to decompress with. I myself am guilty of being excited for a show. You're in sound check. You're in your comfort zone of your own people behind you-- your band and your dancers-- and you're vibing. And sometimes just getting in that energy field of everybody coming together and doing material that you all love and know, it's a fun thing. There's no audience. There's no kind of pressure. And it's easy to sort of blow out your voice during a sound check because you might get so into it and you're fresh. It's the top of your day, whatever it is. But you've got to be really careful because if you overdo it in a sound check, yo...

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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.

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

Not only has Christina given me insight and tips to help me grow as a singer, but she has also given me strength to grow in my career. Thank you.

I think Christina really embrace the meaning of being and artist and a singer. Not just technically, even with power and good soul. Thanks Xtina

I have taken a lot from the way Christina presents herself, reflects on her experiences and that she always needs to learn. Great lessons, very inspiring.

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Comments

Ruti H.

Hello Christina, I love your lessons. I am a singing teacher and an opera singer for zillion years. I love your singing voice and there is no doubt about it that you are doing the right things to look after it. I noticed that you teach here using your low speaking range and fry register. I was told that our speaking voice if it is a bit too low or too high or if using fry register all throughout the vocal range...it's the cricking sound ,can cause to fatigue. What are your thoughts about this one?

A fellow student

Thank you, this was very helpful because I find that before a show or musical, I tend to over practice. Then I loose my voice and it's very hard to preform.

Hara F.

I had no idea throat spray was a thing! These are really great and helpful tips, thanks!

Ona B.

She is awesome! I am not a singer but still I believe I can get something useful for myself from her class.

A fellow student

Masterclass the film production on this class is woefully below your own high standards. This does not remotely compare to the glorious production values of the Ron Howard, Hans Zimmer or Gordon Ramsay masterclasses.

Taahira S.

This lesson has helped a lot . I wasn't aware of the riccola tip and the throat spray i gotta try. Usually in the studio i go for my twizzlers and a room temperature bottle of water

seth W.

What does the honey do? Pasteurized or unpasteurized? How much? How often? Just straight honey?

Susan T.

Christina you are as beautiful as your voice. The best way to learn is to imitate and if that means learning your history, habits, and performance tips I'm all in. Thank you.

Perlina F.

I'm sorry to say that but those are not really vocal classes. Christina talkes about her history and her habits, she gives performance tips, like she wanted to learn performing instead of singing. I love her as an artist but I'm kind of dissapointed with her classes.

Shria P.

This is a very good tip. Frequent weather changes seems to affect my voice. I need to start sipping on hot tea frequently as my voice does seem a bit sensitive to weather changes.