Kim Jungah’s Vocal Analysis

Jungah

Vocal Range

E3 ~ F#5 (2 Octaves and 1 note)

*Might be wider

Supported Range

B3/C4 ~ G4/G#4

Voice Type

Light-Lyric Soprano

Strengths/Achievements

  • Able to support her voice when she sings softly
  • Possesses enough vocal tone to sing through songs without a flat sound
  • Able to produce decently supported B3’s and C4’s in her lower range
  • Able to mix with enough support up to as high as G#4
  • Able to transition into her falsetto without losing too much of the overall key center of songs
  • Good enough hearing to be able to stay in key singing acapella for the most part

Weaknesses

  • Glottal and swallowing muscles are overly active in her singing, causing a lot of tension
  • Larynx raises above G#4 and tension is clearly heard
  • Strains throughout most of her range
  • Support is weak in her lower range, most of her low notes are airy whispers
  • Vibrato is wobbly and unstable
  • Intonation isn’t always correct, can often sound flat and off key
  • Vocal runs are sloppy
  • Nasality is present throughout her singing
  • Falsetto is often airy, disconnected and weak in tone
  • Even within her supported range, her mix can sound closed and strained when she tries to add more power to songs
  • Legato is sloppy, often sounds slightly chopped up in her singing and speech-like
  • Her singing is generally whiny, thin, strained and screechy
  • Vocals have declined in quality over the years

Registers

  • Lower register: support is almost inexistent and under explored as she descends into her lower range. Her voice is stable and produces tone around B3/C4 with support, but as she descends into A3 the support and stability become weaker until they finally dropped completely below A3.
  • Mixed register: her mixed voice is developed enough for her to be able to extend her mix even as high as F5. Even then, the actual technique behind her mix is flawed, as the placement of her voice is heavily done in her nose, her throat is tight, tension is seen throughout all of her mix voice, even sometimes at the bottom around G4/G#4.
  • Upper register: Arguably a more comfortable and developed register than her lower and mix registers. In this voice she’s able to produce more relaxed notes and keep a more stable tone without as much strain, showing an ease when transitioning into her falsetto registers and minimizing vocal strain that way above A4. Falsetto register is still very airy and disconnected.

Agility

Possessing a light voice, her voice could and should be able to do vocal runs with more agility than a heavier voice. Due to the lack of proper vocal technique employed in Jungah’s overall singing, she does not possesses the necessary skill to sing through complicated or even simple vocal runs with enough pitch accuracy. However so, she still has good enough pitch to be able to more or less slide the notes through vocal runs if necessary, with a sloppy delivery and even though the pitch is close, it isn’t quite hitting the notes correctly nor separating them correctly. An example of this would be the vocal run in Irreplaceable.

Overall analysis

Officially debuting with After School in 2009, Jungah was regarded as After School’s main vocalist and before the addition of Raina, she was in charge of the most challenging lines and the highest notes. As time went by, such notes given to Raina, whose vocal skill is far superior to what Jungah has presented from the beginning of her career. Possessing a light, bright and high voice, Jungah has always had ease with hitting high notes and has been able to stretch and strain her way into the middle 5th octave, allowing for her to belt out high notes when needed. Such skill is more associated with the fact that she naturally has a high sounding voice, sitting in the Soprano range, more specifically a light lyric soprano, like most females in K-pop. Even with the potential to be able to be vocally skilled by having a naturally extensive mixed range, Jungah never showed much consistency with keeping her technique polished up throughout her career.

The bottom of Jungah’s range, actually, used to show more consistency in tone and in support than it does now. Perhaps due to lack of warming up or it being early in the morning, Jungah had moments of being able to show tonality down to F#3 in earlier performances, such as in “채념“. Such vocal placement was never a consistent achievement and even in that performance her lowest note, E3, showed lack of support, placement and vocal cord connection, becoming airy and muted when hit. As she ascends above the F#3 range, more recently, Jungah is able to show enough vocal tone for the pitch to be recognized, but the overall connection of the vocal cords isn’t present, the support is shallow and the overall placement isn’t forward enough so that her voice can project the lower part of her range, causing the airy low notes to often be lost in the mix when performing live, such as the G3’s of “My Bell“. The only true part of her range where she has shown enough consistency of tone is the end of the third octave and beginning of the fourth octave around B3 and C4, where her voice shows support is able to carry through with better placement, such as in “그남자, 그여자“.

The mixed part of her range is where she is able to show the most extension and the most tone, but also the least amount of consistency and support. Back when she first debuted, sometimes her overall tone production wouldn’t be too strained and she’d be able to hit B4’s with enough consistency of tone and support, such as around in “비밀번호 486“. Even then, strain was apparent in her voice. More recently, her vocals have gone slightly down in terms of quality and support, causing for her to show many more moments of vocal strain within a low range. As a Soprano, the bridging area of her voice should start somewhere around the F4/F#4 range and go up as high as F5/F#5 before her needing to transition into a more head-dominant placement or head voice. The issue with Jungah’s technique is that even a C5, the beginning of the area where a woman’s blooms voice regardless of voice type, is a challenging note for her and even notes close to C5. Her overall mixed voice is more on the head dominant side, with a lot of throat tension causing her to sound yelled and strained as she attempts to sing higher notes such as the E5’s of “Diva” and C#5’s of “잘 지내고 있죠“. Compared to her B4’s closer to debut, her more recent attempts at hitting such notes have been met unsuccessfully, with her sounding closed, tight and strained such as in “너때문에” and “총맞은 것 처럼“. Even as low as G#4 and A4, Jungah still shows sign of tension in her swallowing muscles, with glottal tension and a tight sounding, constricted sound in her mixed voice such as in “잊지말아요“.

Her most comfortable register would be her falsetto register, where her voice finds most ease and is able to switch into more often to avoid vocal strain. When she sings softly, for the most part, she tends to switch around A4 and retain a relaxed, airy sound to her singing that doesn’t cause her too much vocal strain. Her voice isn’t always skilled when transitions, showing issues with connection of vocal cords and airiness, such as in “사랑과 전쟁“. In other occasions and more recently, switching into falsetto even as high as E5 proves less challenging and she shows some skill with a bright falsetto tone, such as in “귀여운 너“, even though there’s a heavy backing track being played. Her falsetto is overall, however, unstable, inconsistent, airy, disconnected and nasal.

The biggest issues with Jungah’s vocal technique are her lack of ability to properly keep her throat open, voice well placed, swallowing muscles relaxed, tongue relaxed and breath support so that she doesn’t sound whiny, strained and constricted. Due to her inability to keep correct breath support, her tone ends up often sounding strained, whiny, pushed and her voice becomes small in sound, with a wobbly, unstable vibrato and a lack of proper support. Her overall technique causes her voice to always sound limited in range, strained and for her to have issues hitting higher notes. Her lack of technique causes her to have little to no interpretation skills, her lack of vocal dynamics, ability to control her volume, her textures in tone and her placement causes her sing to often sound the same and for her to be limited to a C4 ~ G4 range in terms of where her voice shines the most.

Sadly it’s safe to say Jungah is one the weakest main/lead vocalists amongst current female idols. Her lack of vocal technique causes her to even be below the arguable former lead vocalist of After School, Kahi. For the future, if Jungah is to leave After School and go solo, the best route for her to take would be for her to be on a hiatus for sometime to work on her singing technique so that she can develop every single aspect of the basics of singing before she can venture into the solo career she may have in mind. She has potential with a wide enough range and a natural ability to hit high notes, all she needs is to recreate good singing habits and start from the beginning to fully find the true tone and color of her voice.

Musicianship

Vocally, she may not be exceptionally skilled, however in terms of musical sensibility, Jungah is not too weak in skill. She can, if needed, harmonize and keep a consistent vocal line in the right key while harmonizing with another vocalist, even if said vocalist is to mess up or go off, such as in a live acapella harmonization of “Shine“. Even then, she lacks the necessary vocal skill to properly create her own musical changes, vocal lines and rhythmic ideas into her own song performances, showing a lack of creativity in her vocal skill.

Rating

Weak Vocalist

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

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84 thoughts on “Kim Jungah’s Vocal Analysis

  1. yay jungah!
    she’s my bias in afterschool :3 but she’s weak, i knew, and calmly accept it lol
    btw, her E5 in diva though. i cringe alot on that too.
    some kid from hello venus sang the E5 in exact way as jungah lol but i don’t know her name.

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  2. Wow… didn’t know Jungah will come out that quickly… so is Park Bom the best of them 3? 😄 funny thing is that their support range keeps getting smaller from Park Bom, Jiyoon and then Jungah… From their analysises, I can see that they have the same problem, which is legato… that’s why they sound chopped up in songs… I LOL-ed when u said she should take a hiatus 1st just jk 😛 will u consider Kahi then? since she’s better than Jungah?

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      1. Well, okay… just one question: in the ‘Irreplaceable’ video(linked it so it’s not much trouble 🙂 )

        at 2.28-2.32 is Raina using head voice for her E5(or Eb5?) and F#5? If yes, then she knows how to use head voice as early as 2009! 😄

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  3. as I expected lol.
    well then, what’s your opinion about Lizzy from AS also? I guess she’s better than Jungah for some parts though

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  4. Omo jungah! that was fast! when AS debut i was totally fall in love with them. they were so pretty and sexy, very cool, and the song so catchy too.
    Was kahi already better than jungah from AS debut? or just recentely from masked singer? and who’s next? i bet is gayoon, minah or changmin.. or just keep it secret, so it will give us a suprise effect haha

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    1. They were like the Korean Pussycat Dolls right? haha Kahi was always better than Jungah and recently she has shown quite nice improvement. I’ll keep it a secret, it’s someone more popular. ;3

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  5. I see we are now adding to the Weak parts of the blog (which are most relatable to most of the readers who come here, or maybe just my own weak self). I remember when people came up with Naul and SoHyang haha xD Keep up the good work!

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    1. Haha it’s weird to have the word “average” when it seems most vocalists analyzed end up falling in the “Above Average” category.. LOL So I’m like oh shit gotta get to the less vocally skilled people lol

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      1. sorry, i tried to replied this comment.
        “They were like the Korean
        Pussycat Dolls right? haha
        Kahi was always better than
        Jungah and recently she has
        shown quite nice improvement.
        I’ll keep it a secret, it’s
        someone more popular. ;3”

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  6. Yay Finally more weak/average vocalists. Site was missing some in the category 😛
    I notice a lot of Filipino singers like try to darken their tone and like Japanese singers sometimes do stylistic nasality. Is there anything kpop singers do like that?? Maybe straining high notes but i think thats universal.

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    1. We were missing them! lol K-pop singers? Guys like to sing higher than they should. LOL Girls, try to sound cutesy nasal like Japanese ones, but they’re not always nasal… so I don’t know… I think Japanese are nasal, Filipinos fake darkness in tone and Koreans love to use airiness, falsetto and belt high notes. I guess Koreans are less terrible with vocal habits lol

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      1. American people love high notes and runs, so like every single famous youtuber singer either sings really high or does runs everywhere and everybody goes OMG WHATERIJSPK lol

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  7. Wow not excepecting this at all lol. I actually think she has the worst lower register in kpop. Well THANK GOD we have Raina. Can you imagine what it would be like without Raina. Oh no…can’t imagine I guess I like Raina too much after watching about EVERY SINGLE VIDEO OF HER SING! Oh I know your doing Seohyun’s vocal range and my Yonghwa would be the last vocal range vid in a long time. I’m not doing any weak vocalists or average. Who should I do after Yonghwa? Oh and I found an A5! Anyways I know who’s analysis is coming next, it’s Solji! You have to tell me what time the analysis is coming so I’m the first one!!!

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      1. Ok cool, is it me or having weak lead vocalists means that basically anyone can be a lead vocalist in kpop? Think about it…

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  8. I always loved her voice, didn’t seem weak to mexD better than alot of After School non lead or main vocalists at least. I knew Uee was weak though but not JungAh, i love her style mainly though so i never paid much attention to her technique
    for sure Raina is the best in AS
    for weak vocalist, would JungAh be the best out of bom and jiyeon?
    or is jiyeon better?
    sorry bom>< i always found bom the weakest

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    1. UEE isn’t weak, she is just….bad. For lack of a better non-offensive word. No no Jungah is actually the weakest against Jiyoon and Bom, sadly. It’s not a big difference at all though.

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      1. Weak isn’t bad, bad is worse than weak. Bad is not even a vocalist, bad is just… I wouldn’t count them as vocalist. Jiyoon* you mean, Bom isn’t that bad live all the time, I mean Jungah is also consistently about the same vocally. It’s just her support is weaker but then again, it’s not a big difference at all.

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      2. lmao, ok. Yeah sorry jiyoon, not jiyeon. So whoever you’re not doing would be bad? like Yoona, Minho etc..? btw, would Nana from AS also be bad?
        Bom seems to run out of breath alot live:/ and the only time shes good is when you hear it without Mr remove

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      3. Like yes and no. Some people who I’m not doing, like Key of SHINee or Yuri of SNSD, they’re not bad but they’re not much better than average either. I, however, prioritize doing main and lead vocalists since they’re the ones to be taken seriously in this aspect.

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      4. Oh nana is bad from what I’ve heard lol I wouldn’t call her average or weak… yes see I mean for me, to analyze a vocalist who’s not skilled is not fun lol

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      5. btw, what would key from shinee be? Since you did Taemin and he’s not a lead. I think Key was good from debut though and improved a lot since esp live since I only hear him in their recent comebacksxD

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      6. Taemin is a lead vocalist currently I’d say but not officially the way he debuted. I don’t think Key was ever good, I mean, Key is a baritone who can sing high but that’s it, I watched recent performances and his support and general singing is very poor in skill, he sings too high for a baritone who hasn’t developed the lower part of his mixed range. I also did Taemin because of how much he has improved and how skilled he is now. Again, Key seemed like a lead vocalist in the beginning too, but he got lazy and I don’t hear any improvement from him, if anything he stayed the same or regressed a little bit.

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      7. currently? Isn’t it Onew? Taemin is main dancer and maknae. I mean they do give Taemin a lot of lines too, but not sure if they changed the position because Key used to have more lines but he was still vocalist. I think key sings middle range well but not sure about high, he cracks at times, but so does Taemin. lol, he got lazy. Yeah, i was surprised by Key’s voice before but i don’t think he’s trying as much now, he sounds the same as before.

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      8. I believe both Taemin and Onew are considered lead vocalists, don’t you think? Maknae is not a position, it’s just an age thing.. lol Key is a vocalist, just not a lead nor main… It’s not even about cracking, even when Key doesn’t crack, all his note around E4 and above are strained and I understand he is a baritone but if he’s going to sing that high as if he were a tenor, he should do it properly and he isn’t. I do love the lower part of his range and his overall tone but his skill is not too high.

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      9. Well if you mean by more lines and improvement then yes, because Key has less lines than him now but vocally I still find Taemin weak live because he doesn’t sing and dance well live. Like for “View” with MR removed, his high notes were strained and i could barely hear him, he’s always quiet live. And yeah i know, but in Korean it’s a position so thats why i mentioned itxD I think in View Key was ok and he sang the higher parts in “Ode to You”, but i think higher than that he strains easily

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      10. Well I never consider dancing and singing well live a thing, at least not on music shows. I only take videos seriously when they’re standing, or singing with a band, or singing with a microphone without dancing. Taemin does quite well on Immortal Song and that I value more than weekend promotion shows. I don’t think it’s as much of a position in Korea as international fans make it out to be…but maybe that’s just me anyway. lol I watched a live of him recently and it was Ode To You and everything was strained, also Taemin’s falsetto failed there too.

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      11. but some groups do a very good job at it, like SNSD. but if you sing and dance then it’s hard, but if they stop to hit the note, and they still can’t do it even the second time, then….i don’t know
        yeah i agree, i think the songs he choose in immortal song makes his voice sound alot nicer:)
        and yeah, see what I mean?xD this is why I’m not impress when Taemin sings with SHINee or SHINee songs

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      12. I mean it’s still something that should not be taken into consideration for vocal technique. You have to practice dancing and singing at the same time, it’s got nothing to do with someone’s vocal technique. BoA can sing and dance well live, but her singing in itself isn’t exactly good.

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      13. i never liked BoAs singing, but she’s not bad.i thought taemin would’ve done better since he does have less lines and not singing all the way through. He seem to be better when he did his solo live and that was harder because it’s a soloxD

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      14. Ah so you were asking about Key right? So someone showed me this video and here’s what I hear.

        At 1:45 Key hits G#4 ~ F#4 and at 2:40 he sustains G#4, which are examples but he does it throughout the song a couple of times. His tone is shallow, it’s throat-produced and it’s strained the whole way through. Now I don’t think it’s fair to compare a baritone singing the same notes as a tenor, but even when singing E4’s, he still sounds throaty. Now Taemin at 2:02 hits G#4’s and at 2:04 sustains a resonant F#4, which has no strain at all, it’s not struggled. The sound is clean, full, well placed and resonant. So again, the whole argument that Taemin strains live is not very valid because it isn’t true that Taemin strains live. Maybe when he’s dancing? But dancing is not a focus of mine, only when they’re standing still and both Key and Taemin were standing still. So you see what I mean with Key not being as skilled as Taemin and Taemin being as skilled as he’s said to be?

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      15. Yeah i notice Key sounds throaty in some songs too:/ But I do get impress how a baritone can hit the high notes, esp when they sang Stand By Me, even though it was a long time ago, he sounded like he could be lead. Yes this was the song i sent you tooxD On your previous comment you said Taemin sounded strained and his falsetto was bad, or did you post this before that one?

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      16. yeah i know in 2:04 Taemin sounds nicexD but what rating would Key be? weak singer or weak-average?
        and this is what i mean by some singers do well live. I find key and onew have better breathing when they sing live and they barely lip sync

        lol,this song might be a bad example about Taemin because he doesn’t have a lot of lines

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      17. Oh no my comment about Taemin’s falsetto was the one right after Key’s sustained G#4 with Onew’s head voice B4 harmonized. Also the strain was on the A4 from View, which was bad breathing since he was dancing and moving too much. I don’t think I’d call Key a weak vocalist at all, he’s definitely better than that, I wonder who’s better between him and Youngjae of B.A.P… but I don’t know what rating they’d get yet, around weak to average or average but I’m not sure..
        So I’m watching the video and Key sounds really flat.. 0:20 pretty nasal, 0:25 strained and then he was flat afterwards. Key’s outfit does not highlight his figure, kill his stylist. Jonghyun’s F#4’s sound pretty nice and resonant, good considering they’re dancing quite a bit. 2:54 his head voice was nice, but not afterwards, he was pretty flat. It’s actually funny people were complaining because Key is getting many lines in this album..

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      18. yeah maybe, but he did stop to sing that whole partxD or maybe because i’m seeing how well onew and key’s breathing is dancing and singing live so i’m criticizing Taemins. sorry TaeminxD ok, thats why i was interested to see a key one, but i’m glad to hear he’s not weak!
        and lmao yeah their outfits are horrible
        i was happy that key was getting more lines because he’s been rapping in their other comebacks and Taemin had a lot of lines, and i feel like Key’s wouldn’t improve his singing if he doesn’t sing more like before!! i hope key’s voice improves:D

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      19. I may do a Key analysis but only long after I’m done with most people I have planned to analyze lol I hope he improves too

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      20. lol, I really hope you do him, i want to see how his techniques are considering he won kpop star before but sometimes he tries very hard on high notes. and Yes can’t wait!:D

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      21. …………………people underestimate taemin again.
        it makes me sad lol
        again, having quiet/small voice is natural timbre. it has nothing to do with technique.

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  9. Hey, can you analyses 2000Won’s Hyobin? I know they are so underrated but they appeared on Kpop Star 2. Is there any chance for him?

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    1. I guess so, I looked him up and it seems that there’s not much material for him so I can’t really analyze him yet but I shall consider him for the future.

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  10. I know this is a rsndok question, but what would you rank the fifth harmony members? I always wondered what level they’d be on compared to kpop singers.

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    1. Here’s their vocal range video as a group

      I wrote this comment on it:
      “Camila, Normani not even C5, Dinah up until C#5 is okay, some resonance below that, Ally is good up until D5 ish and Lauren’s C5’s are okay, even though her one D5 was good. Their lower ranges are all kind of unsupported, airy and underdeveloped except for Camilla’s, her G3 was quite nice. Some overly airy tones and their falsettos are generally okay, Lauren’s B5 wasn’t bad and Dinah’s high falsettos weren’t bad either, Ally has a nice control up there even though it’s falsetto and whistle. All of them are Light Lyric Sopranos.. for mezzos, think Adele, Alicia Keys, Beyonce,.. a real womanly kind of fuller, lower tone, none of these girls really have that, theyre either slightly darker tones or huskies but all in all all sound pretty light and soprano-y. They’re not bad as a whole, but individually they’ve gotta work, nevertheless they got potential. ^ ^”
      So basically the strongest one is Ally who could be a competent vocalist, the rest are either Average, Average to AA or AA.

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  11. Sorry a bit off topic, which company would u rank the best in vocal teaching to the least? If given JYP, SM, YG, Cube, Pledis, TS, Starship, Loen, or maybe some others? Haha

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    1. I am not sure because I’m not sure if the companies are the ones training or if they have lessons from outside.. I can tell you that SM chooses the people with the best vocal technique, now do they train them the best? I’m not so sure because most improvement I see from idols in general is after debut, not during their trainee period. I mean Yerin from 15& did not improve much during her trainee period, she was just always quite up there. Luna improved a lot after debut, Raina too… I’d say though, if I’d have to guess based on their idols and results. SM > Starship? > JYP > YG > Cube > Pledis and I don’t even know if Loen cares.. yknow I think Core Contents Media is good at training their vocalists though, except for T-Ara, just look at Yangpa, SeeYa, Davichi, Shannon and such. Ultimately, I haven’t seen them training their idols so I can’t say for sure.

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  12. I’ve always loved Jungah, ever since I first got into After School….probably my bias after Kahi. I absolutely love her voice in ballad songs/slower songs. And I too have noticed, she can’t hit the high notes in Diva…always screaming it during live performances. Out of the many bad decisions Pledis has made, giving the high note (in Diva) to Raina was one of the few things they did right.

    I do admit, she has bad control over her voice. She isn’t an stable as other vocalists but I like how she belts out her high notes (the ones in her range of course, and her range is quite small). But I think she’s another one of those singers where I appreciate their tone instead of ability. And I think she always successfully express emotion through her singing. I can FEEL the pain when I hear her in ballads.

    And this analysis is pretty accurate, and another proof for it would be:

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  13. I think I’m also one of the few fans that LOVED her voice. She’s on my list of a few singers who have the beautiful melancholic tone to their voice. I miss hearing it.

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  14. I am so very sorry for posting this here, I do not know where to go… But, am just curious about how you would analyze ? describe ? (( Sorry, I am not very good with my English )) Eunha’s vocals in this song. https://youtu.be/8k9cA9wiA6o
    She is the girl!! Thank you if you reply. Sorry again for posting this here…

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    1. We avoid studio recordings because they aren’t really fair, but since it’s not a vocalist who could hide strain in studio, that’s fine. She sounds very airy, some support is present but it’s a bit shallow. 0:20 was nice, she produced more tone there. Airy falsetto at 0:30 but the transition wasn’t bad. This isn’t bad, she could engage in more support. The range wasn’t very challenging.

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  15. I’ve noticed you guys are pretty good about updating the title when someone leaves a group. Did you know Jungah graduated from After School a few months ago?

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