EXID’s Vocal Analysis: Solji


Vocal Range

D3 ~ G6 (3 Octaves, 2 notes and 1 semitone)

Supported Range

G3/G#3 ~ C5

Voice Type

Soprano

Strengths/Achievements

  • Strongest vocalist in current EXID
  • Well developed extension in the mix voice
  • Consistent pitch and well controlled voice
  • Able to show resonance up to C5, even if inconsistently
  • Support is existent up to C5/C#5 with enough consistency
  • Able to keep a full and connected well placed sound in her lower range down to G#3/G3
  • Falsetto can be well controlled and relaxed up to F#5
  • Voice is somewhat agile
  • Possesses a strong sense of musicianship and often makes songs her own
  • Strong sense of dynamics
  • Voice projects very well due to placement and natural vocal weight

Weaknesses

  • Has a very bad habit of pushing her voice
  • Mistakes power for strain, creating distortions in her higher notes
  • Lower range below G#3/G3 is often quiet, unstable and airy
  • Falsetto is very airy and disconnected, never shows a head voice
  • Mixed voice can sound pushed and tense even within her supported range
  • Larynx raises above D5, where her voice becomes more strained and throaty
  • Voice can often sound whiny when strained above her supported range
  • Falsetto becomes pushed and tight above F#5
  • Runs can often be pitchy and lack control
  • Often sings in a range that’s outside of her supported range, causing vocal damage

Registers

  • Lower register: This register has shown improvement over time from her debut up until now. Her tone is present as low as F#3 and F3, but the support only truly starts on G3 and more consistently on G#3.
  • Mixed register: A register she has developed well in terms of muscle coordination in order to always be able to stay in a very high range, however this register is also where she shows the most pushing, strain and lack of support. Notes above C#5 are strained and below from Bb4 ~ C5 can often be pushed.
  • Upper register: A very delicate register that does not carry the weight her voice shows in the rest of her voice. It lacks connection of the vocal cords and often sounds airy and does not project well, but can show a relaxed approach up until F#5, where above that the voice becomes quite tight and pushed.

Agility

Due to having a slightly thicker voice, Solji’s voice is often a bit too heavy for vocal runs and therefore presents less advantages when it comes to vocal runs. That is not to say, however, that her vocal runs are bad. When it comes to vocal agility, she has shown improvement from her debut up until now, with how she sings runs and how she separates them. If one is to put vocal agility into a scale of inability to slow, to medium tempo to fast tempo, Solji has acquired enough vocal agility and ornamentations skills to be able to sing slow to mid tempo runs with enough accuracy and precision. Back in 2008 when she was still a rookie, she would often simplify vocal runs in order to sing them more accurately, such as the vocal runs in “Listen“, and if she were to try any more extravagant vocal melismas, her runs would come out sloppy, messy and all over the place with pitch and separation of pitch, such as in “시계태엽“, “눈물이 안났어” and “뻔한여자“. More recently, however, Solji’s agility has become more accurate and her separation of pitch is more clear, where one can hear every single note in a run she would do without her sliding through the notes without a center of pitch. She’s now able to sing more slow-mid tempo quick runs that don’t require long phrases or too many gaps in pitch, showing fair control of the basic skills in vocal agility, such as in “너 나 좋아해, 나 너 좋아해” and “Maria“.

Overall analysis

EXID’s current main vocalist and former vocal trainer, Solji is an idol who has debuted long ago and taken a long road in order to achieve fame and success. She is a vocalist with a very powerful and big voice, more due to the fact differently from most other females in K-pop, Solji’s Soprano voice possesses a more mature tone with more weight and volume which, although not certainly, indicates that Solji’s voice would more likely be classified as a Full Lyric Soprano, although true characteristics of a Full Lyric Soprano have yet to be 100% shown. For the most part she has a full sounding voice, which is reminiscent of other idol vocalists who are Full Lyric Sopranos, such as Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, APink’s Eunji and former SeeYa main vocalist, Yeonji.

The bottom of Solji’s range is a part of her range that has shown some improvement from debut. Back in the day, she used to show a lack of support and projection in her lower chest voice, such as her F3’s and G3’s in “Listen“. Now, she’s able to more consistently keep her vocal cords connection and produce acceptable vocal tone around F3, such as in “체념” and F#3’s, such as in “잊지말아요” and “행복한 나를“, where even support may be present at times. She can then show a more consistent support in her lower range starting on G3, such as in “Lucky” and more consistently above G#3, such as in “가수가 된이유“, “안되나요” and “소주한잔“. This has shown that her consistency of pitch, control and projection in her lower range are quite full and consistent, allowing for her vocal cords to come together properly and for her voice to project with a fair amount of ease above G#3. Notes below G#3/G3 still lack consistency and generally become airy, disconnected and unstable. Her lowest extreme is an airy quiet E3, in “해줄 수 없는 일“.

The mixed voice is where the voice shows the most signs of strain but also is the most popular part of her voice. As the main vocalist of any group and a soprano, Solji is usually in charge of singing the highest notes present in songs. For that reason, she usually has to sing constantly very challenging lines that do not match up with her current skill level when it comes to vocal technique. Back in the day, Solji was able to show consistent support up to Bb4, such as in “미워서“, as well as being able to sing more relaxed and well placed C5’s, such as in “한남자“, but would still show signs of strain above C5 and would often become throaty. With time she has developed bad vocal habits that take away from the ease a soprano should have in the fifth octave. Although her support is still very consistent and present up to C5 and even on C#5’s, such as in “너 나 좋아해, 나 너 좋아해” and “아주 흔한 말“, she has a terrible tendency of pushing the sound of her voice without as much resonance and placement, but instead of an excessive use of air pressure from her diaphragm and throat tension, causing her to often sound distorted in sound and become very raspy and husky, which isn’t necessarily a natural trait of her tone. Comparing the way she used to approach her upper mix to now, it’s very easy to hear that she used to have a more clean sound than now and as she ascends in her, sometimes even as low as Bb4/B4, such as in “8282” and “잊지말아요“, pushing can be heard in her voice and an excessive added pressure from her throat muscles can be heard, which not only takes away from her resonance but also makes her voice sound less opened, less free and tighter in quality. Due to that tightness and improper use of breath support, her voice can often become fatigued and throaty when singing for an extended period of time.

This problem exists mostly within her supported range where she has been able to show resonance and good placement, as well as support. However, as she ascends higher than C#5, her voice changes in tone, becomes thinner, whinier and the larynx generally raises on D5 and above. This is very noticeable in many of EXID’s songs where Solji generally takes the higher notes, such as the F#5’s from “Ah Yeah” and “Up & Down”, where Solji’s voice becomes more pushed, less stable and generally almost yelled in quality, as well as back in 2008 where she hit a G5 in a performance of “Hot Stuff“. This strain can also be obvious early on in her range around D5, such as in “친구라도 될걸 그랬어” as well as the Eb5’s in “Maria“and the E5’s in “Goodbye“. This inconsistency of support and pushing of the throat can often be heard very clearly when she starts to sing above C5 and sings C#5’s, where her support is present but then so is the pressure and tension from her throat, such as in “끝사랑“. This kind of pushing generally happens from a psychological idea that power comes from more vocal effort, as opposed to the true power that can be achieved through a relaxed vocal technique, no tension and openness in the throat, as opposed to pressure and distortion caused by tension.

Her most underdeveloped register would be her falsetto register, where her voice is mostly used to simply switching in order to sing softer versions and passages of her songs, as well as simply adding more fragility and vulnerability. Her falsetto register can be used quite well to create the right mood and allow for more ease, such as in “I Feel Good”, but it is rather underdeveloped as Solji never shows a true connection of her vocal cords and proper support of her voice in order to create a more connected sounding head voice. For that reason, one can say she does not possess a connected head voice and uses an airy, disconnected falsetto most of the time. This falsetto can often be well switched into and relaxed, such as the F#5 from “행복한 나를“, but as she ascends above F#5, a similar bad habit happens in her falsetto register. The same kind of strain that exists in her mixed range also happens in her falsetto register, where her throat closes and her voice uses more throat tension, glottal muscle tension and excessive air pressure in order to hit higher notes with strain, such as her G#5 and B5 from “해줄 수 없는 일“. Therefore notes above F#5 are generally less controlled and seem to be mostly avoided from her vocal performances.

Musically speaking, Solji’s voice is one that’s able to carry emotion to the listener very well through the correct use of dynamics. Since she is very used to pushing her voice in order to create more power, Solji is often aware of how to properly switch her voice into a softer falsetto in order to create weakness and then use a more powerful mix in order to create power, agony or pain, even if said mixed voice is done with improper vocal technique. She has a sensitive ear to music and is able to correct use dynamics from the beginning to the end of a song in order to create the proper mood for a performance.

As a vocalist, Solji is generally regarded quite highly and could easily be compared to a vocalist like Jea of Brown Eyed Girls, who not only shares a similar tone and similar voice type to Solji, but also similar vocal habits, bad and good. Although she is regarded as EXID’s formal vocal trainer, that does not mean Solji can’t have more room for personal improvement in order to better herself as an artist, vocalist and trainer, as well as a professional musician. The most important thing that Solji should fix in her singing is her bad habit of pushing and adding too much tension to her voice in order to create power, and to be able to understand that power comes from proper voice placement in the mask and an opened throat, with a lifted soft palate, in order to create true powerful notes without any strain that would not damage her voice in the long run.

Musicianship

An ability that is less common amongst Korean-born vocalists, generally those who stick to Karaoke singing, in other words, singing the song exactly as it was originally sung, Solji shows a tendency to add her own vocal runs, ornamentations and melodic ideas to songs she covers at times, without always being precise but mostly being daring and accurate. Her musicianship can at times be heard when singing covers of original artists, where she not only shows accuracy in pitch but also shows that she thought through before adding the new ideas she had. Although such ideas are nice, many times they can be done by trying to sing higher into her upper mixed range, where she mostly strains which shows musicianship with damaging vocal technique, such as her F5’s in “손대지마” and her F#5 in “Maria“, as well as her pushed falsetto B5 in “해줄 수 없는 일“.

Rating

Above Average Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

Videos by: Hawaiipups and kpopvocalists

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

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423 thoughts on “EXID’s Vocal Analysis: Solji

      1. Você disse que ela tem o péssimo hábito de empurrar sua voz… o que é isso?? E você poderia me responder oque significa esssas coisas, tipo: C#5, E6 e etc…? Obrigado.

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      2. Empurrar não é a tradução certa. Ele tem o hábito de forçar a voz é o que eu quero dizer. Isso são as notas musicais, C#5 é o Do sustenido na quinta oitava do piano, E6 é o Mi na sexta oitava do piano. Acho melhor você pesquisar isso sozinho no google com imagens para facilitar o seu entendimento.

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      3. Ahmin,Dami é melhor que Hyerin? Qual a classificação vocal dela?Ela alcançou uma high note com a U.Ji em whoz that girl.

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      4. Dami? Quem é Dami? Ah tá me falaram que é a Hyeyeon… Eu não te dizer se ela é melhor porque a diferença não é grande.

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      5. Já assisti e analisei esse vídeo e mesmo com as performances do KoMS dela, eu não material suficiente para analisar ela.

        “0:16 Ab4 and below so far, sounds relaxed. Soft, somewhat whispered. She is breaking the verse down which seems to be part of the song, 0:28 that was a Bb3 but no sound came out. 0:30 Bb3 there, that was nice. She sounds nicely supported, relaxed. Her pitch is nice. The range so far is Bb3 ~ Ab4. Oh who’s the guy sining? Zion.T? Lol He sounds like one of those R&B guys. Tight on F4’s, yeah. He’s one of those, Dean, Zion.T, Crush… Anyway moving on. 2:36 slightly tight on the Bb4, a bit of pushing from her throat. 2:49 Bb4 again, nice placement. 2:51 C5 2:57 D5 to C5, very shouted. She can’t mix well into the fifth octave without pushing her voice out it seems. 3:00 D5’s again. 3:05 C5’s, she sounds really tight and tense around that range. Her vibrato starts to become wobbly in that range as well. 3:12 some throat tension due to the vowel, she could have opened up that Bb4 Oh more. 3:39 his lower range isn’t that bad, his C3’s are okay. That’s it for the most part, she seems to have support from Bb3 ~ Ab4, Bb4’s seem to carry support but she pushes above that for sure, a lot of shouting.

        0:20 a lot of whispering on those Bb3’s, but it’s stylistic. This is a dangerous song choice for her, since this is a song that requires a lot of dynamic control and I’m not sure if she can handle that. 1:00 she sounds whinier in this portion, the B4’s sound slightly tight and that C5 is really tight. 1:24 really whiny on that B4, the vibrato was wobbly and she sounds closed due to the vowel Aye. She has tension up there. 1:32 1:37 C5’s, D5’s, that range is tough for her for sure. 1:46 glottal tension on that E5, really tight. F#4 I hear a laryngeal vibrato with that. 3:06 really wobbly and whiny on B4’s, 3:10 again, really whiny and tense. This song is tough and she’s shouting through the chorus, it’s high for her to sing with support. (It’s high for most sopranos with average skill anyway.) It’s a tough song. 3:45 that run was pitchy, very pitchy. This doesn’t show me much for her lower range below Bb3. I can definitely say I hear a better sense of support for her than with Hani, but it’s not a huge difference between the two. Unfortunately this still doesn’t provide enough material for an analysis on Hyerin but it gives me a better understanding of her technique for sure. thanks for sharing. ^ ^”

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  1. Happy New Year guys! I came across this acoustic version of Hot Pink and found it quite nice. I know they were drunk singing and not really serious but it was after all a raw vocal performance. Could you give a short analysis of the vocal line? And do you know who was doing the harmonization? Was that Solji or Hyerin?

    If this is not analysis material, I understand. Thanks anyway!

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    1. I enjoy that tbh just because I like acoustic versions of songs. Hyerin’s runs are a bit pitchy and sloppy and her choruses just are all thin and projecting through her nose, her larynx raises above B4 and Im not even sure below that. I actually don’t think there is enough material to analyze Hyerin without being inaccurate due to inconsistencies in her singing. Solji sounds nice when singing in falsetto cause she avoids the strain, but when she belts, well it’s the usual.

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      1. They did it again! This time sober lol

        How’d they all do this time? Solji changed up her part a bit.

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      2. Nothing new. Hanis pitch was fine, airy sexy style throughout, weak support. Hyerins breathing is broken apart.. She sounded chopped up, pushed, shaky and pitchy. Solji sounded fine before singing high and yeah.

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  2. I noticed you removed Hyerin from future projects due to lack of material, which makes sense. But I’m wondering two things, if you don’t mind. How would you say Hyerin compares to Bestie’s Hyeyeon? And also do you think Hyerin is also a full lyric? Because I feel like her voice carries a similar power to Solji’s, so that everyone thinks she’s way better than she is.

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    1. I don’t think Hyerin is a full lyric actually, she just pushes but her voice is much lighter than Soljis and Hyeyeon also lacks material so although they both seem average I can’t tell you who’s slightly better than whom.

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  3. hi! This is actually my first comment. I was just curious on how Hani did on radio star. Supposedly she was nervous. I like her voice (even though I know she’s not that skilled) and I was wondering if she’s a mezzo.

    Also I discovered this blog over the summer and haven’t had the courage to post a comment yet. But I do want to say thank you to the writers. I’ve honestly learned so much from you guys. I never had any idea about all the technique behind the voice actually existed. The first analysis I read was Jiyoon (I’m a huge 4nia) not going to lie I got a little pissy at first. The next day I went and I reread it, at that time, not everything made sense, but I understood the general point and appreciated the unbiased opinion/detail of the article. I can’t sing to save my life (lol), but you’ve guys taught me a lot and now I’m able to understand what’s written and my ear has gotten better and I can now hear things like strain and lowered larynxes. I’ve learned a lot and I just want to say thank you.

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    1. I’m glad!! Hi there you shouldn’t be shy to post comments haha so I watched this and it made me wonder too.. My first guess is she’s a light lyric soprano but I do question her fach. She sings with thin airy weak support throughout her range and had issues with the Bb4s in the chorus, she gets thinner and lighter the higher she sings… She doesn’t support very high and her support is more or less underdevelopment but her pitch throat was good except for that falsetto run at the end, that was flat.

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  4. Hi! Sorry but could you do a quick ranking of EXID like in the order from best to worst. I know it’d be

    1. Solji
    2. Hyerin

    But what about the other three. Also, how did Junghwa do in this? I thought she was worse than this but she’s better than I thought she was at singing. I’m not saying she’s great or anything I just mean from what I’ve read she’s a terrible vocalist but I’m starting to think it’s just her voice or something in her most famous lines? I don’t know though. But anyway could you tell me how she did here?

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    1. The thing isn’t that Junghwa is terrible, she just has a very underdeveloped instrument and no sense of support whatsoever. She is singing in a low range and her lower notes are mostly air, her mid range that sounds like it’s about E4 or so sounds tight and closed. There’s absolutely no true support there, she’s closed, she’s tense and she is airy throughout. She sounds like Henry but with a less developed range in terms of extension. She sounds cute, she sounds somewhat pleasing, for a normal person. She is not a normal person, she’s a paid professional singer so for the standards of professional singers, she is really weak for a Soprano, if she is a Soprano. So I don’t know what LE sounds like when she sings, Hani should be third best vocalist in EXID. For Junghwa, I couldn’t even give her a pity supported range.. She’d be N/A like Henry.

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      1. Oh okay. LE sang once in a cover with Hani here

        She starts singing around 1:24 because Hani sings the first part. But I mean, if you want to hear Hani sing, too for any reason than just watch the whole thing lol but yeah LE starts singing around 1:24 or 1:23

        And in this episode of Showtime

        I couldn’t find a video of her singing part but she starts at like 39:40.

        Although, I understand that LE and Junghwa would be lower than the others since LE is just there to be a rapper lol I mean she was an underground rapper before her idol days so it’s not like she wants to sing much or needs to. And with Junghwa she’s there for her dancing mainly. So it’s normal for them to not be vocalists.

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      2. Well of course, so I wouldn’t hold it against them. They’re paid professionals but they’re not focused on singing so I wouldn’t hold it completely against him. LE has better tone production than Junghwa…kind of but like she’s still not using true support and Hani barely holds it so I guess Solji > Hyerin > Hani > LE > Junghwa.

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    2. One reason Junghwa probably sounds a little better in that video is being she’s in a bathroom, there’s steam and tiles… the acoustics are helping her out. Everyone sounds great singing in the shower! And her voice isn’t unpleasant, of course.

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  5. Hello! Thank you for this analysis. I’m a big EXID’s fan and I appreciate your efforts. I know Solji is a good singer, but I know that she has to improve, of course.
    I’m writing to you because I want to know what do you think about Hani’s voice. Some people started to say that her voice is damaged and she can’t pull high notes anymore. Is it true? She participated on “King of Masked Singer” the past month and she even won Michael Matijevic from Steelheart band. Here you’ve got some videos:

    Thank you from advance! 🙂

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    1. Hello there. I’m glad you took the time to read the analysis. Let me copy paste what I’ve said about Hani’s two performances from KoMS before:

      “For the first video, based on this link:

      0:23 ish she went down to F3 and G3, she becomes a bit too airy and cloudy down there, less support is present. 0:46 a little tense and pushed down in her chest voice, but above around A3 and Bb3 her support isn’t bad. 1:06 that wasn’t that bad, but even though it has tone it feels somewhat overly thickened out. 0:55 she closed on the Bb4 a bit. 1:09 not that bad on the Bb4 again, she just goes back and forth with airiness in her tone. It sounds somewhat stylistic/on purpose. Oh lol the guy is Kim Feel. 3:15 the breath flow for that note was really off, she had some support at first and then it just flipped back into her throat right and she spread the note out too much. 3:38 she was lowering her larynx on the E3’s.

      For the second video around 0:40 ~ 0:43 the G#4 ~ B4 portion of the song, she gets too wide with her mouth shaping and a bit too attacky in her throat. She’s bit too airy with her approach, her diction can cause tension here and there. Musically, the performance was okay, it lacked dynamics to an extent but she was playing with it, she had confidence. It’s just the tension that creeps in so early on in her range.”

      As I am watching the video you posted, 1:41 A4, she has issues with tension on even A4’s and even if she’s like a Mezzo, which I’ve been leaning towards lately, that doesn’t excuse to lack of development of her voice in general. The thing is Hani hasn’t damaged her voice exactly, she just never really developed it. She relies on her natural ability to sing within a certain range. Like in this last video, she dips a lot down into her lower range, which has tone but it lacks projection and connection. Her vocal cords are always not fully touching and there’s an underlying tone of airiness throughout her whole range, her mix, her falsetto and her chest voice. Hani has a beautiful tone but she sings with way too much tension and very weak support. She has good intonation, an adequate technique within a very narrow range of less than octave but when she sings anywhere below A3 or above G#4, she becomes tense. Which regardless of her being a mezzo or a soprano, it’s really not good for a female at all. She’s a female and even mezzos like Beyonce or Ann One can mix up to G5/G#5, they have developed the potential of their instruments, they have tone throughout their ranges. Hani has stuck with his sexy airy style so much that she’s neglected to develop her voice any further, resulting in a very limited range in which she can sing with true support. Having said that, she is a smart vocalist, she doesn’t ever try to sing too high and even though A4 is really low for her to have tension, I don’t believe I’ve ever even heard Hani sing above a C5/C#5 in her mix before, which really minimizes the strain in her voice. Solji who mixes up to F5/F#5 constantly is at a much bigger risk of damaging her voice, since Hani limits her singing to a narrow range in which damage would be minimal. I don’t believe she damaged her voice, she just never could sing that high in the first place. I have been debating whether to analyze her or Hyerin but I would rather analyze Hyerin, because she has better technique..but since she has very little material, unfortunately no other vocalist of EXID seems to be analyze-able for now.

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      1. Thank you! Wow, you answered to me really fast… For what you saw on these performances, do you think Hani is an average vocalist or she is better than that? For me, as you wrote, she has a beautiful tone… I love listen to her voice and it’s the kind of voice made for jazz songs, at least to me 🙂

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  6. Hello, I see a lot of people saying that Hani is an Alto, is that true? And do you have an estimated ranking for her? Thanks

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    1. Tell people who say she’s an alto to stop because 1. Alto is a choir part, not a voice type. I’m a baritone and I sing the alto part in the current choir I’m in. 2. Unless a woman is really androgynous and low sounding, she is not a contralto. Contraltos are like basses, they stand out and it’s easy to tell who’s one.

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  7. You once said (Ahmin) that Hyerin might actually not be better than Hani. When you said that, did you mean that Hani might be better or that they might be about equal in skill? I know Hyerin lacks material and that you’ve talked about and seen stuff from Hani before so I found a few videos of Hyerin that might help… maybe lol.

    So (from what we have of them) are they about the same or is one maybe better?

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    1. I think either Hyerin is better or they’re kind of the same.. But I’m not sure, she often sins outside her supported range so it’s hard to know.

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      1. Okay thank you so much! Also, I don’t know what time it is where you are but do you check this and answer people like very morning or something? You’re really dedicated like idk I’d be terrible at that lol

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      2. I really hate pending notifications so I try to answer them throughout the day whenever I get a chance to, since I have random moments of free time. I get it on my phone as well so I can reply instantly.

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  8. Hey Ahmin, thanks for all your posts! As a vocal student they really help a lot… 🙂

    I recently came across this video of Solji singing:

    I’m not sure if it’s just me but she seems to be pushing slightly less than in her other performance. Do you mind giving a quick analysis on this performance (for both the guy and the girl)? Thanks!

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    1. I’ve seen this before, I actually really like the arrangement of this version of this song, it’s my favorite. I can’t find my reply about this from before so I’ll just give a quick review on it.

      0:41 ~ 0:58 all of that was from F#4 ~ G#3, perfectly within her supported range. He is singing in the same exact range, even though he’s a tenor, that’s kind of a high range to sing the chorus and he doesn’t have enough development in his mix around F4/F#4 to sing through that without sounding kind of shallow. 1:17 the harmonies are really nice here. 1:40 that C#5 wasn’t that bad, it was light and not pushed. Not bad at all. 1:58 that one was tight but that’s also due to the vowel. 2:08 transition into falsetto for the other fifth octave notes from that point on. 2:39 That G#4 2:44 A4 for him, he is a very untrained tenor. He has those notes in his range but he just sounds shallow and nasal, I am aware that he’s not an actual singer or vocalist though. 3:13 too high for him. 3:23 this is where she starts to strain and push again because this is way above his supported range. Eb5’s, especially the one at 3:37, then the F5 at 3:49 then the 4:07 F5 and the F#5 at 4:09, all pushed. 4:18 throaty C#5. 4:25 the Bb4 was nice, a bit pushed still. This wasn’t very different from how she usually sings.

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  9. I haven’t seen this video posted elsewhere on the site, so sorry if you’ve already been asked but…

    How does Hani sound here? I also notice her airy, sexy styling normally but it doesn’t seem present here. This video is older, though I’m not exactly sure how old.

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    1. I have this before before but I couldn’t find a reply to it from me so let me check it out. The verse has a lot of A3’s, she is not projecting them nearly as well as she could considering how she usually sounds in her lower range. 0:59 Hani’s A4’s at 0:59 and throughout the chorus, their placement is more opened and she sounds less throaty than more recently, but she still is using a push from her throat a bit too much. Her pitch is pretty nice throughout. 1:47 not really runs, but they were supposed to be runs. She is making a few musical changes here and there, those were pretty refreshing. She does have support, it’s just not fully developed and she seems to have issues with her A4’s even that far back.

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      1. So it sounds like some stuff she is doing better, some stuff she is doing worse and a lot she’s doing the same?

        Also I want to say thanks again! Spending your free time and extensive knowledge on questions from strangers on a shared interest is much appreciated!!

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  10. You mentioned it in the analysis but how did the other members do in their 너 나 좋아해 , 나 너 좋아해 ? ( I think I typed that right.)

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    1. Yes you typed it right good job. lol Other members who? Since we only focus on vocalists, I’ll overlook non-lead vocalists so.. Junghwa has no support, LE is a rapper. Let’s listen to Hani and Hyerin. 1:32 Hyerin’s vibrato is slightly wobbly, she has a little bit of an issue with her breathing but she shows support. 1:38 ~ 1:55 Hani was only singing from C4 ~ F4, she sounded fine and relaxed, she was adding the airiness for that sexy effect. 2:31 ~ 2:37 Bb3 ~ F4 again she sounds fine, a bit muffled but relaxed. Could project much more. 2:38 those Bb4’s for Hyerin don’t sound bad, it’s a very phrase-y song, so they focus on each individual vocalist much. 2:53 Bb4, I start to hear tensing up and pushing and then she starts singing C5’s and Db5’s which are all more shouty in quality. 3:30 key change, Db’s became D5’s and now it’s a lot of strain. 3:51 B4’s for Hyerin, there’s a bit of tension but there’s too much echo for me to hear the quality.

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    1. It was fine, good harmonies. Lots of falsetto used. Higher notes above C5 still very full of tension, especially 3:30 ish and forward all of that was just a lot of straining. A lot of throaty yelling.

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  11. Hi! What did you think of this performance in Duet Festival of Solji (and Doo Jin Soo as well) –

    Also, for pop singing, is it bad to use a falsetto?

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  12. Thanks for sharing! Could we update Solji’s profile as she attended more shows like Duet Song Festival and Masked Singer and thus has more opportunity to show her wider range as well as ability to sing. Thanks!

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    1. There’s been no change to how she’s singing. She’s not sung anything outside the range from Eb3 ~ Ab5 ~ B5. Her technique and range have stayed the same so I’m sorry but there’s no need for an update.

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      1. Thanks for your response! Have you heard of her version of Tears?

        This is the first time she sang the whole song on a TV show (20151228)

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      2. I have not, actually. 0:51 ~ 1:02 she sounds really nice there from D4 ~ Bb4. 1:25 this is where she starts straining and this is too high for her, all those Eb5’s, F5’s 1:47 1:52 G5 all too high for her, nothing new.

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  13. Aaah, I remember liking her version of “Maria” the first time I heard it, and now it just kind of.. hurts to listen to. Ugh, Solji, why.
    I love her voice when she’s singing lower and up into the fourth octave, but the higher and louder she gets, the more she sounds like her voice box is breaking. I just want to shake her and be like, “No, don’t belt that note” lol.

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    1. Two users posted these so I’ll copy paste:

      “0:16 Ab4 and below so far, sounds relaxed. Soft, somewhat whispered. She is breaking the verse down which seems to be part of the song, 0:28 that was a Bb3 but no sound came out. 0:30 Bb3 there, that was nice. She sounds nicely supported, relaxed. Her pitch is nice. The range so far is Bb3 ~ Ab4. Oh who’s the guy sining? Zion.T? Lol He sounds like one of those R&B guys. Tight on F4’s, yeah. He’s one of those, Dean, Zion.T, Crush… Anyway moving on. 2:36 slightly tight on the Bb4, a bit of pushing from her throat. 2:49 Bb4 again, nice placement. 2:51 C5 2:57 D5 to C5, very shouted. She can’t mix well into the fifth octave without pushing her voice out it seems. 3:00 D5’s again. 3:05 C5’s, she sounds really tight and tense around that range. Her vibrato starts to become wobbly in that range as well. 3:12 some throat tension due to the vowel, she could have opened up that Bb4 Oh more. 3:39 his lower range isn’t that bad, his C3’s are okay. That’s it for the most part, she seems to have support from Bb3 ~ Ab4, Bb4’s seem to carry support but she pushes above that for sure, a lot of shouting.

      0:20 a lot of whispering on those Bb3’s, but it’s stylistic. This is a dangerous song choice for her, since this is a song that requires a lot of dynamic control and I’m not sure if she can handle that. 1:00 she sounds whinier in this portion, the B4’s sound slightly tight and that C5 is really tight. 1:24 really whiny on that B4, the vibrato was wobbly and she sounds closed due to the vowel Aye. She has tension up there. 1:32 1:37 C5’s, D5’s, that range is tough for her for sure. 1:46 glottal tension on that E5, really tight. F#4 I hear a laryngeal vibrato with that. 3:06 really wobbly and whiny on B4’s, 3:10 again, really whiny and tense. This song is tough and she’s shouting through the chorus, it’s high for her to sing with support. (It’s high for most sopranos with average skill anyway.) It’s a tough song. 3:45 that run was pitchy, very pitchy. This doesn’t show me much for her lower range below Bb3. I can definitely say I hear a better sense of support for her than with Hani, but it’s not a huge difference between the two. Unfortunately this still doesn’t provide enough material for an analysis on Hyerin but it gives me a better understanding of her technique for sure. thanks for sharing. ^ ^”

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  14. Hyelin was on Masked Singer! I didn’t even think it was her until later in the beginning (does that make sense?).

    Did she do well? Can you tell if she’s improved any or not? Was this a good song for her? I’m sorry I just never thought she’d actually get to be on a show by herself like this.

    And this one

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    1. Hi there, that’s quite a few questions. Unfortunately, I can’t say anything about improvement since quite honestly, the amount of material for Hyerin is so little, I honestly don’t have much to compare her to. I am surprised she got to be on this as well and glad, I wish she had stayed longer so this would give me enough material for an analysis but at least it should give me a better idea of her ability vs Hani.

      0:16 Ab4 and below so far, sounds relaxed. Soft, somewhat whispered. She is breaking the verse down which seems to be part of the song, 0:28 that was a Bb3 but no sound came out. 0:30 Bb3 there, that was nice. She sounds nicely supported, relaxed. Her pitch is nice. The range so far is Bb3 ~ Ab4. Oh who’s the guy sining? Zion.T? Lol He sounds like one of those R&B guys. Tight on F4’s, yeah. He’s one of those, Dean, Zion.T, Crush… Anyway moving on. 2:36 slightly tight on the Bb4, a bit of pushing from her throat. 2:49 Bb4 again, nice placement. 2:51 C5 2:57 D5 to C5, very shouted. She can’t mix well into the fifth octave without pushing her voice out it seems. 3:00 D5’s again. 3:05 C5’s, she sounds really tight and tense around that range. Her vibrato starts to become wobbly in that range as well. 3:12 some throat tension due to the vowel, she could have opened up that Bb4 Oh more. 3:39 his lower range isn’t that bad, his C3’s are okay. That’s it for the most part, she seems to have support from Bb3 ~ Ab4, Bb4’s seem to carry support but she pushes above that for sure, a lot of shouting.

      0:20 a lot of whispering on those Bb3’s, but it’s stylistic. This is a dangerous song choice for her, since this is a song that requires a lot of dynamic control and I’m not sure if she can handle that. 1:00 she sounds whinier in this portion, the B4’s sound slightly tight and that C5 is really tight. 1:24 really whiny on that B4, the vibrato was wobbly and she sounds closed due to the vowel Aye. She has tension up there. 1:32 1:37 C5’s, D5’s, that range is tough for her for sure. 1:46 glottal tension on that E5, really tight. F#4 I hear a laryngeal vibrato with that. 3:06 really wobbly and whiny on B4’s, 3:10 again, really whiny and tense. This song is tough and she’s shouting through the chorus, it’s high for her to sing with support. (It’s high for most sopranos with average skill anyway.) It’s a tough song. 3:45 that run was pitchy, very pitchy. This doesn’t show me much for her lower range below Bb3. I can definitely say I hear a better sense of support for her than with Hani, but it’s not a huge difference between the two. Unfortunately this still doesn’t provide enough material for an analysis on Hyerin but it gives me a better understanding of her technique for sure. thanks for sharing. ^ ^

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      1. Thank you so much for answering! So you do think she’s a soprano? And even though it’s not enough to really analyze her, do you think you have a general idea of where she would be (like Weak to Average or Average?) on your rating system (which btw I really like)? I do remember you once said Hani might be weak to average. (At least I think)

        And what kind of songs do you think she’d do best with, since this one wasn’t a good choice bc of the song requiring a lot of dynamic control, do you think slower and lower ballads would be good for her since you said she did well at the beginning of the first video?

        I’m sorry if this is too much lol

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      2. Yes, she’s a Soprano without a doubt. I think they’re both weak to average, if not she’s a very low average vocalist. I really don’t know for sure. I think songs that would be lower would be much better for her, like just peaking at B4. A lot of Sopranos tend to pick lower songs that they can handle and she picked songs that have her mixing E5’s, that’s not very smart. I think she tends to get too whiny so I’m not sure a ballad would suit her if it requires her to be powerful.

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  15. Oh and I forgot about this!

    EXID did an acoustic version of L.I.E., is it just me (and please do correct me if I’m wrong bc I’m not good with this stuff) but Hyelin sounds really… whiny?

    I like the Hot Pink acoustic better bc you can hear them better than in this but yeah.

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    1. I watched it the other night for fun and I remember noticing she was pretty whiny, even though they did sing it in a lower key.

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      1. Thank you for the answer and the answer above ^. You work really hard on this site so thank you for that, too.

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    1. For Pandayeu it’s always done that way to indicate we are all human and there may be inconsistencies. For haruko and I, we mean that for this specific vocalist there are inconsistencies without a doubt on those specific notes.

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    1. Why did Hyerin act like hitting a G3 was so difficult at 0:19. Hyerin’s range is E3 ~ F5, Hani’s is like….E3 ~ Bb5? I don’t know about her lowest. 0:57 F6 from LE. 1:17 Eb6. 1:22 F#6 Hyerin. 1:27 Solji hit both F6 and then F#6. 2:17 G6 2:20 A6 it sounded like a whistle for Hyerin actually. I suppose we can count the G6 as part of her strained falsetto range, so yes it does serve to widen her full range.

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      1. I might be wrong but 1:17 I hear E6 and F6/E6, 1:22 G6, 1:47 F#6/F6~E6, 2:15 G6/G#6, 2:20 Bb6/A6~A6. Normally I am not that off lol

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  16. Hi! As always, thanks for running a great blog. I have a quick general question that relates to Solji and Uji (BESTie). From what I’ve gathered, Solji was EXID’s vocal trainer for the original EXID members, which would have included Uji, before she joined the group when the original members split. Since Uji is the better vocalist, is it unusual for a singer to have better vocal technique than their trainer? Or would the more likely case be that her vocal training was already more advanced from previous training or experience?

    Thanks!

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    1. Unusual for a vocalist to have better technique than their instructor? Yes I would say so, but not impossible. U.Ji did improve quite a bit after she left EXID though actually. In some cases some vocalists and instructors have similar levels of vocal technique.

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  17. I remember that her vocal range was 2 octaves and 4 notes before. And now it is 3 octaves and 2 notes. Great improvement

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    1. Showing more range doesn’t necessarily mean improvement. It just means the vocalist showed their full range. More range with no support is no improvement at all.

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  18. Hey, where is her Eb3 and G6? I knew she probably had a bigger range but I already made a vocal range for her. I’ll make a short video updating her’s soon.

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    1. Someone commented about the G6 like a few days ago, it should be in the comment section. The Eb3 was in her old song when she was younger, I don’t know for sure.

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  19. I just watched Solji’s most recent (about a month ago) performance on IS2. Sorry if someone else has already posted it but I haven’t seen on here yet. I’m still trying to learn about all of the vocal registers and techniques so bear with me.

    She does her usual straining near the end, but I’m wondering what register she was singing in at 2:58 cause I like the airiness but I don’t know if it was with good technique. I also thought her note at 4:11 (C#5?) sounded very nice but was it also pushed?

    Sorry last question, are you or any other admins planning on doing a vocal analysis on Song Sohee? I don’t see her in the future analysis though I felt like she was there before. I don’t know if its different since she’s mainly a Korean folk singer but I think she has a really good voice for her age and I am curious about vocal standing. Thanks so much, I love this website!

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    1. Oh good, I thought I was going to have to breakdown the whole performance. haha She did have some nice G#3’s at the beginning though. Okay let me see what you’re asking… Pretty song btw. 2:58 it’s not necessarily bad technique, it’s stylistic. It’s airy and it’s almost falsetto like, but it sounds more like a light mix with airiness as opposed to full on falsetto. 4:11 that B4 was just a bit compressed but still supported yes. ^ ^ We don’t plan on analyzing Song Sohee, personally because I think analyzing a Pansori vocalist is tricky cause that’s not classical singing technique nor contemporary, it’s a very specific folk way of singing and I wouldn’t want to rate a vocalist who is singing such a specific style of singing. Her voice is nice but the technique surrounding Pansori is very different than anything else, as it would be with the Portuguese Fado or the Spanish Flamenco.

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  20. Oi Ahmin, eu tenho uma dúvida relacionada a Solji e até outros cantores.Geralmente quando chega uma High Note, a Solji meio que deixa a cabeça um pouco pra baixo e para o lado.Isso influencia em algo?

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    1. Bom, na verdade muitos cantores tem a tendência de ficar com a pescoço para cima, o que estica os músculos e cria tensão na laringe, por isso deixar a cabeça para baixo na verdade ajuda psicologicamente e também fisicamente, em teoria. No caso dela, não surte o efeito necessário por que mesmo assim ela ainda tem muita tensão.

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  21. Hello analyzer-nim! Can you analyze solji’s most recent performance in Immortal Songs 2 please? Thank you! The link should be down below.

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    1. B3 seems to the lowest in the beginning. 0:53 1:00 there’s some support, but she is contracting the muscles in her throat too much and she is not relaxed enough on those C#5’s. The chorus is comfortable, she’s going up to B4 only which isn’t truly challenging her vocally. 2:24 2:32 closed D5’s, this is too high for her, she is getting outside of her comfort zone with this key change. 2:45 C5’s, she sounds less opened and less comfortable the higher she sings, she pushes more and closes her throat more even though support is present, she loses openness and power. 3:37 That B4 was well placed, but the E5 right after was really shrill and strained. 3:52 resonant C5, but it could’ve been a lot more opened. She pushes too much. 4:05 high larynx F#5’s. Overall, not bad at all but no improvement.

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      1. Aww too bad. Thank you though 🙂
        How about this one. I think she was singing with falsetto on the other song. She sings right at 0:25-0:45 and 1:15-1:21. Sorry if it’s brief though.

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      2. Her falsetto sounds nice her, it’s one of the most relaxed and connected I’ve heard of her but still not connected nor supported enough to be a head voice yet.

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    1. It seems to be happening on a few analyses actually. Someone mentioned that about my comments on the Taeyeon analysis as well and I’m not quite sure why that is.

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    1. Sometimes I get lazy when I have to listen to a video if I don’t know the song, so I have to pay extra attention. But when it’s a song I know really well like this, I can listen and know exactly what to expect. haha 1:55 She started on a pretty high key for her. Her tone quality reminds me a lot of Jea in this. The notes she’s singing are D5’s 2:03 F#5’s it’s all pretty tight in her throat, which is nothing new since D5 ~ F#5 range, that’s always been strained for her. On a side note, I’m pretty sure this performance is lip synched. Although I know how people can be sensitive of me saying that, I don’t mean it as an attack. It’s just an observation, they don’t seem 100% in synch and they don’t seem to be really singing and it’s in Japan, usually these special stages overseas are lip synched. I just kind of noticed it as I kept watching, like oh? lol

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  22. Hello Ahmin 🙂 I know that the link down below has been said but will it change solji’s vocal range in this analysis?

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  23. I thought it was right cause you said it was a D3 in your comment at October 6 to the username Gorjess. Can you please verify. Thank you 🙂

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    1. Yeah the C#3 is a D3, the D3 is like an F#3 or F3, so she did hit D3, but just not the note that was labelled as D3. I’ve now edited the analysis and header.

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    1. Is there any part you could highlight where there may be improvement or where you hear a change vocally, if at all? I hear nothing new, just a few not fully opened but supported Bb4’s, tensed and pushed C#5’s, falsetto, airiness. Nothing new.

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  24. I have some questions about Hani, but be careful with your ears lol

    Is 0:18 E6?
    0:40-0:45: she hit some F5’s and G5’s, were any of those mixed?

    Was the G5 at 35:59 falsetto?
    Thank you 🙂

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    1. I’m not sure I would call any of this singing but yes E6 and F#5 are the pitches. I think she’s sung higher with falsetto in the high note battle before though.

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    1. I was expecting a performance of Solji’s. I don’t hear a change in the way I’m used to hearing Hani sing. She was airy throughout, she’s a mezzo so she has a thicker voice but she uses too much airiness and chestiness in her mix. She’s fine up to F4, but she still strains around Bb4, which is the highest note she mixed in this. Her F3’s and most of her lower notes were muffled and whispered. She did a falsetto D5, sure but like most of this was just one volume throughout where she was a supporting vocalist to the tenor who did most of the heavy vocal work in the song.

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    1. I wish you had looked through the comments within the analysis because this has been posted before:

      “B3 seems to the lowest in the beginning. 0:53 1:00 there’s some support, but she is contracting the muscles in her throat too much and she is not relaxed enough on those C#5’s. The chorus is comfortable, she’s going up to B4 only which isn’t truly challenging her vocally. 2:24 2:32 closed D5’s, this is too high for her, she is getting outside of her comfort zone with this key change. 2:45 C5’s, she sounds less opened and less comfortable the higher she sings, she pushes more and closes her throat more even though support is present, she loses openness and power. 3:37 That B4 was well placed, but the E5 right after was really shrill and strained. 3:52 resonant C5, but it could’ve been a lot more opened. She pushes too much. 4:05 high larynx F#5’s. Overall, not bad at all but no improvement.”

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    1. 0:58 C#5 is already a note where she’s really whiny and strained. 1:09 Oh you asked cause she sang Solji’s F5 here. Yeah Hyerin’s mix isn’t very good in the fifth octave. That note is just very closed, her throat is closed, her larynx is high, her swallowing muscles tense…it’s just pure strain.

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  25. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I think you forgot to include a best performance video for Solji.

    Thank you for your work, as always!

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      1. No…Jihyo is average. Eunha is weak, Hyerin is either average or weak to average. If Seulgi is a safe average vocalist, there’s no way Eunha has better technique than her. Jihyo > Seulgi>/Hyerin > Eunha.

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  26. EXID tem uma linha vocal boa? Quero dizer, elas têm 3 vocalistas, 1 sub-vocalista e uma Rapper, duas vocalistas são A e a main vocal é AA…

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  27. Afterall Solji is somewhat had a knowlegde how to breath properly into her diagphram since she was a former vocal instructor so advancing her support would be so easy for her if she would’nt just rely on those whiny pushed shout tight very strained sound she opts for the most songs she sings . Although she posseses a much powerful voice than most sopranos in kpop she is not that aware of that. How can she be a vocal if afterall she can’t even strain and resonant and true vocal color but by the way she show off her vocal abilities it is a fairly decent vocal technique she can use to help other young vocalist in the good way…

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    1. Unfortunately the way she sings also is full of tension and although she has understanding of diaphragmatic breathing in her singing, she doesn’t seem to be able to teach it very well. Not only that, but her problems are much deeper than diaphragmatic breathing, so even though she knows how to support there’s SO much tension and pushing when she sings that it’s much harder to stop those bad habits. Thank you for your comment! ^ ^

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  28. I’m sorry for those wrong grammars this is what I mean in the second paragragh . How can she be a vocal trainer if she can’t even determine power and strained and even her vocal color is questionable . . Even if she sings that way I’m her fan and I am really concerned about her vocal health. . Btw this analysis is very informative as always . .

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  29. Hola Ahmin! Solji recently developed hyperthyroidism and she has been taking medications and recovering for almost a month or more. Will this affect her singing since the thyroid is near the voice box or will it affect the voice box itself? Sorry if I had to ask such medical questions. ^ ^

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    1. 0:25 F3 no support and a lowered larynx. 0:36 C5 strained. She sounds kind of nasal throughout, she is not enunciating. It looks like she doesn’t know the song well at all, I don’t know if it’s fair to judge her singing too harshly when she doesn’t seem to be singing for real on some parts. 1:12 C5’s very nasal, very closed, tight, whiny and strained. 1:16 B4 still whiny. 1:26 E5’s very strained, very screamed. This is really not a good example of Hyerin’s singing, 1:50 G5 again screamed. 2:00 here she’s clearly not singing for real. Yeah but this may show me that Hani potentially could be slightly better than her… I wish she wasn’t so low on material.

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    1. She’s still singing with her signature “sexy” style where she doesn’t connect her vocal cords much, where she sings in a narrow low range and sings with a lot of airiness, somewhat of a slurred diction as well. I feel like the range she sang in was like F3 ~ E4 which is pretty low and narrow. 3:04 Oh nevermind she has G4’s here but still that’s not very high, it’s barely over an octave.

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