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Student Sessions: Rock Style

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 6:43 min

Learn the techniques Christina uses to achieve her gritty style on songs like Fighter. Through her critique of a pop vocalist, Christina demonstrates how grit and attitude can transform a performance from pop to rock.

Christina Aguilera
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My name is Risa. I have a question opposite Derek. I think my voice is more pop, kind of what you were talking about, the yawn voice, rather than rock gritty. I am trying to figure out how I can do that, if you have any advice. Oh, trying to do the raspy thing. More rock kind of, like a harder tone. A harder tone. So what would you say your tone is now? More of a yawny, lighter tone, I think. OK. You want to give me an example? Sure. I practiced "Fighter." OK. Yeah. And trying to get all the words out is hard for this song, too. It's a lot of words. It's a mouthful. It really is. (SINGING) Well, I thought I knew you, thinking that you were true. Guess I-- I couldn't trust, called your bluff. Time is up 'cause I've had enough. You were there by my side, always down for the ride, but your joyride just came down in flames 'cause your greed sold me out in shame. After all of the cheating and stealing, you probably would think that I hold resentment for you. Uh oh. Oh no. You're wrong. Because if it wasn't for all that you tried, I wouldn't know. Just how would I know? Got it. Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool. First of all, I commend you for (SINGING), 'cause I don't even do that live anymore. I'm like, I'm just going to make it a breathy thing. But here's the thing. That song, I mean, you're great singer and you're articulate, and you enunciate a lot of your phrasing. And you smooth it out. So it's like this elongated, sort of a beautiful, almost operatic pop thing to me, you know? But if you want to go that route and be able to be versatile in the sense of, OK, let me be able to dive into something with a rock sort of an edge, or even referencing Alanis Morissette or something like that, where it's pop rock in a sense. Now you're crossing into the territory where you throw out technicalities completely and you go with an attitude. Think about what it's saying. You're angry, in a way. It's like you're thankful for this person screwing you over and taking advantage of you. In a sense, you're making a positive out of a negative because you've been through hell and back, basically. Somebody sounds two-faced, right? Well, I thought I knew you, thinking that you were true, guess I couldn't trust, called your bluff. Time is up 'cause I've had enough. So when you're singing that song-- sing a couple of the first lines again. (SINGING) Well, I thought I knew you, thinking that you were true. Guess I-- OK. So right there, I think what you can immediately work on is throw out your diction and all the things that are great school training for maybe a ballad or something like that that might help you out a little bit more. But in this field, (SINGING) Well, I-- You know, I would say actually, to help you with this, is reference even Jack White or real soul and rock singers ...

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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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LOVED THIS MASRE CLASS !!! Thank you so much !!!

Christina Aguilera was inspiring and empowering. She also provided a lot of practical information. I recommend this Masterclass.

Christina is an amazing singer coach she has all these facts that are wonderful and good for me to have, every time I see her video's I take notes :)

I am a singer songwriter from Mexico and I've have a singing carrear on this country. Never in my live I imagine to hace one of the most amazing singers in the world teaching me more about emotion an to live in the moment. I now realize that I sing almost all the time from my head an not from my soul and that have just changed my live. I love this master class. Sorry about my spelling


Maxximillian D.

For anyone else who is also wanting to listen to singers who have a really got this rock thing nailed, Michael Jackson is really really good at that type of singing. Make a study of any of his fast paced songs and you can’t help but emerge from your self-directed singing-listening-mimicking session with more controlled punch. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Emma L.

I liked the way I was thinking about reaching that rock attitude was in line with what Christina is describing. The best part was when she said you should "push it".

Raederle P.

Trying out this song I discovered that the rock style comes more naturally to me than the other styles, but I have to do a lot of practice before I'll be able to maintain that sound for the entire length of the song.

Hayley I.

I have that issue too! I grew up taking vocal lessons and performing where you have to enunciate every word. When I do sin g a song that I just don't care in a sense, it feels so much better.

Leah F.

I love Christina's raspy and gritty moments in this song, I do that in a Lady Gaga song that I cover. I am practicing it in "Fighter" now. Christina is so on point about just feeling it! Feeling the emotions of the words.

Aroyia J.

I love how she pointed out nothing but you need to feel the song. When I was in choir in high school my teacher would often pick gospel songs to sing. He would say he didn't care anyone's religion, but that's the type of music that no matter who you are you feel the songs. And that is how I learned mostly to sing. It's more of a feeling first, notes second.

Rosemary T.

I love doing songs from my emotional core and she just offered such a grounding way of doing it.

Taahira S.

I like the fact she makes it about real emotion and not so much on making it perfect.

A fellow student

Thank you for all the info on breathing. I get it . Now who wants to sing a duet? How do we do it using our laptops? I cannot imagine Sheldon and Amy doing a singing duet on Big Bang Theory. Is that how its physically achieved. Looking for a tech expert and singer.

A fellow student

Looking for a duet partner to sing Love Me Tender. How do we do it with screens?