JYJ’s Vocal Analysis: Junsu [Newly Updated]

Junsu

Vocal Range

A2 ~ D6 (3 octaves, 2 notes and 1 semitone)

Supported Range

E3 ~ G#4/A4

E3 ~ F#5 (with head voice)

Voice Type

Light-Lyric Tenor

Strengths/Achievements

  • Strongest vocalist amongst JYJ/TVXQ! members
  • Very consistent with his placement and resonance up until A4
  • Well developed control of dynamics and breath support
  • Able to support his chest down to E3 and Eb3 at times
  • Consistent vocal ability from debut until present time in terms of range and resonance
  • Shown improvement in his lower register from debut until now
  • Good blending and harmony skills as a member of TVXQ! and JYJ
  • Good tone production and intonation most of the time
  • Able to keep an opened and well placed sound in his head voice up until F#5
  • Smooth transitions and runs at times

Weaknesses

  • One of the weakest lower registers amongst K-Pop males, notes below Eb3 generally turn into puffs of air
  • At times within his supported his range, his throat may close during resonant notes
  • May use a larynx vibrato and jaw vibrato, which create tension and minimize his resonance
  • Narrow range overall in terms of support and projection
  • Not able to control his mix very well in terms of balance between chest and head, keeping his voice from going much higher than B4, peaking at C#5 at most
  • At times may be throaty on his belts and falsettos
  • Notes above F#5 start to become overly breathy and lose true cord connection
  • Connection and transitions between falsetto and mix are slightly sloppy
  • Runs lack in terms of note separation
  • Larynx raises above A4

Registers

  • Lower register: very underdeveloped lower register overall. One of the weakest amongst male k-pop vocalists, he generally lets his voice turn into an airy tone below E3 and will lose placement, volume and cord connection easily.
  • Mixed register: Resonant and consistent in terms of control and placement. Notes on A4 and below are generally supported and almost always resonant, only occasionally going off on certain vowel sounds like “Ee (이)” and “Eu (으)”. His mix isn’t very well balanced in terms of chest and head voice, keeping his voice from being able to fully extend much higher than A4.
  • Upper register: quite developed register, not a very smooth register when switched into from the mix in its lowest parts, but decently connected and present up until F#5. Above F#5, however, cord connection is generally lost and throatiness may occur.

Agility

Junsu’s voice possesses a very light quality to it, it makes it very flexible and retains a youthful tone. He’s able to add occasional ornamentations to his song performances and transitioning well between phrases and runs, however so his runs tend to show more note separation and pitch accuracy in his falsetto than in his mix, where his runs tend to be less clean but still connected enough. He’s able to do mid to slow speed runs with decent connection and note separation most of the time, only occasionally showing a lack of precision or sounding sloppy.

Overall analysis

One of the most famous vocalists in Korea and in the idol industry, Junsu possesses one of the most likable tones in K-Pop. His tone is one that’s generally very youthful and light in timbre, retaining a boyish quality however still due to his mix being more chest-dominant than head-dominant or balanced, he’s able to show more of a huskier fuller tone in his voice. He’s been rewarded as one of the best vocalists in Korea, although technically not the best, he’s a good actor and performer on stage and is able to engage with his audience well, truly performing songs, even if lacking in technical terms.

His lowest range is very underdeveloped and under explored. Notes below E3 will lack complete vocal tone, will suddenly drop in volume and lose cord connection, becoming very airy and unsupported. Although he’s able to sing down to A2, as he’s done in his cover of “그남자”, he’s incapable of truly projecting any note that low and generally stays in a slightly higher range. However so at times he may become too airy for effect and as most male songs do go down to at least D3 at times, he tends to lose volume too easily. He has nonetheless improved in this aspect, as he’s been able to show from debut an improvement in tone production from notes around F#3, F3 and E3.

His mixed register is one of the most consistent amongst male K-pop vocalists, where he shows resonance almost always within his supported range. His mix is generally more chest dominant and will almost always retain a chestier quality, unless he plays with dynamics to make it softer. He is able to control and consistently support his range up until A4, a note where ti seems his voice peeks in terms of where he can shine and project the best. He’s always been quite consistent with his placement even as early in their career, in performances such as “포옹 (Hug)” and “Tonight”, where he hits G#4’s, G4’s and A4’s consistently with support and resonance. His range improved from debut slightly from G#4 to A4 and has pretty much stayed that way.

The disadvantage of his mix however is that he is unable to truly find a balance in terms of where he adds more or less chest voice, not allowing for his range to truly extend  much above A4 and letting his larynx raise. On notes such as Bb4’s and B4’s, his voice loses color, support and shows a clear sign of strain. He has occasionally produced more well placed notes above A4 on a couple of Bb4’s, such as the ones in “Butterfly.” However so, Junsu is not one to try and sing in a range he isn’t comfortable in, showing a better understanding of his instrument than most. He also may at times close his throat even in resonant notes or in notes within his supported range due to certain vowels or excessive tension in his throat. Vowels such as “Ee (이)” and “Eu (으)” generally show a lack of consistency in keeping the throat opened and relaxed, causing occasional strains even within his supported range.

His falsetto register isn’t exactly the most supported, however so he is able to at times keep a very clean and relaxed sound in his falsetto, also consistently being able to produce a true head voice, although not always due to excessive air and lack of connection between his vocal cords. He’s been able to stay relaxed and shown enough cord connection, with control and agility in his head voice up until F5, like in “W”, however not being able to sing much higher than that with a connected sound. Notes such as his G5 in “Tarantallegra” a show a lack of true placement and connection in his vocal cords, with a slight push of air and strain caused by the air irritating the vocal cords. He is also unable to switch smoothly into his falsetto consistently within a low range but can feel more at ease in his upper extension. The highest extreme for Junsu was his D6 during a high note battle amongst TVXQ! members, even though he was able to squeak out a few notes higher, the last really sung note he was able to produce, even if straining, was a D6.

Overall Junsu is a vocalist who’s able to show a clear understanding of dynamics within his supported range, that although limited, is enough to deliver the music he chooses and is given to sing. He has the tendency to at times use a throaty or jaw vibrato, creating tension in his voice. Another weakness is the fact that his mix is so chesty, that due to that, it may tire out his vocal cords in the long run. Due to the excessive pressure done by using a chest-dominant mix, Junsu’s vocal performances show a limited amount of dynamic and textures.

Musically he’s able to show a good understanding of how to delivery music through different onsets and dynamics, however so due to how limited his mixing is and his range is, there’s only really so much he’s able to show with his vocal ability. The areas where Junsu would need to work on as a vocalist would be developing his unexplored lower register and creating a fuller sound down to his lowest extremes, and easing more head into his mix to create a fuller, cleaner and more balanced sound.

Junsu is one of Korea’s most loved vocalists. As a vocalist, his vocal technique may not be as advanced yet, but as a singer he’s able to perform well with good interpretation skills due to his acting and comfortability on stage. He may not be the strongest vocalist, but he’s still an all around entertainer who exceeds in dancing, compositional and somewhat vocal skills. If he were to further develop his instrument, due to his ability to engage the audience with his singing, he would certainly become one of the best idol vocalists. However so at this point, there are quite a few areas where his voice falls short in vocal skill and needs considerable amounts of work for him to really be able to control everything his voice has the potential to do.

Musicianship

Junsu does not show a great deal of musical changes in his covers or song deliveries, generally sticking to the original script/score and retaining more of a dynamic change if anything. He occasionally will slightly change the rhythm or melody of a song, but won’t be too much of a significant difference, making him a safe vocalist, not trying to over-sing or do what he isn’t capable of vocally.

Rating

Proficient Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

Video by: amir goutal

video by: Suji Mun

video by: Edgar Cárdenas

Not a vocal range video, but A4’s compilation.

video by: Suji Mun

Best Vocal Performance(s)

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

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363 thoughts on “JYJ’s Vocal Analysis: Junsu [Newly Updated]

      1. Thanks anyway. BTW this is the most unbiased and informative analysis I’ve ever seen. I don’t understand all the irrational hate. It’s probably because his fans have been told for so long that he was the best by “experts” that it’s too hard to change their minds.

        What do you think of his nG4 at 3:52. His vibrato at the end sounds really wobbly, is that bad? You said that he tends to produce a throaty or jaw vibrato, but is he able to produce a natural, unforced vibrato when he doesn’t do so? Thanks

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      2. haha Yes fans can be quite something. The vibrato was just larynx produced so he made it a slow vibrato instead of a steady one but the note in itself was good and resonant. He can produce a good vibrato sometimes, but this one was laggy and was on the bad side of his vibratos.

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      3. Going on what Ty mentioned above..what do you think is the reason there seems to be such differing views by critics in Korea than the ones from the west like yourself? Are there different aspects of evaluation being taken into account?

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      4. Actually it’s very simple. The whole vocal technique thing that has to do with contemporary singing was developed outside of the East and was made through the West. Korean vocal technique was what made Pansori and Trot popular singing styles. When singing contemporary music, some of the vocal instructors use too much Speech Level Singing and hence forget about breathing techniques and a stable larynx position, causing a lot of strain to the vocalists. Now when it comes to “experts” and critics, their opinion is solely based on vocal timbre, color, emotional connection to sounds, mannerisms/acting and preference. They don’t actually judge a vocalist objectively and if you see any of the rankings by experts, they have little to nothing objective to say about their singing, they always talk about emotion and tone which has nothing to do with good singing and is merely a popularity contest. So bottom line is, their “analyses” are just simply based on preference and not vocal technique, so the views can be quite differing.

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      5. “Korean vocal technique was what made Pansori and Trot popular singing styles”.

        That makes sense. Glad to see I wasn’t too far off in my thinking process…

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    1. Vocally, I have nothing new to add to this. He is acting as he is singing, this is a musical theatre song so he is singing in a more character-like style and it fits. It follows his general technical ability, it’s good in some parts, airy low notes like usual. The song is very cool!

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      1. Really?.. I was just going to ask about this one ’cause some part are… Well, they make me cringe. For instance, I don’t think 1:01-1:02 or 1:26-1:27 can be excused as “being in the character”. Unless it’s considered normal in the vocal world because to me it doesn’t sound like it… And I never thought it would be considered normal and really good.

        Love the song, though.

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      2. On the one hand, I trust your opinion. On the other hand, he does it in live performances, too. (In “no character” mode.) If it’s just exaggerating for the sake of I don’t know what, I don’t get it… 🙂 It sounds so bad… As if he’s a 100 years old…

        But as always, thank you for taking the time to chat about it. [thumbs up]

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      3. I guess it’s part of what many fans call his “emotion”. I personally view it as a style and I don’t think it’s technically incorrect or damaging, it does have a bit of tension on his jaw but it’s no big deal. No problem! ^ ^

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      4. Oh… Alright. The “style” thing… Then I better keep the rest to myself, since the blog is about technique 🙂

        Ok, got it. Thx 🙂 [thumbs up]

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      5. Nah, I’m fond of the idea of talking just about the technical stuff, although I think that can be sort of subjective, too. I really do like the spirit of this blog/talks about tangible things, so to speak 🙂

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    2. Wait, dang is it deathnote? So he plays the role of “L”? Im addicted to its Anime & Japanese movie version. Didn’t know they made it into a musical .. ( though i find it weird to copy L’s manurism. Goodluck to junsu it’ll be pretty awkward ^^.)

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  1. Do you think the fact that Junsu always lifts his head when he hits the high notes is a sign that he has difficulty reaching them or is it just a bad habit that he has developed? Cos from his veins popping up as well it sometimes looks as if he really has troubles going up there.

    Also I noticed that his voice tone? timbre? changed slightly from his earlier days in DBSK when it has a sweeter and lighter tinge as compared to now where it feels just a tad bit deeper/ grittier? (sorry I hope you get it but I don’t really know how to explain!) Is this just a result of voice maturation as he grows older or the fact that he has somewhat modified his

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    1. I would call it more of a bad habit because he does it as a visual effect without being aware that is restricts his throat and creates more tension. Well that has to do with his voice maturing and his technique, I believe since he uses a chest dominant mix his voice gets more tired overtime but I believe it might be more of maturing thing than anything else.

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      1. I belive this is half due to age and voice maturing, half because he changed his singing style after he left TVXQ and did musicals.. fans say that doing musical improved his lower register and general improvement in technique…

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  2. Can you analyze this performance? It’s pretty old, from 2006 I think. For some reason he seems to sound raspier than usual although I actually love that raspy sound. How was his A4 at 2:04. He sounds especially raspy there. Is that what you call throatiness? Thanks

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    1. I remember watching this a while back and wondering why my voice couldn’t hit the A4’s he can hit lol I loved this song~ He sounds a bit airier in this performance than usual, he sounds a bit too tight in some of the A4’s, 0:53 for an example he’s flat.. it sounds like his voice is tired and not well rested. The A4 at 2:04 wasn’t bad tho, it had a nice brighter resonance actually, he just sounded a bit thinned out/airy due to his fatigue.

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  3. Is Junsu’s resonance not optimal? Even though I really like his voice, especially when singing softly, I find his resonance to be very small compared to singers like Kyuhyun or Park Hyo Shin or even other singers in the same level as him. Or is that just the nature of his voice? Also I don’t know if you have listened to the A4 compilation on this page, but he doesn’t seem to be resonant or even supported very often in the video to me despite what you said about him being “almost always resonant” on “A4’s and below” and having “one of the most consistent” mixed registers among male kpop idols. Even as a fan, to me he seems to be consistently NOT resonant on A4’s and sometimes even G#4’s seem to be really difficult. But then again I’m not exactly an expert at recognizing resonance or support. Or maybe I’m just taking your words too literally. This analysis did seem rather sugarcoated to me lol compared to others, not that I am blaming you because some of his fans are seriously scary and delusional. They do come in handy tho when writing the two essays about lies and delusion that I had to do in school.

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    1. Well it’s kind of small yes but that’s also because his voice is just naturally small. Well the A4’s in the video are pretty much all supported and/or resonant… they’re just small in size, resonance isn’t always big if the singer’s voice isn’t big. Oh wow haha interesting point about delusion and all but no I did mean the resonance aspect of this analysis quite literally.

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      1. Thanks for the explanation. Looks like I’m just really bad at telling the difference between support and strain lol

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  4. I don’t know if you have heard Junsu’s new song Flower, but if you have, what do you think of his performance in that? Or is it too buried in effects and the backing track to tell. And what did you think of the song personally?
    I don’t know what is it about Junsu’s voice when he is singing loudly that it tends to sound rather tight and closed even in his support range on resonant notes. His resonant belts in his support range tend to sound like he is trying very hard and actually sounds less effortless than even Changmin on the same notes, which would actually be outside of his supported range. I thought it was because Junsu has a very chest-dominant mix, but Hongki also has a chest-dominant mix, but he sounds fairly free and effortless and also full when belting within his supported range to me. Junsu’s chesty belting also sounds thinner to me than his probably more balanced or heady mix when singing softly, which tends to sound fuller and more rounded to me. Would his belts sound fuller and more effortless if his mix was more balanced?
    Sorry if none of this makes sense, it’s just that Junsu’s voice just really confuses me. It sometimes gives me conflicted feelings when I listen to him, but I can’t stop listening to him because I really really love the tone of his voice when he is singing softly (probably my favorite singer of all time when in that aspect), but when he belts it can sometimes be a little grating even when they are resonant. Have you had that same experience when listening to him?

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    1. Yes it’s just Junsu has a very light lyric voice, so even with power, he uses a bit of throat and it naturally is too light to handle too much power.. I think that’s the one real reason I can think of. I do think his mix being more balanced would help now.

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  5. Nice analysis:) at first I thought junsu has very good vocal technique… I’m confused, how do we know if someone has lyric-tenor or light-lyric tenor?

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    1. Well actually a light lyric tenor is a lyric tenor, a lyric tenor can be either a full lyric tenor or a light lyric depending on the tone of their voice. So a lyric tenor is usually just another way of calling either voice type without being too specific.

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  6. How is the A4 at 3:08 in the first video? I think it was resonant, but I’m not sure. I’m still so bad at telling, especially with Junsu :p And is he using a jaw vibrato at 3:49 in the first video? His jaw seems to be shaking. And if it is a jaw vibrato, is it minimizing his resonance or creating tension? Like if you compare the G4 with vibrato in the first video to the G4 without vibrato in the second video at 2:19. Does the way he hold his head when belting and the veins popping out of his neck limit his singing a lot? How long did it take you to be able to confidently judge singing? I really want to learn to do it, but I’m never sure if my judgement is right. Thanks
    3:08, 3:49

    2:19

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    1. There’s definitely support and good resonance on both notes in the first video but I wouldn’t call any of what he’s doing a jaw vibrato and instead I’d say it’s jaw tension that causes his jaw to shake actually. I do believe there’s a tension thing going on that hinders his resonance but I wouldn’t say he has too many issues, it’s a lot of theatrics as well. Tension for him is like a bad habit but the placement and support are there, it all comes from the theatrics.

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      1. Thanks. So it is possible to be resonant even with tension? Or is resonance almost like a spectrum, and tension just minimizes it?

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      2. Basically resonance is a spectrum and then tension minimizes it. There’s a point when the tension is present but isn’t to the point where it’s taking away the full true resonance, I would actually rather call those notes supported rather than truly resonant tbh. True resonance comes from being relaxed with support and good placement, sometimes you can have good placement, like Leo, Ken and Solji, but the tension and pushing isn’t addressed so the tension hinders the resonance. For Ken and Leo, they kind of yell more so it’s a bit different from Solji.

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  7. The comments section make me so embarrassed as a Junsu fan I’m so sorry you had to experience that, it was totally uncalled for ;;;;

    But thank you so much for making this analysis, it was really an eye opener. It was also really objective (well I’m sure you were sugarcoating it a little? lol) but I can definitely see Junsu’s stronger and weaker points now thank you! 😀

    I just want your opinion since I’m no music expert but do you think Junsu could potentially still improve over time? Since he has quite a lot of flaws, do you think there’s still room for improvement or has he hit his optimum level/peak?? (idk if i phrased that right)

    And as for the butthurt stans, I think you should close the tab if it’s too much for you. There’s a difference between a good vocalist and a good singer so even though Junsu may be a good singer in your opinion it doesn’t mean that he’s a good vocalist 🙂 Just keep loving him if you do, this isn’t an analysis made to specifically degrade Junsu, it’s just pointing out vocal techniques that he’s weaker with or stronger with so it will not dictate or force you to start hating him or whatever lol pls .______.

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    1. Aww haha thank YOU for finding this analysis, reading it carefully and being so positive about it! As for improvement, nobody reaches their peak or prime without trying. At this point, Junsu could very well still improve if he shows humility and perseverance in doing so but to me it feels as though he’s gotten used to his title and how he sings, so it’d mean relearning certain things like mixing and if he wants to improve. So it really depends on him and him having the right instruction in improving his overall technique. He has a lot of potential in doing so.

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      1. I take that as of a: ” No he most likely will not improve/would not improve greatly”

        He seems comfortable and recurred with his position now.There’s a small chance of him improving really immensely in his singing.

        But did you know about Junsu vocal problem, I remember seeing a old(2006/2007) video documentary of DBSK and it was about Junsu almost losing his voice. Like there was I believe a interview of the 5 or maybe just him in this orangey tone room/video and then cut through scene of some sort of doctor explaining more about what had happen to his voice/throat. I quickly went to look for it but it might take a while but Junsu I believe had problems with his voice in the past and almost made him not become a singer.

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      2. Yeah I do know he lost his voice during puberty when he was a trainee, I do not know how badly that actually affected him though because it barely shows. I do think he could improve greatly, but it depends on him.

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      1. Im not that surprised by Jonghyun vs Junsu, but somehow I just don’t see Chen doing the big power ballads as well as the other two? I mean truthfully, I’ve only watched a couple of his videos..but he seems to lack the power that singers like Jonghyun, Junsu and Daesung have? Like, do you think he could perform a similar piece to this quite as well?

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      2. You think Daesung has power? Daesung is basically very much yelling through his throat, I’d think you’d be okay with Chen and not Jonghyun in this comparison actually, so I’m slightly surprised since I find Jonghyun’s singing to lack more power personally. Ah this specific song was performed by Daesung as well, yes but I’ve never heard Junsu singing it. Let me take a listen. Chen actually has far more power than Daesung and to an extent more power than both Junsu and Jonghyun. Well let me show you a few videos regardless.

        There’s also a video of Chen singing (straining) Caruso by Andrea Bocelli but I can’t find it…I’ll link it to you when I find it.

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      3. I definitely haven’t seen these so thanks! He is better than I thought…tbh, I still feel like somehow Jonghyun and Junsu have a deeper, fuller sound when they sing..Chen’s projection is good but there’s something weak about he’s sound in general that I just cant quite pin down..But maybe its just the type of songs he sings though..I would love to have him do something which would require more vibrato

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      4. You really think so? Well actually Chen does have a very bright sound to his voice but in no way does it lack power like for an example, if you listen to him singing above A4, he maintains sound whereas Junsu loses it completely.. Not to mention his low notes that are pure air. I don’t think vibrato is exactly the issue here, it’s probably just his tone lol

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      5. ahhh!! you replied!! Didn’t notice.. 😛

        But isn’t that simply on the issue of range though? Within the range he’s comfortable with, Junsu is a much more dynamic vocalist than Chen?

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      6. I can’t really comment on that 100% because I did not analyze Chen but from what I’ve heard Chen also has a sensitive ear to dynamics just like Junsu, so I’m not sure if that’s the reason.

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  8. Maybe because I’m not a vocal expert.

    I’m simply ignorant about everything that’s singing and vocals but I find the strain or grit in his voice when he hits the high notes to be very appealing, it’s sound like it’s fills with SO MUCH emotions.

    I always thought Junsu wasn’t the best technical singer in Kpop and when his ranked first or really high in ranking, I thought it’s just because people like his emotional colorful voice. and I do hear the flaws in his vocals despite being ignorant about singing but it’s never felt uncomfortable to me, it actually make’s it A LOT better! LOL Especially when he sings ballads.

    I hope you understand what the fuck I’m trying to say haha 😀

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    1. It makes total sense haha but he doesn’t usually strain, at least not on most songs he sings.. Because he doesn’t try to sing too high.

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  9. As much as i love that Junsu is getting ranked first in a lot of vocal ranking, I feel bad since eventually everyone will know about his actual true skills and end up really disappointment. Not that his actually really bad lol his great! but there a high expectations from so many people.

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  10. Fans take pride in their bias talents and skills and there bias talents get over media played and over hyped by their company, other fans and paid journalist and that just makes fans more prideful and believe in the hyped. They get brainwash throughout time especially if it’s constantly getting reminded in rankings, interviews and articles. Fans would believe that there biases talent is more amazing than it actually is.

    And Junsu one of them, along side with GD ( Junsu is hyped for his singing, not as much over hyped as Gdragon but still hyped for his singing skill and for GD it’s being a ‘genius producer’ despite the fact that most of his songs are co-produced. He only made 8 songs by himself, everything else was co-produce/made with other producers/songwriters but because of the media play/hyped and his image of being charismatic, cool and a unique individual/performer that his now known as the genius producer in the Kpop world )

    In that said, that’s why so many butthurt fans come over and whine because most of their time being a fan, they believe that their biases talent is more amazing than it actually is because from the hyped/media play. So excuse the butthurt fans, all of their time they were deceive a exaggerated TRUTH about their bias talent. I’m a Junsu bias and of course I was also really disappointed and pretty sad that his only a competent vocalist. I wasn’t expected him to be ranked in the excellent category,
    I was expecting more so in the Good to Great category, expecting him to be below Ailee & Kyuhyun but pretty sad that his several rankings below them.

    But when the truth is expose, the MORE hyped the idol/ the more exaggerated their talent the worse the reaction from fan girls gets lmao, so if this was a GD post about his actual producing/songwriting skills then you would gotten death threats by now but it’s Junsu, who is also hyped but you can see that some fans voiced their displease about your ranking and it’s embarrassing.

    As a Junsu fan, I hope those fans doesn’t influence how you look at junsu. Junsu is hardworking, very very much endearing to the very fullest & a passionate guy and not anything like his rude fans but I hope you understand why some of his fans are reacting that way.

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    1. I truly do apologize that the ranking is so much lower than the others, but I also appreciate your honest and mature comment, it makes me feel like you took your time to read. The main focus shouldn’t be the ranking, it should be the analysis itself. No I do understand and I am personally a Junsu fan myself, so I don’t think negatively of him in anyway. ^ ^

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  11. Hi pentalingual genius, from 1:52 to 2:09, was he singing in mixed voice or falsetto on the higher notes? I think that the second “raise me up…” was in falsetto, but I’m not sure with the first “up…” as well as the “mountains” that followed. I hope my wording isn’t too confusing :p
    Also, would you say it’s generally harder have good support while singing loudly or singing softly?

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    1. LOL Okay well hi. He is switching back and forth from head voice down to chest voice and then back up. It’s harder to have good support while singing softly.

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    1. Hi there~ So as I was listening, he wasn’t going anywhere below an E3 and even then one of the E3’s was a bit airy and shaky but it was the only one, at 0:22. Then at 0:32 he finally went below E3 and hit D3, but he lowered his larynx to project that. Something that is basically straining in your lower range, but compared to his general approach of air, it was actually refreshing to see him try to sing a low note, so perhaps he is trying to develop a lower range now… Since I don’t usually hear him lowering his larynx.. but I’m just guessing. Either way I wouldn’t say as off yet that he’s shown improvement in his lower range. This is a really pretty song, just piano and vocals, one of my favorite haha

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  12. To be honest seeing that he was only at competent after always hearing mostly nothing but praises about his voice kind of upset me but I’m glad that now after reading the analysis to see that there was nothing to be upset about this because of the factor the analysis is explained professionally and unbiased.
    I am a huge fan of Junsu’s but I thought this was nice to read because I don’t really know much about vocal techniques or things in that general area, so it’s nice to see his vocals being analysed like this because it’s a better view of his vocal abilities since I’m more easily pleased by a singers voice that sounds pleasant to my ears then to what the singers vocal techniques or ability’s are, so I’m generally blind in that kind of are.

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    1. I understand how you feel, many times after hearing lots of praise, when we analyze vocalists we feel disappointed. However Junsu is really not a disappointment! Being rated competent is pretty high to be honest. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this, your reaction and comment are really motivating to us. ^ ^

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  13. I’ve always appreciated Junsu’s voice, but you’re spot on about his lower register. When he first started doing musicals, it seriously showed how airy and weak it was, and it shocked me until I realized that DBSK/THSK and JYJ songs are all optimized for his mid and higher ranges, especially since they’re pop songs. Spot on!

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    1. Yeah many pop tenor songs don’t actually go that low but it’s funny because Junsu’s solo albums tend to go quite low, his vocal range video for his solo stuff is full of low notes but..they’re really airy so I’m like.. “Why..”

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      1. Is he a higher placed tenor? I’ve always found it so weird that even notes like F/F#3 sound difficult and really low for him. And does he actually have support in his lower range down to E3? Or is it just half-supported? Either way, I actually really like it when he sings airily in the higher part of his lower register lol. I actually like some airiness in general even though I know it’s not good technique

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      2. Not really, he just never developed his lower range. I mean many tenors like Daesung, Taeyang, Taeil, Jay Park and so on have difficulty below E3.. I mean at least he isn’t like Henry who has issues with F3’s. I like airiness too lol

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      3. It’s the emotion thing again… many korean “experts” habe praised junsu for his lower register, saying that although he has a naturally very high and thin and weak voice, he overcomes it by enfusing emotion…This is quite subjective and I know many koreans who hate that airyness as much as those who love it

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  14. Will you update this when he release his solo album in Oct 19th, Just 6days away.
    I heard there will be a lot of ballads so you might..see a improvement? idk, maybe?

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  15. OMG! I was quite shocked when I saw the ranking and read your analysis…However, deep within my heart I’ve always known that no matter how MUCH I love Junsu, I’d to agree that someday somebody will point out his weakness despite all the glories he received….and finally I saw ur blog…it’s disappointing to admit it but I’ve always known that what I love about Junsu was not the finding the perfection of his voice it’s his stage presence…I do agree with you, he perform and deliver the song really well, and that’s what those critics said it’s the emotion if I’m not mistaken that it seems like he has a perfect vocalization when he’s not….but, I’m grateful for your honest critic and finally got to understand what is wrong actually…I do hope he improves his vocalization and becomes really good at it…not to increase his rank, but I believe it’ll be amazing if an excellent performer can be combined with an excellent vocal isn’t it?…hope to hear more analysis from you…excellent job!!

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      1. this Is from His Piki live

        and those From His 4th asia Tour (YOKOHAMA)

        And A surprise One Of my favorite TAXI

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      2. First song is really pretty. Jk the second song is really pretty too LOL I don’t hear anything that’s different or shows improvement? Do you have anything you feel really shows something new? Any time stamps?

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      3. I don’t Know I just wanted Your opinion, In one of the songs His A4 was tight and throaty, Can We hope that He light His Mix and Get above an b4 LOL Just Curious

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  16. I love your review especially with my JYJ bias 😉
    Is there a request section where I can request for a vocal analysis?
    sorry im totally new to the page and have not eplored yet…heheh

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  17. first of all i really love junsu,.i’m a cassie and i’m fan of db5K..*proudly junsu biased*..about being overrated, yeah he’s quite,it’s really the fans and media’s fault, sticking names like “the best” and whatnot, it’s burdensome for juns bb..i’m not really surprised that he’s ranked up to this level, and its definitely not a disappointment OK!..,and i actually thank you for making this blog coz i had the chance to explore a better understanding of junsu’s vocals more deeply..really,,i don’t know anything about vocal techniques but i do understand some of the points..and i’m like –“yeah i think so too–‘ and “yeah i kind of noticed that”, i don’t know why but i prefer his voice way back in tvxq days, he still sounds good but it’s different now since he’s doing a lot of musicals, that sometimes his voice sounded(to me)older than his actual age,haha idk..oh well.. i’m still awed by this man eveytime he’s on stage..it’s a big lie not to notice how well rounded he is.. and that’s what i love about him..very unique..

    sorry for the long comment..ooh btw, can you also do analysis for k.will pls.? i love his voice..

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    1. It’s okay I’m a DB5K fan too lol I don’t personally really enjoy JYJ’s music and I like some HoMin songs but I just liked it better when it was all 5 of them lol Yeah no this ranking is high and he definitely deserves it! Yes we have him included in our future analyses, make sure to check out our list! ^ ^

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    1. Yunho doesn’t have an analysis. Changmin, Jaejoong, and Junsu have analyses because they are main/lead vocalists. Yoochun is not a lead or main vocalist. This site prioritizes main and lead vocalists and Yoochun is far from being skillful enough to be an exception. I really love Yoochun’s vocal tone, but it would be unfair to prioritize him over the many main and lead vocalists and non idols who have much better technique than him but haven’t yet been analyzed.

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  18. This is his lastest clear performance, and I somewhat see changes in his voice. I mean he sound less husky than he used to be, right? It’s lighter, more comfortable with his voice after several years doing those musical things, but I dont know if that is sign of improving of not. His higher and lower registers stay the same I can see as he doesnt even pay attention to it, but his comfortable zone makes me feel that he practice a lot.

    Btw, thanks for the analysis, although he’s my bias but I enjoy the brightness in Jaejoong’s voice more ^^

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    1. 0:46 hey that C#3 wasn’t complete air! I mean I feel like he sounds pretty normal, like his usual self. I don’t think I’ve ever truly noticed improvement from Junsu, just consistency. It’s a very nice performance though, he sounds beautiful.

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  19. After reading a lot of comments in this post, I must thank you on behalf of all users for taking your time to read almost every single one, and even analysis separate videos people post around.

    I really enjoy reading this blog. Keep the updates coming and stay healthy!

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  20. Taeyeon vocal analysis hasn’t been posted yet but from other sites & people, they always rank/rate her the same level as Junsu. Just wondering what are 1 or 2 of the big things that different the two technically.

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    1. Just bumping this question in case you guys missed this. I’m pretty curious about this too. I’ve seen several singers twist their mouths to the side like this. Does doing this make it easier to sing or something? Does it affect the technique?

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      1. I can’t see the vido, but twisting the mouth does not make anything easier. Depending on the vocalist, moving the mouth to the side can make things more difficult, for other it doesn’t do anything. It detinitely does not make anything easier because it’s not the optimal jaw position.

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      2. it The same With so hyang He Sound the same that doesn’t Take away his habitual Resonance , I hope You guys watch this To Be sure

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  21. Is his singing from 0:26 to 0:37 considered fully supported? I find that he often likes to sing a little bit airily like this, which I actually love, but does it take away from the support and tone production? Since I usually see airiness associated with shallow support. Also is his vibrato natural here? Can this kind of airiness be damaging?

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    1. No the airiness here was controlled and stylistic and the support wasn’t gone, he’s in control so it’s fine. His vibrato didn’t stick out to me.

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      1. wow..really?..yeah at least they didn’t get worse or anythin’..haha
        so junsu have always been competent..for a good dancer that’s wow..i thought jaejoong’s vocal deteriorated after the split..oh well,, i still love both of ’em..^__^

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      2. Jaejoong didn’t really change much, he got rockier and throatier but not excessively and they by 2008 were already at this level of vocal development.

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      3. But then how about changmin and yunho ,i keep hearing this how changmin vocal getting better technically after the split and he is in the same level with junsu and much much better then jaejoong now also yunho in the same level with jaejoong …they said this is the result after dbsk split both cm and yh finally got more line and cm become the main and lead vocal (what’s the different main and lead vocal by the way I don’t understand? ) hmm..just wondering? Since I believe both yh and cm improved so much after the split but then I saw changmin vocal analysis ..I could be wrong?

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      4. You hear that from whom? Random fans who don’t really understand singing technique? You can’t trust everything people tell you with subjectivity and lack of detail. Main > Lead from what I understand as in, main gets most lines, most of the challenging parts, but the lead also gets highlighted vocally just not as often or as much as a main. I don’t believe Changmin has improved whatsoever, his singing hasn’t changed in years, there’s no change to how he vocalizes. Yunho on the other hand improved from 2003 compared to 2008, now after that I can’t tell you for sure because I haven’t followed him too specifically.

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    1. Of course, the rating is directly related to their vocal development so if they were to develop their voices more, they would have a higher rating because that would indicate improvement.

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    1. Lowering the larynx is a form of vocal strain so you can strain low notes as well. Unsupported has to do with the quality of sound as well as tension.

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  22. This was a very informative analysis. I’ve been wanting to check out this site for a while now. Many of my colleagues reccomended it to me. The analysis was very well written and was filled with things that really changed my insight on his technique. It seemed like you took your time when writing this. ☺ It was really sad to see his fans call you out because you choose not to call yourself an expert. I wish people were able to respect the fact that you take time out of your life to write these for people to read. Most people Probably don’t read the Analysid. There’s a high probability that they skip to the ranking. Its sad that you have to read such hateful comments. I honestly feel ashamed to be a Cassie. 😢 😢 I’m glad you handled the comments in such a mature way. These people were kinda letting you have it, but it’s great that you handle the situation in such a mannerly and mature fashion. Just know, for every hateful Person that comments, there’s at least 100 people who loved this analysis. I hope these comments don’t get to you. Continue to make great analysis’. I’ll be looking forward to everything new that is written. Thanks for creating such an amazing site.

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    1. That is very sweet and I also thank your colleagues for recommending this and saying positive things about us. I am very thankful and we all appreciate your support and kindness. ^ ^

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  23. Who’s slight better in low him or taemin’s? and if Taeyeon (+) things + Junsu (+) thing, what rate could it be? Good? Good to great? Lol

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    1. I believe Taemin has produced better lower notes. I don’t know, that’s a soprano and a tenor you’re asking to “fuse” this ain’t dragon ball z lol

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  24. This has been perplexing me for a really long time. The G4 for “Dead End” at 2:25 sounds completely like head voice to me, more like G5 actually. Is there something wrong with my ears or something?
    Also a commentor called “Lyric Baritone” said that “there’s a bit of strain on these f#4.” Is that true?

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      1. Haha did you especially mean the vibrato at 2:04? Is it an unnatural or unhealthy vibrato?
        I really don’t understand why 2:25 sounds so much like head voice to me rather than the mixed voice that it really is. I also kept hearing this distinct higher frequency above the original pitch on some of his belts in this video, and on some live performances too. He’s not the only singer I’ve heard that for either. And it’s definitely different from brightness. I’m really confused by my ears, but it’s too obvious to me to ignore. Do you have any idea what could be causing that?
        Sorry for asking so many questions at once. Last one I promise.

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      2. It’s just the studio effect on it and the vibrato sounds forced to me. The overtones are part of resonance, so that’s why you’re hearing other notes, added onto the studio effects.

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      3. Are 3:43 to 3:47 and 3:57 to 4:01 in mixed voice or head voice? Those parts sounded completely like head voice to me. When I first watched this I just thought it was just a super smooth transition to head voice, but now that I know that overtones can be produced with resonance, that transition is just waayy to smooth. Are those parts actually in mixed voice and I’m just hearing the overtones?

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      4. D4 ~ A3 in the first part, Gb4 down to Bb4…Not sure why those notes, wasn’t paying attention to the chord progression or key. It’s all chest and mixed voice, it’s resonant throughout but there’s absolutely no hint of head voice anywhere. He didn’t sing in his head voice at all.

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      5. Thanks. I could already hear head-voice-sounding overtones layered over his mixed voice a few seconds before those sections, but then the mixed voice part faded and disappeared and left only the head-voice sounding overtones.
        What’s the wrong with my ears? I don’t understand how I can only hear the overtone and not the actual note at all, not even a hint of chest or mix at all no matter how hard I listen. Now I feel like I can’t trust anything I once thought was head voice :p

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      6. The overtone part is mostly a note thing, not as much about the actual register of the voice..so I’m not sure it’s the same thing.

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      7. Yeah I know overtones isn’t actually in head voice, but they sound completely like head voice to me. That’s why I’m afraid of getting confused. Like that one G4 in Junsu’s vocal range video sounds exactly like his last G5 when I compared them side by side, only less strained sounding and on a different vowel. I think most of the times I can hear the actual note along with the overtone. But apparently sometimes I can only hear the overtone, like with JK’s performance and with that one G4… which I then mistake as head voice…

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    1. Actually after 3:43 the second half of all the lyric-less long notes he held all sound completely like head voice to me, all with the way too smooth sounding transitions.

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  25. It says in the criteria for Competent vocalists that:

    “Range wise, supported range without head voice for tenors falls somewhere within C3/C#3 and G#4/A4”

    but Junsu’s only ever shown support down to E3? and even that’s inconsistent? what does he have that compensates for his lower range?

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    1. “Falls SOMEWHERE within” it doesn’t mean it HAS to be exactly that. Also he has a nicely developed head voice and that range does not include the head voice.

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      1. ahh alright, thanks!

        also, you mentioned in his analysis that he’s “consistently being able to produce a true head voice” but I think in another analysis you mentioned that male singers can’t really ever reach true head voice because there’s always some chest in it? hope I’m not imagining things lol

        and in the main page it says that male singers’ falsettos should be supported but I think one of the other admins/page contributors mentioned that falsetto can never be supported because it’s a disconnected register? hope I’m making sense lol it’s 4:30am so I’m a bit wacky atm

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      2. Yes you’re right so what we consider a head voice for males is not a pure head voice that a female has, it’s as close as it gets though. What the criteria means is their head voice has to have support.

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    1. Also would you say that Yunho Changmin and Yoochun are around the same vocally, especially the upper register part? (I’ve been a Cassie for 10 years but I know my boys tend to strain a LOT)

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      1. I don’t really know for sure, unfortunately. Around the same rating, yeah probably but they all have different issues. Yunho is really pushy and chesty, Yoochun is closed and nasal, Changmin is bright and shouty.

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    2. His rating was AA to Competent when he was first analyzed but within the first week he was re-rated up to Competent back then and has been that way ever since. Competent now being Proficient, nothing has changed.

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      1. So the head voice parts are in 14:10 and 14:17, but it seems that they are not connected head voice, aren’t they?

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    1. I am actually not very sure myself, I haven’t heard much of his agility in head voice, but I do know his pitch and control are fairly good.

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      1. Also, is his control, pitch and placement as good as or better than other male vocalists, like Jonghyun or Lee Hyun? Thanks! Sorry for responding really late, i was on vacation.

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      2. Again his head voice was the thing I focused on the least in his analysis because he uses it less than he mixes, but in general it lacks the the fulness of the head voice I’ve heard from Eunkwang or Gunwoo. Lee Hyun and Jonghyun’s head voices are similar to Junsu’s, but Junsu’s is the least connected.

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      3. Also, ahmin, do you think that Junsu will improve? Or will he not since i think he has sort of stopped improving and stopped working on his technique

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  26. But just one last clarifying question, and then I promise I’ll be done. Haha LOL. But my clarification question is that, Junsu has really good control, pitch, placement, and support in his head voice right? Lol thanks!!

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    1. I feel like you’ve asked this question like 5 times with different words.. I don’t get how it’s not been answered yet lol Yes he does I think, I could be wrong.

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      1. Hmm, does this “really good control, pitch, placement, and support in his head voice” falter in his head voice? Like does this go away or fail at lets say E5 or something or is it consistent up to his max of F#5? Thanx

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      2. Ahh I see, his “really good control, pitch, placement, and support in his head voice” (I luv copy and paste) goes until F#5 and then above that it falters

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  27. This page gives me life – so many shit Kpop singers who are lauded as amazing and so many good ones with areas to work on. People tend to forget that being a musician means you have to keep improving ALWAYS – being onstage doesn’t mean you can sing.

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