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The Beat

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 07:06 min

Learn how to develop your inner-rhythm and experiment with beat to reinvent a performance. Watch Christina play with beat and tempo to breathe new life into Say Something and Aint No Other Man.

Christina Aguilera
Teaches Singing
Christina teaches you her unique vocal techniques in over 3.5 hours of voice lessons and exercises.


A singer's relationship with rhythm is like a dance. There are so many different styles of rhythms and tempos. And you know, everything has a rhythm and a tempo. It's about finding it and making sure you sort of have this relationship with it internally. Rhythm is sort of a natural sensibility. You can work with practicing with somebody or finding somebody that has good rhythm and tempo and knows how to keep that. Working with the drummer is amazing to try and them lock it in and you trying to make sure you have that same timing with them. Again, this boils down to a feeling and a gut reaction to it. And everybody sort of has a different approach sometimes to how to sing with a beat. That's where songwriting is so interesting, because you can sort of interpret that beat. The same beat can become a valid as an uptempo. But when you're on record and you're trying to make a statement that lives in stone, setting the initial tone for what you're trying to put out there, you want to make it what it is. So it's important to get that rhythm process right in the recording studio. And sometimes you might not even know you're a little bit relaxing on the beat. Sometimes you might be ahead of the beat, because you're just excited about it and whatnot. And you need somebody to kind of coach you and be like, oh, you know what, you're a little bit rushing so maybe ease back on the tempo a little bit. And it is a certain placement. You know, it's a dance. [MUSIC PLAYING] An example of sort of revamping a song, reinventing it, if you will, and trying to figure out a different type of doing it on the fly with them, we're going to just see about what happens when you put a beat behind "Say Something" "Say Something" is something that's completely naked and the fact that you feel naked when you sing it, because there's nothing to hide behind. There's no drums. There's no this. There's no that. So what would happen if we gave "Say Something" a rhythm, so in making it like some kind of a mid-tempo. What would that sound like? OK. And then if you want to process it, maybe process for a second, how you feel it, how you internalize it, and then how I would maybe do it. [MUSIC - CHRISTINA AGUILERA, "SAY SOMETHING"] (SINGING) Say, say something I'm, I'm giving up on you. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm sorry that I, I couldn't get to you. Oh, oh, oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Anywhere I, anywhere I would've followed you. I mean, it can be anything. You know, this is like just free styling and vibing with the band. [MUSIC- CHRISTINA AGULIERA, "SAY SOMETHING"] Say something, say something, I'm giving up on you, giving up on, I'm giving up on, giving up on you, you, you, you. Say you, you, you, you. You, you, you. Oh, yeah. And this were I'm starting add ad-lib. But it's finding that rhythm and just jamming with it. You k...

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 think that Christina, is a prefect roll model for somebody that loves to let go. I love how she sings all the time, and she has been my inspiration!

it said the class was gonna start a month ago and now it says 3 more months? why is this?

I have already improved my script with beats within a sentence. My character had the right dialogue, but needed an extra something. After this class, I have re-edited my first 20 pages of my script and ready to put it to bed.

Love Christina. I'm not even really a singer but this was so great to watch, and there's alot to learn from her, outside of just singing.


Lu Z.

I have a much better understanding of beat and rhythm, and how they impact a song's vibe

Zurielketa J.

I love this, this is what we use to do in church on the praise team!!!! Changing the tempo to a song is fun and exciting and very creative

Morgan D.

Developing a better sense of rhythm and beat by taking songs and changing the tempo and style of which they are originally sung... Definitely not a piece of advice I've ever heard before. Hmm.

Mikaila E.

Learning about reinventing a performance inspired me to create a more intimate version of the hard rock classic "Crazy On You" by Heart! I have copied the URL below :) If any of our wonderful community members have videos of their reinventions/own works of expression, I would love to see them and celebrate them with you! Christina, your insight is brilliant. Thank you for sharing your tools for tuning one's artistry by means that have the freedom to be our own - it is beyond powerful! :)

Emma L.

I do this a lot. It's really fun to also switch genre and see what it does, and then bring some of it back to the version you're trying to perfect. I think I would for exemple with "Ain't no other man" make it more of a bluesy soul/jazz, than rocky pop-blues like Christina, but that's why music is so wonderful. You can do it your way. Not that Christina isn't fabulous in her singing, but still. You can really push it to suit who you are.

Garvit A.

The slower Ain't no other was just spectacular. I got tears in my eyes when I heard it. Amazing improvisation. I love you Christina!

Rachel M.

Funnily enough, I did something of a remix last year. I was trying to cover Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" only to realize, I couldn't really get into the beat of the song, or more specifically, the style. I tried looking up a different instrumental and found a piano cover and just put my own spin on the song based on that instrumental:

A fellow student

Learning to breathe right and let my soul come forth with song. i like the idea a song can be performed in different ways. I mean you have the melody but the rhythm can change. Our Master has a great voice.


Love how she instructs us on a topic - such as this one. And then she follows up with outstanding examples. Thank you! I've studied music throughout my life but these lessons inspire me with new ideas in growing as a musician.

Ignacio L.

I went from not caring or knowing much about Christina to now I am equally infatuated and impressed with her. She's super smart and it shows in her knowledge, ability, and communcations. What a joy she is! New fan here. Feeling free and happy.