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Final Thoughts

Usher

Lesson time 04:41 min

Usher leaves you with the most important takeaways from his MasterClass. He's given you his teachings. Now it's time to put them to work.

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Having a great work ethic is the most important part of being successful. Practice makes perfect. You try, you try, you try until you get it. And for me, I've always been eager to learn, harder on myself than anyone else, always working to perfect and make the most of the moment. It's important for you to set benchmarks for yourself so that you know you're on the right track. The goal should always be to be creative. The goal is the journey. The journey along the way will take you many places if you allow it to. That's been my story. I'm a kid from Chattanooga, Tennessee who just wanted to get the audience's attention. You have that opportunity plus some, to not only use what I'm teaching you in this master class as a practice to prepare for the moment. But then, to be able to share it with the world and it take you far, far, than you could ever imagine. [MUSIC PLAYING] It's always important to be very careful of what your measures of success is, because if it's record sales and you get that, then what do you do? Now you're stuck trying to figure out to top that record sale again. No different than some of the stories that I'd heard about Michael Jackson, selling 40 million albums with Thriller and then coming back right behind it with Bad and selling 20 million albums and not feeling like he was adequate enough. I understand because I went through it, you know? Just the reality of selling that many albums. 10 million albums, selling a diamond album. In the time, it was very difficult to do that, selling 1.1 million units in one week. That doesn't happen. It hadn't happened in such a long time. There was a few artists who've had that-- who were lucky enough to have that. Here is the disadvantage, that every album afterwards is compared to that. For me, my measure of success has always been the journey. The journey has been the destination, not landing at any specific place, be it record sales, recognition, idea, or expansion. For me to do it has always been a pleasure and has always been the reason why I consider myself an artist, because an artist is always growing, he's always evolving. [MUSIC PLAYING] When you get into the space of feeling as though you have nothing to prove, and you are completely living in your creative space, then you're where you need to be. It may take 10 times. It may take 10 years, who knows. You maybe 50 years old and still trying to find that spark. And it's just this one moment that happens and then, boom, it's all there. But your ability to fight through it and continued to fight for that yes and fight for this creativity to be perceived the right way is worth it. It's why you are blessed with the talent that you have. It's why you're hear. I really spent years and years gathering all this information so I could you give it back to you in hopes that you'll be able to use it to creat...


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Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I had a great time listening to Usher. His experiences and journey in life is such a great inspiration to a lot of aspiring musicians. Thank you!

Usher really brought home the preparation and discipline, the approach needed to be memorable on stage. I shared a festival stage with other artists, more experienced than myself and I stood out in a very good way - because I delivered with commitment.

Thank you Usher and Masterclass! I learned a great deal about performance and treasuring your mentors.

Helped me further discover who I want to become as an artist.


Comments

Lynette J.

Loved it. Brilliant. I'm sending it as a gift to my 16 year old nephew who lives to sing.

Dorothy B.

In Usher's final words, he suggested that we persevere in fighting for 'that Yes'. I could not agree more. Most importantly, I know that that 'Yes' begins with the affirmation I give myself. I have often said that I always get what I ask for...what I want. Better yet, it is the journey that makes all the difference; my acceptance of the process and the gifts that are offered, and/or found along the way. As Usher, I see myself in the 'idea' of what I want to become, a reality. Dr. Wayne Dyer put it this way: continuously contemplate yourself surrounded by the conditions you wish to produce. Usher stated: "See it before it happens -- you are in the moment of truth-- you are prepared for it." I had to realize that I already am what I have aspired to be. Remaining true to myself, trusting my instincts, being committed, having an excellent work ethic, appreciating my flaws, staying focused on the truth and passion of what I am trying to say, and especially leaving room for 'the magic', will allow someone else to say YES, I HEAR YOU AND WE NEED WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER. www.yessy.com/houseofdoveeyes

Viktor K.

Absolutely inspiring, well structured, and more important honest and full of useful guidance class. Thank you Usher

fuchsia

super class, thank you! i'm an aspiring artist (instagram.com/alafuchsia); any collaborations in rnb/soul/jazz pls get in touch :)

Osamede A.

This class was thoughtful, inspiring, insightful, informative, crisp and a brilliant representation of Usher's artistic journey, that can only be experienced to be understood. I am a better Man, Human Being for having taken this class and I am truly glad I made the investment in time and money to take this Master Class. The symphony of the editing also helped weaved lead me through the journey of taking this class. I leave this Class believing I can take on the World........Watch out for me #Playmakers.

Robert P.

Really, really wonderful ending! thank you so much for taking the time to give us your heartfelt, soulful, strengthening stories of life experience and hard work and excellence, Usher. I can't wait to put some of these principles to good use. Thank you again. <3, BJV http://www.bobbyjovalentine.com

Annick A.

I am surprised at how wise Usher is!! And was from the start while pursuing his calling. THANK YOU for sharing. But we are not all kids. My daughter introduced me to you a long time ago...I am in my 50s, and have now decided to go for my calling with no apology... And I am surprised how people are embracing me. I knew I was born to be a singer songwriter, but in was not the done thing in my family growing up...And here we are!!!! :)

Selfseeds

Always inspiring and useful to hear an accomplished person in any field share his or her journey with honesty and integrity.

Steven A.

I learned A LOT that I can incorporate into my live performances as I'm fortunate to be a full-time musician as I'm always striving to improve upon what I'm doing and really connect with my audience. Thanks for another GREAT Masterclass! This site is AMAZING! :)

Karin A.

Great class! I find Usher's drive and focus really inspiring. I especially found his ability to be vulnerable and to tell the truth to be very helpful. "Hater's gonna hate" I find myself struggling with the haters. I wish there was more on how to handle them. Especially on social media. Awesome class! Thanks Usher!