JYJ’s Vocal Analysis: Jaejoong [Newly Updated]

Jaejoong

Vocal Range

A2 ~ D6 (3 octaves, 2 notes and 1 semitone)
(Might be able to go lower)

Supported Range

D3 ~ G4/G#4

Voice Type

Light-Lyric Tenor

Strengths/Achievements

  • Able to support and connect his phrases well
  • Has been able to show good vocal placement and resonance
  • Notes down to D3’s are generally supported and project well
  • Notes down to A2 at times have cord connection and can be heard
  • Able to switch into falsetto and head voice smoothly without breaking his voice
  • Good dynamic control and generally able to sing softly with nice support
  • Possesses a wide vocal range, able to mix up to F#5 and falsetto up to D6
  • Able to control his mix dynamically and smoothly, in terms of volume and balance between head and chest voice, good at blending in harmony
  • Knows himself as a vocalist in terms of what genre he can sing well comfortably
  • Generally stable intonation
  • Nasality has been minimized in his singing

Weaknesses

  • Notes above G#4 are often strained, whiny with a high larynx
  • Can get breathy and overly quiet, losing support below D3
  • Nasality can still be present in his singing without being controlled very well
  • Larynx at times isn’t stable in his supported range or during resonant supported notes, bringing tension
  • Throatiness can be quite often present
  • Although able to use a heady mix or a balanced mix, often tries to push with a chesty unbalanced mix when attempting notes above his supported range
  • Vocal runs lack connection between notes and are musically not well placed
  • Vocal placement isn’t always consistent keeping him from projecting and creating a full sound often
  • May present difficulty when songs have key modulations, may go off key/get pitchy, key center may be lost
  • Does not know himself when it comes to what range he’s best suited for
  • Vibrato may cause tension in his throat

Registers

  • Lower register: his low range is generally connected in terms of vocal cords. It doesn’t retain too much weight and stays generally projected down to D3. Notes below D3 start sounding less stable in projection, cord connection and often get slightly airy and quiet.
  • Mixed register: his mixed register improved over time, whereas he used to be more pushed and nasal, he’s able to find a better balance between chest and head and able to project through his mask and chest. Usually able to control his mixing quite well and stay generally relaxed and in tune in his supported range, only at times creating a rockier distorted sound by choice. Notes above G#4 however always have a high raised larynx, where he isn’t able to balance his mix nor choose where his stylistic choices come in anymore, straining anywhere above.
  • Upper register: his falsetto was more of an explored register when he was a member of TVXQ!, after the disbandment, in JYJ and in his solo career he tends to choose rockier songs or lower ballads. Before he used to use it more and was able to keep a relaxed sound up until D5/Eb5 but above would become too throaty and tense.

Agility

Jaejoong’s voice possesses a light quality to it. He’s able to go through runs and stay in his voice well, with a stable breath mostly. However so his runs are rather messy and sloppy in terms of note connection and separation, sliding through his runs they usually sound rather unbalanced and are not musically suited. One example would be his high melismas and adlibs done in “Tonight”, where note precision isn’t present and his sound is mostly very unbalanced and not musically appropriate. However so, Jaejoong’s vocal style and favorite music genre lean more toward a rockier sound, explaining why more recently he’d stay from trying to do runs and melismas he doesn’t wish or isn’t able to do, due to him being a rock singer rather than an R&B embellisher.

Overall analysis

Jaejoong, former TVXQ! main vocalist, current solo singer and JYJ member is one of Korea’s most famous singers due to the recognition and fame he gained throughout the years of his careers as a TVXQ! member, as well as his solo career and his years as part of JYJ. As such, he’s very respected and regarded very highly amongst fans and the general public. His voice is one that’s very light, angelic and unique, possessing a very clean quality of sound and being rather feminine at times with a soft androgynous quality. He’s a somewhat versatile vocalist when it comes to his own song choices, staying in a genres and styles he’s more confident and capable of singing. He’s found more musical freedom and was able to explore himself as an artist and as a vocalist more after the disbandment.

His voice is that of a lyric tenor, generally feeling more comfortable on the third and fourth octave up to the beginning of the fifth octave on the piano. His lower range is one that’s slightly more developed than the average tenor vocalist would have, being able to comfortably project and have a fuller tone down to D3 and at times slightly lower. Usually though, his range below D3 starts becoming unstable and he starts losing cord connection when he reaches notes like C#3 and lower. He’s been able to produce fuller and audible A2’s, such as in “Now is Good”, however so they still lack stability and cord connection, being more airy than necessary and not showing true breath support. He’s generally able to project his range however and support D3’s and above decently. His chest voice isn’t too developed, retaining a lighter tone throughout his range.

His mixed range is one that’s very well controlled in terms of balance between mix and chest, showing that he’s able to softly sing up until F#4/G4 with a light soft mix without losing his support, pitch and tone production. He’s able to fully control his dynamics in that given range where he’s comfortable singing in. He’s also able to make it fuller, adding more chest resonance and more muscle coordination control to create a resonant sound found in his voice, more recently than earlier in his career, often within his mixed range up until F#4’s, G4’s and occasionally G#4, where he’s still able to at times keep a supported sound. Although able to keep a supported sound up until G#4, at times Jaejoong will let the resonance be brought back inside his throat, producing shallower tones and sacrificing projection for a rockier edge in sound. That often happens while a resonant note is being sustained, where the sound will suddenly tense up, often caused by a throaty vibrato. Examples of resonance happen in studio on G4 in “One Kiss“, and some lives of “Love In The Ice” on F#4’s and occasionally G#4, and his recent performances of “I Have Nothing” on C#4’s, F4’s, F#4’s and G4’s. Also A4’s in the performance of “One Kiss” were impressively improved, with good placement even if pushed with the throat, although lacking consistency in this register, this performance shows an impressive improvement in that range. Although good placement may be present on A4’s, the throat closes quite quickly and strain can happen due to lack of consistency in breath support and relaxation while sustaining the note.

Although Jaejoong is able to produce and control his mix well in terms of chest and head balance, volume and stylistic choices, when he gets higher in his range he tends to just let his larynx raise, his sound go into his nose and his support to go away. He tends to strain considerably and the biggest problem with that is that, although he’s aware of his preference in song choices and genre, he seems not to be aware of where his voice is able to stay supported, choosing often a repertoire of songs that stays and goes up above A4 quite often. Examples include his D5 in “Maze”, C#5’s and Eb5 in “Been So Long”, Eb5 in “Get Ready”, Bb4’s, B4’s, C5’s, C#5’s and D5’s in “I Have Nothing”, and Bb4’s, B4’s and C#5’s in “Why Did I End Up Falling In Love With You?”. Generally anytime he hits A4, and anywhere above, his larynx will raise. However so, he’s still able to mix up quite high, up until F#5. Earlier in his career his sound used to be fuller and more resonant more consistently than around the middle of his time as a TVXQ! member, his busy schedule along with his interest for rock music caused many bad habits to influence his singing. He’s been able to show an improvement in control within his supported range, but he’s unable to keep himself from straining notes on A4 and above.

Jaejoong’s falsetto register is one that’s very well switched into and controlled. He’s able to control his mixing and therefore switch softly and smoothly into falsetto in his lower range. He tends to sing well in this range below C5 with a controlled sound. His notes above in the fifth octave will at times be very relaxed and soft, keeping a stable larynx up until D5/Eb5 at times. However so, many times in the past he used to use his throat to sing in his higher falsetto, adding a lot of pushed tension and strain to his voice.  His falsetto however still shows impressive extension, being able to hit notes up until D6, even if with tension.

One of Jaejoong’s biggest assets is his control and understanding of dynamics in music, with a very smooth control of his mixing usually. However so, his biggest weaknesses include his nasality, which with time he was able to improve considerably and can switch on and off more at will than before. Another one is his vibrato that’s usually very throaty and instead of allowing his throat to relax, creates a more closed sound. He has the tendency to also raise his neck when singing which adds tension to his throat. He also seems to have a small tendency to lose the key center of songs when there’s a modulation within a song, meaning when a song changes key, he will sound slightly off and pitchy until he settles in the new key and becomes more stable in pitch.

Although arguably overshadowed by Junsu, Jaejoong’s voice was always one that stood out from the group for its lightness and femininity, where he, as a member of TVXQ!, was able to shine by blending in well with the other members’ harmonies in their acapella arrangements. Jaejoong, as a soloist and as a member of JYJ, has been able to show good vocal improvement in his consistency and supported range, through understanding and perceiving his own musical choices, styles, genres and composing his own songs. However so, he still has many areas where he lacks a true understanding of where his voice is able to stretch and control the extremes of his range. Areas for him to improve mostly include the upper parts of his range where his rock-edge takes over and he generally tends to strain, which can damage his voice in the long run. Nevertheless he shows good confidence in his singing ability and in himself as an artist.

Musicianship

Jaejoong has shown improvement and more confidence as a vocalist after going solo, allowing for more musical ideas and interpretation of songs to expand in his performing repertoire. He does not generally change songs too much, but will at times add different melodic changes when covering songs. Examples include different performances of “I Have Nothing”, where he’ll change the melody at times but still such changes mostly come accompanied by strained high notes and at times flat unsupported notes, showing that although the ideas are there, there needs to be work done on his execution of such ideas.

Rating

Above Average Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

Video by: Edgar Cárdenas

Video by: Suji Mun

Best Vocal Performance(s)

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

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337 thoughts on “JYJ’s Vocal Analysis: Jaejoong [Newly Updated]

  1. I agree that Jaejoong trying too hard to sing with a very wide range. However, I just ask u that it’s somewhat strange for me if u don’t account experience and portion of singing of each artist. Bcos when u account taemin and onew above jaejoong or ryeowook above junsu, it really depends of stamina when they sing. And I guess SM coaches already account their weaknesses so they won’t let their artists to reveal their flaws. After going independent and solo, they’re still trying to find which song best suited for them. However there’ a chance within the weaknesses they can also find and strengths as well. B IMO. Anyway, I do agree so much with your analysis with Naul. He’s incredible singer for male category. I hope u can review other members of Brown Eyed Soul as well.. 🙂
    Keep up this amazing blog 😀

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    1. I don’t really account their singing when they sing in groups as much actually, I generally judge their singing based on solo singing performances for the most part actually ^ ^ But yes within songs associated with groups and where the lines are divided by producers, I’m sure they try to hide their weaknesses but we listen out for songs where we can hear everything for them.

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      1. That’s interesting, do you mind explaining why? Assuming of course that you read all their analyses, the criteria and that you understand them, instead of just looking at the rating.

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  2. ahmin, have you listen this songs before?

    what do you think about jaejoong and changmin vocal here

    and how about JYJ vocal here , what do you think about yoochun vocal here ?

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    1. I have listened, I actually have that version of the song on my phone lol since they performed it I think haha Vocally speaking, Jaejoong’s lower range could’ve been better placed in the beginning though tone was present on the D3’s, Changmin was just kind of screechy with a raised larynx and tight sound, so his usual singing technique. Jaejoong did fine below A4, but he hit quite a few A4’s like 1:27 until the sustained A4. So like they were following their standards.
      Jaejoong and Junsu sound the same as they always do so their vocal technique matches the way they were described in the analysis, for an example Junsu’s inaudible lower range at 0:33 ~ 37, his head voice at 3:14 and resonance on G#4 at 3:35. Yoochun on the other hand, I have no analysis on him. What I can hear is a lot of nasality, lack of support and a lot of straining like around 2:22, 2:48, 3:24, his voice is basically all in his throat and in his nose, support is very shallow and he uses a very non balanced sound in his mix. I’m really unsure if he’s a baritone or a tenor but regardless, his technique is far from favorable. He is the weakest link of the three.

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  3. Did Yoochun have any support in this performance? Especially around 1:29, where the lowest notes are. I think the lowest is A2?? He actually has tone there and sounds somewhat projected. Was there any moment when he isn’t placing his voice in this nose or his throat? I know it is in the higher notes, but for the lower parts I sometimes find it hard to differentiate nasal placement and mask placement
    How is he producing the vibrato at 1:38? I’m pretty sure it’s not natural since that note is definitely not in his supported range.
    Do you think he is at least Bom level, or is he just terrible lol? Thanks

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    1. 0:19 he was pretty flat coming into the note but yeah “she may be the face”, like it’s all in his nose. He is singing as if he had a cold, everytime he sings basically. That is the clearest way I can put it, at least. 0:31 A3, all still placed heavily in his nose. 0:46 A2, it’s not that bad, it sounds easy but the projection isn’t good. The problem is that his support is shallow, he’s a bit too airy. 1:09 really pitchy. His breathing is just really not good. 1:29 that D3 wasn’t too well projected. He is really nasal, 1:48 the vibrato is a bit laggy but not that bad. The adlib at the end wasn’t that bad but yeah…… this vocally lacks in many technical areas, I’m sure many people would enjoy this and they’re welcome to but those are the things he’s doing that might be considered vocally wrong.

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      1. Thanks! Do you think he might be a baritone from this? Although he isn’t really supported, he seems too be too comfortable in the 3rd and 2nd octave to be a tenor, especially considering how weak he is.
        Also, how do you recognize shallow support? The concept of support is really vague for me.

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      2. The concept of shallow support has to go with how much legato the singing possesses, as well as the fullness of tone and the color of the voice. His tone generally lacks tone and is generally very colorless, it’s not full and that’s what I’d call shallow support, it’s like a tone without roundness, even beyond placement. Also I have always thought Yoochun was a baritone actually.

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      3. The first notes? You mean the lower notes? I don’t quite understand the question. I think they’re around A2 ~ A3 the whole time, lower range which is comfortable for him as a baritone. He is singing through his nose, the placement and support could be much more opened and projected, his voice sounds kind of vocal fry based and too nasal for me to hear him clearly, that’s basically all I’m hearing. He didn’t do bad producing the notes, they seem comfortable in his voice, at least down to C3.

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      4. I aint an expert at all but I can tell yoochun is a weak vocalist lol, sorry yoochun.

        But for any JYJ fan seeing this, Yoochun originally wanted to be a composer/song writer not a singer. I hope that makes fans feel better.

        But honestly, He probably wouldn’t improve since even Junsu and Jaejoong questioned if he still has passion for singing. The two really needs to motivate him to sing and improve more as a vocalist, his lowering the average for JYJ.

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  4. I like reading your vocal analysis ^o^ Honestly I don’t care much for vocal technique as long as they’re above average vocalists lmao but it’s always so interesting to read 😀 I need to start back studying this again >.<

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  5. Thanks for choosing the word “whiny”. This is exactly what I keep saying. (Oh, and about the lack of connection when it comes to runs, too.)

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  6. It’s obvious he’s not a lyric tenor. JaeJoong has a higher pitch but his vocals has a dark and thicker tone to it. Plus his voice is deep just that he has a higher pitch. Tone, voice and pitch is different. He’s a dramatic tenor therefore he lack the ability to runs riffs and transits as smooth as Junsu. His voice is rougher and thicker to possess a flexible tone like Junsu.

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    1. Hello and welcome,

      First of all, let me thank you for taking the time to come here, read his analysis and comment on it. I’m going to have to say though, I’m very surprised with your comment and if anybody ever told me that, I’d be surprised. I’ve heard people call Jaejoong a leggiero tenor, or even a countertenor. Jaejoong to me, and to many others, seems to have a much lighter tone than you’re describing. Perhaps at times his rock-like vocal technique can make him seem like he has a rougher voice, but in general, his tone is almost womanly and I’d be more inclined to argue that his voice could potentially be even higher than a lyric tenor’s. A dramatic tenor, on the other hand, is a MUCH deeper and thicker voice. A dramatic tenor has a thick, deep and fat sound to their voices, they have REALLY large voices and spectrums of resonance due to the weight they carry in their tone, very unlike Jaejoong or most tenors in K-pop. If you said someone like Fly To The Sky’s Hwanhee is a dramatic tenor, I’d be more okay with that but Jaejoong? I’m afraid not. Also anybody can actually learn how to have an agile voice, even if less naturally and not necessarily a coloratura or leggiero, agility is a learned technique.

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  7. hi ahmin what do you with jaejoong and gummy duet vocal here ? jaejoong said he have this feminnim tone and in gummy case she have this man tone sometime lol

    jaejoong said he have this feminnim tone and in gummy case she have this man tone sometime lol
    also what do you think with yoochun vocal here, his vocal is not that bad right?

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    1. Until 3:07 Jaejoong sounded really nice, that part wasn’t so nice. I don’t understand this because although Jaejoong may have a delicate pretty tone, he still is a tenor and she still is a Soprano, as far as I’m aware.
      I was going to say I could not listen to a compilation that’s 17 minutes long…but then the other compilation is all in studio, so I’ll listen to a little bit of the live one..
      The problem with Yoochun’s singing is that it’s often quite nasal and airy, he often sounds very light and when he adds power, he sounds like he is forcing his voice out of his nose and through his throat, his support is quite shallow in that sense. His support is generally weak so.. the tone he produces is kind of just whiny and throaty for the most part, even if he does support his voice to an extent. 4:37 for an example, his tone has support in that area that lies below B3, but the tone in itself is just badly projected, it has no roundness, the back of the throat is closed and the placement is generally very nasal. He’s not a very technical vocalist, his pitch here isn’t bad though. 5:37 I can definitely hear tension when he gets around Eb4, and I still struggle to make sure he’s a tenor or a baritone, cuz he sings in a generally high range for a baritone but he sings very lightly without trying to drag too much chest voice so I’m not sure, I’d guess he’s a baritone though.

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      1. Hello Ahmin3

        Yoochun should have at least categorized in Weak Vocalist or weak to average Vocalist …. because …. He is one of my favorite

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    1. The butterfly video the 0:20 C#4 was really nice. He has a nice vibrato. 0:44 the G#4 was really nice, it got a bit throaty as he sustained it. Everything else was below G#4, so it stayed in a nice range for him! 3:06 in the other video, some strain there for sure but overall he’s singing basically how he always has.

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      1. Thank u,
        For The throaty part do you think he did this because he sing in rock way lol sorry i dont know how to said that but I means I like listening rock singer and when they sing they make their voice sound like a growl sound lol so throaty and strained..yeah something like that.

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      2. Sometimes his throatiness is stylistic, but above G#4, I’ve never heard him not do it, so I can’t give him the “stylistic” pass, sometimes though he adds that roughness to sound rock-ish, which does work in some ways. Growling isn’t really throaty, but strained and throaty can be on and off stylistic, in his case only below G#4 does he have that control.

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    1. Half air half sound is not a real technique, it’s just a stylistic device singers use to sing with an airy tone. The name comes from JYP, he uses that term but it’s just an airy tone.

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    1. Jaejoong: 0:49 and 1:03 those D3’s were kind of nice, something seemed off about the vibrato on the first one. 1:16 he seems to pull his larynx down slightly but it’s not the point of strain. 1:20 A2 with very little to no tone, weak support. Apart from those parts, he sounds pretty nice overall. 1:50 slightly nasal, 1:53 a bit throaty. The chorus is nice, he is supporting quite well. It lacks resonance, he could be a bit more opened. He changed the melody a bit and avoided the higher notes…for whatever reason he did that, he did it nicely. It sounds nice, just the low notes at first seemed a bit forced out. The range so far is A2 ~ G4. 3:03 that E4 was quite nice and opened. 3:16 another melodic change, which was nice but the actual notes were quite throaty. Again them being A4’s, they’re well outside his supported range. 3:37 throaty A4’s again. 3:47 and other parts there were nice. 3:52 throaty slightly flat A4 again. 3:58 ~ 4:01 quite nice. 4:06 ~ 4:08 quite throaty shouty out B4’s. 4:23 very nice and resonant F#4’s, those were really good. 4:37 everything in that line up to that note was really nice too. Whenever I said nice, I mostly meant it as resonant lol I sometimes use the words interchangeably. Overall he did quite nicely, the usual for him. He’s staying consistent.

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      1. “the usual for him” oh lol so overall he singing just like he usually sing with his vocal range? Lol anyway thanks ahmin, but by the way do you think jaejoong can improve his vocal become above average to competent ? And how about changmin sorry I’m still quite shock lol seeing his vocal rank dropped ?

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      1. I suppose that many rock singers go for a throaty approach, but it is not a good thing for any kind of singer.

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    1. Yoochun was quite nasal, 0:37 pitchy. He is literally singing through his nose the whole time. His lower notes around E3 aren’t bad, but that’s not low for a baritone. The song is very pretty. 1:12 that G#4 was nice, it wasn’t bad. It had support, very light chorus for Jaejoong, very well controlled. 1:30 the pitch in the runs could be better. The difference between Yoochun and Junsu is very obvious, Junsu is really not nasal. I really like this song omg lol 2:24 high larynx E4 for Yoochun. He has issues with the higher notes as a whole, light tight high larynx… 3:10 that was a B4 into A4 back up to C#5, very strained, high larynx. 3:29 throaty but good placement at first. 3:32 strained high larynx. 3:40 good placement, a bit throaty. There was more straining afterwards, so nothing out of the usual. The song is really pretty though.

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      1. Omg a JYJ song you actually like lol. The song was actually written by Yoochun.
        I was wondering if being nasal can sometimes make singing feel easier or make it easier to hit higher notes, even if badly? Like in the first few years of DB5K before Japanese advancement, I feel like Changmin, Yunho, Yoochun, and even Jaejoong were all much less nasal and whiny as they are now, For example in this video, from 1:30 to 2:07. I’ve heard many other performances around the 2004 to 2005 times, and they generally sound much less tight and whiny than they do later in DB5k and today. Jaejoong nowadays often has this nasal twang to his voice that really bothers me, but he sounded much fuller in his earlier days. Somehow even Yunho’s rapping got nasal and whiny along with his singing. Yoochun actually sounds pretty full and non nasal to me in that segment even if he’s straining. It really boggles my mind lol (1:30 to 2:07)

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      2. You mean the lyrics right? Yeah I saw that. He should’ve written “an” angel.. It can help hitting higher notes yes, it’s like an extreme case of trying to place your voice in your mask but wrong. Changmin still sounds pretty closed and nasal. Yoochun was less nasal yes, but still nasal. Jaejoong was more opened.

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      3. Yes I meant the lyrics. His Chunglish man…Thanks for the explanation. What confuses me even more is why Yunho’s rapping got so nasal as well. And Yoochun’s too. It’s just so weird. Ik that’s not related to singing though..

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      4. You like the song ? please give more love for jyj music ^^
        Anyway thanks for the Reply. So yoochun vocal not that bad right?

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      5. It’s all nasal and tight, so not very good at all. As a baritone projecting through his nose and straining Eb4/E4 is not very good.

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  8. I thought last time I saw jaejoong best performance video posted here ? Is he doesn’t have best performance at all ? Aww poor jaejoong …

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      1. Ah I think this performance show a good vocal technique. No ?
        So “I have nothing” ,the performance with jyj member or jaejoong alone?

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  9. How did Lee Seung Gi and Jaejoong do from 2:19 to 3:19? Lee Seung Gi sounded kind of throaty to me? How was Jaejoong’s vibrato? Is a “throaty vibrato” the same as a larynx vibrato? You guys are pumping out so many analyses recently it’s amazing. Thank you for all the hard work.

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    1. A throaty vibrato is kind of a larynx vibrato. Lee Seunggi was very throaty yes. Oh no problem, I just realized we are not anywhere near finishing the charts yet so I decided to speed things up and now we’re much closer to it.

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    1. Not necessarily. Classically speaking, the repertoire for a baritone doesn’t go really above A4 and below F2, for a tenor it doesn’t go below A2 or above C5 (for the most part), so that is generally the range they’re comfortable in so a baritone could very well be comfortable in the fourth octave and some tenors can handle the second octave.

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    1. I am kind of busy, so I’m listening to both. Do you have any specific questions? He had very nice moments in the first video, since it only went up to G4. He lowered his larynx on the A2’s in the beginning. There’s nothing new for me on these videos for him though. Same for 거위의 꿈, support down to D3, below that airiness and muffled low notes.

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      1. By nice moments did you mean resonance? It’s sometimes really hard to tell if a note is actually resonant in fancams for me because of the reverb.

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      2. sorry For bothering You I know You guys Are trying To finish 2015 list I just thought that Was a Good Cover He’s Been Consistent Even in the army from 0:43 that what is control of the dynamic He’s singing Softly?

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    1. That’s still up in the air. It will depend on their ability, since U-Kiss is a 7 membered group with 2 rappers. With 5 vocalists, 2 or 3 vocalists analyzed only would be fair.

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      1. AJ is not a vocalist. I think it’s more likely we’ll analyze Kevin over Hoon because from what I’ve heard, Kevin might have better technique than Hoon.

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  10. Oh wow finally a best performance video updated for jaejoong lol thought at first it’s was “I have nothing” performance but what a surprise lol , I love this song covered by jaejoong a live performance for army years end concert if you know the lyrics its so beautiful . anyway i think when he is in his comfort range he sound very nice , since he is into rock he always trying singing outside his range so I’m looking forward for his second album this January/February since he said the album more into pop then rock.thanks

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  11. Hi! I would just like to ask if you think there’s still a chance that jaejoong can still improve? And also if you’re going to analyze yoochun’s and yunho’s voice as well in the future? Thanks 🙂

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    1. We don’t analyze voices, just so you don’t misunderstand. We analyze the way they use their voices. I personally believe everyone has a great singing voice hidden inside them. Anyway yes of course it’s never too late to improve, it just depends on you. So it’s up to him and his own will to work on his weaknesses.

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      1. Oh, thanks for replying and for clarifying! I will believe that he will improve then haha btw, I hope you’ll listen to his new album! It’s finally out 🙂

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  12. hmmmm as a Jaejoong fan who found out about him and become a fan after the break up I find it annoying of the writer to say “is one of Korea’s most famous singers due to the fame gained through his time spent as a TVXQ! member. ” Jaejoong gained a massive new fans after his drama, thanks to JYJ and especially his fame as a capable singer raised even more after his solo debut. for sure the TVXQ! fame was big(which thanks to JJ and the other members in first place) but it’s not the only source of JJ’s big fame.

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    1. Well I guess maybe if you didn’t follow him while he was an active member of TVXQ!, you wouldn’t understand the kind of huge impact TVXQ! had in Korea and in Japan, and all of Asia throughout 2003 to 2008. That is thanks to all the members of course, so that observation was in no way meant to demean the size of his fame. It’s not the only source, nope you’re right. It is the primary source however. Wouldn’t you agree?

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      1. No, I wouldn’t agree either. It is due to his ability as a singer and he was one of the singers who made TVXQ! popular so saying his popularity is due to TVXQ! is really demeaning. You can say he has been popular since his TVXQ! days and that won’t be demeaning but saying due to is really… I also find it ridiculous that it has been 7 years and you are still tagging Junsu and Jaejoong as TVXQ, DBSK, SM, Tohoshinki and not JYJ. Being disrespectful to JYJ’s ability and choices is a hobby of kpop fandom in general so it is of course not surprising but still disappointing.

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      2. Okay, let’s break it down again. It isn’t that TVXQ! gave Jaejoong popularity and it isn’t that Jaejoong gave TVXQ! popularity either, it’s a combination of both but if it wasn’t for TVXQ! coming FIRST, there wouldn’t be a Jaejoong or a JYJ in the first place so yes it is due to the huge popularity of TVXQ! as a whole throughout 5 years from 2003 to 2008 that Jaejoong gained his first huge boost of popularity. It’s just what happened, it’s his career’s history. Now that is my bad about not tagging them as JYJ, I thought I did so I apologize for that. Nobody here is disrespectful to JYJ’s ability though, in no moment were we ever disrespectful to their vocal ability nor their choices, that’s their choices but history is history and what happened, happened. So again, it isn’t the biggest source, but it IS the primary source or is that untrue?

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      3. Again, I disagree. TVXQ didn’t come first. TVXQ! and Jaejoong as an artist formed together. It doesn’t seem at all logical to say because of TVXQ! any of the members is popular. They are popular because they are talented. They made TVXQ! not the other way around. TVXQ! wasn’t an already established brand that the members joined and became famous and then left, like say someone might do in AKB48. And the prime example of that is GDragon who trained in SM and then left to join YG. Which means it is talent that matters and not the company/band where you debut. So, I will still stand by my statement that TVXQ! wasn’t a primary/ largest source of popularity for JYJ. They existed as people before and they had their own talent before TVXQ! existed.

        I thought the fact that you tagged them as three different versions of TVXQ and not JYJ was purposefully being disrespectful of their choices especially because you didn’t even tag Changmin as Tohoshinki. If it is honest mistake then its okay. Maybe I am reading too much into it.

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      4. See the way you’re thinking about this is very emotional and not factual. Vocal ability is barely even a strong factor when it comes to popularity and fame. Fame comes from a combination of a specific sounding voice regardless of vocal ability, specific looks, specific image, specific marketing, specific songs and specific ..money, that was put into promoting, coming up with outfits, music videos and whatnot. All those things are what make someone popular, not talent by itself. Jaejoong is not untalented, in no way am I saying that at all. However popularity for them or for anybody at all comes regardless of talent. If vocal talent was so important, KARA, Selena Gomez, Madonna, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift wouldn’t be popular at all but regardless of vocal ability, they had the right songs with the right voice and the right marketing, so they’re popular. YG is a very big company as well, so YG’s marketing helped Big Bang A LOT. They had their own talent yes, that is without a doubt and I never questioned their talent. I feel like WAY too much emphasis is being put into that part of the analysis instead of the actual technical part of it…like at all. TVXQ!’s popularity as a whole through the existence of all its 5 members is what gave Jaejoong his fame first, it’s what put his name on the map. Without TVXQ! the Jaejoong we know and love today maybe would never have debuted? We don’t know that, so as much resentment as there might be against SM or the name TVXQ!, had SM not discovered Jaejoong and given him the chance to debut, who knows what would have happened? Regardless of what they did, at least for that we should be thankful. They gave him a chance and thanks to that we were able to be blessed with Jaejoong’s singing, as well as Junsu. Talent alone doesn’t give you popularity, if that were true, there would be no such thing as “underrated” vocalists/artists.

        It was an honest mistake, I had initially named them as JYJ’s (Former TVXQ!) whatever and that was just a force of habit because I’ve known them since they were TVXQ! so in my head, they’re kind of always TVXQ! first before I think of JYJ, since I listen to more DB5K music than JYJ music. It’s just a mental thing, nothing more nothing less. Like I even put S.E.S. (Bada) and H.O.T. (Kangta) on my iTunes when I put in the artist name for these soloists, even though their groups disbanded long ago, it’s like a homage to them. I added the JYJ tag to both as soon as you pointed it out cause I never noticed it.

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      5. Once again I would like to disagree. You are giving examples of people who are untalented and popular. But I am arguing that you saying they have fame because of being in TVXQ! is wrong because they are actually talented. The emphasis is being given because you have stated your opinion as a fact. Yes, we would never know if he hadn’t debuted in SM if he would be as famous or not. But we will never know either way. Without Jaejoong maybe the TVXQ! we know and loved would never have existed? So saying TVXQ! gave Jaejoong fame is a complete false claim. He is famous because he is really talented and he also has all the elements that make someone famous in him. (Those elements that might stop someone from becoming famous even if they were talented)

        The part about GD and YG was to say he could have debuted somewhere. He could have been as popular as he is, even more popular or maybe he would still have been a struggling artist. The point is, we would never actually know.

        That being said, I saw your comment on Taeyang’s analysis about JYJ being greedy. So far I had thought you were neutral ot5 (ot5 since you keep on insisting for you TVXQ! is 5) but since you are a Homin stan, I realize I should have expected jabs at JYJ/Jaejoong somewhere. Be it in tags or the analyses.

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      6. No I am giving you reasoning as to why fame/popularity and talent aren’t mutually exclusive. Either way, I understand the issue and I have edited that part of the analysis, so do let me know if the way it’s written now seems less degrading and more factual. I apologize for the inconvenience. I am not a Homin stan, I don’t stan Homin at all actually. I like DB5K as a whole, my opinion on the issue with SM is irrelevant to my opinion on JYJ vs Homin. My personal opinion as to their decision to leave the group is irrelevant to my opinion on their vocal ability, so that is irrelevant to the analysis. Again, more than anything I just wish TVXQ! was still a 5 membered group, that they wouldn’t have left and that neither SM nor JYJ were greedy, on either party and that they could’ve come to a mutual agreement. However, that’s not what happened so I can’t do anything but accept that. So please, refrain from making assumptions.

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      7. I am going to sound ornery (I most probably am ornery) But I must state my opinion on this issue for my mental peace.

        I don’t see any other artists’ review starting like that. Maybe it is just poor untalented Jaejoong who is popular because of his successful career instead of having successful career because he is popular because of his talent.

        As for the other part, it is no use in wishing JYJ weren’t greedy because they actually weren’t greedy. They wanted their fair share and maybe Yunho and Changmin wanted their stability of career in SM (like you keep on mentioning having a huge company behind someone is always a benefit), JYJ also wanted artistic freedom. It was a matter of preference more than anything else. (Wanting to have the salary that I deserve doesn’t seem like a greedy thing to me. And even if my colleague doesn’t feel so or doesn’t want to go against the employer, that hardly takes away my rights of believing that I deserve better) They haven’t contradicted anything they have said. They are making new music in different genre’s taking advantage of their freedom so I don’t see why their other reason of leaving company is inconsequential and they are just viewed as being greedy.

        But I will desist from making any arguments in their favor because stans by definition refuse to see the other party as anything but greedy, cowards , traitors and people they support as epitome of morals.

        The points in the review that actually talked about their vocal ability are neutral as far as I know. (I am yet to come across a legitimate argument from someone about him being capable of more). So I guess, that is something positive about this whole thing….

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      8. It was nothing personal, I just write as I write. You’re reading too much into it, I sometimes write more as sugar coating and that may have been the wrong choice of words. There’s nothing more or less than that. I have changed it so let me know if it’s fine now. Nobody called him poor untalented Jaejoong so you’re making assumptions and reading way too much into it, so please stop that.
        M’am imma need you to stop implying I’m a stan when it’s not true. I am not a stan, so stop your assumptions and implications because that’s offensive to me. Don’t call me something I’m not. I understand your point and I agree with what you said, the split between JYJ and TVXQ! is completely irrelevant to this analysis so there’s no use discussing it. I agree, they wanted artistic freedom and a fair share of their work, that’s perfectly understandable and a perfectly good reason. It’s still a pity that they couldn’t have stayed as 5, that’s all I feel.

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      9. In last comment I stated my thoughts about it. I don’t think Jaejoong is famous because he had a successful career in TVXQ!, JYJ or as a solo artist. I think he had successful career because he is talented (and okay good looking plays a factor in this) thus popular. If that is indeed the case it would be really awkward to see that line on all Big 3 artists’ analyses, like I said in my comment to Mike.

        I am sorry. I will stop making comments about whether or not you are a stan. This is not the place for the JYJ vs TVXQ! argument (or anything related to it). I love the reviews on this site so I will only talk about those from now on.

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      10. Yes he’s talented, I never said not insinuated he wasn’t. He’s popular for many reasons, good songs, good looks, good images, vocal skill. Thank you for reading the analysis on the blog btw, we appreciate it and also you’re pretty mature with your comments. I apologize for comments about greed as that should be deleted since it’s irrelevant to their vocal technique.

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      11. I see where you are coming from, but tbqh, do you really think any member of DB5K would’ve become popular without SM’s training and marketing? Do you think G-dragon would be as popular as he today without YG’s marketing and influence? Talent by itself rarely gets you anywhere in the entertainment industry, especially in the kpop idol industry, so why even care about popularity or where it came from at all?

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      12. @Mike Do you think GDragon would have been popular in SM? Or you think he would have flopped? Without talent the group wouldn’t have been popular either. So I don’t see how it is relevant which company he trained in. Some universities give exceptional candidates. But that doesn’t mean the university made them successful. These people are chosen for their talent. The company needs talented individuals as much as the people need the company. It is the way things work. But saying his popularity is due to TVXQ! or SM would truly be a lie since it has been a decade and I am yet to see an artist who is as popular as Jaejoong even if they come from SM/TVXQ or GDragon. (As a solo artist). I have already said how TVXQ! made Jaejoong famous is false. You make a point about YG and SM. Personally, I believe if these artists (G-Dragon, Jaejoong) had been in other company, they would have made those companies more famous. But even if some were to say they are popular because of SM/YG , every analysis for Big 3 artists should start like this -> “He/She is one of the most popular stars in Kpop due to debuting in one of the Big 3” . If it doesn’t matter where the popularity, why is it mentioned there? It is a false claim and in my opinion has no place in a review which is supposed to be based on facts only.

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    2. Just a friendly reminder, since you guys mentioned Bigbang and explained how YG’s influence was what mostly what gained BigBang their popularity. When BigBang debuted, and even 3 years later (before their hit song Lies), YG was a tiny company, think of Pledis or Bighit today for a comparison. So, no influence at all. Just wanted to put that out here.

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      1. 3 years later? But Big Bang debuted in 2006 and Lies came out in 2007. I’ve known YG, SM and JYP as the big 3 since then as well. Also they had Se7en, Wheesung, Big Mama, Gummy, Sechs Kies and others who were quite successful, so I don’t think they were tiny. Smaller than now most likely but Pledis may be a bit of a stretch, don’t you think?

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  13. let me share some of Jaejoong’s songs here, when you have time check them ^^
    a Japanese song I started to like after his cover

    “it’s only My world”

    “For You”

    “Dad, You there”

    “W”

    “Tonight”

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    1. Do you have any specific questions? He is singing a lot on G#4 and below, issues with runs like 1:04 like they’re not smooth or pitch precise enough. He’s mostly singing within his supported range. 2:29 Onward is where he starts go above G#4 and where strain happens. Nothing new.

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  14. So many jaejoong fan said he is a versatile singer, he can change they way he sing for certain song, so my question is.. what do you think about “versatile ” singer? And do you think jaejoong one of them? Have you listen jaejoong new album many fans said he sound different in every song especially with title track called “run away” (nice song by the way) what do you think? It’s studio version since we should wait one year after his army for the live version so if you don’t mind this….thanks

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    1. He is somewhat versatile, at least when it comes to his mixing which he can alter and make harsher or softer, within his supported range. That versatility is limited to singing ballads, harmonies and rock, he isn’t exceptionally gifted when it comes to RnB, Soul, Jazz or Musical Theatre, so I would say there’s room for him to be even more versatile. I think versatility is directly linked with technical ability but many people use that word loosely, like how they use “wide range” and “high notes” loosely. That’s a nice song but I don’t hear a drastic difference from his usual singing at all.

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      1. Jaejoong with musical theatre genre… just like junsu? Wah interesting lol but last time he refuse when he invited acting in musical Elizabeth lol

        Anyway,Thank you ❤
        But last question from this fancam, do you think he is struggling singing this song? Original song by gummy and just like jaejoong said after he finished the song.. the note is too high, so do you think jj doing a good job or bad or decent here? Lol, honestly I think he is uncomfortable with the high note…

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  15. Ok so perhaps the wrong place to ask, but I love SG Wannabe and I just wanted to know your thoughts about Kim Jinho, the original singer/ writer of Family Portrait (which to me Jaejoong sings wonderfully)

    Also when you are free, who do you prefer covering this Im Jae Bum song?

    (mblaq – G.O. )

    (ftisland hongki- fancam sorry)

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    1. Kim Jinho is a baritone with a lot of chestiness. He has good chest placement, not much nasality but he pushes his voice out of his throat a lot around E4/F4. I’m not sure how well he’d fair as a baritone with that. Which one I like the most? I like the arrangement of G.O.’s version better and I enjoy his approach more cause it’s cleaner and less “rocky” than Hongki, but I like Hongki’s too, since he’s got the best technique of the 3.

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  16. So his best vocal performance coming from his military performance, then can I said jaejoong vocal technically getting better since he is enlisted in army? Or…

    So how about this performance? His throat a little bit in bad condition here (he have a cough) but I just want to know how his vocal control here? His breathing?

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    1. No that’s not the case. It’s just a performance where he stays in a very comfortable range. There was another performance before but the video was removed so I replaced it with this. 2:46 onward, he hits a LOT of A4’s in this and he sounds pretty throaty in a lot of them, he’s attacking the notes a lot harder than he needs to but aside from what’s already been discussed within the analysis, there’s nothing new.

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      1. Then how about with the original singer from the song ,how his vocal here? Is he also sound pretty throaty too?

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      2. He’s a rocker with improper technique. He’s from an older generation of vocalists who relied on rough talent and didn’t take their time to work on their singing technique. He’s very throaty, even more so than Jaejoong in more parts.

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  17. “Earlier in his career his sound used to be fuller and more resonant more consistently then around the middle of his time as a TVXQ! member.”

    how “earlier on his career” do you mean exactly? like hug/triangle era early or? do you think it’s to the point that you’d say he regressed? 😮

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  18. Hi, Ahmin 🙂
    Im your blog’s fan.

    Can you please rank TVXQ (5 member)? I think Junsu is the best among them, then Jaejoong in 2nd. so, who’ll get 3rd, 4th and 5th rank among Yunho, Yoochun and Changmin? Im sorry for my bad english.

    Thanks anyway, Ahmin.

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    1. Well we have already analyzed Changmin, Jaejoong and Junsu. Unfortunately we haven’t analyzed and will not be analyzing Yunho nor Yoochun. We don’t know where they’d fair against one another since neither of them are very skilled vocalists. Thank you for your support!

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  19. Hi Ahmin, so I was feeling a bit masochistic and decided to watch one of JJ’s performances before he enlisted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy1eXOceDOc I was trying hard not to cry so I tried to focus on his vocals instead lol, I’m only gonna ask about a specific segment: from 5:28 to 5:45, are his high notes resonant? I feel like I can hear high larynx or squeezed throat in the beginning of them but then they suddenly sound resonant? Also what notes are those?

    Also, high larynx produces a squeezed sound, but does a squeezed sound usually mean high larynx? Or can you sound squeezed/tight and still have support?

    Thank you ~

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    1. Okay let me see what’s up. 5:31 he went down from the B4’s to the F#4. 5:37 that sustained A4 could fool you but the 5:43 you can hear that glottal tension kick in on the Bb4. The thing is those notes aren’t resonant, they’re just loud. They’re like well projected pushing but still it’s a lot of just pushing his voice out from his throat as opposed to really singing with support. Squeezed doesn’t always mean a high larynx, oftentimes it can just mean that the throat is closed and you are tightening up your swallowing muscles around your larynx. You can have support yes but the support wouldn’t be able to overcome the tension. It depends how squeezed/tight you sound.

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      1. Okay thank you! Yeah I still can’t tell between shouting and resonance sometimes :/ I try to listen out for that “full bright ring” but still can’t place it LOL I was asking about the tension/squeezed throat thing because when you mentioned that my A4s in I’ll Show You were tight, I wondered if you meant lack of support as well.

        also, is it possible for a vibrato to go from natural to laggy mid-note? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LvclLE6TOI like here, 4:23 when Junsu starts sustaining his vibrato sounds okay and then 3 seconds in it sounds laggy? :/

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    1. He sounds good, nothing new I’m afraid. He is singing within a comfortable range mixed voice in 여러분, G#4 being the highest note he’s going for. Perfectly within his capability. His lower range was kind of muffled, which is nothing new. 1:30 I like how he sang the first part of 그것만이 내 세상, it was a nice change of the melody.

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    2. He’ve been Producing Resonance In his service more than any other time , he sounds so good When he don’t go above G#4 and don’t go for his rocky usual sound He did go above G#4 . Honestly , one of his best Bb4s https://youtu.be/b9_Nhmsk-AA?t=285 it had good placement or just loud ?

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    1. From the military service videos fans post here and there on this analysis, I haven’t heard any change in his technique. He’s not regressed but he has not improved either.

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  20. Ok so I was watching a performance of tonight and jae did the run that you mentioned and it sounded nice but it was slower and later in the video(2:58) he does the sloppy one. So my question is: his voice is agile right ? But just not agile enough to do that run with the right separation? At least not 10 years ago (haha) ? Here’s the video by the way https://youtu.be/wPL807bBfhY first time is at around 1:15 and the second is at 2:58.

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    1. So the pattern of notes for 1:15 was A4 G#4 F#4 G#4 F#4 E4 D4, whereas the 2:58 one I think was A4 G#4 F#4 G#4 F#4 E4 E4 D4 D4, so it was faster and there were a few more bounces to it. What it means is that he has the correct muscle memory to sing runs well at a medium tempo but if they’re more challenging in complexity and speed, then he loses the rhythmic bounce and separation, which ends up making him sound sloppy and pitchy cause he’s sliding through those notes.

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  21. You mentioned you put Kangta in your iTunes. Will you do analysis for him?

    Am I correct that Kangta has well developed lower register? There are so many videos of his live performance. I couldn’t choose which is his best.

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    1. Please dear, do not post 5 videos at once and expect me to have time to watch them all in one sitting. I really can’t spend the time to answer a question like this. Also please check our future analyses list before asking a question like this, because the answer is there. Yes he is on the list, he will be analyzed. I appreciate the videos though, because they’ll be useful for when I do analyze him. I don’t know about his lower range yet but I will once I analyze him, so please wait until then.

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  22. Hello ahmin
    Thanks for your tremendous work on evaluating their vocal capabilities~ It is very objective.

    U r so genius and brave to tell the truth on idols’ vocal, and so nice of u to be polite with some “fans’ comments which seem aggressive.

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