E3 ~ F6 (3 Octaves and 1 semitone)
A3 ~ C#5
A3 ~ G5 (with head voice)
- Strongest vocalist in Brown Eyed Girls
- Notes down to A3 possess proper projection and support
- Able to support her mixed range up until C#5
- Shown resonance and support up until C5 consistently
- Possesses a head voice that has been used up until G5 with enough consistency
- One of the highest vocal ranges amongst idol female vocalists
- Possesses good note separation and accuracy in her vocal runs
- Very extensive mixed range up until A5/Bb5
- Notes down to F3 and F#3 at times possess enough clarity and vocal tone
- Healthy vibrato often produced through proper breath support
- Intonation is often quite accurate
- Able to harmonize and blend her voice in well
Points for Improvement
- Notes below A3 are often unsupported and unclear
- Lacks support on her lower notes in general, often becoming airy and disconnected
- Seems to often sing with a small mouth shape and throat shape, causing her overall voice to be very small
- Her voice can oftentimes project partially through her nose
- Notes above C#5 are generally more pinched, whiny and strained, even if extensive in range
- Falsetto is often employed and switched into instead of head voice
- The higher she goes, the more strained and screamed notes become in falsetto and mix
- Raises her larynx on higher belts and often sounds throaty and thin
- Lower register: Generally very airy and unsupported below A3, with occasional support down to G3 and tone still present down to F#3 at times. She has correct projection and placement on A3’s and above only though.
- Mixed register: Very evenly mixed with a nice resonant sound consistently up until C5 and support still present on C#5 and occasionally D5. Above C#5 the consistency is lost and the larynx raises, where a more strained and pinched sound comes out.
- Upper register: Very pure and full, capable of producing a nice controlled head voice even as high as G5, but also able to transition into a weaker, more fragile falsetto at times. Above G5, though, the sound of the voice turns more into a falsetto and becomes more pushed and squeaked as she ascends higher.
Narsha’s voice is bright and very light. It possesses ease and a certain degree of agility, possibly the most agile voice amongst the Brown Eyed Girls vocalists. With a tone that’s so light, agility comes to her more naturally and when she sings, there’s not only a clear ability to sing slow and mid tempo runs, her voice shows a clear control of accuracy and note separation, hitting every single tone individually with a very nice flow and control of legato throughout. Her most notably accurate and best vocal runs include the ones in Brown Eyed Girls’ cover of “Emotion“. Other times, however, her runs may lack precision and control when higher in range, such as her descending run from her F6 in “Sixth Sense“.
Debuting in 2006 and maintaining a steady career as a vocalist of one of Korea’s top female vocal groups, Narsha is no stranger to the public. Possessing a very unique and recognizable tone, Narsha’s voice is usually the Soprano of group in terms of harmonies and shows a very light, bright and high texture, able to mix quite high and sit comfortably in a high range. She is a light lyric soprano who has the necessary understanding of how to use her vocal instrument appropriately for the material she chooses to sing, for the most part.
Starting from the bottom of her range, her voice is generally very quiet and lacks a clear support. From the E3 to the F#3 range, example being “Dancing Queen“, her voice seems to lack proper vocal cord connection and does not project very well, the tone is sometimes present on F#3’s but there’s also a very obvious disconnection of sound coming from the air through her vocal cords. Although at times she’s been able to show a more steady sound even on G3, such as in “친구여” where the sound is focused and the cords are connected but projection and placement still lack in terms of fullness and presence of sound. The sound is however very steady anywhere above A3, where proper cord connection and placement are found and her voice becomes stable and supported.
As she ascends, her voice sits quite comfortably in the low fifth octave, with a lot of consistency and ease on C5’s and below, where her voice shows good placement and resonant most of the time. Most notable moments include her resonant Bb4 from “착한 사랑” and her C5’s from “You Raise Me Up” and “하루하루“, where a clear support and resonance are shown. She is consistently supported up until C#5 and occasionally shows an ability to support notes as high as D5, although there’s more of a push to the voice and the stability starts to be lost, such as in “대전 블루스“, “홀로 된다는” and “착한 사랑“, where the support is being used but the notes seem to not sit as comfortably and stable in her voice. Her mixing is generally very balanced and around D5 and above, her larynx starts to raise and the support starts to be lost. Notes start to have a certain push and lack the ease she has below, examples include her E5’s in “친구여“, her F5 in “Sixth Sense” and the peak of her mixed range, her A5/Bb5 from “Can’t Fight The Moonlight“. Another issue in her mixed range is that, although resonance is achieved and support exists, she has a tendency to keep her mouth closed and create less space for her voice to properly project, causing the sound of her resonance to be at times still very small and not as amplified as much as she could.
One of the highlights of Narsha’s voice is her falsetto and head voice register, which are easily accessed and very well developed until G5, with control and precision. Notes below G5 are generally easily switched into, possess ease and project well, with a control of when to use falsetto and when to use a head voice. Her head voice is pure, clean and resonant, and although small in volume, still possesses more presence than most Sopranos’ falsettos. She is able to control her head voice well up until G5, examples being her G5 from “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and her F#5/G5 from “착한 사랑“. Above G5, however, her voice becomes more of a disconnected and pinched falsetto, losing the ease and resonance present in her head voice, generally becoming more squeaked. Examples include the F6 of “Sixth Sense” and her C6 in “싫어“.
One of Narsha’s good assets is her improvement in pitch and stability, which could at times hinder her voice and cause projection issues, but with time have shown a more steady and consistent approach in sound, with her voice being very supported, in tune and controlled throughout performances. Her vibrato is also very healthy and produced with proper support, showing a good relaxed sound when in her supported range, but either becoming absent or overly fast as she ascends above her supported range. Her most notable flaw however is her tendency to create a more narrow space for sound, where her voice doesn’t project as much and consequently, she may at times place her voice more in her nose than in her mask, causing a more blocked sound to come out and less resonance is achieved.
Narsha’s strongest asset is her ability to freely control her voice in her supported range and play with dynamics quite well. She can control her breath well and generally uses a slightly chestier sound for fuller notes, a more balanced mix for her brighter and lighter notes and can control the usage of falsetto, head voice, airiness and brightness in her voice to fully travel through the emotions of a song throughout her vocal delivery and performance.
Showing a very consistent vocal delivery, but not as much improvement, it is only expected that one of Korea’s most respected vocal groups would have consistent vocalists. Narsha, being Brown Eyed Girls’ lead vocalist, is able to show resonance, control and support her voice well for her own style of music and her own musical choices, given they’re within her supported range. She’s a vocalist who’s got enough vocal skill to be respected as a vocalist, but also enough skill to survive as a solo artist and maintain a long and fulfilling artistic career as a singer in Korea, if perhaps she is to further develop her technique, it would allow her voice to bloom into a bigger and wider range of sounds, notes and skills than she possesses today. Perhaps more focus on opening her mouth and throat, also more focus on breath support could allow her to improve her vocals and earn a name as one of Korea’s top vocalists.
Not a very adventurous vocalist, Narsha is one who does not try and change songs without knowing exactly what she is doing. She does, at times, sing songs differently and has the ear to stay in pitch and control her voice within her supported range, but most of the time, her most notable skill is her ear for harmony and ability to blend in well with other voices. That is her strongest skill in her musicianship, her ability to hear and change her tone, voice and volume so that she can match and deliver music more effectively through the use harmony, instead of trying to show off and stand out but not blending in well with her other members.
Label (Type of Vocalist)
MH Vocalists: Mid-Range Head Voice Vocalists
MB Vocalists: Mid-Range Belters
Best Vocal Performance
Vocal Range Video(s)
Video by: Josias (Eternalsilverlight)
Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)
38 thoughts on “Brown Eyed Girls’ Vocal Analysis: Narsha”
I really love her voice and her range is big. Like always great analysis. Will you do Younha as well? I think she’s great.
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Yes yes I will.. ^ ^
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YOU DID NARSHA!!! Glad I helped you! I don’t know why but I feel like havinga party, I waited for this for SO LONG!!! LETS CELEBRATE!!!
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OMG THANK YOU! I adore Narsha i was waiting for this sooo long ago. Thank you! Your analysis is so detailed and you phraise her so much i though she was at least a competent to good vocalist. When i saw the above average title i was like O.o hell noo why hahaha. It was great though.
(If Narsha is above average then Jessica is sooo far away from it D: Or is it Jiyul´s analysis? I hope she doesn´t read this T.T)
Lol jessica oh well theyre not too different tbqh and haha i tried my best but i sugarcoat and im really nice but she lacks a lot
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Everyone here seems way better than Jessica lol
Good job anyways. Enjoyed Narsha´s analysis so bad! Can´t wait for Jea´s!
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You might be surprised when it comes out lol
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You might be suprised when it comes out? I wonder why… Guess what i came to a conclusion? Jea is competent. Yes I said it she’s competent! Look at above average to competent people there supported range is (for women) B3-D5. Jea’s is (not sure) G#3-Eb5. That’s compentent, she’s better than Taeyeon. I’ll give you an example U.Ji is someone who is compentent. U.Ji has powerful belts with nice falsetto and decent/ok low notes. That’s what Jea has. Let me look on your needs for competent.. One or two developed registers or two to three somewhat balanced. Range wise supported range G#3/A3-D5/Consistently supported within their supported range. Resonates at times, but optimal resonance is not a regular occurrence. Connection between the registers is not present. Intonation is not perfect, off-key moments happen at times. Good tonality isn’t always kept, strain and tension are apparent at times. That’s what Jea has if not more than half. If she’s above average to competent she would have to be on the same level as Taeyeon which she is obivously is better than. She has a smaller range then Taeyeon but bigger supported range. Am I right? I think so for the first time…
No i actually dont think youre right, I hardly think Jeas supported range is that wide and I dont think shes better than Taeyeon. She barely even has a lower range and her pitch saddens me
Oh ok, I’m so wrong all the time. I’m really sorry I seemed like a smartass in that comment which I really am not. I’m very sorry I should not have acted like that. But I have one question for you, what note is this? It’s kind of airy so I had a hard time figuring it out. Check it out:
In the beggining she did low notes. I’m working on her range. Her belts and mixes are really high so it’s easy. I’ll finish on the weekends or maybe Monday! If I work a lot on it this week I can finish it on Friday! i can’t wait it will be my first vocal range video. What do you think she will rank?
I think she is AA and i heard many many E3s and oh dear dont worry! You didnt come off in any wrong nor disrespectful way at all
Darn, looking at the comments here, I’m almost scared to see JeA’s analysis. To my ears, she sounds extremely good at her best times, but I can tell that her quality during lives are pretty inconsistent (someone correct me if I’m wrong.) Taking that into account, would she be tied with Narsha? Also, would BEG greatly benefit from receiving vocal training? Since the members pretty much teach themselves, I feel that they could improve on their weaknesses if they did.
They could definitely benefit from vocal training and yeah my opinion on Jea has changed a lot these days after actually paying attention to her live
Oh my Reusha, my bias lol. So with more focus on her mixed range (around C5/C#5) and sharpen her head voice more, could those make her a somewhat Above Avarage to Competent or Competent one, cause I feel like she might be the one whom could get better the most in BEG.
Sure. I mean, there are many things that she could work on for her to improve herself as a vocalist, it really just depends on her.
Have you listened to their new comeback yet? I would love to know if any of them improved with the 2 year gap (or at the very least didn’t regressed).
Are there lives? If so link them pwease~
Hello guys, I was wondering if you can take a look at their recent live performances of three tracks: Time of Ice Cream, Warm Hole and Brave New World. Here I put the links to those performances since it would be better for you guys to judge 😀
Brave New World
Time of Ice Cream
Thank you guys a lot 🙂
Btw if you want to listen to the full LP, here’s the link below. I can try to capture the time stamp if you need 🙂
I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking for but the one answer I can give you is that based on this comeback, I don’t really hear any regression nor improvement from them, in other words, they’ve been more or less the same. Which is a good thing ultimately.
Who would you say are the best female singers in this category of above average vocalists?
Solar and Wheein.
Makes alot of sense. Thanks Again. XD
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BEG is one of the strongest vocal female groups? Right?
Kind of.. SNSD TTS is about as good as a whole.
Not Tiffany. But, I don’t really count sub-units.
Yes Tiffany included because Tiffany is not bad, Seohyun and Gain are close and Jea and Narsha are not far enough ahead of Gain or Seohyun to match and Taeyeon is so far ahead that it kind of evens them out. I see, no sub units. Well then Davichi, 15&, Mamamoo and CSJH The Grace are better.
I noticed that you wrote on her strengths that she’s the strongest vocalist in BEG but than in another one u she tied with JeA http://puu.sh/nQOWN/69206748d4.png
Oh that was written there before, I should edit it. Thank you.
Would you say Narsha is the best out of all AA girls?
No, I would not say that.
This probably shouldn’t be a question to ask you but I’m just curious …. why is JeA considered the main and Narsha the lead? I thought the person with the wider range/better technique got that spot … and juding from JeAs analysis…
I can’t explain why. This isn’t the first group where this happens. Big Bang, 2NE1, Teen Top, etc, are also examples.
I think it’s because if one member is a better vocalist, but they’re more focused on dancing or rapping, it goes to someone whose main focus is singing. 2NE1 is the only group Ahmin mentioned that I know a lot about. Minzy was the best vocalist,but her main focus was dancing and she rapped too, so since Bom was focused on singing and had a more recognizable voice, she gets the title.
What stops her from being AA to P and being the strongest? Is it consistency?
Yes, lack of consistency with resonance and support.
Does jihyo have the same vocal range as narsha? I know its highly unlikey but it looks like it hmmm?