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Student Sessions: Simplify

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 9:08 min

Watch as Christina coaches a student on projection, and reveals a vocal technique that allows you to emotionally connect with your listeners.

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Hi. I'm Emily. Hi Emily. I had a question-- kind of what we were just talking about-- about placement, and switching it really quickly. You know, going from your nose to your throat to your chest and everything-- and if you had any wisdom on that, because you do that so much on all of your songs. It's a control tactic. You know, it's really a control thing. It's breath control, it's knowing how to conserve your energy in the right places, not overdoing it if you have more high notes to hit later-- which is sometimes hard when you're living in the moment, because you just want to give it all every second of every moment. Can you give me a specific example? Sure. Oh. I kind of know this song. [MUSIC - CHRISTINA AGUILERA, "BEAUTIFUL"] Very pretty. Sometimes-- what you're asking for-- how do I switch from chest voice to head voice, right? OK. I mean, you were doing it beautifully. Placement, yes-- it's a personal choice of where you want to make the ad lib, to have enough breath left over to come in strong for the next, or if you want to leave the ad lib out, just cut it short, make it an emotional thing, and then put your heart into projecting forward. Do you plan all of that? Sometimes I have to. Because if I'm going to do it, say like the record-- a lot of times when I'm live, I just want to be in the moment. I don't want to think about the record and how I recorded it, because I just want to play and I want to be free. Technique is only I think-- it's a quarter of it. Passion and drive and all that is to me 70% to 90% to 100%. You know, it's like-- it all stems from passion and finding that emotion that comes from passion, and just loving it, and living it, and breathing it, and exuding it. It all comes together like that. But yeah-- it is about placement. And it's a personal choice. You know, one of the things that I hear singers sometimes do on the voice is if they have a crazy big note to come up, they sometimes do linger too long. I'm like, OK, I have to get this intricate ad lib coming into it. It's like, no-- throw that away. Nobody's going to remember that. Because what are people going to notice at the end of the day? If you did a perfectly good ad lib right at a down moment of the song? That's actually a really good tip-- is pick the most dynamic moments of the song. Because right whenever I'm going into the bridge-- that's a throwaway moment. Nobody's listening to-- it's like you're on that verge of like, OK, what's happening next, momentum's building, so that bah! When you're hitting that big note, you want to preserve all the energy for that. You are a singer that I think can do technical things. You can execute ad libs, and you're capable of doing them, and not doing them sloppy-- because I say if you're going to do it at all, make sure it's not sloppy, and it's for the most part intricately correct. There is something t...


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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.

This was motivating more than anything else. A ton of great reminders. Just the refresher course I needed. -Anna

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.

i liked it so much but i would like to have more excercise to practice and learn a little bit more, anyway i love the master class and i hope and believe this its going to help me so much! thank you!

This master class with Christina has broadened my knowledge about singing, which I did not know, I would like to thank you for taking the time out to teach us how to sing professionally, and it o.k to be yourself. I'm looking forward to my next performance and trying everything what I have learnt and put into practice.


Comments

Abel

What an amazing lesson! The lessons are getting more and more informative. I love the point of how important of a role passion plays in singing. I definitely heard the difference in the students first and second performance. Emotion adds a whole level of depth to the song. Excellent teaching!

Maxximillian D.

I just want to love up these three courageous singers. Thanks for sharing yourselves and your questions with all of us. Thanks for being willing to put yourselves out there.

A fellow student

This is so amazing. I love hearing about planning, and thinking that I had no idea a vocalist has to do to prepare. My OCD is so happy. I love seeing all the layers that make it feel attainable.

A fellow student

I’m crying from her 2nd take because now I felt it hard to breathe <3 that’s how much she delivered truth.

David M.

Who else is completely in love with how it sounded the second time?? It was beautiful, no pun intended!! So gorgeous!!!

Lena T.

How do you learn how to do ad libs? Is it by listening? are there vocal warm ups for it?

Grace C.

Also, who is the WONDERFUL singer in this session? Her voice gave me complete chills; she's gonna go far.

Grace C.

The points she's making in these student sessions are really blowing my mind. She's really SO doggone deep!

Ocubox

It's all about the connection. How do you want to connect? With the song/listeners...

Mariah S.

This lesson just made me incredibly emotional. It reminded me of when I tried to do covers as a teen to Christina's songs. I would get so frustrated and upset at myself if they didn't come out perfectly like the recording. I do remember a few years ago that she did say singing beautiful was very hard for her to sing because she had the same problem, trying to make it sound perfect. To hear that from my idol who has taught me everything I know about singing, it's very heartwarming. I need to keep reminding myself that its the emotion that is the key and to not spend too much on the glitter and choreo. Also, breath support is super important as well.