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This blog was made with the intent to share knowledge and share vocal analyses from different vocalists in K-pop. Nobody in the blog is a hater or an anti-fan. The analyses give positive and negative points and are all constructive criticism, nobody is telling you to hate or not listen to your favorite idol vocalist. We’re only letting you know what their vocal skill based on what vocal technique and music theory is from a musically professional standpoint. If you’re confused about rankings, categories and such, click the about and our criteria page. This post will also include the information existing in that page if you’re unwilling to click through just click read more. Otherwise click About & Our Criteria and most questions should be answered. We try to back up all our points with substantial evidence from the singers’ performances, we thoroughly listen to their performances from past and present. No one in this blog claims to be an expert, we’re all learning and everyday we learn more and more, just as we respect your opinions, please respect ours, which were influenced by the knowledge we have and the way we’ve been taught. Thank you.

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This blog is dedicated to compile vocal analyses done by our contributors in order to satisfy everyone’s curiosity regarding their idols’ vocal. The analysis will be based solely on VOCAL TECHNIQUE, not tone, timbre, emotions, stage presence, etc.

The analysis might change according to their latest performance.

If you would like your idol to be analyzed feel free to drop the question in the comment box. If you feel that the analysis is not accurate, you could suggest a video or recording and give us the reasoning behind your disagreement. We will gladly alter the vocal analysis page of the respective idol if your reasoning behind it is proven.

Comments will be moderated. Constructive discussion are welcome. Bashful and hateful comments will be deleted. Every idol mentioned here are talented in their own way. Even so, we are focusing solely on their vocal capabilities and we try our best to give an objective analysis regarding the matters.

So far, we will use this system as our judging criteria. We will elaborate more once it’s established. It goes from best to worst.

TERMINOLOGY

Tones/Semitones/Notes/Key
A key of a song means within the key signature of the song. There are 12 notes in total, C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B and back to C, completing one full octave. A tone is from a note up two semitones, so the distance between C and C#/Db is a semitone, whereas C and D are a full note apart. A major Key will follow a tone tone semitone tone tone tone semitone pattern, so C major is C D E F G A B C. Although there are no sharps or flats between E and F or B and C, they’re a semitone apart. # stands for sharp and b stands for flat and whether or not you name a note sharp or flat depends on the key, i.e. C# major and Db major are the same key with different names, C# D# E# F# G# A# B# C# and Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db, on a piano the same notes are played, just with different names.

Intonation
Being able to stay in pitch and in key. Good intonation means not going sharp, flat or singing a note that isn’t within the chord progression and/or key of the song. Going sharp means slightly above the pitch but not really hitting a note above, so like a note in between C and C#, and flat means a note that’s slightly below pitch, so a note in between C and B, for example.

Tonality/Tone Production
The way tone and sound is produced through good support. The voice comes out stable, without any laryngeal restriction nor tension, tone is clean and has the true sound of the individual’s voice type, without an uncentered pitch, excessive breathiness, nasality and tension.

Vibrato
The shift between two notes rapidly within, normally, a sustained note. The difference between the notes is usually less than a semitone. A forced throaty vibrato is usually produced artificially by using the throat, instead of the natural vibrato that comes out once the vocal cords are relaxed with good breath support.

Stability
The stability of the voice, meaning it’s not off pitch and it doesn’t sound wobbly, shaky and unsupported.

Registers
Chest voice, lowest range. Head voice, highest range. Mixed voice, the belting area of the voice.

Support
How the individual vocalist uses their correct breathing technique with the diaphragm to better support, project and hold their voice together.

Placement vs Resonance vs Projection
Resonance is the optimum sound a vocalist should focus on when singing. It is a full, clean and round sound that won’t sound thin, constricted or small. A vocalist who’s resonant will use different types of placements, i.e. their voice will be placed either in their chest, head or mask (cheekbones area, not nose) to project their voice, in each individual register. A vocalist may be able to be resonant in their mixed voice by normally placing their voice in their mask with chest resonance, or as they go higher, with head resonance. A resonant sound is always going to be a projected sound, now resonance doesn’t mean loud, because a loud sound maye still be pushed and strained. You may project but still have tension, but in true resonance tension should not be present.

Vocal Range vs Supported Range vs Tessitura
Vocal range means the individual’s lowest singable note to the individual’s highest singable note.  A tessitura will depend on the individual’s voice type and where their voice sits most comfortably, shines the most and could project the best. A supported range includes notes outside the tessitura where the individual’s voice type may not be naturally inclined to project well in, however so due to the vocalist’s own ability, they’re able to still maintain tone production, support, projection and stability. e.g In classical music, sopranos’ tessituras are something in between A3/C4 to  A5/C6, however in contemporary music a soprano singing as high as C6 is very uncommon and unnecessary; a contemporary soprano, for an example Hyorin, is able to keep resonance consistently up until E5 or F5, which is almost ideal for a soprano who should be able to carry that resonance up until A5 without a problem. However so she’s also able to sing down to F#3/G3 with correct support, which although is outside her voice type’s natural tessitura, she’s still able to keep support and projection down there.

Musicianship/Musicality
Musicianship is the act of changing any song given to you and making it your own, usually on the spot. This includes melodic changes, rhythmic changes and added embellishments. Musicality is the act of interpreting music correctly according to each individual genre of music, by adding the correct use of vocal effects (e.g. raspiness, breathiness, growls, vocal runs, vibrato) and playing with the song musically by adding dynamics (e.g. singing softly, loudly, powerfully on the right moments of each song).

Legato/Staccato
A musical phrase usually will last a couple of bars. During a phrase, the melody may be played/sung smoothly connected without every note sounding chopped up, whereas staccato means emphasizing every single note separately with minor less than a second breaks in between every note. Legato is the most basic form of singing through correct breath control and support.

Agility
Vocal agility is an embellishment and it means, being able to sing many notes accurately and quickly, by separating each individual note while still being able to connect them within one sung vowel. Those are usually called melismas or vocal runs.

 

CRITERIA

Excellent Vocalist

  • All three registers are developed
  • Supported as close as possible from their highest to lowest extremities
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within C3 ~ E3 (or lower) and G5 (or higher)
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within Bb2 ~ D3 (or lower) and F5 (or higher)
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within F#2 ~ A2 (or lower) and C5/C#5 (or higher)
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within D2 ~ F#2 (or lower) and Bb4 (or higher)
  • Within their Voice Type’s tessitura they are consistently resonant
  • Complete support in the middle register and lower register
  • For females head voice must be completely resonant at will; for males falsetto must be completely supported
  • Connection in the voice with no noticeable breaks when transitions are being made
  • Agility is present and pitch is controlled with good separation between individual note, potentially very complex runs are done from the bottom to the top of their ranges
  • Musicianship the ability to change a song and make it their own and Musicality having complete control over the voice in any given genre
  • Almost perfect intonation
  • Tonality is almost never lost

 

Great 

  • Developed registers, but one register may be lacking in development.
  • Optimal resonance is achieved on a regular basis.
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within F3/F#3 and F#5/G5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within Eb3/E3 and E5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within A2/Bb2 and B4/C5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within F#2/G2 and G#4/A4
  • Supported is present in all registers, but maybe not to their lowest and highest extremes
  • Within in their voice type’s tessitura they are resonant and well projected, but not as resonant and well projected as Excellent vocalist
  • Connection in the voice with no noticeable breaks
  • Agility is present and pitch is controlled with good separation between individual notes
  • Great interpretation skills (Musicianship), but Musicality may not be as finely tuned as Excellent vocalist
  • Intonation is almost perfect
  • Tonality is almost never lost

Good 

  • One very well developed register or two well developed registers, with the others either being Average or Above Average
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within F#3/G3 and E5/F5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within E3/F3 and D5/Eb5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within Bb2/B2/C3 and Bb4/B4
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within G2/G#2 and G4/G#4
  • Optimal resonance often present, but is not always achieved
  • Within their vocal type’s tessitura they are resonant and supported, but tonality can be lost at times.
  • Connection between registers is not always present
  • Some agility, but runs and transitions are not always controlled
  • Interpretation skills are present, has show musicality
  • Good intonation rarely goes off
  • At times can lose tonality by rarely does

Competent 

  • One well developed or two/three somewhat developed register well balanced
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within G#3/A3 and D5/Eb5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within F#3 and C5/C#5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within C3/C#3 and G#4/A4
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within G#2/A2 and E4/F4
  • Consistently supported within their supported range
  • Resonates at times, but optimal resonance is not a regular occurrence
  • Connection between the registers is not present
  • Intonation is not perfect, off-key moments happen at times
  • Good tonality isn’t always kept, strain and tension are apparent at times

Above Average

  • One somewhat developed register with the others being average or weak
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within A3 and C5/C#5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within G3 and B4/C5
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within D3 and G4/G#4
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within Bb2/B2 and Eb4/E4
  • Inconsistent with resonance
  • Even in their supported range strain and tension can be present
  • Nasality can be present within the voice at times
  • Intonation issues can be frequent

Average

  • No register is developed considerably well
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within Bb3 and Bb4/B4
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within G#3 and A4
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within Eb3 and F4/F#4
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within C3/C#3 and C#4/D4
  • Inconsistent with support, and if at all resonance, even if occasional resonance has happened
  • Good tonality is not present at all times, nasal placement is normally used
  • Frequent intonation issues

Weak

  • No developed registers
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for sopranos falls somewhere within B3 and G#4/A4 (or less)
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for mezzo-sopranos falls somewhere within A3 and F#4 (or less)
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within E3/F3 and Eb4/E4 (or less)
  • Range wise, supported range without head voice for baritones falls somewhere within C#3/D3 and B3/C4/C#4 (or less)
  • Very inconsistent with support, strain,no resonance
  • Good tonality is not present
  • Out off tune singing is frequent

Terrible

  • No support, not a vocalist basically

FYI, Among KPOP idols there is NO ONE who is considered Excellent/Amazing/Fantastic vocal-wise (Imagine Maria Callas, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston as amazing/fantastic). They are Great/Good at best.

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617 thoughts on “About & Our Criteria

  1. Hey, it’s me again! I just wanted to say thank you! This is an amazing site full of strong vocalists. I finally can say I understand music now! I have become a way better vocalist and if this site didn’t exist I would of sucked. I always used to believe everyone saying Taeyeon and Ariana Grande are the best vocalists but not anymore. My queen Sohyang can belt a C6 nicely! Thank you, thank you, thank you I don’t know what else to say but thank you!

    • You’re such an inspiration and to be honest, this is the whole point of this blog. It’s not a hater blog, it’s an educational blog which tries to show fans the more technical side of things and aims not for fanwars. So you’re showing me exactly that at least someway, somehow, we’re doing the right thing.

    • Actually forehead resonance isnt exactly a thing from what I know, its more that the voice is placed in the cavities close to your eyebrows, which are in the forehead. Thats head placement and placing your voice there allows for head resonance

      • I mean just like how you resonate anywhere, with support, an open relaxed throat, a forward placement and a lifted soft palate, also a forward relaxed tongue and no body tension. It’s easier shown than said.

  2. Hello! Zhou Mi’s quite scarce in this blog so I thought I’d bring him up lol. If it’s not too much trouble, could you analyze these two performances?

    • The chinese immortal song performance, he has really nice G4’s with support and resonance, some A4’s that weren’t so bad and Bb4’s that sounded kinda bad with a high larynx and strain. I’m sensing a very unstable shaky vibrato due to a weak breath support from him… it’s very odd.. it reminds me of Jokwon…his resonance is also very small…but it could just be the volume lol his low notes are also very unsupported.. Around Eb3 and below, he hit a B2 though. His dynamics were kind of nice but he needs to project a bit more.. and place his voice better on lower notes
      Oh I hadn’t realized this song went down to G#2 …well he hit a very airy G#2, and the song was going up in tones in every verse so he hit Bb2 as well and they were all quite airy, he had some nice fuller C#3’s though and Eb3’s for sure so this made me feel much better about his lower range.. his mixed range though still it sounds so tiny and although there’s support on those G4’s, to say they’re resonant may be a stretch.. the vibrato is again still wobbly and unstable and his placement needs some work..

  3. hello,
    I just wanted to know if you could do EXO’s baekhyun vocal analysis, it would mean a lot, if you have time of course !
    thank you for your hardwork, this site is one of the most interesting kpop related websites so far !!

  4. I have a question about falsetto, how do you tell if it’s a good one or not or if it is one or not? From what I understand, it’s when you sing high but for falsetto, there is less compression of the vocal cords causing a breathy/airy sound. If there is compression, then it’d be head voice allowing for better control of dynamics with fuller resonance.

    I was listening to Moonlight and at around 3:10, there is like a sudden jump in the background notes. Someone was telling me Baekhyun is doing falsetto whereas Chen only did a little bit. But all I can hear is that Chen’s notes are more distinct where as Baekhyun’s notes sort of flow into each other and have a whistle like quality to his voice.

    So what vocal technique are each of them using? And how do you tell based on listening? And how do you tell if it’s executed well or not? I suppose a good falsetto should not be that breathy, but if it’s not that breathy…doesn’t it make that not a falsetto?

    • Well basically they’re both using falsetto, falsetto not only sounds airy but it can also sound just simply disconnected. I can actually show you falsetto that isn’t airy but it is definitely falsetto.

      4:38
      So basically falsetto is never exactly good, good is when you go for a really good resonant head voice. Falsetto is only nice if it sounds free, controlled and opened even though it may still sound disconnected and small in sound. Chen and Baekhyun both use falsetto, but in the studio version there’s reverb that makes the sound echo more but in general you hear a more full quality to Baekhyun’s just because it’s more connected but they’re both still kind of airy. Baekhyun’s falsetto is more relaxed up until like F5/F#5 in comparison to Chen but it’s still a falsetto and lacks the fullness of a head voice and clarity of tone a head voice should have.

      • Thank you for your explanation. What is meant by disconnected or connected? I have a feeling my definition is probably not the one you’re going for. It’s not about staccato vs. legato type of thing right?

        If Baekhyun’s falsetto is more relaxed, does that mean his falsetto is considered free and open? I’m not so sure about being controlled because it’s hard to make out what he’s saying…I assume he’s singing the same English lines as Chen.

      • No no disconnected has to do with registers and vocal cords, so connection and making your voice sound like one. Yes id say it is but controlled is more about pitch and volume

  5. many people are saying they’re so good and that they’re the best rookies out there
    can you please check this and give me your opinion ^_^
    PS : Ive been waiting for Krystal’s analysis and it was a good read ! Keep the hard work ~~

    • I watched this already, I’ll copy-paste what I said about it. Aww Thanks! That’s so sweet!
      Second girl to sing, her lower notes were quite nice actually. The higher notes she hit though, so much tension and pushing. They overall seem to actually be better this way, better than I expected, the three vocalists have some resonance on their higher fourth octave notes. They play their strengths though, they’re not nasal and they harmonize and blend very very WELL. Individually, they can’t bring resonance and support very high or very well. 4:07, that C#5. No nasality but the amount of throat she used for that shows what I usually hear from her, she and the blonde one use a LOT of throat on their higher notes and no nasality, so the chestiness translates into a nice chesty resonant sound when it’s not too high, then it sounds pushed and strained as they bring it higher because there’s too much throat and not enough mixing. Their runs weren’t bad either, but they weren’t good. They were mostly pitch accurate but they liked a certain rhythmic bounciness, they sounded slightly slower than intended and a bit robotic. This was MUCH better than their usual vocal performances and it made me think more highly of them but still they’re not THAT great of a vocal group. They just have loud pushed voices on higher notes with too much chest, which people tend to mistake as “powerful”. Imo, of course.”

  6. hello~!! It’s the user from onehallyu that asked you about Block B’s Taeil
    Here are some videos of his singing, hope they seem helpful you on your review

    some of his acapella videos

    some of his lives with Block B

    in your opinion, what is his strongest point? And where he should focus on improving more??

    • I mean sure, there’s not much to say. He’s not doing so bad, he was pretty tight on his G4’s at the end of the pre-chorus and his chorus, he sounds like he’s straining quite a bit from the tension and the tightness in his throat, even his E4’s seem a bit tight in the chorus. His pitch is very nice and stable throughout though, I was quite pleasantly surprised by that, it was still a bit tight/pushed in the mixed voice and he falsetto but pitch-wise I had no problem with it, he’s not one of SuJu’s vocalists so it’s fine.

  7. May i ask this? i want to know what notes she is singing in this song, in: 3:02 – 3:06; 4:00 – 4:10; 4:26 – 4:34. i know this is not kpop but i hope you can help me with this and i love all of your analysis, Thanks for the hard work!

    • AH, i almost forget it, this video can help on your analysis of VIXX’s Ken and Leo. I think Leo goes a little bit strain in here, but i’m not and expert so, i let that to you ^_^ . THANKS! Have a nice day.

    • She hit C7, D7 and Eb7, her highest note is Eb7. My issue is telling if it’s a strained falsetto or if she was transitioning into whistle somehow. Her range is Eb3 ~ Eb7 ^ ^

      • no that’s the original singer (K2?). Haha u said the same thing about his predebut vid too..he still make the same mistake
        this is the predebut ver.

      • Oh Oh I see and they sounded less pushed…I mean he is putting too much chest and trying to push his way up there, he can certainly mix those C5’s but they’re a bit too heavy and if he doesn’t lighten up, he won’t be able to handle them well. In the pre-debut video even his Bb4’s sound more pushed, I feel like it’s just a lot of vocal cord instability because they didn’t have the notes settled in his voice like he does now.

  8. Why doesn’t tone or ‘timbre’ matter? Doesn’t it take practice in singing to create a good tone? I read somewhere that Chen is a better vocalist than D.O. but the same person said that D.O. had a more appealing tone? Isn’t that contradicting?

    • See, that would fall under tone production as opposed to timbre or tone. It’s not like “they have a good tone/they have a pretty tone”. Tone production on the other hand addresses lack of nasality, pureness of tone, fullness and roundness of tone, stability and clarity. No it’s not contradicting because Chen is objectively a better vocalist, but the sound of his voice isn’t for everybody. His tone production is objectively fine, but in terms of color and natural tone, his voice is just not that as pretty to some people as D.O.’s would be, I would agree with that. Like tbqh I think Tiffany has one of the prettiest tones but she is just not a very good vocalist.

      • Kyuhyun for sure. The other ones aren’t far away actually. (P.S. you seem to use different e-mails and usernames but the same IP address.. lol)

  9. are you willing to do a Park Hyoshin analysis ?
    do you have an idea about his supported and range and how high he can resonate ? :)

      • didnt’t he hit G6 somewhere ? there’s a video about notes compilations of korean male singers and he hits G6 at the end of the video

      • Yeah It was A6 but I don’t believe it was his singing, it sounded like it was a sound interference. I heard a D5 in mixed voice mixed in with the sound of an A6 so I believe it was just D5 with interference.

  10. Hello, I am new here. I am really impressed with such detailed analyses of so many Korean singers! Keep up the lovely work! =) So I am wondering if I can send you an audio of me singing. I really want to learn how to improve on my tecnique. I am open to any form of feedback. Is it ok?

  11. Hi! Can I ask? I don’t know if what I’m hitting in my high register is head voice or falsetto? You have said that a falsetto can be solid right? It’s just that it’s solid, and I can control it’s volume and vibrato, up to F5/F#5, but sometimes, I do hit airy notes which I can’t control as the solid ones.

  12. can you analyse this performance please ? I would really want more to know what you’d think of Lee Hyun in his perfomance since he seems to be nice vocally

    • I forgot to add him to the future projects, since he’s from 8Eight he’s kinda underrated amongst the vocal people Ik in K-pop, because 8Eight isn’t as popular… but he is pretty capable vocally. Changmin’s low notes were not good, I think his A4 @2:03 had some nice support and Lee Hyun’s 2:23 A4 seemed resonant, 4:06 Changmin’s resonant G#4 too. Lee Hyun seems to be kind of better than Changmin and his lower range is somewhat better, but they’re not too far apart. This was really nice tbqh.

  13. Hi! I’m trying to figure out whether I’m resonant. I’m not vocally trained or anything, but I’ve been watching YouTube videos on how to become resonant and I hear that ringing when I sing, but (and this is kinda embarrassing) I’m having trouble figuring out whether it’s resonance or just vibrato. My chest vibrates when I think the note is resonant, if that makes sense. It’s hard to tell anything at all and all I’ve learned about resonance is from this blog and watching YouTube videos about resonance, proper placement, etc.
    I also read on Ailee’s analysis that she will sometimes force herself into resonance. What exactly does that mean? Because sometimes I feel that may be what I’m doing…

    • There’s nothing embarrassing at all haha don’t worry You can show me your singing and I’ll let you know what I hear ^ ^ Ailee just forces it as in she puts too much of a push of air through her vocal cords and causes a pushed resonance, that’s about it though.

  14. sorry for requesting, i read some of your comments and found many useful videos about vocal lessons… can u pls make a page about YT videos that u consider quite good for us beginner to learn to? Or just the videos that u posted on ur comments and place it in a section? Thanks alot, like alot…

      • is it a bad sign of me when i cant hear the differences of all these things, strained and supported? like when she told me to sing from diaphragm, i constantly following what she said, but i cant hear any differences in me and still get that throat hurtings… and when i cant differs between voices with high larynx or im just using mixed voice… thx a lot if u reply this

      • It’s not that it’s a bad sign, it’s just it won’t help you if you can’t hear the difference, of course. It’d be good if you could tell and it’s okay that you can’t when you’re starting up. The problem is, if you can’t hear a difference and you still feel like your throat hurts, that might mean you’re doing something wrong and you don’t notice that you’re doing something wrong. You might need assistance from someone listening to you and singing with you to help you fix your bad habits.

    • Oh my god. She supported a G3 and A3’s. Resonance consistent on C5, C#5’s and D5. Hit F5 with tension, she uses too much of a jaw vibrato. Her runs were nice, not bad at all actually. She used head voice on A5, hit a falsetto-y C6, D6 AND F6. Not that she hadn’t hit F6 before in a different video, but here she did it IN A SONG. Like that requires guts and control. Shannon was on fire, like calm down girl.

  15. Hello ^_^ , can you please do LEE HI
    i’m really interested in singing and she my favorite singer at this moment
    so i would like to know more about !! and what “CRITERIA” do you put her under ?
    these are some video of her

    it will mean a lot to me if you reply

    • Actually, would you mind waiting a little bit for her analysis to come out? ^ ^ She is one of my newest drafts, so I have 10 drafts at the moment, 3 are going to wait sometime and the other 7 will be done soon. She’s amongst those 7, so I will have her analysis soon, so please like our facebook page or follow us here so you can be updated when her analysis is posted, okay? ^ ^ I really appreciate the videos, they’ll help a lot! ^ ^

  16. I noticed no one no one from SunnyHill is on the list. Do you know them enough to tell me your opinion on them (Especially on Jubi since she is the main vocalist)? If you want I can try to find some tracks of her singing live :)

    • She looks gorgeous! Oh my. Slightly flat in the beginning, nasal throughout. Okay wait sharp at 0:39.. Too much airiness in the vocals. 1:01 throaty D5. 1:12 throaty and flat. Her Bb4’s are really nice for the most though. Nice falsetto run at the bridge!~ 2:58 that high larynx on the F5.. All the other throaty F5’s with a high larynx, she can mix them but her voice sounds hoarse too. Her pitch was mostly good throughout the performance though!

      • Thaanks! Can you review this performance too? I know Christina is not the best vocalist but I think that this was pretty great!

      • It’s not bad, to be honest. Christina Aguilera is NOT bad, but people exaggerate her flaws. Even Park Bom isn’t that bad, someone bad is someone who can’t sing in pitch to save their lives. Park Bom is just not good as a professional vocalist, Christina is much better than Park Bom. She sounds like she’s actually supporting her voice in this, which is really nice to hear. Her pitch was nice, her projection was nice, her support and musicality was quite good. Christina was supporting down to G#3, kind of, she kind of airy. Her B4’s were a bit closed but they had nice projection, a bit of a push. She was not overdoing vocal runs, going off pitch or anything of that sort. She was kind of supporting those B4’s, as a mezzo, this was good, for her. She is definitely considerably better than people make her out to be, she’s just very inconsistent and can get quite messy.

  17. Does Chocolate make your voice go bad ? Cause I ate chocolate this morning and now my singing voice is like pure air , no sound . But still, I think it’s another reason . And my voice was in OK condition for the previous days . Also , I’ve been having this kind of feeling that there is a little lump in my throat and some mucus when I swallow my saliva . Wondering if my indigestion could do any harm to the voice .

  18. Very detailed and thoroughly analyzed blog :D May I ask you some questions: Of which rating can an idol be a professional vocalist, and how do you rate some sub-vocalists like Donghae, Xiumin for example? Are you going to analyze them as well, since I can’t find them in your future projects? Thanks in advance :D

    • Well, actually, even if you are a weak vocalist, you can be a professional vocalist…because in pop music, you have auto tune, production and if it’s a pop group, you have a bunch of people helping you out in the group vocally. For you to be taken seriously as a vocalist and artist, I feel you must be at least an average vocalist, that’s like the average person with a decently supported 1 octave range who can sing in tune and carry a song. Donghae, Xiumin? They’d usually fall on weak to average or average rating. You’re only below the weak vocalist rating when you’re literally not a singer, when you can’t sing in tune at all, when you’re just quite untrained and even studio work can’t help you. So for you to be a respected vocalist and the main vocalist of a group, at least an above average rating would be ideal, but competent is when it starts getting high.

  19. What do you guys think about those C#5’s by Soyeon?

    Those Bb4 too (at 0:46 and 0:57)

    This is Soyeon singing before her debut (the girl with blue skirt). She used to be better, right ? (there is also a C5 at 1:55)

    • Closed and in the back of her throat for the C#5. The 0:46 one wasn’t bad, a bit nasal. The 0:57 Bb4 was pushed with the throat and had tongue tension.
      Oh my god she looks really different.. I really don’t like the other girl singing and she wasn’t bad, she doesn’t that different just less airy and less weak but not a big difference in that video specifically. ^ ^

      • So there is no considerable change since her debut, isn’t it? I love her tone & timbre, but I’m so upset that she doesn’t work on her technique. It’s a little bit surprised that she’s bad even in her supported range (I’ve read somewhere that her supported range is Bb3-Bb4).
        Oh, about her C#5, is it better than Eunjung’s one (in the original track) ?

      • Arguably, people have said she got worse but I wouldn’t know. I’m not sure what her supported range is yet, so I can’t tell you. Oh I don’t know, I don’t remember Eunjung’s, they’re both kind of bath, Eunjung’s is more forward but also more pushed.

  20. Hey, I just gotta say thank you for suggesting Strong Enough. It’s the perfect song for me and Bom recently did a cover and I think mine will be better then hers. I’m not being mean but people love her singing so what I’m saying is people would probably like my singing and that makes me happy… So I’m trying to find a instrumental and I want to see if this is ok. It has lyrics so that helps me a lot!

    • Try with the one you sent me and with this one as well

      This one doesn’t have the melody, so it makes it a bit more challenging. I want you to practice with the other one so you pay attention to the melody that the piano is playing and don’t try to be loud okay? I know you always try to be loud and yell high notes without even caring what note it is, here I want you to pay attention to the notes you’re singing and make sure they match the exact same notes the melody that the piano is playing, okay? ^ ^

      • Okay, I keep on listening to Stacie too. I know sometimes in the chorus she does falsetto and sometimes she just belts them. I’m just wondering because she does the falsetto live and in the actual song(audio) she does mixing/belting. So when I got all the notes down, which video should I do?

      • Ok! So when she says “I’m finally found.” When she says “found” she does a run and I’m trying to get it right. So she starts on(I think) A4 and then does a note in the mid-range 4th octave then goes up to a C5(it might be higher tho). It’s kind of hard to do, It’s not that it’s too high. It’s because it kind of becomes sloppy. Oh and I’m humming the song and that helps me with pitch too!

      • Yes the found is a sustained A4, there was no C5. She stays on A4, G4 and goes up to B4. Of course she does it in a different sequence but it’s like FOOOO (A4) then G4 A4 G4 B4 G4 A4. Don’t try to do the run as accurately as she does it, make it simpler, put less notes in it okay? Humming ALWAYS helps yes! ^ ^

      • Ok, I have been wanting to ask you this question for SO LONG but I forget to but I’ll ask now! Sorry if it’s random! What would you rank Sia? Just wondering… It’s probably really hard to rank her because her voice is so unique. I really like Sia as a person and her songs are cool too. Also what about Stacie Orrico? When I heard Strong Enough I totally fell in love with her voice!

      • I don’t think of Sia highly as a vocalist, as a composer, artist and musician yes, but as a vocalist she is all her throat. Stacie Orrico, no idea to be quite honest.

  21. I just wanted to say, this has been VERY interesting and incredibly surprising. Lol my first impression when i saw you rank some of the most esteemed idols as average and competent i laughed and i was like : wow they are sending them to the fire.
    And i have also been quite satisfied to see that i have made some good choices even though i dont know anything about music .So thanks for the whole experience :). I learned alot and i found that im actually good at low apparently :P
    Just side question, could you give your opinion on key from shinee (just like a quick one,cause i imagine these analysis take alot of time) I would just lke to have the whole line up :P and also cause i find that he has often impressed me ;)

    • I love comments like this quite honestly haha thank you so much for enjoying the experience and reading through this, it makes me feel very happy!
      I guess yes some of the esteemed vocalists might be less skilled than they’re thought to be haha
      Key? Well first of hes a baritone who can mix really high, so that in itself is quite an achievement. He’s skilled in range and has a nice tone, vocally he is quite messy though. He can do well or be quite weak and inconsistent. He used to care more about singing but then suddenly stopped and started singing like it’s whatever and its stated that way for quite a while, sadly. He has a 3 octave range from what I’ve heard, but I can’t say he supports much of it.. Bb2? Up to I don’t even know. Maybe D4?

      • Thanks for the reply. This page is really informative. i have heard so many times who’s good and who’s not, in the end i didnt trust what i was hearing and just blindly followed what people said.
        also, I find that its interesting how in the end even though some vocalists are actually not really that good, they can capture their audience with a combination of qualities and vise versa , because in the end its all very subjective. Like for example i have always known Kyuhyun is good, but his voice just does nothing for me, while some weaker vocalists have a bigger effect even when they are singing the same song. After all, music is a type of art.

      • No problem! Well I used to follow people blindly but I had my own opinions when I knew little about singing, like when people said Gayoon/Jiyoon were good at singing or that Suzy was in the top 10 idol vocalists, I was always like.. excuse me how. LOL Tiffany is the same for me, I love her voice and listening to her, I prefer listening to TaeTiSeo’s version of Cater 2 U except for the lack of high notes at the end lol I just love Tiffany singing but her technique saddens me, so I’m harder on her because I love her LOL So yes technique is all about how serious of a professional you are, but to be popular/famous, you need star quality, which can’t be learned no matter how skilled you are. Some people send me immature comments like “Park Bom is so famous, who are you?” or “Rihanna isn’t good? Rihanna is more famous than Beyonce” and I’m like “OH THAT’S RIGHT! I forgot, fame obviously equals skill, talent and ability. That’s why two of the most famous female singers in the world are Madonna and Britney Spears, not to mention Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Of course. Obviously they’re all famous so it means they’re all amazing vocalists, right?” Yeah. I need to make a video of me reading mean tweets/comments. lol

  22. OMG! I’m so happy, you can’t believe it! I figured out how to fix the problem and now I put it in HD. Oh, also sorry for my stupidness! Why did I even ask if Bing Crosby and Frank Sintra are excellent and baritones? They’re known for being that! I love them so much and I’m a fan of both of them so I’m so embarrassedfor asking that! They are obviously baritones and they are so amazing!
    Here’s the non-shitty version!:

    Hope you liked it! Solji’s a full soprano right? She sounds similar to Jea to me. Wow that was so off topic…

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