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Student Sessions: Rock Style

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 06:42 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
Teaches Singing
Christina teaches you her unique vocal techniques in over 3.5 hours of voice lessons and exercises.


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 ...

About the Instructor

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.

I am really happy to hear about singing from the heart and not caring about a wrong note. All I want to do is sing with my heart, without fear.

It's wonderful and compact. Got the different aspects of a performer and performance and the preparatory works. Thanks Christina for this Masterclass.

Brought great Clarity and Focus with what I aim to achieve in the next year with my Performance and Singing

I loved this class - the way that Ms Aguilera presented the material, her honesty and inspiration absolutely spoke to me - and I am a painter not a singer. I do believe that creativity transcends media and I very much appreciate the artistry and mastery of Ms Aguilera - definitely a new fan! Only one small thing - for my taste the sections, the classes could have been a touch longer.


Zach S.

Like she said music is only 25% technicality and 75% emotion. You should be coming to this masterclass with some knowledge of singing already, there are beginner classes out there for the basics. This is to turn an average/good singer to an amazing singer. She has amazing pointers. Thank you Christina!

Alin B.

I thought this class is how to sing, not psychological chats and talk like us (the students) really fully get along quickly with the advices and how to use the techniques and so on, this class should explain how to sing from the get go, most of us paid for this class so we can get to know what types our voices are and channel right through them with certain lessons that will help our unique voices be more vocal. I am bored and disappointed so far, mostly for my vocabulary and poor choice of words lol

Haoqi I.

So, It's all about emotion and attitude. Still SUPER DUPER HARD to get the vibe and the technique...

Thomas H.

This class has taught me so much about channeling vocals and learning to sing from the gut! I appreciate Christina and her professional advice! I learning my range and developed.

A fellow student

One thing about this lesson that really amazed me is how Honest Christina is. She praised the student on the "fighter note" and say that "I don't even do that live" anymore. There are many moments that Christina was being really truthful and I really love that.

Nirva P.

it was great but it didn't keep me interested and it needed more vocalizing and techniques rather then talking and explaining. It was great but it didn't keep me interested.

A fellow student

If emotion made you good at singing then most people who were singing their heart out at karoake and in their car would sound great. If you have a lot of emotion and poor technique you're not going to be able to deliver that emotion... Overall Masterclass shows you that just because you're good at something doesn't make you a good teacher. Most of these people ramble on without giving practical advice that can be applied.


This is a Masterclass. What do you guys expect? This is not supposed to be a Singing 101. I am the vocal of a Rock band and I have learned very useful things from Christina. It's more about understanding than techniques. Like what she said, this is a mental game. So Masterclass team please clarify the purpose of your program, otherwise, you guys will receive more complaints.

A fellow student

I am the type of person that benefits from clear and concise advice. I feel Christina pontificates and therefore losses the ability to describe the one or two things that would be beneficial to learn or practice. Too much information is difficult to soak in. Instead, I wish she would say what she needs to say and at the end break it down to one or two things to focus on.

Morgan D.

Listen to it so much that is "lives in your body." This is so good! You definitely become what you listen to. This girl is classically trained (hence the great diction), and once you have that training, it's hard to move to singing a style like rock. The "pushing" advice is really great; however, the one thing I would've added to this is for her to tighten her throat to get that little growl at the beginning. The downside to telling someone this is that their breath can suffer if they focus too much on their throat. (You don't want to be throat-singing--which is probably why she didn't say this.) It's really a combo of using your abdominals to push and tightening your throat at the beginning of focused words (like ones at the beginning of a phrase) that creates that grit that rockers have. It's an advanced technique if you didn't grow up singing rock. Again, what you listen to really does begin to live in your body. It's the same reason why we have regional accents. No one taught us our accents. We learned them instinctually because that's what we were exposed to. Our bodies naturally discovered how to mimimic those sounds.