Park Bom’s Vocal Analysis [Newly Updated]

Vocal Range

D3 ~ G#5 (2 octaves and 3 notes)

Supported Range

Bb3 ~ G#4/A4

Voice Type

Soprano

Strengths/Achievements

  • Able to keep decent tone production down to Bb3
  • Somewhat capable of keeping pitch and support in the fourth octave up until G#4
  • Used to be able to support notes up to Bb4 and occasionally C5
  • Decent pitch in her supported range when in good condition

Points for Improvement

  • Larynx is barely ever stable, raising easily in notes above G#4
  • Tends to be very nasal in placement and not really lift her soft palate
  • Falsetto is very unsupported and breathy, barely even comes out at times
  • Shallow support and control in her mix
  • Throat closes easily in her mix and even in her supported range at times
  • Any note below Bb3 is quiet, unstable and lacks support
  • Lacks breath control and breath support throughout most of her range
  • Very narrow supported range and overall range in general
  • Every register in her voice is rather underdeveloped
  • Not able to connect her lines smoothly with legato, without sounding clearly choppy

Registers

  • Lower register: Bom’s lower register can extend down to an D3/Eb3 very quietly and with some tone. Her range between D3 and Bb3 however is very unstable and lacks control of pitch and tone production, barely projecting most of the time
  • Mixed register: Her mixed register is very underdeveloped with a lot of straining and letting her throat close easily anywhere above G#4, which for any female voice type is considerably low. Her supported range lacks full connection and control in pitch and is often nasally placed
  • Upper register: Underused and underdeveloped. Most of the time Bom decides not to use falsetto unless a song requires her to, but when she does she tends to be very breathy and airy, lacking true connection between her vocal cords, letting the air come through and not allowing her to produce a full stable head voice.

Agility

Bom’s voice lacks a lot in terms of agility. It’s not a necessity in 2NE1’s music because their style is more electro-pop, however whenever she covers songs with R&B styling, her runs often lack connection, separation in pitch, accuracy of pitch and support. Her runs are often sloppy, pitchy and unsupported due to her inability to fully control her vocal cords to travel from one note to the next smoothly.

Overall analysis

Bom’s voice is arguably, according to her fans and non-fans alike, one of the most unique voices in K-Pop. Her true tone is clearly heard in her earlier performances and lacks the true lightness of a light lyric soprano. Due to how underdeveloped her voice is in general, her true voice lacks a clear perception of voice type, but either way it possesses an extra weight and more chestiness than most other K-Pop female vocalists, however leaning perhaps towards still more of a light lyric soprano regardless. Bom’s voice is very unique however due to its huskiness and weightier quality which allow for her voice to be easily recognizable in any song she sings.

Even with her uniqueness of tone, Bom’s overall vocal technique is actually quite underdeveloped. Her lower range is very unsupported and breathy. It lacks control, pitch and support. Most of the time her lower range tends to be very quiet and off pitch, as it occurs constantly in many live performances of Don’t Cry and You & I. Her voice clearly loses tone and support whenever she goes below Bb3, as heard with her Eb3s from All I Want for Christmas Is You and Stand Up For Love and D3 from If I Ain’t Got You, which are very quiet whispers.

Her mixed register is also an underdeveloped register. Although she’s able to produce notes in centered pitch from C4 to G#4, many times she still lacks control in pitch and in stability due to her lack of correct breathing technique and support. Her notes in between G#4 and C4 can at times have a closed throat, and anytime she sings above G#4 her throat will close, her larynx raises and she will sound very tight and strangled. Usually notes above C5 show this sign more noticeably than others. Examples would include her Eb5’s from her cover of Stand Up For Love, her D5’s in 2NE1’s recent album Crush, as well as Bb4’s and B4’s.

Her falsetto is a very underused register which she rarely showcases. Most of the time her falsetto is produced with a very unstable connection between her vocal cords, allowing too much air to go through causing the pitch and production of tone to be very unclear. She has at times been able to produce slightly fuller falsetto notes up to E5, but mostly and more recently her falsetto shows a clear drop in volume from her mixed register when she switches and often sounds like switching is a challenge for her. Examples include All I Want For Christmas Is You, 2NE1’s 너 아니면 안돼 and Take The World On.

Bom’s worst vocal problem is her lack of ability to correctly and smoothly connect her sung lines. Most of the time her singing is chopped up and disconnected, not in tone production but in general lines. The act of singing by separating notes is called staccato and the act of smoothly singing through lines is called legato. Bom’s singing is neither, as it isn’t exactly bouncy like staccato and completely not connected as legato should be, which is one of the most basic things when it comes to singing in general. Another one of her problems is her lack of ability to place her voice anywhere but her nose. Throughout the years Bom has been singing in such a way that her mouth barely opens and her sound mostly projects through her nose rather than her mask (sinus cavities/cheekbones) or head.

One of the most saddening things about Bom’s singing was that, back when she was a trainee under YG, she had capable breath support and used to be able to connect her lines and support her range up until C5 at times with a somewhat relaxed throat. Throughout the years her technique has never been fixed and so her bad habits got the best out of her and caused her skill to regress and her voice to become limited in range, projection and ability. Musically Bom isn’t able to sing many different styles of music effectively nor play correctly with dynamics to create a full delivery of her songs.

Although she has issues with her lymph nodes, they’re not the cause for her to deterioration in vocal ability. Lymph nodes may get swollen and cause an uncomfortable feeling when singing and pain, but it does not affect one’s breathing technique or throat relaxation. In actuality, we all have lymph nodes around our pelvis, our neck and in other places and they get swollen when we have bacterial infections. Lymph nodes are NOT the same as vocal nodules, which are basically scars/masses of tissue that grow on the vocal cords, and they’re not in anyway located in one’s vocal cords. Therefore they have no real connection with singing technique or ability whatsoever. Bom’s deterioration is directly linked to her not developing the correct muscle memory when training her singing skill and technique throughout the years and letting it become a habit she now can’t run away from anymore. If Bom is to continue singing, for the future and for a long lasting singing career, readjusting her vocal technique would be one of the first steps to take. It is quite unfortunate that she was not able to receive the proper vocal training she needed, but she still has the potential to improve her singing if given the proper instruction.

Musicianship

Bom lacks any real ability to change songs without going off pitch and losing control of her voice. Due to her lack of support, she’s incapable of musically finding alternate melodies to sing through difficult songs and will often strain her voice and get pitchy in performances.

Label (Type of Vocalist)

S vocalists: Stylistic Vocalists

C vocalists: Commercial Vocalists

from: kitsunemale

Vocal Range Video(s)

from: 2NE1Bang

from : eternalsilverlight

Best Vocal Performance(s)

Re-Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)
(Originally analyzed by Chung)

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344 thoughts on “Park Bom’s Vocal Analysis [Newly Updated]

  1. Let’s be honest here; part of the reason is that her high amounts of plastic surgery screwed with her face so much that she can’t open her mouth, nor can she relax it, or do things you’re supposed to for breath control.

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    1. I can’t say that’s why she had bad technique when they debuted but it could be a reason for recent lack of improvements lol

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      1. Pre debut she did but as soon as they debuted she already showed the problems she has now without having had said plastic surgeries, so I think if anything PS mostly affects her diction if anything

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      2. I have question. Could it be her nervousness is the reason why her larynx barely becomes stable? As you can see, it ALWAYS happens to me. Every time I sing in front of people, my larynx starts to go up as low as C4. If I’m singing along, though, I can sing as high as D5 (using head tone) with stable larynx.

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    1. Oh sorry! You’re so right, thank you, I just changed it. Bad = Weak, I forgot to edit that word in the criteria, now it’s all clear ^ ^

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  2. Oh, thanks for the analysis. I used to be like ”Wow, Bom is the best singer in kpop”, but I was wrong. I still like her voice though.
    Well, after Gummy leaves YG, who’s the best vocalist in YG? Daesung or Lee Hi?

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    1. I’m glad you took it so well! Sorry if anything is offensive at all~ I’m not quite sure, I think it’s honestly a tie, neither are resonant vocalists, but both have well lee hi has style whereas daesung seems to have a pretty falsetto, I think they’re about the same. Sad thing Gummy left, actually… Wait Se7en’s still in right? I’ve never taken the time to analyze him and I actually love se7en, if anything he may be the best vocalist in YG, but I’ll make sure when I do their analyses.

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      1. Could you please do a Se7en’s vocal analysis please? I’ve been his fan for 11 years and witness all the changes in his voice. One thing special about him is he really sing with so much emotional in his voice that a hardcore fan could easily tell when he has some personal problems that effect his performance. But anything I would love to see an analysis about his voice techniques. Thank you so much.

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  3. I really liked your vocal analysis. The best so far !
    It was constructive and professional, i appreciate the fact that you didn’t bash Bom about the physic or other stupid thing. You have pointed her strenghts and her weaknesses, i admire you really.

    Bom’s technique is underused, this girl can be a really great singer if she work hard to improve.

    To me she stay the best voice in music industry, not only in K-Pop. It’s only a matter of taste so it’s only my opinion. Her technique is not the best, but she have ‘THE SOMETHING’ to me that others artist don’t have.

    A big thanks for this analysis, and hope you will make another one 🙂

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    1. Im very happy to read this comment, thank you so much for your kind words! Of course, I keep making them whenever I can ^ ^

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  4. Porque me falaram que o motivo da Bom ter piorado com o passar dos anos foi devido ao esforço que e pressão que ela teve como ”main vocalist” como ela tinha uma técnica vocal pobre piorou e pode piorar cada vez mais.Isso é vdd D:?(porque não acredito em que as plásticas sejam o principal motivo disto) E um possível ranking vocal seria Minzy>CL>Bom=Dara?

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    1. Pode ser isso tbm mas honestamente ela nem canta muito pq CL e Minzy tem mais partes.. Nao plastica nao eh a razao lol Minzy > CL > Bom > Dara, a produção de tom da Dara eh sempre flat e eu não acho que ela entenda como realmente cantar com qualquer tipo de teqnica ou respiração

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      1. Aaah sim mto obrigado o/ n manjo mto dos inglês p formular uma pergunta grande e tal e é difícil ver pessoas q entendem pt br vlw flw

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  5. I’ve always loved bom’s tone because it feels so creamy,lol. But yeah, her god awful breathing, choppy delivery and too breathy falsetto is just disconcerting. Do you have an analysis for cl? I think minzy and cl is the better half of2ne1 and i’d love to read your thought about her.

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    1. CL is really not much better than Bom and her singing skill is not impressive at all, she’s still not as good as Minzy vocally, she just has a cool attitude and an interesting vocal tone, but to me she’s a rapper and entertainer, not a vocalist per se. I haven’t considered doing her, because we have many other people who are actually main and lead vocalists and on a higher vocal skill level than her, so she might happen in the future, but she’s like Key of SHINee, who has also been requested. She’s not a priority for now, I’m sorry >_<

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      1. Talking about CL, could you answer me? CL is a contralto or mezzo-soprano? I read in somewhere that she’s a contralto, but she was mezzo-soprano in If I Were You. I’m like ‘???? what?’ lol

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      2. I’m not sure but she could maybe be a mezzo, but I believe she’s most likely a soprano. She would need to sound androgynous to be a contralto

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  6. Hi, I found your blog very interesting and helpful to someone curious about voice technique but with zero knowledge on the subject like me. As someone said on the comments above, when I first heard 2ne1 I thought that Minzy had the best voice while everybody loved Bom’s voice. I’m also very happy to discover that I was not wrong.
    Well, not very related to the post, but I was wondering if you could make an analysis of the FNC boys, like CNBLUE’s YongHwa and, one of the best male vocals in my opinion, FTISLAND’s HongKi. I would be very delighted to read about their vocal abilities, even more if it could confirm my thoughts on their talents. Thanks! ^^

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    1. right? I never understood the whole thing about Park Bom’s singing but her fans just loved her so much. FnC as in Lee hongki and Yonghwa yeah sure, they’re on my list. I wanna do Lee Hongki’s vocal range video and I wanna do their analyses eventually sure ^ ^

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      1. Thank you for the reply so fast! I’ll be waiting for the full analyses, but can you say in advance what you think about both of them as vocals?

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      2. I’m not sure yet, I’d say Lee Hongki is better than Yonghwa and is resonant quite often but can push, Yonghwa strains more often but uses more falsetto too. I can’t be sure but they’re both Average to Above average or higher..

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  7. i know bom is not the best out of the bunch of vocalist,but i still love her voice, i think she is a better singer when she is not dancing and jumping everywhere. and everyone would say she was losing her voice , but now a days it seems like she has been workibg on her vocal skills

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  8. I’ve always loved Bom’s voice. I don’t know why, I know from reading this blog that she is not a good singer, at all. But I still can’t not love her voice. I guess her voice is just comforting to my ears and mind, especially the recorded ones and the past 2011 and before songs. But live, her voice quality really is arguable. Appreciate this blog! I love that the blog is kept professional and not at all hateful unlike some other blogs who just pushes “worst vocalist EVER” in the faces of us Blackjacks. Fuck that, I need to know why. And here it is. Thank you! Though I was not happy with the analyses, it’s reality.

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  9. Quickly question: Bom ”improved” from 2013 to now? She was very, very bad in All I Want For Christmas is You (talkin about AIWFCIY can u say if Lee Hi was at least average in that song?), and I don’t anything about vocal technique. In Crush she is ”better”, at least for me.

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    1. Lee Hi shud be around Above Average in level considering her musicianship and the fact she’s a mezzo soprano. I don’t feel Bom improved at all, she still shows the exact same issues as always.

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      1. Ik I mean it’s not like she improved, it’s just she did better in the other newer songs it wasn’t as bad cuz Idk All I Want For Christmas was just awful. LOL

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  10. all of your female idol vocal analysis = Soprano ? Duhhhh! park bom soprano? strainer, tiffany cant hit e5 without strain soprano? Etc .

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    1. I am not very good at telling female voice types honestly. However I’m sure these girls are not Contraltos, contraltos are females with androgynous voices, like Cher and stuff. Just because they strain E5’s doesn’t mean they’re not sopranos, they can very well be sopranos who are not strained enough to sing well on E5’s. You must also be aware that Sopranos in Classical music don’t generally really mix nor belt so they can sing up to C6 in what it’s more of a head voice, which is much easier than mixing in a contemporary way all the way up to C6. So tell me again, why is it that you find it wrong, as your comment suggests, that they’re classified as sopranos?

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      1. That’s all you have to say? That’s cute, so I’m sure you can tell me reasons why park bom wouldn’t be a soprano right?

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      2. I respectfully disagree that all contraltos have androgynous voices, because Karen carpenter is a famous contralto and she doesnt sound like that at all.

        I am a female myself and have a short range, my voice is quite thin but my range starts supported at c3 and i start my mix voice around g4. So it somehow matches the contralto range.

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      3. I actually do know Karen Carpenter as I did grow up listening to the Carpenters with my parents and it never crossed my mind that she was a contralto, as you suggested. So I went onto research and the only website which mentioned her as a contralto said these names: ” Judy Garland, Karen Carpenter, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys, Adele and Lady Gaga are some of the late and living singers who possess this haunting, unusual voice.” Now I find this highly hard to believe because Adele, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga are all mezzos and that’s what I personally feel that Karen is, would you disagree? Another website called “singing for dummies” mentioned Karen as an example of a mezzo and I agree with that.

        Having a short range might just have to do with having an untrained voice I mean, I haven’t heard you sing but if you can support around C3 and your mix starts around G4, I don’t find it hard to believe that you’d just be a low mezzo soprano. Even Toni Braxton, who I personally believe to be a contralto, is also said to just be a very low mezzo. Now she is a confusing one, so I do stand by the fact that a contralto will have a manliness to her tone, it doesn’t have to be very obvious. The hard thing about this is comparing classical voices to semi-trained contemporary vocalists and trying to use the same category for them in terms of voice typing. I mean my voice, as I just read about the bass voice type, kinda matches the range settings for basses with the highest extreme and whatnot but I know for a fact that I’m not a bass, the range is a good guide but it’s not 100% accurate.

        Here’s a video on the contralto fach, tell me what you think

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      4. This is all very interesting to me :D.
        I actually didn’t refer to that website. But I’ve seen Karen being discussed in many forums. I can give links but I’m sure you can find them as well. Also lots of articles who are reviewing carpenters music in general normally gives a passing comment to her contralto voice. One is cited in her Wiki entry.

        I do think Adele is a mezzo. I’ve seen articles that wrote Toni as a contralto too. I don’t really have an opinion on her case.

        Hwanhee of Fly To The Sky tenor I don’t think he’s that low, YeSung of Super Junior and Key of SHINee is a tenor, Park Hyo Shin is baritone for me. I don’t listen to s501 at all, sorry.

        Thanks for the video 😀 The thing that made me think Lee Hi is a contralto is that she’s much more comfortable in that range, and when she goes a bit up her voice tone changes considerably.

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      5. Weird, I would never call Karen a contralto. She is dead on a mezzo to me and if she is a mezzo, so is Adele. I mean Adele can get some pretty low notes and when she has proper technique on some of them, she goes low well.. so yknow. Adele and Lee Hi actually sound quite similar vocal range wise, also in terms of vocal weight. Oh so you think Hwanhee is a tenor, I do so too. Yesung and Key tenors? I disagree on Key, to me he’s just a baritone who’s able to mix high and strain high but his voice does not sit as high as he tries to sing. Park Hyo Shin is most definitely a tenor, his voice sits nowhere near a baritone’s voice. Reason why I asked you is because many people seem to think Hwanhee, Yesung and Park Hyo Shin are baritones, when Yesung is a light lyric tenor and the other two are most likely Full Lyric Tenors…whereas Key is thought to be a tenor a lot and I’m 100% sure he’s a light lyric baritone who strains high. It’s okay if you don’t know SS501, but the reason why I asked again was so you could see that at times people get confused with voices due to the technique of the vocalist, as opposed to the actual placement of the voice and one of them would be Eunji, who’s a Full Lyric Soprano and Lee Hi who’s a Light Lyric Mezzo Soprano. Do you agree?~

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    2. Ah my previous comment by no means mean to imply bom is an contralto. Though i wonder if lee hi is a contralto, and whether eunji is a mezzo. But i haven’t really taken notice at their passagio

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      1. Oh no no, I didn’t really think you were. I doubt it though. Eunji still sounds very much like a Soprano, but she has a fullness in tone that sets her apart hence she’s a full lyric soprano. Lyric mezzos and Full Lyric Sopranos can often be confusing, though. As for Lee Hi, I have no doubt in my mind that she’s a mezzo-soprano.. btw have you noticed how similar her voice and Meghan Trainor’s voice are? Oh and btw since you’re questioning these, I’d like to know your opinion on something. Do you know Hwanhee of Fly To The Sky, YeSung of Super Junior, Key of SHINee, Park Hyo Shin and Park Jung Min of SS501? I’d like for you to tell me what their voice types are, based on what you know and I will then tell you what I’ve come to conclude about them. What you’re saying about these girls, sounds like what a lot of people have said to me about these guys and I couldn’t agree and you’re still welcome to disagree with me but I’d like for you to first hear me out and see if you can understand where I’m coming from ^ ^

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      2. She might well be, but the tone is very similar, the raspy etc, if you listen to her “Adult Child” that Lee Hi also sang some parts in, it’s quite similar 😀

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    3. Hi!
      I will defer to you on Key as I have to admit I don’t really listen to his solos.
      I think many idol singers are given wrong keys and they try hard to be sopranos where they should sing lower. Especially since many fans are awed with high ranges.
      Also read somewhere that LeeHi’s Rose, for example, is a problematic piece for the fans because it gets low and general fans can’t follow it comfortably. I think that may also affect their popularity because singing along seems to be very important, so I also think that there are people who chose higher keys because of this factor.

      As a side question, since you seem to know Karen quite well, how do you think she rates as a vocalist? I think she has excellent skills ,and she’s also acclaimed for it. But she obviously doesn’t do acrobatics.

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      1. Most of the girls are sopranos and many of the guys are tenors, but they often times try to sing higher than they should because people seem to think the higher you sing, the better you are.. that’s why people think Changmin of 2AM is somehow a God of singing because he yells high. Oh really? Weird, Rose isn’t that low at all, A Goose’s Dream is a much lower song lol I really don’t know what to say about Karen, I like their songs and I like her, but I never took the time to listen to her live or analyze her technically. I love her singing but I don’t know how I’d rate her sadly.

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    4. It’s very hard to figure out female voices. It’s way harder than male. To be a contralto is not be able to go really I mean I can go lower than Cher and I’m a colortura soprano. I have noticed that contraltos sing in a way that resembles a man. There mix and belting starts in the mid 4th octave and ends around a D5. Which for many sopranos it’s a G5 or higher. Also there lower register is dark and they can support there lower notes and usually don’t feel comfortable singing high. The weight of there voice is much heavier and darker than the soprano. I had huge difficulty finding my voice type because as my liwer register was improving I thought I was a mezzo but singing in the upper 6th octave with head voice is a piece of cake for me and where my voice lies. Bom and Tiffany are definitely sopranos just with bad falsetto.

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  11. maybe ‘strain’ sounds like they force to hit the notes that ‘out of their range’ but I’m quite sure they don’t. it’s all about technique. sorry if I’m wrong, just my opinion.

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    1. Well to strain is to hurt yourself by using your throat too much with improper technique and to force your voice when hitting notes that are outside of your comfort/supported range. It’s essentially impossible to hit notes “out of your range” because if they’re out of your range, they are just NOT there, like if a tenor is trying to hit a C6, they’re not gonna strain because it’s outside of their supported range, they’re most likely going to strain because it’s completely out of their range AND they’re not going to be able to hit the note. At all. On the other hand, Park Bom, since it’s her analysis, F5’s…or anything above G#4 is not outside of her range, it’s outside of her supported range, but the notes are there, yknow what I mean?

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  12. WHAT A GREAT JOB! But, could you make a vocal range review of some japanese singers? For example, CRYSTAL KAY. She’s one of the most brilliant R&B star in Japan (though never properly acknowledged) and is one of the best friedns of BoA! Thank you. ♥

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    1. Oh Ik Crystal Kay she’s half black half japanese-born korean~ haha yeah Idk I’ve been thinking of doing some specials with like non-kpop vocalists like Yuna Ito and Ariana Grande…but the k-pop vocalists are a priority for now! De qualquer forma obrigado!

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    1. No, not at all. Mariah Carey has vocal nodules, they’re actually on her vocal cords and they create discomfort and even reduce her range, or in her case, helped her find her whistle register. Lymph nodes are simply things that we all have, they’re located around our pelvis, our neck and in other parts of our body and they get swollen when we have bacterial infections. When I get sick and my throat hurts, my lymph nodes get swollen but that is not on my vocal cords, it’s just on my neck. It does not affect singing, breathing, the vocal cords or vocal technique at all, so the whole excuse that Park Bom has lymph nodes is just the misunderstanding from fans who think lymph nodes are the same thing as vocal nodules, when they’re not.

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      1. The real problem is she has bad technique. Doesn’t know how to breathe properly for singing at all, doesn’t support her voice, doesn’t open her throat, doesn’t keep her larynx stable, doesn’t keep her voice well placed, did not develop her voice, did not develop a connection between all her voices, she lacks stability and intonation. Those are her problems, not lymph nodes.

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  13. There’s a reason why Park Bom is the main vocalist. Teddy and other producers always give the important parts to her. In missing you she sounds amazing. In crush album also. In all i want for christmas is you, the arrangement of the song is already bad and it’s more suitable for lee hi. Oh and i’ve heard her live singing few times, she got the best and strongest voice out there.

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    1. Out there as in out of everybody else of 2NE1 or everybody else in K-pop? Mhmm Okay if that’s how you feel, I hope you did read the analysis carefully and watched the analysis video as well. If you still feel that way, then that’s okay.

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  14. This was an interesting read. I like the way Bom sounds but live she often looks like it hurts so I’ve suspected for awhile she’s not being doing things right. And I kind of hope she takes this time off to work on her technique despite the negative reasons for it. I don’t want her to run her voice. That aside, why do you think YG made her the main vocalist in the group? Was she just the best out of the four when they debuted? Or was it an age thing; Minzy being too young and Bom being older? just wondering about your opinion.

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    1. Did you post more than one comment? Cuz I may have deleted one… by accident.. lol anyway I can’t say for sure, YG himself doesn’t seem to be too keen on vocal skill since he also made Taeyang the main vocalist of Big Bang, when Daesung is clearly a stronger vocalist. YG seems to care about uniqueness of tone rather than skill and health of the voice, hence why he took Bom and Taeyang, who have very attractive voices, but no skill in using them. I don’t think Bom was the best out of the 4 when they debuted, Minzy was already better..

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      1. Nope, I only left one comment. Maybe it posted twice? I know that happens sometimes. Thanks for answering my question so quickly. I always had that feeling about Minzy being better when hearing them live, after I Don’t Care came out anyway. I don’t remember if Taeyang debuted as the main vocalist though. Or if that was the plan because I always felt that from what they’ve all said in interviews, that because Daesung had the vocal cord nodules just as they debuted it put a kink in the plans. As mixed african and hispanic american I love, love, love RnB and Taeyang sounds pretty typical of most 90s RnB stars from here. So, his voice was pretty normal to me. Also, today was my first time reading on this site so I haven’t gotten to his or Daesung’s analyses yet. What would be interesting is a group analysis. I think a lot of kpop singing is heavily impacted by the fact that these companies at least take a stab at combining members who will complement each other vocally. Plus singing together as a group has its own technical criteria. But that’s off topic here. Thanks for listening :).

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      2. As far as I remember, he was promoted as the main vocalist. He does sound like a pretty typical 90s R&B singer, like Jay Park, but with a very tiny poor voice with lack of control, it’s not comparable to people who actually know their voices and know how to sing like Boyz II Men… A group analysis? Mhmm That could only work if we analyze groups as harmonies and acapella groups and even then, if we go for people who suit each other, it’s a very general idea of voices that suit each other as opposed to a specific technique one learns.

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      1. Late reply, but yes, Leo is main vocalist along with Ken. VIXX has two main vocals, no lead vocals (yup, it’s weird)

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  15. Well, this made me realize so many things. I’m just very thankful all the questions and wondering I do about artists’ vocals are now cleared up. I’m also glad to have found this blog! I learned a lot not only about the artists and their vocals but also about singing in general. Very tough. Your videos have been helpful too. I was wondering if you’ll be also doing analyses on the new groups these days (such as BTS, VIXX, AOA, etc.) and maybe on EXO’s Baekhyun as well? I’m just really curious and I’d love to read something about them! Not much goes around the internet about these stuff.

    Thanks so much!

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    1. I have AOA’s ChoA as a future project for the analyses, I’m probably going to do BTS and VIXX eventually, they’re probably there too and Winner and stuff… I just wanna give rookies more time to improve…and Baekhyun yes but he’s not my responsibility. Haha yes not much and thats why when there is stuff like this, either a lot of people like to learn or a lot of people get butthurt. >_<

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      1. Hello! Oooh I’m looking forward then to your analyses on VIXX! Would they possibly be Ken, Leo, and even N? 🙂 Please do continue writing and analyzing. 🙂 I’m really impressed by what I realize and learn from your analyses and they do interest me a lot as well. 🙂

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  16. If only at the 2ne1 debut she had her old voice and kept on constantly improving she could be around compentent if it was that way! Yes, her voice is unique and like GD said “one of a kind” but it’s technically bad or weak. When I listen to her voice I feel danger. Soon she would not be able to sing if it’s this way. She just should not belt and sing in the the 4th octave like she does in falling in love. There are no high notes, falsetto or low notes but that keeps her away from doing vocalist stuff. How about this YG hires a person who is a GOOD vocalist that knows all stuff about singing like on this website that knows Bom’s voice is in danger and trains her voice! It’s still unique but way better then it was before. So now she can be atrue main vocalist and be the best in the group!

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    1. Unfortunately, YG does not do such a thing.
      If you listen to Lee Hi’s latest performances, though she seems to be improving in some areas, but she’s starting to sound slightly like Bom in the high notes, with uncontrolled shakiness / ‘vibrato’. This is a shame because I liked Lee Hi a lot!

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      1. Really? Oh no, but I know Lee Hi is a mezzo soprano. Mezzo soprano’s are supposed to have support lower than soprano’s. Like a soprano can have support at C#5 but a mezzo would have support at B4 or lower. I think Lee Hi might put higher notes in her songs that are not comfortable for her all the time

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  17. I think you guys are bias sometimes. What are guys doing? vocal teacher ? professional?
    She has tons of good vdo but nowhere here in your analysis..
    bad and bad and no quility… bla bla…
    Korean Professional also make an analysis
    while Bom is in the same level as Hyorin and Taeyeon…8 SNSD members were nowhere to be seen…
    But look at your analysis 4 of SNSD better than Bom..even Krystal who can’t even compare with the other lead vocalists…I’m f(x) fans too Krystal is my bias She is too beautiful and nobody can deny that LOL…but I don’t see any really ‘good’ live vocal of her.. I even think Amber is better.

    at least If she is not good ‘for you’… Don’t do it. delete it.. respect her and her fandom…
    you made it and people came to bash her… You think it’s good? Is it fun? What if she come and find?
    I know She is not the best singer but she is too far from ‘bad’ and ‘weak’

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    1. Yes, I am a vocal teacher. This analysis does not include any videos, actually. Many videos were watched, but they weren’t included here. You think we’re biased? That is very sad to hear, considering I would love to know why you think we’re biased. Korean professionals? If you actually look up “analyses” by Korean “experts”, you will see they’re very VERY short, they talk about the tone of the vocalist, they talk about emotion, they talk about how high they can sing, they really barely mention ANYTHING about vocal technique. Actually, many times, their rankings have NO explanation, so here is a FULL analysis, with as many details as you need, what is it that you read in this analysis that to you sounds like it’s not truthful, biased and wrong?
      First of all, you can’t say Bom is in the same level as Hyorin and Taeyeon, because Taeyeon and Hyorin are NOT on the same level, Hyorin is considerably better at singing than Taeyeon. Yes Krystal is really beautiful, no doubt. Her vocals aren’t much better than Bom though, her voice is weak, but it’s more connected with slightly better supported and control/pitch. That’s all, because Krystal is also nowhere near a strong/good vocalist. I agree, Amber might be better than Krystal at singing.
      No one here is bashing Bom, you’re just being overly defensive because you can’t accept a neutral analysis with no bias saying the truth about Bom. Nobody here called Bom any names, nobody here said she “sucks” or anything, the analysis is completely clean and objective. It just happens to be that the analysis isn’t saying she’s one of the best vocalists in Korea. I’m sorry that she is not, but this is a vocal technique and analysis blog, we have no right to delete an analysis that was written, then THAT would be biased. We’d be biased because then we’d hide the truth, we’d have to hide it because fans can’t take the truth? That is not professional and that is not how things work over here. This isn’t an analysis to bash Bom, you’re welcome to tell me how this analysis is wrong, tell me ANYTHING in this analysis that you believe not to be true, and I’ll go check.

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    2. This comment actually made me laugh. Have you ever listened to any live performance of Park Bom? I don’t have sharp ears since I have hearing impairment but I can say she has poor pitch accuracy and bad technique (breathiness, chappy voice, etc.).

      I’m a fan of 2NE1 and I also like Park Bom’s unique voice but you see, we have to be objective here. Nobody bashed her. You’re just overly reacting to it.

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    1. She was letting her throat close and was pushing a lot with a high larynx and kind of yelling. Her A4’s actually weren’t bad, her B4’s were all closed and yelled though, not to mention the C#5 and the E5 afterwards.

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      1. I do believe there are some, like we even have someone like Hara, Qri or Dara whom are beyond weak lol. As I remembered there’s Jihyun of 4minute, Boram of T-Ara (yeah if we count her as “vocalist”) 😀

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      2. Qri? I think she’s worse than Park Bom, LOL. Good thing, she knows how to connect notes but, still, she’s no better since her voice is very unsupported, uncontrolled, and nasal. Boram is better, though, and yes, I think she’s a vocalist.

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    1. It’s hard to hear with the fan singing along lol She still has a legato problem and she separates her notes too much, it’s actually quite frustrating how she does it and honestly if it weren’t for her legato problem, she’d be a weak to average vocalist.

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      1. Hmhm,I see.Do you think she can change her bad singing habbits and start singing healthier?Is that possible for her now?And hypothetically speaking,even if she fixes all her singing problems,will she be able to become for instance a good vocalist?I am asking cause i assume that singing in that way all these years she has damaged her voice so she will not be able to improve that much!What do you think?

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      2. It depends on her, I can only guess. She could be good yes if she started learning singing from the basics again, like legato.

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  18. but YG fans said that Bom is good, bom is good bom is good. bom can sing high notes live, bom is better than taeyeon. bom vibra was good. bom high notes in hurts was far better than all snsd member -_- but when i said “bom is weak vocally” they mad at me. -_- then, ok. i won’t to speak about vocal with most YG fans -_- they are so stupid, and subjective personally. really, i think their attitude was about as bad as bom technique -_-

    sorry for my terrible english and sorry for another YG fans.

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      1. hahaha… poor bom fans… if it’s like that, than, bom doesn’t really want to improved her technique. her unique style is because of her technique right? so, if she work to improved her technique, YG fans didn’t like her voice anymore…. may be this is a reason someone who never improved their technique

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    1. i’m one of her fans but i’m not delulu (lol) When i first knew 2NE1 i thought she’s really that great but then i realized she’s actually a weak vocalist and when I came here I knew I was right. And yeah, you can’t say anything because most of her fans are 10 years old and will burn us alive xD

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    1. 0:54 around Bb3, she had some tone, it wasn’t bad. After that, her legato and connection of the notes was okay, it could’ve been better. The pitch is pretty much fine, then 1:04 ~ 1:08, her C5’s, Bb4’s and the ending line note, G4, were all kind of tight, pushed and unsupported. The G4 just probably followed the tension of the rest of the note. 1:09 again C5’s and Bb4’s happen here and they’re pretty tight and strained. 1:12 onward, those 어땠을까 lines that have a few runs in them sound very robotic, very separated and lack any kind of flow or freedom of tone. The rest is pretty much the same, she sounds about the same for the rest, tension above G#4, lack of connection in her notes. Disconnected falsetto transition as well. Her diction seems to also be a problem. This wasn’t bad though.

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  19. I have seen some constructive comment about Bommie, and they said Bom actually has no existing mixed voice since she tends to pull her chest voice, hence making her sound huskier.

    Is this correct? It makes me wonder since I have tried to push my chest tone but my highest is D4 only (while Bommie has a relaxed G#4). Above that, I really have to flipped to falsetto or mixed voice. OR could it be because she’s a girl, i.e. naturally lighter, and that’s why she is able to hit that note with chest voice alone?

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    1. Did I miss this comment? I’m so sorry if I did! Well she does have a mixed voice to an extent, you have to mix above F4 if you’re a female but she is using too much chest and shouting rather than mixing properly. Well if you’re an untrained baritone of course even as a tenor, you’re not going to have the same range as Park Bom would, since she’s a female. Her G#4 is not chest voice though, it is mixed to an extent.

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    2. *I’m an underdeveloped tenor. Light lyric, to be exact. Recently, though, I’m starting to learn chesty-mixed.

      At what note do a tenor start mixing, by the way? I think I start doing my chesty at C4-F4, then flipped to heady above that until Bb4, then falsetto. LOL.

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      1. Mhmm Tenors mix around Eb4/E4 I believe. I do think Eb4 for the most part though. Light Lyrics in general.

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    3. Hmmm… based on that data, my passagio is D#4 and G#4. G#4 is close enough, although I can use falsetto even as low as D4 but it’s quite airy and almost has no tone. I guessed, it’s not really chesty-mixed but a pushed chest voice. LOL.

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  20. I just love your Bom Vocal Analysis here and on YouTube. The video got me inspired to do one for Solji. I have done some of it and it’s looking good. Even though I’m not even half way done (that’s why it looks incomplete) I want you to check if what I said is correct. I hope it is…

    Lol I hope I got the high larynx and strain right. I know I got the resonance right. Also can you tell me what you think about her head voice/falsetto? What is her best register? Was her B5 good? Was it in head voice but I think it was in falsetto. I’m sorry for all the questions.

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    1. Her falsetto is also pushed and very disconnected. Also a high larynx is still the same thing as vocal strain. I’m actually impressed, the video isn’t bad. I do not think at this point and time that it’d be wise for you make such a video given the level of knowledge you have vocally. I mean this with the best care I can, it’s not bad but it’d be mostly regurgitating things I have told you as opposed to truly analyzing her vocals on your own with your own knowledge and proper accuracy. I’d advise you not to do this video yet, although also because I kind of want to do one too lol Straining and high larynx, however, are almost the same. Straining isn’t always because of a high larynx, but a high larynx always causes strain. Sometimes pushing, tight throat, tongue tension, neck tension, jaw tension, those are all different kinds of vocal strain.

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      1. Ohh that makes so much more sense. Thank you! Yeah I’ll wait, you want to do this? He he I want to do it but it’s alright! The high larynx thing just so much more sense now. The straining and high larynx sounded the same. I didn’t know which one was which lol. Uhh I cannot listen to Krystal and Alice’s note anymore. I just cannot. Sorry to make you listen to that strain. I guess your the vocal expert. I cannot do a video like this because yours will always be better lol

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      2. Haha no but actually your video was pretty good considering everything, but I’d rather you make a video that is true to yourself rather than just copying things I say and using them as if they were your own words, yknow what I mean?

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      3. Yeah true. I will probably make the video after Bohyung’s vocal range. Just by doing vocal range vids I learn more. Solji’s video will look better and be true to myself. Thanks again, I’m learning everyday 🙂 About Bohyung on the home vocal page of this website I will ask you for possibly the her lowest and highest notes. I found some pretty low and high notes.

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      4. I’ve heard Bohyung singing up to F5 in her mix, at least F3 in her lower range and maybe A5 in falsetto? It was live, all of them, I don’t remember where sadly.

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      1. I was actually referring to Main vocals.I just checked MInzy’s range it’s suprisingly smaller than I thought it would be.

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      2. Yeah true but I they are wider espically Minzy. Bom even said that she can’t go high and she’s really bad at falsetto well at least she knows one thing about her voice lol

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      1. Wait so if Minzy’s showcased vocal range is smaller does that mean Bom supports most of her range?

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      2. Uh no? Minzy’s showcased vocal range is D3 ~ F5, Bom’s is D3 ~ G#5, now Bom supports Bb3 ~ G#4/A4, Minzy supports G3 ~ Bb4/B4 so actually Minzy supports most of her showcased range, not Bom.

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  21. Oh I got it wrong I thought you meant Minzy’s showcased range is smaller than Bom’s supported range but you were probably talking about Bom’s showcased range.

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  22. I know this is random but I got very bad news for unnie Bom 😦 I think she got worse and I know she always been bad I mean since the 2ne1 debut. I believe she partly lost her voice. I mean it’s almost like she can’t sing, I’m not kidding. I love Bommie and it makes me so sad that she damaged her voice so much. All I hear is strain not even on the lower belts/mixes!

    I know it sounds the same but to me it sounds more strained then usual. It’s a little better though. Then this actually mad me really sad for her…

    They said she was sick and I hope she was because it sounded horrible. Ok, I never say that but she could not sing but for some reason it doesn’t sound like she’s sick to me. I never brag ESPICALLY about my singing because I know I’m bad but she made me sound like a legend. Sorry, I’m not being mean I’m actually pretty scared for her. In a few years or maybe 1 or 2 years or even less, she is not going to be able to sing. Even singers who have amazing technique damage their voice from over singing. But guys I hate to admit it but she’s damaging her vocal cords, the strain, the bad technique it’s going to lead to some horrible things 😦 Poor Bommie if she could just sing the right way

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    1. well that’s YG, you can’t really ask them to help her with proper techniques when all they ever ask for is artistry/uniqueness, which I haven’t found out from some YG acts.

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      1. It’s terrible really. They are basically letting her vocal cords die. It’s really really sad I think it’s horrrible. At least he has Lee Hi. They all should learn from her

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      2. her cords has been dying for years lol
        but seriously, if there’s one thing she has to learn by now, that should be the legato. It’s her last saving grace before there’s nothing left to learn.

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      3. True, I mean their is a difference between having a unique voice and this. Her voice is unique evn back in the day but it SOUNDS so different becuase of her poor legato.

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    2. I’ve seen both videos. The first one sounds like her usual self and the second one was just really bad but I do believe she must have been sick or something.

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      1. I hope so I mean I don’t want her to be sick but I feel like there needs to be an excuse lol. But the first one had tight G4’s! I mean most mean can do resosant G4’s! I love Bom and 2ne1 but it’s so hard to listen to them. I like Minzy’s voice that’s it. My fav parts of 2ne1 songs are always hers. I would like CL more but she’s pitchy and nasally. I love Dara’s voice but it’s so weak. And I cannot talk about Bom…it’s so sad. YG should be in jail for this, I want to sue YG for this

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  23. Park Bom has stage frighting… that’s a big problem of her, you can see in her “You and I” first stage. she even cried after that because she knew she too nervous and did bad…. I want you to re-do it again, please… or at least don’t hurt her with ‘weak’ vocalist. you can put a,b,c instead, It sounds a lot better…
    and I know sickness can’t be an excuse but lymph nodes disease really effect her throat.
    (make it harder for her to sing)
    here is a rank from Korea >> http://f.ptcdn.info/993/019/000/1402484568-1401450488-o.jpg

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    1. I mean what do you think is better? Weak or bad? I’d much rather call her a weak vocalist than a bad vocalist. Also A, B, C, D, that’s like a report card and it holds no meaning in terms of ability. What should hers be then? F? As in Fail? If D is average, then F is the only option for Bom sadly, right? I’m afraid stage fright is not a good excuse for a vocalist who has been singing for years and has done numerous performances on multiple occasions. I appreciate that this may have caused her to have issues here and there, but her technique is the issue, not her nerves. Lymph nodes is not a disease by the way, we ALL have lymph nodes, they get swollen when we have bacterial infections so no, that also is not a reason for Bom’s lack of vocal skill.
      I understand you don’t like the ranking but she’s below average in terms of vocal skill, “weak” is the only title one could use that isn’t too offensive.
      Also that chart is barely even accurate, it’s mostly considering popularity, fame, iconic degree and how influential the vocalists are, as opposed to how skilled they are. I am familiar with most vocalists in that chart and there’s no way Haeri and Bom would ever be on the same category, or Hyorin being so much lower than so many people. That ranking is not based on vocal skill.

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      1. May I know where can I get the article for the chart? Or explanation or some kind? Since it’s all in Korean.. Also I do agree that you can’t take the chart seriously. How can Sonnet Son, Hyorin and Davichi’s Haeri be ranked that low?

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    2. I don’t think you should worry too much. Kpop idols aren’t generally great singers to begin with and they’re more for entertaining. Bom is already rich and famous anyway…

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    3. Actually, I also believe that her stage freight is one of the main reasons why Bommie developed her bad singing technique. In fact, it also happens to me. Whenever I’m singing alone, I can hit C#5/D5 (and sometimes E5) with neutral larynx. However, I cannot do that if someone is watching me. I easily strained at E4 and I can’t access my falsetto register.

      But in this case, please keep in mind that Bommie is a PERFORMER, hence she is expected to have lots of viewers.

      By the way, i checked the chart. Ahmin is right. It is based on popularity. IU is better than Bommie, and so CL. Meanwhile, Haeri is better than Minkyung who, on the other hand, is far better than Bommie.

      Please, let’s accept the fact that Bommie has lots of flaws. I’m also a fan of her, but I don’t want to tolerate her mistakes since it is her vocal health which suffers for every strained performance she did. Do you want to see her lose her unique voice permanently?

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  24. Ahmin, I have question again, LOL.

    I found this vocal range vid of Dara. Do you think she has supported notes? Because I’ve tried to identify which are supported but I really can’t because all of these are auto tuned. >_<

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    1. Yeah a friend of mine made this video haha
      There’s a lot of shallowness in her tone and her voice is mostly placed in her nose, her vocal cords haven’t been developed properly, so she always sounds kind of flat and heady. I’m not sure I’d even give her A3 or A4 as supported notes, so no I wouldn’t call anything supported. Many notes are live too actually!

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      1. She is not a vocalist, she’s a sub-vocalist. She could not handle a song by herself, she’s at BEST weak from what I’ve heard. I can’t tell you where she’d be though because I just disregard anyone below the weak category because they’re not vocalists so I don’t really try to rate them.

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      2. Very true Ahmin. Dara is a good dancer so she does have talent. She is a very good actress too! love Dara so much. She’s very weak as a vocalist though. You can’t help to say that she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Her face is a masterpiece. Nana, Sandara and Jessica Jung are the most beautiful women in my opinion. I can not stop looking at their face. It’s a true piece of art!

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    2. I’m sorry. I mean, most, not all. LOL. Do you mean her supported notes are A3-A4? or her lowest might be A3 or C4?

      By the way, I have another question. What is the lowest supported note of Lana Del Rey in this video? Most people praise her for her “wonderful” low notes but I actually doubted that since notes below F3 sounds like swallowed and airy to me. Or could it be it’s just an stylistic choice?

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      1. No no I’m saying this video has A3 and below and A4 and above, and none of those notes are supported. So her supported range is somewhere in between Bb3 ~ G#4 IF it’s supported at all.
        I’d say her C#3’s are nice actually. It’s sometimes stylistic but some C#3’s and Eb3’s are pretty nice.

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  25. Is the reason for her deteriorating singing just deteriorating technique or are her vocal chords actually damaged? If they are damaged, is it possible to restore them with proper rest and technique, or is the damage permanent?

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    1. I do think it’s possible to restore them but I do think also her vocal cords aren’t too damaged, she just has too many bad habits. As bad as technique may be, she is not only to sing songs that completely strain her voice like Christina Aguilera, so the damage isn’t as big and could be recovered, I would assume.

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  26. Why is it that she can’t connect her notes? I feel like most completely untrained singers I’ve heard can at least connect their notes without any problems. It might not be true legato, but at least they can sound connected. Even if her technique is very underdeveloped , I feel like she shouldn’t have even weaker breath support than completely untrained singers?

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