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Singing It Live

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 16:04 min

Christina teaches you her approach to turning a studio performance into an engaging live performance. Watch her let loose on 'Fighter' and learn her tricks for pumping up an audience.

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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You tried to hide your lies, disguise yourself through living in denial. But in the end you'll see you won't stop me. I am a fighter. I ain't going to stop. I ain't going to stop. There's such a difference in executing a song from focusing and honing in on all the little details when you're recording it, and you're getting it prepped and ready to be heard and repeated 1,000 times, either on the radio or on your album, where it's going to set and live for life in that area, when you set the tone for what you're trying to record. So that is a different feeling than when you're going to take that same song and represent it in a live format. The fine tuning and details are a lot more intricate, and need a lot more time and attention when you're recording than when you're actually singing live and performing it on stage. I actually don't prefer being in a studio and recording at all. I feel claustrophobic. I feel confined. I feel condensed, which is just the opposite of my original inspiration of freedom, and feeling like Julie Andrews in the hills, and open, and airy, and the acoustics, and the sound is just reverberating off the walls and bouncing back at me and it feels good. And I think that's where I prefer and I best live. As a singer, as a performer, it's just a freedom that's fun. But for consistency in the studio, for example, you have to know your spots and where you want to directly make your choices. OK, do I growl on this line or do I want to put the feeling of the growl in the next line? So maybe according to the lyrics, it's listening to yourself sing it back in the recording studio, different things like that to allow you to choose your moments to be more impactful. But yeah, it's all a playground. It is about experimentation I always say to singers that I coach on the show, this is the moment during rehearsal and in the studio to sort of throw things against the wall, see what sticks, digest it, listen to it and figure out how you're feeling about it, and what moves you, what resonates. Sometimes, unexpected things happen and you keep that vocal. And you're like, oh, I didn't mean to do that, but that had a really great feel on it. And maybe the note wasn't perfect, but it had a really great twist on it. In a live performance situation, you want to take into the size of audience you're performing for. Is it an intimate setting in maybe a nightclub or something like this setup? Maybe I have a cello player, and a pianist and a soft drum thing, and we're just doing this mellow jazzy thing, or even stripped down versions of my songs. There's a different way to make you feel comfortable in the environment so it all works together. It's again, it's an instinct thing and a collaboration with your band or just a conversation with yourself. And OK, how do I assess this situation? I'm taking in if it's an intimate setting, a little bi...

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.

Wonderful class. Loved the passion and incredible knowledge. Would have really liked it if some sessions on warm-ups or practice songs were provided

Singers are masters of voice, Christina give us wonderful advice, how to use it, prepare, etc. That's so much to improve our voice, even if it's not for singing. Thank you for sharing such experience.

Thanks for owning the importance of the little things. Honey, tea, water, emotions

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.


Cassandra K.

Wow! Christina knocks this live session out of the solar system! Mind blowing talent and skills.

Ellak E.

She manages her voice and thought train while singing like an expert. I wonder how much she practices every week. I enjoy very much her class. EK

Jonathan S.

Out of the ballpark! It's so great to watch her contrast the difference between studio and live—and nail both of them so well. She's clearly a master. A terrific lesson! Oh, and her musical director, Rob Lewis is really with her. He knows where she's going at all times. Very impressive guy!

Ben P.

Wow. She's obviously an incredible performer and amazing voice. But the whole "ad-lib" for a concert doesn't feel very improvisational at all. I guess times have changed, musicians used to just jam and that's what made the live version so different. Interesting to see how rehearsed that actually is. Makes sense! Thanks.

A fellow student

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Kaitlyn C.

All of the singers I got to rate were so good! I'm super nervous to post my video up here...

J. G.

I am listening / watching these teachings as I edit my script. It is really helping me put in the right “pause” —“breath” ...”gut check” in my dialogue to suggest that the delivery of the lines come across more powerful.


Amazing lesson! Very helpful tips! I will use them. The difference between live singing and the singing for recording is so clear now. THank you, Christina!

Sharif S.

I feel after watching the lessons my ear is even finer tuned to what's going on in the singing, like I can almost see the vocal music in my mind's eye as it happens. Very cool.

Janice H.

I agree with Rachael below that it would have been great to leave a more detail response to each video we reviewed, so there's some context behind the rating, as well as opportunity for constructive feedback. I thought maybe I'd just leave some general notes on the five videos I reviewed and talk about what I liked and how I thought people could improve. Simply my humble opinion, of course :) What I liked: - A couple of the singers seemed really engaged in the song they were singing. I felt that the story/words behind the song really meant something to them, and this was conveyed in both what I was hearing and also seeing (in their facial expressions and body movement). Christina's lesson on simplifying a song I think had some great advice on how to tap into this. - One singer had a good range of dynamics in her performance that kept me engaged. (I wrote more about dynamics below). Room for improvement: - However great the person's voice was and how much emotion they conveyed, I found it distracting if they did not sing the notes on pitch. If you have a tendency to sing off key at times, you might not actually realize it (I remember I had a friend who swore she couldn't tell she was singing the wrong notes when she sang). Perhaps ask someone you trust and is musically inclined to give you honest feedback on where you might be pitchy when practicing a song. Maybe record yourself and see if you can tell where you're off pitch -- it's sometimes easier to really "hear" yourself when you're listening more as an observer than when you're in singing mode. - Some songs had no variation in dynamics throughout the whole song. In other words, the song was sung in exactly the same kind of tone, volume, and expression from beginning to end. Christina's lessons on tones and texture explained how you can bring different dynamics into a song. You can go from loud to soft and back. You could sing in your head voice, then switch to chest voice. You could also vary dynamics by changing up the emotional expression of a song as the story (lyrics) changes. So, for example, maybe the song starts off singing about being really hurt and down. Maybe you choose to sing a bit more quietly, in your head voice, and expressing those particular emotions in order to convey that part of the story. Then, as the song progresses, the lyrics go from sadness to anger at this person for hurting you. So, now maybe you want to sing with more volume and in your chest voice, and feel that anger as you sing the words so that is the emotion expressed. For me, the kinds of tones and textures you bring in at specific times should be intentional decisions that serve the purpose of telling the story. Hope that is helpful, would love to hear what others thought might be constructive feedback for our fellow classmates! :)