CNBLUE’s Vocal Analysis: Jung Yonghwa

Yonghwa

Vocal Range

G#2 ~ G#5 (3 Octaves)

Supported Range

B2/C3 ~ E4

Voice Type

Light Lyric Tenor

Strengths/Achievements

  • Able to support his lower range down to C3/B2
  • One of the few tenors to be able to support his voice in the second octave
  • Very extensive mixed voice range
  • Support is present in the lower part of his mixed voice up to E4
  • Even vibrato is produced at times
  • Improvement shown in the lower range
  • Transitions into falsetto can be with relative ease

Weaknesses

  • Voice can often sound thin and raspy
  • Lacks resonance and the sound of his voice is small, lacking power
  • Nasality is present throughout his range
  • Larynx early on in his mixed range around F#4/G4
  • Tongue tension present often in his voice
  • Throatiness happens in the mixed voice and falsetto
  • Falsetto is often airy and raspy
  • Intonation issues can happen often
  • Vibrato can be laggy outside his supported range
  • Breathing technique is very underdeveloped and unexplored
  • Voice is not agile and runs lack connection

Registers

  • Lower register: By far his most developed register with little to no exposure in his repertoire. Surprisingly able to produce well supported notes in his lower range around C#3 ~ B2 but with stylistic airiness here and there.
  • Mixed register: very lightly approached, generally lacks a full sense of chest resonance and lacks power. Placement is usually throaty and nasal, lacks true sense of support and although extensive, it shows little to no development technically speaking.
  • Upper register: Very soft, raspy tone. Generally sings with an airy, disconnected falsetto with a tight throat and closed larynx. Transitions can be done with adequate accuracy but the voice shows little to no true head resonance or volume unless pushed.

Agility

As a rock singer with a very clean melodic approach to his singing, Yonghwa’s repertoire does not require him to generally sing with a runs or thrills. However so, he does occasionally need to be able to perform some kind of simple run that’s part of the melody of his covers or songs he chooses to sing and when that’s done, he can easily lose his sense of pitch and control. His thrills are usually smooth and well integrated in his muscle memory, such as in “So Sick“, but when it comes to more slightly more intricate vocal runs, he can easily lose his sense of key, such as in “고해“.

Overall analysis

Recently quite a popular vocalist and one of Korea’s most beloved band idol vocalists, Yonghwa debuted with C.N. Blue back in 2009. Following the debut of another band under FNC Entertainment, F.T. Island, CNBLUE’s catchy songs as well as public-friendly charisma earned them the popularity they have today. As their main vocalist, Yonghwa generally sings the most in the group, generally in a higher mid-third octave range up to the fourth octave of the piano, lying in the Tenor tessitura with a light tone and soft sound in his voice. Drawing influences from rock, pop and alternative genres of music, Yonghwa has been able to create a name for himself as an artist in the Korean music industry.

The lowest part of his range is the only part that has shown improvement over the years and the highlight of his voice technically. As a light lyric tenor, Yonghwa’s voice generally shines more in the upper mid third octave to fourth octave range, but even then he’s been able to work on his lower range over the years to produce considerable amounts of tone and keep ease in that range. Even though he may sound uncomfortable and his voice might not shine as much in his lower range he’s able to show support even down to C#3, notably in “Love Me Tender” and “애국가“, and even down to B2, such as in “봄바람“. However, as soon as he descends below B2, his voice still has the tendency to be pushed with a low larynx or to become quite airy in tone and lose the support he shows around B2/C3, such as the A2’s in “Wherever You Will Go“.  The issue with the support existent in Yonghwa’s lower range is that the repertoire which he sings as a member of CNBLUE does not allow him to showcase just how developed his lower range can be in comparison to most other tenors in K-pop.

His mixed range is his most used range and the part of his voice that shines in terms of being comfortable. Although that might be true, it is also one of the least developed parts of his voice. Yonghwa is technically very unaware of how to properly place his voice, often heavily using a throaty light approach to his mixed voice which oftentimes does not allow him to have any sort of volume or power. His mixed voice is very much a head-dominant and cricothyroid muscle driven mixed voice that does explore the true tone of his chest voice, already present in his lower range. His mixed voice is very extensive in range and can be pushed with minimal vocal strain due to its light approach, allowing him to phrase A4’s and G4’s without showing many signs of vocal fatigue, such as in “Checkmate” and “Love“.

However when’s taken out of the context of big band, rock songs, one can easily hear the true lack of breath support present in his mixed voice. The sound produced is generally shallow, nasal and raspy, without any chest voice resonance or true color of tone. Yonghwa can show an adequate amount of support around E4, such as in “바보라서“, but as soon as he goes up slightly around F4 and F#4, his tone becomes easily throaty, raspy and whiny. There’s almost no real amount of volume that comes out of his voice and he struggles with creating more power, often resulting in tongue tension, such as the F4’s in “어느 멋진 날“, “소녀” and “애국가“, where his tongue slides back slightly and closes up the back of his throat creating a froggy tight sound. On rare occasions, such as the F#4’s in “Wherever You Will Go“, he’s able to produce a stronger sound in his mix with less tension and more true chest overtones, but that also shows an issue with consistently being able to show good vocal technique. For the most part, his voice is generally raspy and lacks a clearness which can be attributed to his preference of singing in a rock style, ultimately suiting his vocal performances but also showing a lack of true development of his vocal technique. His larynx is generally high around F4 and up, and even though he’s able to extend his mix very high, there’s a lack of fulness in tone, color and a generally husky thin closed sound in his higher belted notes, such as the G4 in “반말송“, G#4 in “Can’t Stop“, Bb4 in “Yes“, B4’s in “Now Or Never” and even more impressively, his F#5/G5 in”I’m Sorry“.

His falsetto register is possibly his most underdeveloped register, where his voice can often lack stability and transitions may show to be a slight challenge to him, such as in “The Way You Are“. His falsetto shows a very soft airy tone, much like the rest of his voice. It suits acoustic covers and soft songs very well and is more or less controlled in terms of pitch, but may show issues with shakiness and tone production by being throaty and airy, such as the B4’s in “Drive” C5’s in “Payphone“, and the E5 in “Mileage“. These occasions show that Yonghwa can feel and place his falsetto in the upper part of his cavities, allowing a more head-placed sound with a disconnected approach in the vocal cords, thus creating a soft airy tone that does not translate into a true head voice, but suits the musical style Yonghwa sings. This register isn’t often explored up above E5, but he has shown that he can make good use of it when harmonizing and performing softer duets, such as “반말송” with Seohyun of Girls’ Generation.

Musically speaking, Yonghwa’s voice can be very attractive to the public. It doesn’t show immediate obvious signs of strain, it’s not overly pushed or yelled and generally is very soft and easy to hear. He lacks an ability to produce different types of dynamics with his voice and different genres of music, but when it comes to Alternative music, Rock music, Acoustic music and Pop-Rock music, Yonghwa’s tone and stylistic singing often lends itself quite well in such occasions. However, due to technical limitations, he is unable to create fuller sounds with his voice, produce true resonance, eliminate nasality, create more and less volume and truly control his mixed voice, becoming quite challenged dynamically and with vocal onsets.

As an artist and musician, Yonghwa does not attempt to be an example of a great vocalist and never claims to be one. He is first and foremost a musician who’s able to sing his own style of music and lend his voice to his own compositions. Although he may be far from a technical vocalist, his vocal style his music choices quite well and is able to create a good atmosphere, earning appreciation and love from the general public. If Yonghwa does decide to take on more challenging song choices, it’d be advisable for him to seek a vocal coach and truly develop his mixed voice in order to create more power, resonance and vocal flexibility in his voice. Even though his vocal approach is very light and less strained than most, it could still cause vocal damage over the years.

Musicianship

Although a very stylistic vocalist, Yonghwa takes good care of his melodic changes in his songs with his more musically inclined background. Not only is Yonghwa a songwriter, but also he’s an instrumentalist, who’s able to create his own melodies at will and has shown multiple times that although his technique may not be his strongest asset, he’s able to create his own color in his covers and always add his own flare to his vocal performances, such as in “Wherever You Will Go” and “The Way You Are“.

Rating

Weak to Average Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

Video by: Hawaiipups and kpopvocalists

*Octave names are incorrect in English, they’re notated one octave above their actual pitch

Video by: sssris

Best Vocal Performance(s)

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

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89 thoughts on “CNBLUE’s Vocal Analysis: Jung Yonghwa

  1. why is it always my favorite singers’ ratings are lower than I thought lol.
    Taeyang I thought he was average. IU I thought she’s at above average. And here we have Yonghwa, who I thought at least Average to above average.

    Guess I have ear problems lol.

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    1. No, your ears are fine. This post only objectively analyzes pure vocal technique, and definitely does not measure how much every person should subjectively enjoy listening to a voice.

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    2. These analyses are based on vocal technique and capability. This is just judging how well idols can use their instruments to achieve a healthy, natural singing voice.
      It bases no judgement on the sound of the voice. Kyuhyun, for example, is a PHENOMENAL male vocalist. But his voice just bores me to death as well as all of his music. I like to hear singers like Sunggyu, V, Yonghwa, Daehyun, and Hongki. None of them are particularly great in terms of singing professionally, but I personally love to hear them sing.
      Just like with fine arts, there are clear facts as to what a painting means (to the artist), as well the techniques used to create it, but whether it is a good painting or not is ultimately subjective.

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  2. Omg this is too surprising. I thought he’s an A to AA, has a good lower range and can support up to like F#4. Omg
    So Taeyang’s mix is better? Too unexpected damn

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  3. somehow i agree with this analysis. Yonghwa vocal is not so advance. it seems that he has struggling moment to switch from below to upper range. he is more stylistic vocalist.
    i find it nice duet when he do with Seohyun or IU because they both possess light tone.
    once again, nice arc ahmin ^^
    i guess you still have some vocalist to analyzed ya? haha

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      1. please take your time to make it ^^
        i (and lot others) have always waiting for new article to read. everyday i check this site to see if there’s updates. but sure i have to be patient. anyway, i really appreciate your hard work. thanks guys ^^

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  4. Yay, FNC’s vocalist! Whoa, i thought he’s at least average. What do you think about subvocalist in FNC’s group? Like Jonghyun from CNBlue or FT Island’s Jaejin. Waiting for FNC’s girl, in 2016.

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    1. She might be analyzed this year haha and well if their main vocalists are at those ratings, they must be lower range? From what I’ve heard Jonghyun is similar to Yonghwa and Jaejin is around the same as them too. Only Hongki is considerably better.

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      1. yeah of course. In CNBlue, personally i likeJonghyun’s vocal better. Among FNC’s vocalists, Hongki’s vocal stands out then? He is in competent vocalist category. Ah, there’s also Seunghyub from NFlying in FNC, but he mostly raps, so it’s hard to analyzed. Anyway thank you for the analysis 😀

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      2. I’ve heard of him yes, but I don’t know him well..from what I’ve heard, I didn’t really hear anything noteworthy. Hongki is amongst the top 10 male idol vocalists.

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      3. Ahmin! I am back! Lol i get so excited again (though you might not remember me) because of you mentioning Hongki. Him on top 10 male vocalists is wow, my heart is swelling with pride. And you rating Jaejin around the same as main vocalist Yonghwa and Jonghyun too is wow. (I still remember you telling me that JJ you dont really consider him as a real vocalist, but I think opinion’s change too?) don’t mind me too much. I am just giddy at the thought. Lots of hugs for u!

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      4. Haha I’m glad to see you again! I still don’t feel strongly about Jaejin as a vocalist but I don’t feel that way about Yonghwa either, I do really like his lower range.

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      5. I agree with YH with the lower range though. ;D btw, that top 10 male vocalists list, did u ever post that around here? Sorry I havent looked around.

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      6. If u have time, can u watch all of this concert and give ur opinion about Hongki n Jaejin singing thru this concert. I know that u already make analysis about Hongki vocal but I just to know about ur opinion about their singing thru this concert.
        5…..Go Tour, July 2015 -> https://youtu.be/263IAqdRI6E;
        We Will Tour, August 2015 -> https://youtu.be/XknB7PEcUxY;
        Where’s My Puppy Tour, October 2015 -> https://youtu.be/Dt1uCVtQf2I

        Can u give me the reason why u didn’t feel Jaejin as a vocalist and do u feel the same also CNBlue Jonghyun?

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      7. FT Island and CNBLUE are not idol groups with vocalists and dancers, they’re idol bands with vocalists and instrument players. It’s like analyzing a rapper on their vocals, that’s not their main instrument so it’s not fair to them. Both Jonghyun and Jaejin are weak vocalists and their main instrument isn’t their voices, also they’re basically back up vocalists and not lead vocalists like in idol groups. So they’re not going to be analyzed for their singing. Also I’m sorry we just don’t have the time to sit through whole concerts like that, you’re asking a VERY broad question about “how they did”, it would take me more than 1.5k word essay to talk about 3 full concerts. I’d talk for 30k words, so I’m sorry but no.

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  5. it’s so accurate, thanks for the analysis:)
    wow, I actually have never thought Yonghwa is a really good vocalist but I didn’t thought his rating would be this low XD well as expected he lacks many things, there’s always something missing when he sings but I dont know what it is …probably bc throatiness & breathing technique. and yeah nasal for sure

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  6. Happy to see this review! I am also a bit surprised by the rating but it is what it is =P I think the last paragraph of the overall analysis and musicianship is right on, Yonghwa has a certain charisma and style to him that is attractive. Having seen him live in concert, I think he is a great performer (and honestly appears a bit too excited sometimes) and talented musician as well. Hopefully he can explore his voice more and continue to grow =) Thanks for the detailed analysis!

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  7. Thanks for the detailed review. It’s probably the most specific one I’ve seen written on Yonghwa’s vocals.
    However, I beg to disagree that his vocals are small and lack power. You really need to see him at live concerts to realize how strong he his vocally. You mostly showcase here his tv show performances, where he rarely shows his stronger rock vocals.

    There are many examples sung with much more strength, especially in songs like I’m sorry and In My Head (in live concerts):

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    Summer sonic 2013

    Here’s one more example from his One Fine Day tour, Ryu can do it.

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    1. Mhmm Thank you for reading so well. I must say that yes I did post a video with I’m Sorry I believe where he mixed F#5 in the analysis. Now hearing these examples you’re showing me, what I can tell you is that these aren’t exactly “powerful”. These notes are very high and he has the ability to mix really high, but they’re quite strained and these notes specially are the ones that could damage his voice due to the heavy vocal strain caused by them. They’re quite high and yes loud, but anything above E4 for Yonghwa, so the whole octave in between F4 and F#5/G5 is just a lot of tension. Do you understand what I mean?

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  8. wow, I’m just as surprised he’s ranked so low. But I trust and respect our reviewers on this site. Thanks for the time and effort put into rating our beloved artists/singers/bands 🙂

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  9. I’m very suprised. I thought he had at least the F4. Isn’t his F4’s resonant tho? And OMG he finally has a G#2! I did not know that he had another vocal range video. That video is better than mine, it has much more belts. I just put his best belts I guess lol. I wish I saw that video all along

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    1. Were you suprised too? Also I realized I really didn’t look for his range and in that video can you give me a time stamp fir the G#2?

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      1. The G#2 is in the same video as the one listened for his supported C#3, I believe it’s called Love Me Tender. Also the F4 seemed good in studio but live I could tell the true quality of his mixed voice, so it was my mistake.

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      1. Yup his lower register is much better than hers. That’s what makes him weak to average tho! Younghwa tricked all of us with that lower range.

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  10. I consider myself a layman when it comes to musical technicality. All I want to say is, if what we are hearing from Yonghwa now is Weak-to-Average….wow! imagine the possibilities of his potential! I certainly look forward to it as his audience! As is, his voice moves me, in any genre, more so in recent years. And he already has the showmanship.

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    1. Awww yes exactly! He has a lot of potential, a lot of range. If he were to truly work on his technique, he could develop himself really well as a vocalist. ^ ^

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      1. Hi, thank you for so many new amazing analyses! You guys are fast.
        Would you say it’s better and easier to fix an already large but problematic range like Yonghwa’s or to develop your voice properly from a small but less strained range?

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  11. Hey ahmin have you thought about doing vocal analyses for any of the Hellovenus vocalists? Specifically Yoo Ara and Alice, maybe Lime?

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    1. Isn’t Yoo Ara gone from the group? I haven’t given Nine Muses, Hellovenus or Dalshabet a thought cause none of their vocalists are.. More than weak.

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      1. Yeah Yoo Ara left but I was still wondering if you could do an analysis on her since she was actually the pretty ok vocalist that the group had.

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      2. Well she’s at most average from what I’ve heard and there will be little to no current material for her. It’s like analyzing Serra of Nine Muses.

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  12. Honestly, even though I expected a bit higher, I didn’t think he was above the ‘above average’ area. Like, I like his voice, but I heard some issuses, except for in the lower register. Great analysis btw

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  13. Weaker than I thought but I’m not fussed, he’s always been a rather simple vocalist to me. I like him but I’m glad to know where his weak and strong points are ^_^ thank you for analysing!

    Which bunch of vocalists (in no particular order) are going to be analysed next? Or is that a surprise for us? 😛

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    1. I’ve said it to a few people recently actually haha The batch I have is Jokwon, Bohyung, Seungyeon, Gyuri, Soyeon, Junho, Jun.K, Eunkwang..maybe Hwanhee and maybe Shannon too. Thank you for reading btw! ^ ^

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  14. Actually I feel surprised. When I first heard him sing in Heartstrings and You’re Beautiful, I thought he was very very weak. But I still liked his personality. I am pleasantly surprised to see he is not weak, but weak to average. Thank you for the analysis!

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  15. i heard that he did surgery for his vocal chords before already, during his wgm days but fnc never sought out to fix cnblue’s singing techniques, not even after they returned from japan. a waste :/

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  16. im not really sure that fnc have some vocal couch to their band vocalist. the band tend to expand their musicality rather than the vocal it self. not sure tho, since im not following fnc frequently. i was in the band before and all we did was making good music

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  17. Technicalities aside, I think Yonghwa’s voice is one of my favorites in K-pop, along with Taeyeon (still anticipating her analysis), but these posts are so interesting to read, despite me not knowing anything about vocal techniques.

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  18. I always stay a long time without visiting, and then I have lots of things to read lol
    I saw YH and came straight to read his anaysis …
    Personally, I really like his voice when he sings soft songs, its good to the ears, like in sweet holiday or love light. But when he sings strong songs sometimes he sounds a lill like he is been strangled (?) and then makes me feel uncomfortable to listen to.
    And as u wrote, he really should get a vocal coach. When he tries to hard i get worried about his throat and vocal cords.
    I do feel the same for HongKi actually. I commnted on his analysis about how he overwork and get in bad condition u.u
    FNC please take care of ur main vocals!!!!

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    1. anyway, thaaaank u for ur time to do these analysis. I dont understand a single thing about vocal thec. and finds really interesting to read ur analysis!!! ^^
      and that u take ur time to even reply when people have questions about their idols!
      keep ur good work ! fighting!

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  19. yay, another FNC vocalist! imo, Yong is not a singer but more to a performer side. so, i agree with your analysis completely 🙂
    i guess people are right about Hongki is the best singer in FNC so far.

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  20. i’m a die hard fan but never thought that his voice is “so called professional”. I think he has quiet same characteristic with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, am I right? Their voice are just so unique and blend well in every genre. I think thats how band’s vocalist are. But anyway I hope yonghwa himself read this so that he know how to develope his voice.

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  21. Whoa! As a Boice, this is just greatest shock of the year for me. I expected a little higher from Yonghwa, although I can only nod to your analysis since I’m tone deaf. Maybe Yonghwa is more born-to-be-star than born-to-be-singer. Sometimes this is just how the industry works. Still I hope FNC does more justice regarding their vocalists’ vocal technique.

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    1. If I may say something, I won’t really attribute it to FNC though. I mean, Lee Hongki of FT Island is a Competent vocalist but of course CN Blue is the more famous band but Lee Hongki is the better vocalist.

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  22. Eh…Oh…I’m speechless haha…

    I had requested this vocal analysis a couple of months ago and as many of the people commented, I was really expecting a higher rating but since I’m no professional in this field, I cannot argue haha.
    I’m a diehard boice since CNBLUE debuted in 2009 and even I ‘acknowledge’ that YongHwa is more a performer than a pure vocalist, but still, now that he has experienced composing, acting, producing, blah blah, I wish he would focus a bit more on his vocals. If he works on this and makes notable improvement, I’m sure he’ll become a kpop legend in the future.

    Anyway, thank you so much for the analysis, this blog has become one of my favourites! 😀

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    1. I was expecting a higher rating too actually so when I was listening to him I felt bad and I didn’t want to give him the rating wee ended up giving him… like I was really hoping to give him a higher rating. I do apologize but thank you for understanding. I hope for his improvement too! Thank you for reading our blog! ^ ^

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  23. i actually think this is an accurate analysis. YH rank better in composer and performer rather than musician. I listened to most of CNBLUE’s song and i prefer Jong hyun’s vocal than YH. can you please do Lee Jong Hyun as well?

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  24. I’ve decided to try this one today. I wrote like 5 on Jay park. Gayoon. Yuju and Eunha but this is the only one I though was good enough.

    0:37 flat. 1:09 throatiness. 1:13 strain 1:16 throatiness. 1:19 as well. 1:22 sounds tight. 2:03 tight as well. 2:16 closed throat. 2:33 also sounded strained. 2:37 nasal placement. 2:51 that sounded supported. 3:12 closed throat. His falsetto at the end sounds pushed.
    I feel like I missed out a lot since he’s a weak vocalist and this is pretty short. Overall problems with keeping his throat open and keeping tension out of his belts. Tonality is also a problem.

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    1. I’m a bit busy so let me be brief. 0:37 didn’t seem flat to me, 0:35 seemed flat. 1:22 is more than just tight, it’s more nasal. I mean a good amount of this performance was throaty. 2:51 don’t let vibrato fool you, that was less raspy than the rest of the performance but it was throaty and he had more glottal tension than in other sections of the song. I mean most of the choruses were throaty like throughout.

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  25. Hi, I’ve read it well (I am no expert on this T.T). Can a person’s vocal skill improve time after time? Could you further analyze it? Here my most fav One Fine Day perf ICYMI:

    There are sketchbook performances of his you should know (again ICYMI):

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    1. Of course vocal skill can improve but that’s if the vocalist is working to improve themselves. If you keep singing the same way you’ve always sung, no improvement will happen. That’s the case with him, even with these recent performances. There’s no change to his singing approach, so there’s no improvement I’m afraid.

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      1. I don’t know how to say this but please leave YH alone no improvement needed trying to f#^vk him to change his range that could result from weak to worse NO thank you NO voice coach may the “force” be with him VOICE ANALYSIST good job

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