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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.

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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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...

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.

I found it extremely helpful as someone without formal/college training to see Christina's raw approach to vocal performance and entertainment.

Thishas been so good to me. There are so many advices that I'm going to take for me and try to help other people too. But this doesn't end here. There's a long path to go. Thank you so much for everything Christina.

Love U Christina! I'm not a singer but I learned so much from this course. Namaste What a Gem...

Following Christina's advice both technically and emotionally was a true gift.


Karen C.

Amazing. I am an experienced singer and have been working on my technique for so many years and yet I feel like I'm still not good enough. I realize that my biggest problem is not so much the technique but it's listening to the song, understanding the song and the message or emotion in the song. It's the passion. I'm always so afraid of not being good enough that I forget about what it means to sing. I saw it in the two versions. She was technically perfect the first time 'round. The second.....OMG, yup, chills. Thank you, Christina for this lesson and letting us know it is not necessarily about being perfect. It's about making choices and feeling the song. I'll try that much more (And I like all the other lessons too. Good to review the technical stuff as well.)

Zurielketa J.

I can't ever sing Beautiful it's such an emotional piece, it's easier with the embellishments because it offers the distraction. OMG! CHILLS

Morgan D.

The difference between the first and second performances was really crazy... You could feel she was trying to impress the first time, but when she sang from the heart and simplified it, her tone even improved. Go back and listen to them both with your eyes closed if you didn't catch it... Great advice, Christina!


I did a songwriting workshop with Linda Perry in Nashville, she's amazing! She's no nonsense and a tough cookie. But she wants raw emotion and realness, which is refreshing

AuthorSheryl C.

You know this lesson was great. I feel so dumb at the same time cause like my niece love to sing as a child but never stopped encouraging her 😚She sound great. I always wanted to sing and got stuck believing singers wrote there own songs. Now all my life listening to others and writing lyrics became second nature when I wanted a voice that sound good. So after disability I decided find out about lyrics and final earn certificate in 2018 or 17. I make a lot of my haters mad now for what I learned and learning. Now I can daydream me being the singer but most of all to my voice. I just want to get better at singing and writing since it happened be a extra bonus gift. I feel so special , why didn't I sing more. I see why my sister's took piano lessons I didn't cause I been trying to learn instrument , it's not easy!


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!!!