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Warming Up

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 9:03 min

Your vocal cords are like any other muscle—you must stretch and warm them up before a performance. Let Christina walk you through the vocal warmups and exercises she uses to get ready for the show.

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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Your vocal chords are kind of like-- well, they're like any other muscle. You know, if you train it, if you exercise it, if you practice, it's going to get stronger and build. You also want to make sure you don't overdo it and you cause a strain or you cause weakness and overexertion. At a certain point when I was on tour, I took my first vocal lesson because I was like, I need to know how to preserve my voice-- you know, how to warm it up. I have no clue how to do this. So I met with Don Lawrence out of New York. And he gave me this vocal warm up tape that I could take on the road with me, travel with it. And I've used it ever since. Like since I was 16 years old, I've had this vocal tape. OK, start from here, Christina, in soprano on "ooh." [SINGING SCALES] I found that, you know, the actual lessons portion of it, you have to be careful with because you don't want to-- I mean for me, singing is just so pure. And it's just such an innate thing I have to do for myself and my soul. So making it anything too contrived didn't really flow with me, didn't really help me in any way. And the stuff that I used to love singing when I was little was like, you know, blues and soul and your Etta's and your Nina's and your Billie Holiday's. Those were the songs I would sing-- old time rock and roll, even Bob Seger at certain gigs of mine when I was really young. And those are songs that really is just-- those things come out of raw emotion and love and just being natural and from the heart. That doesn't really require, you know, just this note has to be perfect. And this note has to be that. It was only later on, when you're working so much that your voice needs a little bit of help to just stay warm when you're just on the go constantly using it like that. [SPEAKING ITALIAN] [PIANO SCALE] [SINGING SCALES IN ITALIAN] Another thing I was kind of taught was your throat has a ton of muscles in there. And even if you're in a place where it might be very soft-- and, you know, sometimes you're a little embarrassed to be like [SINGING SCALE] wherever you are. And you don't want to be drawing attention to yourself or even if you have a strained or a sore throat. Sometimes, it's just good to just-- if you have a memory of already knowing what your vocal warm up feels like-- not just sounds like but just feels like when you do it in your throat-- you can actually exercise those muscles without doing anything verbally. Or, you know, you don't have to actually sing in order to warm up your voice. Even a little bit of throat opening, muscle contractions, and things like that-- almost do it in your head, but don't even sing out. Sort of contract your muscles in the way that you're thinking in your head about some of your vocal warm ups. And that even helps, I mean, mentally to listen to the vocal warm up in a headphone or in the car or whatever that may be and just expanding your throat and your mu...

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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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Thank you Christina! I learned a lot from you on this Masterclass.

Learning techniques and tricks from Christina Aguilera is the greatest lesson for any singer in any genre. She executes passion, drive and wisdom.

Wow thank you for being authentic and teal about your journey. Main takeaways: Know what you stand for it’s your future proofing learn from your mistakes navigate your own path.

Awesome class. I am really enjoying this moment in time studying with a Icon.


Chava G.

I had forgotten about all about the all important exercises, warm up and runs. Thanks for mentioning and demonstrating them. Strengthening, breathing, warming up, even basics is extremely helpful. Listening to the greatest creatrixes is Heaven itself, so inspirational. They started all this, we inherit it. You personify it. Practice, preparation, inspiration, brilliance, brings the ability to vibrationally attune. Well Done, Very Well Done!

Ruth W.

It really helps to think of the vocal c[h]ords as a muscle … I'm just getting my will to sing back as I've just about recovered my voice from various mishaps and … since listening to this masterclass I've been concentrating on core tummy muscles more as well, and different shapes in head mask for vowels etc. However just feeling from inside that WANT to sing, was probably from first lesson's content - so THANK YOU !

Nastasia M.

I love the points that Christina made. I'm a voice actor and am looking how to take full control of my voice, so I love that she is focusing on how to use and care for your voice. I wish the links in the PDF led to specific warmups that Christina does. It just led to a search for vocal warmups on youtube. I've done that on my own, I would love a very specific direction for it.

Rods B.

I've also found that doing a tonal warm up helps a ton. This one is not taught enough by classical teachers, but it is imperative for modern vocal styles. What I do is hold a note softly and start with the very country nasal tone and then morph that same note to the full gutted operatic tone and then go back. The goal is smooth transitions. Also, the quieter the better. Finally, this is one that is easy to overdo. I usually spend only 5 minutes doing this one. Then I wiggle my hoidal bode (instant vocal muscle reset) and I hit a few high a low notes like Christina suggests. Scales are muscle memory. But the are not the best yoga for the voice...


Simplicity has brought about my appreciation for your voice. I personally find the vocal acrobatics impressive to a limited extent.. for me it takes the focus away from the feeling of the song. I think that’s where Adela hit success... she was a refreshing change from all the vocal acrobatics. Eventually the monotony sets in with same style but Beautiful absolutely stands out as truth and connects emotionally.

Barbara F.

I thought that her tips about how to warm-up your voice during different circumstances; invaluable. I already have a warm-up from a voice teacher that I already use, but the information of how to warm-up during those times was invaluable.

Margaret E.

I don't sing, but using her ideas will help learn to sing better than I do now. Not looking to be professional or even proficient, just want to sing better for myself.

Alana B.

I think that vocal warm up is called " she ate a mango, he ate a mango", or at least thats what my music teacher told my class and I. it works very well on me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, 11 year old kid, josephine.

Work in Progress

I appreciate the reminder that singing involves the whole body, and that yoga stretches are really useful for not only centering one's energy but expanding one's breathing capacity. Pranayama (Yoga Breathing techniques where you may be pumping your stomach for powerful breathing or controlling your in or out breath are also really helpful for both power and breath control). One other side note, when you open up your chest area, this is the "heart center" in yoga terminology and opens up one's energetic ability to emotionally connect to other people, including an audience. P.S. -- the first link "Vocal Warm-ups" in the homework takes you to the New York Mount Sinai Hospitals Voice and Throat Disorder Page --- the link is ..... I think this is a mistake. The only relevance of this page is that it mentions "throat nodules" which can occur if you strain your voice, which happens when one doesn't do proper warm-ups. But I am thinking someone should fix the link or if it is a correct link, it should be labeled properly. There are no "vocal warm-ups" to be found on this site.

Patrick D.

This is like a review of what my wrestling coach taught me - different muscles involved, different skills - same idea. I never thought of that.