Girls’ Generation’s Vocal Analysis: Taeyeon [Newly Updated]

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Vocal Range

D3 ~ C6 (2 octaves and 5 notes)

Supported Range

G3/G#3 ~ C#5/D5 (without head voice)

G3/G#3 – C#5/D5 ~ F5/F#5 (with head voice)

Voice Type

Light Lyric Soprano

Strengths/Achievements

  • Consistent forward placement in the A4~D5 range
  • Consistent resonance in the A4~C5/C#5 range
  • Consistently supported up to C#5/D5
  • Occasional resonance up to D5
  • Forward masked placed sound in the chest voice
  • Supports and projects down to G3/G#3
  • Has done supported Eb5s
  • At times head voice can be produced up to F#5/G5
  • Head voice Bb5
  • Capable of doing runs with good flow and pitch accuracy
  • Healthy vibrato is produced with good support
  • Stable pitch majority of the time

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent head voice
  • Pitch can be inconsistent
  • Faster runs can be sloppy and inaccurate
  • Support above C#5/D5 is inconsistent
  • Lower register below G3 becomes really airy
  • Inconsistent with vowels

Registers

  • Lower register: Since her debut, Taeyeon’s lower register has improved significantly expanding from Bb3/B3 to G3/G#3 since 2007. Her lower register has far more connection and projection than it did before.  Taeyeon carries decent support down to G3/G#3, however her voice has the most projection in the G#3/A3 range. Below G3 Taeyeon’s voice becomes very airy and unsupported, but she maintains a neutral larynx.
  • Mixed register: Taeyeon has consistent support up to C#5/D5 and consistent resonance up to C5/C#5. She generally produces very open and resonant notes in the A4~C5/C#5 range and occasionally up to D5. Above D5 Taeyeon’s voice becomes tight and strained.
  • Upper register:  Although Taeyeon actively switches back and forth between falsetto and head voice it is safe to assume she uses head voice. Taeyeon, when not using falsetto, can carry a supported head voice up to F5/F#5 though not resonant. Above F#5 her head voice and falsetto become very tense and shrill.

Agility

As a vocalist that trained under The One, who incorporates many runs into his performances, Taeyeon herself has developed a fair share of agility. Though overlooked in previous years, in 2015 Taeyeon made point to demonstrate her skill when it comes to agility. The most noticeable piece is “Check” from Girls’ Generation’s Party single which is filled with numeous runs from Taeyeon, similarly “Bump It” from the Lion Heart album also features many runs from TaeYeon as do many of the songs from that album. However in 2012 Taeyeon showed she was definitely capable of doing complicated runs live with her various performances of “Lady Marmalade” with Tiffany.  Taeyeon has shown she is best suited for slow to mid-tempo runs with faster runs she tends to lose control and rhythmic flow and her pitch tends to go off.

Overall analysis

TaeYeon made her debut in 2007 as the main vocalist and leader of South Korea’s leading girl group Girls’ Generation. Since her debut Taeyeon has made a name for herself as one of South Korea’s top idol vocalist and one of their most respected singers because of her many OST with her 2008 OST “If” being her most popular and the one that put her in South Korea’s eyes as a vocalist. TaeYeon is often praised for her ability to convey emotions as a singer. Composer Yoo Youngseok expressed his feeling about TaeYeon’s voice saying “Taeyeon feels like a woman who has been divorced 7 times”, meaning she is able to sing about heart break and parting well. Label mate JongHyun of SHINee expresed his agreement with composer Yoo Youngseok’s comment about Taeyeon saying, “I also feel that [Taeyeon’s] voice sounds like a woman with lots of experience of love and parting.” He reveals that he has felt this way about her ever since they were both trainees and Taeyeon “was born with the talent of expressing her sensitivity” showing he acknowledges his label mate’s skill.

During her debut years, Taeyeon used much more chest resonance in her singing, causing her to have a much richer and fuller tone production. However it seems after 2009 she switched to a lighter and brighter tone quality with some slight airiness as well. This is best exemplified in her radio performances prior to 2009, for example her performance of “Reflection” with Tiffany. In this performance TaeYeon is using a significant amount of chest resonance resulting in a richer and more womanly sounding tone. This is even evident when comparing mixed voice notes from then with more recent ones. For example the C5 in “Dear Mom”: the 2009 C5 has more chest resonance and slightly fuller tone quality, whereas the 2011 C5 has more of brighter tone production, but better resonance. Her switch to a lighter tone production definitely is not negative nor positive as it didn’t positively or negatively affect her voice. Also it seems as of 2015 she has found more of middle ground between the two.

Taeyeon’s mixed register is much more on the lighter and brighter side of the spectrum than it is on the dark and heavy side, especially after 2009. At the beginning of her career Taeyeon’s mix was quite developed up to C5/C#5 as it had a very strong, forward, and resonant sound within this range. She demonstrated this many times during her debut days for example the C#5s in “Baby Baby” were almost always resonant and supported especially the C#5 from this “Baby Baby” performance. She also had many good notes in the Bb4 to C5 range for example the Bb4s and C5 in “Want and Resent” with Jessica. During this time TaeYeon also supported a D5 during her radio performance of “Counting Kisses with You” also with Jessica, although this D5 in particular was not resonant it had very nice support and power. Even though that D5 was supported, Taeyeon rarely supported D5 at that time, as many of her D5s in “Into the New World” were tight. Taeyeon’s mixed voice above C#5 was very underdeveloped which was why during that time period she did not have many high notes above Eb5.

Fast forward to Taeyeon in 2009 and 2010 not much happened in these years for Taeyeon aside for her having her first studio F5 in “Wake Up” from the Hoot mini album in 2010.  In 2012 SM Entertainment debuted the Girls’ Generation sub-unit TTS featuring members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The unit’s primary purpose was to showcase the vocal talents of those three members. “Twinkle“, the leading track, required Taeyeon to sing F#5s in every performance. Prior to 2012 Taeyeon had no studio recorded or live F#5s. These F#5s proved to be quite a challenge for Taeyeon because almost all of them were strained and off the center of pitch as shown in this video here, and all of those F#5 were inadequately mixed with an excessive amount of pushing. Not only was she required to sing the F#5s in “Twinkle”, but also “Baby Steps” which was also part of the Twinkle mini album. Those F#5s were of the same quality as the “Twinkle” F#5s. After straining her way through those performances for so long, Taeyeon began to have difficulty singing above C#5. In 2013 Girl’s Generation kicked off the year with pre-promotional track “Dancing Queen” before releasing lead track “I Got A Boy.” ‘Dancing Queen” and “I Got A Boy” were both less taxing vocally than “Twinkle” and “Baby Steps”, however Taeyeon still couldn’t handle the D5s she was required due to her regression above C#5. The “Dancing Queen” D5s were all quite strained and pushed, however 2013 was still fairly good year for her.  In 2013 Taeyeon produced some of her best C5s/C#5s and even had some success above above C#5. TaeYeon’s C5s in “Lost in Love” with Tiffany are some of the best of her career. Also TaeYeon’s Eb5s from the “Express 999” live performances had support although some tension was also present, such as the Gayo Daejun performance.

In 2015 Taeyeon made significant improvement in her mixed register by expanding her support range from C5/C#5 to C#5/D5. The D5 expansion was first noticed in the Lion Heart album released in August of 2015 in songs like “Green Light” and “Bump It.” The sustained D5 in “Green Light” had strong support and an open sound very different from her D5s in previous years and the phrased D5s in “Bump It” had good support. Taeyeon solidified her supported range with her performances of her song”I” from her solo EP I.  Many of the D5s from these performances were supported as shown by this video here. The D5/C#5s from that line were almost always supported ,especially the C#5, but sadly the sustained E5 afterwards never was. Of course, her D5s do not go without their inconsistencies as there are times that they end up becoming tight, like in one of her live performances of “U R.”

Similarly to what happened in her mixed register, Taeyeon’s lower register has improved significantly over the years, expanding from A3/Bb3 to G3/G#3. Taeyeon for a long time had issues singing below A3 as her lower register was quite underdeveloped. This was especially evident below G3/G#3. Below that her voice would become very airy, quiet, and lack projection, for example her performance of her OST “Missing You Like Crazy” in which she sings many F3s which were consistently airy and not completely pitch centered. G3’s also posed a problem for her, for example the G3 in “Promise“, though there was significantly more connection on the G3 than the F3 that followed, it still sounded uncomfortable for her to hit.

Taeyeon’s head register often flips between falsetto and head voice from what seems to be for stylistic purposes.  Her head voice has a fairly decent connection and support up to F5/F#5,but above that, in both falsetto and head voice, she becomes fairly tense and shrill. Taeyeon does not have a great deal of ease when  it comes to accessing the higher notes of her range mainly the G#5 ~ C6 range. For example her head voice Bb5 at the end of “Gemini” is very tight and strained. Also her head voice lacks true head resonance and is just a supported sound, for example her F#5 in “Shake that Brass” and F5s in “Star.”  Taeyeon has also shown she is able to support G#5 in head voice when she performed “Because You Loved Me” with Seohyun.

Musicianship

Taeyeon is not one for dramatics when it comes to her singing. She’s definitely a fan of keeping a performance sensible and well within her means vocally. She’s a vocalist that likes to carry a performance by conveying emotions through phrasing.  Taeyeon definitely is not a high flying belter, as she stays in more a medium high to low vocal range maxing normally out at F3/F#3 and Eb5/E5, which is fairly consistent with her OST’s and vocal range in Girls’ Generation albums. Although of course there are exceptions to this, as she is occasionally challenged outside that range. Taeyeon’s performance of “Moonlight” is a great representation of her stylistically choices, as range wise she stays somewhere within the G3/G#3 ~ D5 range which is very reasonable for her vocal skill. This performance showed off her resonance in the A4 ~ C#5 very well as it was concentrated within in that area. TaeYeon’s solo album is a good reflection of her as a vocalist as the songs are very different than what is on the Girls’ Generation albums. Her style seems to be more mid to slow tempo songs in a lower range. A good example of this would be “U R” with a range of E3 ~ F5 centering more around the A4 ~ D5 area, which definitely was intentional as that is where she does well.

Rating

Proficient Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

Videos by: Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

Best Vocal Performance(s)

Analyzed by Pandayeu
(Originally analyzed by zhx)

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790 thoughts on “Girls’ Generation’s Vocal Analysis: Taeyeon [Newly Updated]

    1. She switched the vocal cord coordination to a less balanced or chesty approach and became very heady, it almost like she switched to head voice but I think it was just a very heady mix. I am not 100% sure though.

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      1. can i know who is better recently between IU taeyeon ailee hyorin and eunji.. a lot of people compared them and in youtube some of them really subjective so i dont know who is better than who.. and how about taeyeon voice in her latest song 11:11??

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      2. We have analyses on all of them, have you tried reading them all? Because all of them except for Taeyeon and Eunji are in very different ratings and they all have individual analyses with very specific examples and reasons why one is better than the other. Taeyeon’s latest song shows nothing new for her vocally.

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  1. Hello,

    I’ve noticed that in TTS harmonies, Tiffany always takes the low note while Seohyun usually takes the high note and Taeyeon the middle one. During the Dear Santa verse “Kkumman gateun Christmas Time”, I have been having trouble trying to figure out whether Taeyeon is singing middle and Seohyun is singing high, or whether it’s the other way around. I’ve listened to the MR Removed versions and in this version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEZUBdXUkNY (at 2:23) it sounds as though Seohyun is singing the highest but in this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPtKYxIQwEw (at 3:31) it seems as if Taeyeon is singing highest. I don’t have the best ear for this and was wondering if you could figure it out? Is one of them simply not singing loud enough because I mostly hear two voices or is that just because high notes tend to be harder to hear?

    Thank you,
    Michelle

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    1. Hello Michelle,

      You did not need to post the question twice, it sent the first time you posted it. Okay figuring out harmonies is the only time when MR removed videos could be helpful so this time I am okay with this. lol Well before I listen in harmonies, you’re supposed to blend in and usually you tend to let the lead melody be the loudest, while the harmonies are generally softer. But anyway let me listen. So for the first video I hear them landing on F4 for Tiffany, Bb4 for Taeyeon and D5 for Seohyun so they’re singing a Bb major chord in second inversion with the fifth as the lowest note. The second is the same for Seohyun and Taeyeon, but Taeyeon’s voice isn’t as loud so she and Seohyun were blending in a lot more and it was harder to tell. For both of them, Tiffany’s harmony was very easy to hear and Seohyun’s was the softest because she was using falsetto. It is a lot easier to hear the melody, Taeyeon on C5 to Bb4, and the lower harmony which must be G4 to F4 for Tiffany in the first video. In the second video I hear Taeyeon going C5 to Bb4 and Seohyun’s D5 in the background, but Tiffany didn’t sing F4, she sang D4 so she sang a different harmony but was still in key. It was the octave down from Seohyun.

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      1. Hello,

        Ah, sorry for sending it twice. I didn’t see it post so I thought something had gone wrong.

        Yeah, I agree that this is probably the only time when MR Removed videos are helpful since they tend to cause a lot of fan fighting. I see, so Seohyun, as usual, is singing the highest note. I had initially thought so but that second video made it really hard to tell. 🙂 Thanks so much for going so in detail and clearing up the confusion for me.

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    1. Taeyeon is only human and I’ve yet to hear a pop vocalist who doesn’t go nasal on notes sung on vowels that are accompanied by the consonants N and M. Taeyeon can be nasal sometimes yes, not just in Shake That Brass but generally on those consonants but that’s common for everyone

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      1. My sister think Taeyeon is completely nasal, but the I listen the more I don’t really think so. I do completely agree with what you said though.

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  2. Hi, I think these notes are f5 and G#5 respectively (I’m not too sure, but I was wondering f they were supported? I wasn’t expecting Taeyeon to actually sing them live.

    At the times 2:45 and 2:56

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  3. Hello Admin,

    Can you judge on whether Lee Se-Jun saying Taeyeon’s Head and chest voice is off for the Hidden Singer is true? And if you can easily identify which of the 6 hidden singer is Taeyeon by her vocal technique? As well as who has the strongest vocal technique?

    Here is the Clip:

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      1. All the hidden singers start singing at 16:12 and ends at 17:50…

        Spoiler Alert:

        Number 5 is Taeyeon but Lee Se-Jun says her head and chest voice was off and not as good as original

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    1. I just needed the time stamps but thank you for the extra information. Truthfully speaking, he is not familiar enough with Taeyeon and shouldn’t make such wild statements with so much confidence like that. He wasn’t completely wrong that Taeyeon’s lower head voice lacked clarity slightly but in this song, she uses more of a falsetto and her transitions were smooth enough. Based off of this song alone, we can’t determine who has the strongest technique but it’s very easy to tell that number 5 is Taeyeon. I remember watching this a long time ago and laughing at what he had said. The clearest difference is that all of them but Taeyeon are quite nasal. Taeyeon was slightly nasal as well but not nearly as much. They’re also all very airy and placed their voices in a shallow throat placement, none of them had as strong of a sense of support as Taeyeon so without a doubt Taeyeon has better technique than them.

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      1. oh, why? the ranges was same i think UR (E3~F5) it was love (G3~G#5 cmiiw).
        what’s make it was love harder? is it about head voice transition (i think the both has okay head voice connection), or something else? ahmin3 please explain.

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      2. U R has higher notes as passing notes, like the quick F5’s and the C5 ~ D5’s range isn’t used until the last chorus, the lower range portion is difficult but it’s very mid rangey. It was love has a lot of head voice transitions into F5’s in the first few choruses, which then become mixed in the last chorus and there’s an octave jump from G#4 to G#5, all mixed, belted and sustained. It was love is more challenging, in the original key.

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      3. okay i understand.

        my next question : could i say baritone mixed voice range is larger than soprano generally? because i’m a baritone & you ve said that after hearing my voice in my cut singing. i ve covered it was love luna (solo not duet like what i send u before) and i think i can handle low – high note G2 ~ G#4. actually i can go lower until E2 and can mixed until C#5 and heady mixed until F5. so i have E2 ~ C#5 (2 octaves 4 notes 1 semi) in real voice (chest~mixed not falsetto/HV) so in soprano range (example Taeyeon) it will be D3 ~ B5 and she does heady mixed in Eb6 lol. but in fact she can only mixed until G#5 (she start struggling in D5/Eb5) and her heady mixed? i dont know but maybe in Mr.Taxi chorus and that was about D5/E5 im not sure.

        once again, i dont talk about how wide my range comparing her. I KNOW that supported range is more IMPORTANT also how u can developing ur ability in supported range and right technique. I’m just asking. please explain, GBU ^^

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      4. No, I couldn’t agree with that. Actually most of the time since females have wider apart passaggi and start mixing much lower than a male would relatively speaking, they have wider mixed voice ranges by default. I’ve never heard you mix C#5 nor F5, have I? Because I’d need to hear that to be sure. Actually relatively speaking, females have smaller chest voice ranges and wider mixed voice ranges. As a baritone, if your range is E2 ~ F5, then that means you have E2 ~ Bb3 as your chest voice range, which is well over an octave. It’s about 1 octave and 3 notes. A soprano like Taeyeon has D3 ~ F4 or so, so that’s one octave, 1 note and 1 semitone. Yours is slightly larger. Now if your mixed range is indeed B3 ~ C#5, that’s one octave and 1 note, Taeyeon’s mixed range would be F#4 ~ G#5, which is the same exact width. Now I have not heard any baritones mixing higher than D5 or Eb5, so I’d really have to hear your mix to be sure.

        Now think of it like this, Sohyang’s mixed voice goes up to C#6, she has F#4 ~ C#6 as her mixed voice range, that’s one octave 3 notes and 1 semitone, which is larger than any baritone’s mixed voice I’ve heard. Even tenors, the widest mixed voice ranges I’ve heard is like D4/Eb4 ~ G5, which is like 1 octave, 2 notes and 1 semitone. So females still can be theoretically larger. Again this is all very relative, I am not even comfortable with the idea of making such a strong assumption.

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      5. oh sorry my mistake hahaha .. i mean real voice range (chest – mixed) not mixed. i have E2~F5.. so any soprane has 3 octaves 1 semitone in real voice? sohyang E3 ~ C#6 😌😌
        just asking, sorry i dont try to make something bad, just asking. relax ^^

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      6. No no I understand, but you still are saying that F5 you hit is mixed and I really would need to hear this F5 to make sure it’s mixed.

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  4. That article mentioned Bump it, my favorite song. I thought you said Taeyeon’s phrase D5 in 1:02, how about D5 phrase of Tiffany (1:13), Seohyun (2:07), Sunny (2:18)
    I think Seohyun also did quite a good job, Tiffany and Sunny pushed a little bit

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    1. Seohyun airy shallow D5’s, Tiffany tight pushed strained D5’s, Sunny’s are less airy than Seohyun’s, less tight than Tiffany’s but also still pushed. Seohyun’s are more relaxed.

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  5. Thank you very much ahmin, there is one point I still want to ask. You said Seohyun sounds airy, but do people can sound airy even when they sing high notes? I always think people sound airy when they sing low notes only, did Seohyun sound airy in the way people sound airy when they sing low notes?

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    1. Of course people can sound airy even when singing high notes. If you’re not connecting your vocal cords properly, then you will sound airier and thinner. I mean falsetto is airy and in this example you asked about, Seohyun’s mix was airy which can happen for many vocalists. Yes it’s the same sort of airiness, but to a different degree perhaps.

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    1. She’s not breathing well so she pushed the sound out with abdominal air pressure and her throat. Singing and dancing at the same time is not a good combo.

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  6. Would you consider Taeyeon as one of the top female idol vocalists? Also, I’ve seen comparisons between Taeyeon and Ariana Grande where the latter was considered a better vocalist. Although Ariana is gifted, I’ve always thought that her techniques are shaky and never consistent. So between the two, who would you consider as a better vocalist in terms of ability and technique?

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    1. Currently speaking Taeyeon is definitely one of the top 15 or top 10 female idol vocalists yes, so I would believe so, yes. Ariana Grande wouldn’t be rated nearly as high as Taeyeon because she has a lot of technical issues. People mistake singing high for singing well and it’s true, Ariana can sing higher and does so quite regularly but straining higher notes than someone else doesn’t make them better. Ariana is nowhere near a better vocalist than Taeyeon in terms of technique, not when she strains above B4.

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    1. These also have been asked about and addressed in the comment section, and I’m afraid not, no improvement although her U R performances have had lots of good moments for her this year.

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  7. Hi I don’t know whether you have seen this video,someone might have repost it to you,but there are too many comments that I can’t review them all to determine that.So please forgive me to bother you again if somebody has asked you the similar question
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p83XA7_tx0w what’s your comment on the E5 that tayeon finished at 2:07?For me I think it was a note with high quality although it seemed that she could’t sustain for longer time,and beautiful vocal run followed.

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    1. That E5 was thought to be resonant many years again but to us, we have said it is somewhat tight, a bit nasal and it lacks proper support. It’s a thin note but it had nice reverb which may give off the impression that it’s supported, but it was really not as full as a resonant nor supported E5 would sound like.

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      1. She’s not lacking consistency her D5s are normally pretty spot on its like a 70%, 30% split, that’s pretty consistent. Like she’s human she’s not going to get it all the time. Stop expecting so much from her lol.

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  8. Hey all, this isn’t exactly Taeyeon, but could you do a very brief vocal analysis of this beautiful baritone voice?

    Mostly interested in how supported his low notes are, how resonant his high notes are, and what is the vocal range of this song. Thanks in advance!

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    1. His Eb4’s are nice, but his F#4’s sound throaty. Yoo Dohyun is not a nobody, yknow he’s just a baritone voice, he’s Yoo Dohyun. This is a narrow range, I am not entirely sure he’s a baritone but he might be. The range was narrow, this song is simple. It’s just F#3 ~ F#4, 3:08 the nah nah nah’s, the highest note is F#4, where he sounds tense.

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  9. Do you think Taeyeon’s F5 (head voice) in 3:34 is supported?
    In my opinion, I think she closes her throat too much and pushes the air out, so she creates some tension at the back of her throat.

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    1. Well, she’s going for a more falsetto-like quality that is why there is an excess air amount and yeah there is a little bit of tension.

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    1. Not really it is still very strained and has a high larynx, I guess it’s brighter. In the grand scheme of things this is an old E5…

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  10. It’s so nice when you offer two videos which are clearly to hear nasal quality. People around me usually tell that singer A is nasal, singer B is less nasal, but I feel extremely irritated because I cannot identify it correctly.
    And in Jessica case, she sounds more please to listen than the video about Nasal voice, and in 0:22, when Jessica sings the word “Who”, she doesn’t sound nasal.

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      1. Thank you for your super fast answer.
        I suddenly found that video on youtube:

        I want to use it as a reference to learn about nasality, but do you think the examples in that video is good enough to be a reference?

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  11. Hey! I am just curios about Taeyeon’s run here in TTS’ performance of “Merry Christmas” from 2:06 to 2:11. Could you analyze if it was good or not? Thank youu

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    1. It’s very unclear, the notes were very hard to hear separately, they were just sliding and she didn’t really put much emphasis into it rhythmically.

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    1. 2:30 those runs are fairly simple, the ones around 2:41 are a bit more complex and then they were executed less accurately and less precisely since they were a bit too fast for her.

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  12. another question though:
    Is UR one of her best, if not her best, vocal performance? I mean I think she got resonance right and pitch as well. Only issues were strain past D5 and unsupported low notes past A3.
    Would anybody validate my statement?

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    1. Yes, UR is one of her best performances. It was listed, but the video got deleted so I removed it from the section and I just haven’t gotten around to replacing it.

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  13. hi there!! so recently taeyeon performed live 11:11

    and although this song might not be challenging for her or show something new, i’m curious about her lower register, like in the first minute of the song and around 1:32-1:37. Is it airy? And when the lower register is airy,it means there is no support?

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    1. Yeah, it’s airy and lacking projection..this song mainly has her singing G#3,A3 and maybe G3..I am not entirely, but notes she can generally support..so it’s just she’s being airy for stylistic effect rather than her not actually being able to support them. When the lower register is airy it does not always mean no support, you can be airy in the lower register and still have some support.

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      1. oh ok!! thank you for your answer!! i checked the vocal ranking -it took me some time to understand the organization LOL- and i saw taeyeon was highly prificient if im right. For her to be proficient to good, should Eb5s be included in her supported range?

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      2. She’s not proficient to good, just proficient…hmmm the chart really that hard to read? We have been getting many misunderstandings about the actual categorization of the vocalist. The format must be weird…oh well..not much we can do now is there? lol

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      3. That is one part of it that could potentially get her to be proficient to good. It’s a lot of things together, like stamina to an extent and openness and mixing…lots of things could change.

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  14. It’s funny, I’ve read this so many times and every time I look at the comments I don’t get which part of the analysis is so unclear that people keep posting videos showcasing what’s already written here. I think there comes a point where people have to take a step back and wait for something to change. Taeyeon’s only human, and she’s not going to improve by leaps and bounds every single day. Also, I’m pretty sure that research is done before hand when these analyses are written so I have no doubt that they’re accurate.

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  15. May I ask? Who do you think is the most appropriate member of SNSD took the highest note? Seohyun or taeyeon? the boys or twinkle example?

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    1. none of these girls can sing twinkle appropriately. they just strain them. which one can strain better? well seohyun can strain higher with head dominant mix, but taeyeon can do it too. regardless they still strain in both song

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    1. We can’t claim that this is the best performance of I out there because that would mean we would have watched all of her performances of I ever and we have not. 1:19 the E5 is still strained, so no it isn’t fully supported throughout. The rest of notes are within her supported range, C#5 and below. 0:08 that run in Gemini wasn’t bad, her runs in this are kind of nice. 0:22 her head voice became too airy and pushed on the Bb5. There’s not much else to say.

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    1. Easiest: 11:11, I Love You, Closer, Starlight, Set Me Free
      Mid-Difficult: Why, Rain, Can You Hear Me, If, Missing You Like Crazy, And One, Farewell
      Hardest: I, U R, Fashion, Gemini, Stress

      This could be argued lol

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    1. That’s a diphthong of Ah and Ee, I wouldn’t call it the Aye vowel. I think it’s slightly chesty and a bit nasal, it’s a transition from falsetto to her mix so that does change placement a lot.

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  16. hello! If i’m not mistaken, taeyeon was resonant on the D5 in UR (the climax) in all or 3/4 of her performances of it during her solo concert. I was wondering what you guys think about why she is able to show consistent resonance on that particular D5. Could it be a psychological thing like since it is the final performance of the concert (and a ballad at that) she really focuses on doing it well or do you think it has more to do with the vowel?

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    1. It’s very likely to do with habits. You establish a good habit and you keep it, like Hyunmin of DGNA hitting consistent resonant G#4’s in only one of their songs.

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  17. Hi,

    This has been on my mind for a while but I was wondering how U.Ji is a more technically correct vocalist than Taeyeon because if I remember correctly, Taeyeon has larger and more consistent resonance, more forward placement, more consistent support on D5s and has supported Eb5s, more openness, better agility and, has a better and more consistent head voice. I understand that U.Ji beats her in the lower range so I wasn’t sure what she had over Taeyeon which makes her a better technical vocalist, unless she improved her mix or it’s something else?

    I just find it a bit strange because Taeyeon’s considered a better vocalist than Wendy, even if slightly, due to openness and larger resonance so can’t the same reason be applied to the comparison between U.Ji and Taeyeon?

    This post isn’t intended to offend anyone; I am genuinely confused so I apologise in advance if anyone is bothered by this comment.

    And lastly, thank you to the team for volunteering your time to write these analyses. It greatly helps fans become more aware of some of the misconceptions in K-pop and educates us more on vocal pedagogy. I always look forward to new posts; they’re lovely and informative to read. All the best!

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    1. Actually U.Ji used to produce resonance and support up to D5 more consistently than Taeyeon. It’s only recently that Taeyeon began producing resonance up there more often. The head voice is a semitone difference, whereas the lower is incomparable. U.Ji’s lower range is just kind of a huge boost for her overall. More consistent resonance means more forward placement and more openness, so these are redundant. Taeyeon is considered better than Wendy because her support on D5s is actually more consistent and Wendy doesn’t produce resonance at all. U.ji supports D5s and up to C#5 she produces resonance consistently, she’s just not as large in resonance but again her lower range is the best for any idol soprano. Does that make sense? Let me know if it’s still not clear! Thank you for the support!

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      1. Oh, so it must have been 2016 where Taeyeon produced resonance on D5s more consistently. Yeah, sorry for listing all of that because I’m not a music student LOL; I just compared and listed what was in their vocal analyses.

        Hmmm…I was under the impression that since Taeyeon slightly edges out U.Ji in two of her registers (not even going to talk about her lower register LMAO) as well as some other factors like agility, that would make her a bit better but U.Ji’s lower register definitely gives her a boost. It makes sense; thanks for that!

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  18. @ahmin3 @pandayeu @frostprincess21

    how about climax high note D5 ~ E5 2:07 in this performance comparing Taeyeon’s, who’s better? i’m pretty sure Teyeon’s technique/consistency is somewhat better tho.

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    1. She’s really whiny and shouty, even her B4’s lack fullness. Her D5 and E5 were thin and shrill. Yes Taeyeon is far better technically.

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      1. There’s no C4, I heard B3’s and C#4’s throughout the first chorus. The B3’s sound more or less relaxed, the C#4 was closed in the throat and so you were flat. You push your tongue down too much throughout the verse, you’re not relaxing your throat. There’s a lot of tongue tension closing your sound, you sound a bit froggy and tight in the verse. It is pretty low. The second verse is a bit softer and not as tight but the sound is still a bit too airy and not supported. Your sound lacks forwardness, being relaxed and being opened. I will make a video that addresses this issue. I do still nasality yes, so try to sing more softly. I’ll make a video as soon as I can.

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      2. so sad, i dont even supporting B3 lol, also nasal everywhere hahahahaha ^ ^

        singing in home with some people around me is not good idea to be relax & open my throat in mixed voice, you know wht i mean lol

        oh really, cant wait, but please dont push yourself too much, just slowly, anyway thank you.

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  19. Qual o desempenho dela partir de 3:14-3:20 no primeiro vídeo e no segundo a partir de 3:05-13, por que as duas notas soam iguais? O que aconteceu com a voz dela? Quase em todas as lives acontece isso… </3
    E, qual o desempenho dela nos dois ultimos videos (primeiro: 3:05-15) e no segundo (2:08-2:15 e 3:09-3:16), ela aparenta estar melhor nesses…

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    1. 3:14 O B4 foi cantado bem com bom placement, mas o E5 em “My Heart” tava cheio de tensão garganto, foi bem exprimido. 3:05 quase a mesma coisa mas o E5 foi um pouquinho melhor executado. Bom isso são E5’s, em 2011 e 2012. Notas que a Taeyeon não tem apoio, então o que aconteceu foi strain, simples. 3:09 Tem mais backing track, mas em geral é uma nota que ela não tem apoio então o que sai é só tensão.

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