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Performance Review

Usher

Lesson time 14:00 min

Usher walks you through his latest tour performances at London’s O2 Arena. If you missed his last world tour, you won’t want to miss this chapter.

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You have to believe that you will get better in time. As a matter of fact, I'm willing to show you what I mean when I say, let's critiquing it. We're going to look at some of my footage right now. We're going to roll it back, give you a quick roll to reel, maybe walk you through some of the inspiration of my live performance in London. Check this out. Playback. [MUSIC PLAYING ] First, let me start off with the fact that this entire segment of the show was dedicated to James Brown, a man who didn't need a lot. He had his band and he had control. Taking this moment right now. Seize the moment. Own the moment. Dramatic-- you see me kind of doing little things that-- I kind of got the little nose wipe from Michael. But I actually did it my own way. I was literally wiping sweat off my face though. [AUDIENCE CHEERING] But you look at them. You take it in. You build the intensity of the moment. You look up. And I don't even know who I'm looking at right now. I'm just looking up there just to give them the drama. This is all living in the moment, owning the moment. Sometimes the most potent part of your performance can be silent. It's what you're doing. It's your persona. It's your energy. It's how serious you are. Look at my face right now. I mean what I'm not doing. Man, it was a cool night. And then it happened. Wait for it. [MUSIC PLAYING] That's Ray right there. So James Brown, he understood what it was to really hold the moment and show your control, show that you are the master of this ceremony in this moment on stage, all right? That element can't be duplicated, man. He was a one of a kind, but such an inspiration for me. Band hitting it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, yeah, uh, yeah, uh, yeah, uh. Matter of fact, I'm the guy who will make you wait about three to four minutes of just pausing, that awkward tension in silence, building the drama, owning the moment, knowing your audience, commanding your audience's attention. Does it again. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let me put my shades on. The stage looks better with the shades on, right? And when you go, you let it all go. [MUSIC PLAYING - USHER, "TWISTED"] You've got it twisted. Tell me why you wanna do me that way. You've got it twisted. You introducing shit, you know I don't play. As a cheat too, by the way, if I'm taking those breaks, it's because I'm catching my breath. But now it's time to let it go. You had me looking stupid, but I let it go that way. Yeah. All the time and money I spent, can't believe what I'm in-- Telling this story now, this is kind of like a narration of the moment. I'm talking about this girl, who's the inspiration. But I'm still my mode. You see me moving a little bit. She's playing with me a little bit now. Back into it. But this is the ...


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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.



Reviews

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

I honestly didn't expect this class to be so GOOD! Usher is a phenomenal teacher with practical and down to earth information. Definitely recommending this class to a few friends.

This master's class is inspiring, and it gives you everything you need to perform. His talks to you and the workbook tool are both so useful!

Highly recommend to ALL performers. I'm a trainer opera singer & my paid gigs are all high church, cantatas & such, and I still learned. <3

I feel Usher helped clarify and inspire me in many ways...one of my take homes is to get my personal brand working for me and my passion


Comments

Marion B.

This is a great analysis. In my inner voice I am critiquing my very first wedding gig. I plan to to use this for every gig from now on. It's about embodying what it means to be yourself as an artist. Awesome!

Thoke P.

You literally say no one on the stage has a jacket on when she walks up to you with a jacket on. How did this not get edited out?

Stewart M.

connecting with your audience and owning the moment, a true master of ceremonies!

Ananya A.

I am loving each class, and learning more in each of them. I can apply this wisdom to any of the public speaking that I will do.

Mariah

I love how he says to "take people on a journey" that is amazing. :) Yes!!!

Brittany H.

Can we get some student sessions with Usher? They're great in Christina Aguilera and Steve Martin's classes. It would be very helpful! There isn't much student activity in the Hub for this class, maybe because performing is really hard? I have so many questions!

teisha H.

I'm a professional speaker and your lessons are helping me to realize what I do well in my motivational seminars. I now know I need to do THAT even more.

Natalie F.

Great lesson! Loved when he said "I don't know man, maybe we should take em, let's go the other direction." Ha! beautiful to give that fun ride to people.

Pati S.

That so rocks, if I only bring 1 percent of what he's got into my life I be having fun.

Sarah H.

I sang in front of a group of people last week! It was special because I sang my own words and though I shook a little bit, it came out so passionately. I think I may become addicted to that feeling and give it another go. You are an inspiration to me!