Gong Minzy’s Vocal Analysis [Newly Updated]


Vocal Range

C#3 ~ F5 (2 octaves and 2 notes)

Supported Range

G3 ~ Bb4/B4

Voice Type

Light Lyric Soprano


  • Strongest vocalist in 2NE1
  • Support on the mid-low area of her mixed register
  • Improvement from debut to now in breathing and placement
  • Nice placement in her supported range, opened notes within a comfortable range
  • Consistently produced healthy vibrato
  • Better than usual lower register, supported down to G3
  • Able to reduce nasality by lifting the soft palate at times


  • Nasality can be present at times
  • Falsetto is done most of the time with a slightly tight throat
  • Too much breathiness in the falsetto
  • Inconsistent with keeping her throat opened on B4s
  • Notes above B4 usually have a high larynx, a tight throat with a whiny quality
  • Notes below G3 tend to be quiet and breathy, losing support
  • Vocal runs tend to be sloppy with pitch at times, lacking flow at other times


  • Lower register: Minzy’s lower register is generally supported down to G3 with very good vocal cord connection and forward placement, very well projected and with a stable larynx. At times her pitch and support can get wobbly though, causing the notes to become slightly unstable in her lower range. Notes below G3 down to D3 lose considerably volume, projection and cord connection, become very quiet whispers.
  • Mixed register: Able to produce healthy vibrato and healthy, supported notes within her supported range quite often. Notes in between C4 and Bb4 are generally supported and at times B4’s can be supported. Notes above B4 are generally strained with a high larynx. Resonance has yet to be properly achieved, though her placement isn’t far from it.
  • Upper register: Falsetto is an underdeveloped register, generally unused and with decent pitch during simple lines. At times she will use it and it will show a clear lack of development due to the excessive airiness and raspy quality, keeping it from being projected anywhere in her falsetto range.


Minzy’s voice is that of a light lyric soprano, meaning that vocal agility should be theoretically easier for her. Due to her lack of control, however, at times her slow runs can be separated and pitch accurate, but lack the correct flow and connection between notes. On the other hand, the faster and wider in range the runs get, the sloppier the production and pitch accuracy becomes, examples being her runs in her cover of “Halo.”

Overall analysis

Minzy’s voice is a very mature voice for her age. It possesses a light quality of a soprano, yet retains a fuller tone as she’s learned to correctly place and support it overtime. It stays generally seated in a comfortable lower range for a female, where her repertoire doesn’t generally needs her to go much outside of her supported comfortable range. She is the lead vocalist of 2NE1, however contrary to common belief, she is actually the strongest vocalist in the group, with the widest supported range and best breath control amongst the members.

Her lower register used to be very breathy and lacked any control in terms of pitch and stability. She would generally lower her larynx around A3 and anything lower would have a swallowed, unprojected sound. Throughout time, however, Minzy has learned to correctly support and place her voice, without letting her larynx move and keeping her sound forward in her mask and chest to stabilize lower notes. When in the past she would struggle to hit A3’s, now she’s able to descend to G3 effortlessly with a clear and comfortable sound. An example would be her recent acapella performance of “Right Here Waiting” where she descends to a G3 without any loss in tone production nor volume. However so, her range below G3 still remains unstable and overly breathy. Notes below G3, such as her F3’s in “Halo”, her D3 and Eb3 in “If I Ain’t Got You” and her C#3 in “거위의 꿈“, lose clear tone and volume, becoming very breathy and quiet in sound.

Minzy’s mixed register also has shown improvement from debut, where she would usually get tense and tight, has now become more of a comfortable range for her. In the past notes around A4 and Bb4 would show challenging to her due to her larynx raising and incorrect intake of breath, however now her supported range has expanded higher and now she’s able to stay comfortable in that range, with better placement and a fuller, more projected sound. Difference shows in covers such as her cover of “Don’t You Remember” where most Bb4’s would sound quite tight, whereas now she’s able to project and support notes as high as B4. Nonetheless notes above B4 still prove challenging to her, with her larynx raising and a nasal whiny quality overtaking the upper range. Usually notes like the C5’s in the chorus of “그리워해요” her throat gets slightly tight and she loses fullness in tone, and as she ascends up to Eb5 in other songs, her highest mixed note, tone is lost and her sound is compromised.

Her falsetto register is Minzy’s most underdeveloped register. Whereas her lower register is nicely developed for her vocal level and her mixed register is decently supported, her falsetto generally becomes a very airy sound with many notes lacking projection and cord connection. Notes like her F5 from “Halo” and even D5’s and C5’s in “그리워해요” lack any sort of true resonance and clarity in tone production.

Minzy is a vocalist who’s considerably underrated in her own group and fandom. Although not being an exceptional vocalist, she’s much better than she’s credited for but generally outshined by 2NE1’s main vocalist, Park Bom, who happens to be the groups weakest vocalist. Minzy has shown an ability to correctly support her voice through proper breathing technique and has been able to produce a healthy stable vibrato in her supported range. She’s also shown improvement from debut and has been able to consistently get better, even if slowly, year by year. Whereas she used to be very nasal, Minzy has now reduced her nasality and is able to produce a fuller, truer tone that showcases the best qualities of her voice. Although being able to support her voice better through the years, Minzy still shows a lack of control in keeping her voice completely in key and keeping her pitch stable. In most performances she’ll be singing simple melodies and be in key, and have occasional sharp notes come out or sloppy runs without proper connection nor accuracy between notes.

Musically Minzy shows potential in being able to correctly sing ballads, adding the needed amount of dynamics and embellishments in her musical delivery. Minzy seems like a vocalist who works in her craft, although musically she does not need to have great vocal ability for the music she sings, she still shows interest and improvement and will hopefully keep improvement further into the future.


Minzy’s vocal ability does not allow her to really showcase many melodic or rhythmic changes in her singing. When attempted, she has the tendency to lose pitch and not execute runs correctly. Due to her knowledge of herself, however, she does not tend to attempt doing things she’s not capable of doing and will generally sing songs as they’re given to her. At times however, she’s able to correctly execute melodic changes, such as changing runs that are too low for her in “If I Ain’t Got You.”


Average to Above Average Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)


Video by: 2NE1Bang

Best Vocal Performance(s)

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


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214 thoughts on “Gong Minzy’s Vocal Analysis [Newly Updated]

      1. O vídeo é de 2014, eu não estou falando da parte do “tonight oooh”, e sim só do “tonight” kkkkk, massss, você pretende algum dia analisar as vocalistas do BP Rania? Há algumas vocais que aparentam ser boas…e muito superestimadas também, como Jooyi, Xia, T-ae, Hyeme….


      2. Acho que você entendeu errado kkkk, no vídeo há dois “tonight”, a música é assim: “toniiiight, tonight ohhh”, eu queria saber o do primeiro “tonight”, antes do “tonight ohhh” kkkk.


  1. Hi Ahmin! Are you watching Sister’s Slam Dunk? What are your thoughts in Minzy’s performance here? She starts in 13:18.

    And also in 15:34 is that normal? Cause she doesn’t sound natural to me in that part.


    1. 15:34 what do you mean if that’s normal? Overall her Bb4’s and B4’s lacked openness and she sounded a bit tense but that seemed to be a condition thing more so than a technical issue.


      1. At least she’ll have exposure to some good vocal training with the SM trainer. I don’t know if she self-developed or took outside lessons, but it seems clear the progress she’s made so far was not YG’s doing.


  2. Hi Admins, I recently watched sister slam dunk and Minzy was being taught by an SM vocal trainer (VT) video link from 0.00-2.39 –>

    Not sure about how aware he is about vocal pedagogy, but he seems to be closer to teaching that compared to JYP’s half-air half-sound technique or whatever YG is doing. I am highly surprised that Minzy is not aware of the concept of mixing head voice when singing higher. The VT pointed out to her not to sing and push with her throat, to not go tense, to not strain her voice and to mix in head voice as she went higher.

    If I may ask, what was the note that she was hitting at 1.41, 1.43? (it sounded better than what she did before the private training, though it may not be supported still?) And how about 1.51, 1.53, 2.00, 2,02 (The VT said it was not good, but I am just curious about what note she hit)

    Thank you beforehand ^^


    1. He’s actually a former member of Black Beat, his name is Jang Jinyoung. The notes were B4 and D5. The rest were C5, Eb5, Eb5 and a note in between F5 and F#5. She used too much air to push, she kept singing Huh which adds too much air pressure to the note. The B4 was supported.


      1. Thanks, ahmin! I am not aware of who he is, unfortunately. Was anything that he said there inaccurate/misleading (in relation to vocal pedagogy of course)? Just curious.

        Hopefully Minzy can stretch her supported range about a semitone/a tone higher as she practices more. 🙂


    1. 0:22 unsupported Eb3. 0:24 and such, quite a few nicely phrased G#3’s. She’s a bit too nasal here and there, 0:38 ~ 0:41 she is focusing a bit too much on the N’s at the end of the words. 0:55 0:58 1:02 1:06 a lot of phrased C5’s and Db5’s, they all sound fairly tight and whiny. She is not opening her sound enough, her throat is closed. 2:28 2:34 more tight and squeezed C5’s. The rest throughout is the same.


    1. Oh hey she’s singing Ann’s song! 0:39 C5’s, still a bit too much tightness but these sound really nice throughout. 1:19 lowered larynx F3. 1:45 shouty, but not badly placed. 2:03 closed. 2:22 the run wasn’t bad, too airy though.

      A lot of pushed C5’s, but the placement wasn’t bad. Lots of resonant Bb4’s throughout.


      1. Under the section on her mixed voice, it says “Resonance has yet to be properly achieved”, so I’m guessing either she’s improved since it was written or resonance was pushed? Also, what does it mean properly achieved, other than her placement or pushing?


      2. how does this compare to how she usually does? I don’t know if it’s because the song isn’t that high, but she sounds less nasal to me?


      3. Yes a very bad thing. Shouting isn’t singing, shouting is just shouting. Using the throat to shout is damaging to the vocal cords.


    1. Oh hey she’s singing Ann’s song! 0:39 C5’s, still a bit too much tightness but these sound really nice throughout. 1:19 lowered larynx F3. 1:45 shouty, but not badly placed. 2:03 closed. 2:22 the run wasn’t bad, too airy though.
      A lot of pushed C5’s, but the placement wasn’t bad. Lots of resonant Bb4’s throughout.


  3. Minzy recentemente foi ao King of Masked Singer, queria saber qual o desempenho dela nessas duas performances, e se ela melhorou, obrigado.


    1. Eu já respondi na verdade, você não foi o primeiro a perguntar. Até Bb4, resonance, os C5’s e acima foram executados com uma laringe alta.


    1. I would rather hear live performances but from her singing with Unnies thus far, I have not noticed improvement in her singing.


    1. The verse only goes down to G3, where she mostly remains supported. The chorus has well placed A4’s and B4’s, although she is kind of pushing. 1:14 kind of constricted and pushed C5, and the B4 afterwards was also pushed. She could relax more into those notes. The rest is a repetition of the first verse and chorus, the range remains G3 ~ C5 throughout I believe. It’s a really nice song though.


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