BTS’ Vocal Analysis: Jungkook

Vocal Range

G2 ~ Bb5 (3 Octaves, 1 note and 1 semitone)

Supported Range

Eb3/E3 ~ Eb4/E4

Voice Type

Tenor

Strengths/Achievements

  • The most relaxed singing technique out of all tenors in BTS
  • Pitch is relatively good when not doing vocal runs
  • Tends to favor falsetto over mixed voice, minimizing vocal strain
  • Shallow support is present to an extent in his singing
  • His lower range maintains sufficient connection down to Eb3
  • His middle voice maintains a relaxed approach up to Eb4/E4
  • Falsetto can be relaxed at times
  • Transitions into falsetto are relatively well done

Points for Improvement

  • Tends to favor style over technique, completely limiting the development of his voice
  • Tends to sing with a lot of breathiness in tone, not allowing his vocal cords to be connected completely
  • Lower range is often very soft and whispered, lacking developing
  • Mixed voice is very underdeveloped, often has to falsetto when unable to mix properly
  • His larynx raises early on after his first passaggio, around F4
  • Tends to place his voice in his nose and sound very whiny
  • Unable to support with consistency, breathing is almost completely neglected
  • Falsetto can sometimes be flat due to too much airiness
  • Vocal runs are often messy and pitchy
  • Unable to use a head voice with support

Registers

  • Lower register: Most of his lower range is underdeveloped as he doesn’t generally tend to sing too low or too high. His chest voice maintains projection below Eb3, but support is only present down to Eb3. Below that, his voice lacks clarity in tone and becomes quieter.
  • Mixed register: His mixed voice is mostly on the head-dominant side, as he sings with a soft approach most of the time. Very early on in range he starts to sing with a tight throat and a high larynx, even as low as F4.
  • Upper register: In a way, his most developed register. His falsetto is where he seems most comfortable, as he tends to switch to falsetto very early on in his range. Nonetheless, this register still lacks proper support and development overall.

Agility

Jungkook shows that most of his influences come from singing R&B music and that’s where he seems to be most comfortable in terms of genre. As such, he takes a liking to adding his own musical ideas to songs and they’re usually in the form of vocal runs. He has the tendency to add them in many occasions, as he seems to have confidence in this area of his voice. However, due to his young age and to an extent lack of patience, there is a lack of clarity and development of his agility. When it comes to the flexibility of his voice, Jungkook actually possesses the correct muscle memory and rhythmic bounce to clearly sing through different notes in simple trills, as long as they’re short and simple, as heard in “I Need a Girl.” Unfortunately, he tends to add overly complicated runs to many of his vocal performances, which lack precision and accuracy overall. His vocal runs often sound rushed, as he’s unable to sing the notes as quickly as he needs to. Thus instead of taking the time to practice vocal runs slowly first and then speeding them up to the correct speed, his runs often sound like they’re mostly improvised and thus not carefully thought-through. The result is usually sloppy runs that lack a clear idea of key center, as he adds too many notes that don’t necessarily fit in terms of pitch. This can be heard in many occasions, such as in “Sofa“, “Paper Hearts“, “뻔한 멜로디“, “Boyfriend“, “눈, 코, 입“, “Love is not Over“, “You’re My“, “Miss Right” and “If You.”

Overall analysis

Jungkook debuted in 2013 as the main vocalist of Bangtan Boys, more commonly known by international fans as BTS. He is one of the four members of the main vocal line, three tenors and one baritone. The group debuted as mostly a hip-hop based group where most of the focus of their music is on rapping as opposed to singing. As such, a lot of their songs are mostly rapped verses with hook choruses sung by the four members of the vocal line. Jungkook’s voice stands out with a very smooth and mellow timbre. His voice is light and bright, as well as very soft in quality which is often enhanced by many of his stylistic choices. Although not often singing very high, his voice lies in a generally higher range and he would most likely be classified as a light lyric tenor.

The lower part of his chest voice is often neglected and not truly showcased through BTS’ music. As their songs are focused mostly on hooks for the vocalists, the range they’re written in is usually narrow in order to keep the listener hooked in. Thus Jungkook is unable to explore a wide part of his range when singing BTS’ music. Most of the time he stays within a relatively comfortable range and doesn’t sing below D3. This has caused him to often lose projection of his voice when he does need to sing anywhere below an Eb3. As low as E3 and Eb3, he often sounds comfortable as his vocal cords are able to come together and his voice projects without much trouble, as heard in “Sofa“, “Love is not Over” and “샤방샤방.” However, as soon as he sings below Eb3, his vocal cords lack the strength to remain together and his chest voice starts to become breathier and quieter. This can be heard with the B2’s in “Paper Hearts“, “Fools” and G2’s in “나그대에게 모두 드리리.”

Due to his stylistic choices, Jungkook often employs a very unique approach to his singing. He never tries to paint himself as a powerhouse vocalist and uses the natural smoothness of his voice to his advantage. Instead of mixing and belting high, he often sings softly and with a lot of breathiness in tone throughout most of his range. Not only that, but in order to maintain the smoothness and softness in his singing style, he often chooses to sing with his falsetto as opposed to mixing and thus has yet to create the correct muscle memory and development of his mixed voice. For the most part, his mixed voice is quite light in tone and lacks power. His mixing technique relies on a more head-dominant approach and a lot less on his chest voice, which helps him maintain a smooth soft tone overall. Stylistically, it fits exactly the way he intends it to.

However due to him being unable to develop his mixed voice properly and by using too much breathiness in his singing, his larynx tends to be raised much earlier than a more developed tenor would. He actually often mixes quite low and is not known for being a very high belter. Most of the time his mix only goes up to F#4 in their repertoire, only occasionally singing up G4 and G#4. When he sings up to Eb4 and E4, he sounds mostly relaxed and is able to maintain some support, even if it may be shallow and lack depth. However anywhere above E4, his larynx raises and his throat starts to become tight, which results in a mostly whiny tone production. His voice is unable to escape the tension, causing him to sound thin and closed above E4. This can be heard when contrasting the C#4’s in “양화대교“, D4’s in “모릎“, “Fools“, Eb4’s in “See Through“, “뻔한 멜로디” and E4’s in “心中的日月“, with the F4’s in “Coffee“, “Butterfly“, “Miss Right“, F#4’s in “샤방샤방“, “Let Me Know“, “Love is Not Over” “Tomorrow“, “Lost Stars“, G4’s in “See You Again“, “눈, 코, 입“, G#4’s in “I Need U“, “잡아줘” and Bb4’s in “Bang Bang Bang“, “If You” and “Perfect Man.”

His falsetto register is, relatively speaking, his most developed register. He seems to be the most comfortable in this register and is able to transition into it much earlier in range than most tenors would. While many tenors would rather mix up to A4 at least while singing, Jungkook will opt to use falsetto even as low as F#4 while phrasing songs, as heard in “Too Much“, “모릎.” Most of the time, Jungkook choses to use a falsetto over his head voice, by maintaining his vocal cords somewhat separated and allowing air to come through, creating a breathy sound that mostly works stylistically. He is able to use a head voice as well and has done so a handful of times. However due to his inability to grasp breath support properly, even when singing in his head voice, he is unable to maintain a neutral larynx and properly supported tone production. The lack of support in his upper register usually causes him to lose control of his voice and make him sound somewhat pitchy and/or flat. His head voice is thus quite pushed and loud, lacking in control of volume, as heard with the F5’s in “Dope“, the G#5 in “Oh Happy Day!“, as well as in “See You Again” and “Lost Stars.” The highest he’s ever pushed his falsetto was the Bb5 in the high note battle amongst the BTS members.

Many of Jungkook’s issues lie solely with his lack of understanding of proper breath support and many of his stylistic choices. As addressed by Dr. Iris Stevenson, Jungkook tends to use his throat muscles a lot more than necessary and doesn’t truly allow his diaphragm to expand enough to help him support his singing. If he’d take the time to properly breathe and be more conscious of his diaphragm, he’d be able to maintain a lot more support throughout his voice and thus allowing him more freedom when singing higher. His stylistic choices often have him choose airiness, nasality and softness over powerful singing. This may work for him for the time being, but it also limits him to being able to sing in one specific genre only. Breathiness in singing is perfectly fine if it can be turned on and off at will, however for him it’s become such a habit that he has yet to develop many areas of his voice. His mixed voice, head voice and chest voice all lack proper development and often sound as though they can only be sung in one specific volume output. He tends to sing quietly and smoothly only, which works stylistically but not in every genre. Although Dr. Stevenson addressed his breathing issues, one session alone won’t fix a bad habit he’s created for years.

Although it may be true that Jungkook’s overall voice is not fully developed in terms of technique, this does not take away from the natural qualities he possesses as a vocalist. With BTS’ music, the focus is not on powerful belting and extremely well developed vocalists. Instead their focus is a lot more on smooth and soft singing within a relatively narrow range, which Jungkook delivers very effectively. He may not be the most technical vocalist out there, but the way he sings works perfectly for the type of music he currently sings. When comparing him to the other two tenors of BTS, Jin and Jimin, Jungkook is the most relaxed out of the three. Jimin’s singing tends to be very tight due to issues similar to Jungkook’s, but also a lot of tongue tension. On the other hand, Jin sings with a lot of throat tension even with a relatively low range for a tenor.

Thus it is actually quite clear why Jungkook would be their main vocalist. He is the tenor with the most control of his voice and who’s most relaxed when singing and even though V may be able to grasp breath support slightly better than Jungkook, BTS’ music is not written for a baritone voice. Their music generally stays within the F3 ~ G4 range, which is a relatively comfortable range for a tenor but actually quite challenging for a baritone to constantly be singing in. Thus it makes sense that Jungkook is their main vocalist, as he’s the one who’s most comfortable within the range their music is written in. For the future of his career as a vocalist, Jungkook would need to undergo training for basic singing technique in order to improve his singing. However that would be necessary if he were to take a different road musically and change his singing genre and style drastically. As it is right now, his singing style may be limited but it is sufficient for his chosen repertoire as he stays generally within a comfortable range and doesn’t often abuse his voice by singing outside of his supported range.

Musicianship

Jungkook’s main idea of musicianship usually derives from his idea of the R&B genre, where he tries to add his own musical ideas to songs in the form of vocal runs. As previously addressed, his vocal cords lack the full muscle memory and control to execute his musical ideas as accurately as he intends them to, which usually results in a sloppy pitchy delivery overall, such as the runs in “If You.” However when it comes to other aspects of his style, he has a good sense of knowing when to soften his voice and when to blend his voice with others. Since he usually sings with a softer and mellower tone, he allows his voice to blend more easily with others in harmonies, as heard in “Some” as well as in “You’re My.”

Label (Type of Vocalist)

S vocalists: Stylistic Vocalists

C Vocalists: Commercial Vocalists

Vocal Range Video(s)

Video by: Riki Kudo

Best Vocal Performance(s)

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

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594 thoughts on “BTS’ Vocal Analysis: Jungkook

    1. Yeah sadly it might be true. A lot of fans are always blinded by their love for an idol that they don’t see their weakness and I don’t get why. BTS is my favourite Kpop group too and I don’t really know anything about vocal technique but even I can hear that he lacks support and that there are a lot of better idol singers (like Exo’s Chen or B1A4’s Sandeul).
      The reasons why he is overrated are probably because 1) BTS are really popular right now (therefore people assume he has to be great) and 2) He seems like he’s good at everything (also when they débuted he was so young, 15yrs old, and people were impressed by that) I mean he has a nice voice and is a decent singer. Plus he sounds decent while rapping, he is a good dancer (probably a better dancer than singer), he is the strongest even though he is the youngest, he can draw a little and he often wins in games. All of this added to his image of being perfect and one of the best idols because he’s good at everything
      But I really hope that BTS get a good vocal coach so they can improve and most of all don’t strain their voices.

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      1. agree. i like BTS (but my bias there is Rap Monster) but their vocal indeed isn’t strong. well, BTS is a hip-hop group that focusing on dance, so it’s pretty normal (adding their choreography too). and i like watching singing shows like immortal song/King of masked singer/Duet Song Festival and i can say there are many good idol singers compared to Jungkook and V.

        But i’m so proud of Jungkook! I just hope V and Jungkook (and better Jimin and Jin too) can improve their vocal. Dance + Good Vocal, BTS will be awesome! and thank you authornim for making these analysis! ❤

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      2. Completely agree with you (my bias is Suga btw) and yes they are a hip-hop group and their songs are rap heavy therefore they don’t really need outstanding vocals. Also it’s not like they sound bad, they still sound good and I think you can listen well to their singing. It’s just that their strong points lie in their raps (and choreo). If you take EXO for example compared to BTS they are not good at rapping but instead they are better singers (and it’s not like they have a lot of rap parts in their songs anyways so it doesn’t really matter that they’re not that good at rapping)
        And yes I also think that BTS has the potential to be an awesome group they just need a good vocal couch. Jimin and V have really unique voices (plus V is one of few baritones in Kpop).
        I just don’t want them to ruin their voices.

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      3. just in case anyone is curious about jungkooks dancing, hes probably within the second tier (along the lines of infinites dance line, taemin [who contrary to popular belief isnt an excellent dancer], ikon’s dance line, etc)

        in terms of technique he is definitely solid, has great musicality, control, form, agility, and texture, but he doesnt have his own style yet (also has weak facials) which is a huge downfall considering dancing is all about self expression. he performs the choreo exactly the way its supposed to be performed, which i guess is the equivalent to the term musicality in vocals, except in dance it holds a lot more importance.

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      4. Hm interesting (I thought so, I know he’s a good dancer but not the best). But you can really see his improvement from début till now.
        Hearing that about Taemin is kinda surprising: Personally I never really payed attention to his dancing but people always claim he’s one of the best.
        Who would you rank first tier? J-Hope maybe? Or what about Kai? I find he has great expression while dancing but I’m not sure about his overall technique.

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      5. I can’t reply to your previous comment so I’ll reply to this one. I have no idea how the first-tier and second-tier dancers ‘idea’ came from. As a dancer myself, Taemin from SHINee, Hoya from Infinite and Kai from Exo would be in the ‘first-tier’, J-hope could probably be included. The ‘second tier’, would include dancers like Ravi and N from Vixx, Seunghoon from Winner, Jong-up from B.A.P and possibly the dance line from Ikon. Jimin would probably be included here as well.

        Now, as for Jungkook, I can’t exactly say he’s a dancer worthy to be in the ‘second tier’. The ones I’ve stated above know their strengths in dancing, and specialise in different forms. Yet, Jungkook has no form and style. He specialises in nothing, I might as well say that he’s just a dancer who doesn’t really enjoy dancing, he likes it, but it doesn’t really take priority, unlike J-hope and Jimin, whom you can tell take their dancing as one of their top priorities.

        His agility, control, musicality and sense of balance between dancing is ordinary and doesn’t stand out. His dancing ability may as be on par with the non dance lines of Infinite and SHINee. The non-dance lines of these two groups, each member although the weaker members may not be as good at freestyling than Jungkook, Woohyun from Infinite and Key from SHINee would probably be better than him to be honest.

        If you enjoy his dancing and style and well as his ‘soul’, I don’t particularly mind, as having ‘soul and heart’ in his dancing is purely subjective.

        Ahmin3, I’m sorry for creating such a message about dancing instead of vocals here on the blog, I hope you don’t mind. But I do have the habit of correcting those who think they know all about dancing when they do not.

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      6. @Decim thank you for clarifying and I also want to apologize for starting to talk about dancing. I was just curious who the previous commenter considered first tier.

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      7. Oh no, it’s completely fine. It’s nice to talk about member’s dancing sometimes. I was just correcting the commentator before you who started talking about dancing when they clearly didn’t.

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      8. @decim Came back to say this. I would not say that Jungkook “specializes in nothing”- that’s factually incorrect. He specializes in hip hop and pop dancing as he went to California to a prestigious dance academy to learn just that. I’m not a technical dancer but I would say that he does have a definite style that stands out especially next to other members. This can be clearly seen when he dances next to Jimin who prefers more gentle movements while he opts for stronger, sharper movements (that I happen to find impressive). I think dancing is probably almost as important to him as singing being as he took the time to be trained and even flew to another country to learn more. Just my two cents 🙂

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    2. actually when you think about it, he came from a small company and if you considered the past, they would always neglect the small agencies. He has worked his way up since the age of 15, and is still continuing to work hard. He may be popular, but he has earned it.

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  1. if he’s considered weak, how can we put down other idol vocalist now?
    can you at least raise his rank a lil bit? so, we, army can still drag other weak idol vocalist. i beg you. or please analysis V’s vocal soon.

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    1. These analyses aren’t meant to be used to drag anybody’s vocal abilities so if your intentions are to create fanwars, we won’t assist you in that. We won’t change his rating unless he improves his technique. We would never change someone’s rating to create fanwars. V has already been analyzed.

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  2. oooh i’m really happy that his analysis is here!!! So i guess it goes something like V>Jungkook>Jimin ,vocally speaking….?
    Does he have any potential on improving in the near future-considering he is very young and his voice might not be fully developed-?

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  3. Haha thank you! I’ve been waiting for a vocal analysis of the bts members, specifically Jungkook actually. I do consider myself a fan of bts I find it refreshing that someone has finally provided a thorough explanation as to why Jungkook, despite being the main vocalist, isn’t that strong. This makes me, a person who doesn’t study the voice but has taken vocal lessons over the years, very satisfied. I’m looking forward to V’s analysis and future ones as well! ^_^

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      1. It isn’t done yet because we haven’t analyzed every vocalist who’s going to be in the chart yet, but when we’re done it will be posted here on this blog. ^ ^

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  4. Finally, I get home so I can read Jungkook’s. He’s shown a head voice? Well, I guess since falsetto is his go-to, he was bound to strengthen it up in areas lol. I always thought the difference between head voice and falsetto was support, though, but his head voice lacks support. Does that mean the only difference between head voice and falsetto is the volume output?

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  5. Didn’t expect this! 🙂 Thank you. Let’s see…

    ~ It’s nice to know I wasn’t mistaken when I thought he has the most control;
    ~ Definitely agree on the subject of “stylistic choices vs technique”. Yup. That’s why I prefer to say that I like him as a singer, not the vocalist, as some might say (for instance, I love Chen as both :D); and he certainly has a clear idea of how he wants to sound and what he likes musically, hence it works for him;
    ~ I gotta admit I love the way he sounds in “Paper Hearts” and “Fools” in his lower register; ^.^

    And “yes” to some other comments about his abilities, whether good or bad. Alright 🙂

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    1. Also, thanks a lot for this passage right here, “Due to his stylistic choices, Jungkook often employs a very unique approach to his singing. He never tries to paint himself as a powerhouse vocalist and uses the natural smoothness of his voice to his advantage.”

      The only thing I can say is… Preach!!! 😀

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  6. Jungkook’s lower range is so beautiful, it’s a pity BTS doesn’t explore it. I hope he gets to show it more in the future. There’s a possibility he’s in the next episode of King of Mask/Masked Singer and I’m trying to not get too hyped up but it’s hard. lol

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      1. Replying in English is okay, right? I’m not surprised he would sing this song, it suits him. It’s soft. The lowest I heard was C3 at 0:22, 0:56 oh whoops he forgot to come in. lol 1:19 falsetto from G4 down to E4. This is going exactly as I’d expect of him, a soft song, he’s using falsetto, only mixing up to E4. 2:17 C5 falsetto. 3:17 that head voice sounded pretty, well placed. He did fine, he did what he usually does. Stayed within a comfortable range and made it as comfortable as possible.

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      2. I can’t reply to your comment so I’m replying to my own, hope that’s okay.
        Yes it’s fine! Oh and I just realized my dumb twitter names show up here lol…

        Thank you so much for analyzing it!!! Honestly I hated the song but he sounded so nice I ended up listening to it a lot. I’m just afraid he won’t take any risks in the next performance once again. Performing differently from the usual is the whole point of this show (for professional singers at least) so I hope he sings something unusual for once. :/ I guess he doesn’t like challenges haha.
        Thank you again!!!

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      3. I would love for him to try something unusual as well. But. Wouldn’t trying something out of the blue, something that he’s not comfortable with, in a singing competition be a weak strategy? Keep in mind that the audience doesn’t know who he is or his usual style of singing. 🙂

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    1. That seems slightly subjective. He works well as a group member but he’d be the most comfortable with his own sound and style to be able to handle singing solo…He is very similar in style to like Zion.T and Dean, so that kind of music would work for him.

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      1. Well, just to make sure, I’m not using this to “punch” people in the face with the truth or whatever 🙂 I wanted to check my own impression. At times, I do wonder if I perceive (would be able to) a particular singer as solo artist or not. And in his case, I do.

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      2. And as a personal ‘thank you’, I love the fact that you guys also distinguish between the notion of singer and that of a vocalist. (I mean, Sir Paul McCartney isn’t by far the greatest vocalist, but he is a good singer, in my opinion. So, I like that you emphasize that aspect.)

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  7. If Jungkook is a weak vocalist and he’s the second best in BTS, what are Jimin and Jin then? ._. Well, BTS is not supposed to be a vocal group anyway lol.

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  8. I really appreciate how dedicated you guys are to this blog. All of the analysis are very detailed and the arguments are always followed by evidence/scientific facts… I can’t imagine how much time and patience you put into these, so thank you, it’s an incredibly useful, informative blog!

    Anyway, I have a question, sort of. Would you say Jimin’s voice is lighter than Jungkook’s? I don’t know if this has to do with it, and I know he has a very underdeveloped technique, but sometimes I feel like he has more ease in mixing his voice? I know it’s not supported or anything but it sounds easier than for Jungkook sometimes Is it just impression?

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    1. Actually I did notice that Jimin’s voice is slightly lighter than Jungkook’s but I also think it’s because he is less airy than him and he can mix slightly higher, or at least with less effort so he tends to just sound more youthful overall. I think he just has learned to mix with more ease than Jungkook simply because he does it more often instead of switching into falsetto, but there’s a lot more tension than for Jungkook. So in Jungkook’s case, his muscles aren’t developed. In Jimin’s, they are developed to an extent but with bad habits and a lot of tension surrounding them.

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    1. I know right! It’s ridiculous.. BTS is amazing at dancing but EXO is amazing at vocals, yet they keep saying JK and Jimin are 10x better vocalists than Chen and Kyungsoo.. yet those two are close to the highest ranks.

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      1. technically it’s not ARMY who said that but hARMY or just haters that acted like an ARMY to spread hate about BTS, it’s sad tho.

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    2. “Overrated” can’t be used when the ones who make compliments are fans =))))). Fans praising their idols are as obvious as the Sun rises in the East. If the media over-praise him, you can use “overrated”. In Jungkook’s case? Nope.

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  9. Tbh, I was initially surprised about him being only weak bc I think he doesn’t sound all that bad when he sings, but then I guess that’s a combination of him only singing in a very limited range and bc of his stylistic choices, like singing mostly in falsetto to lessen some of the stress on his vocal chords and just in general having a voice that fits BTS’ songs.

    Just wondering, is the gap between Taehyung/Jeongguk and Jimin/Jin large, or are they all basically within the same range in terms of skill with Taehyung being the best?

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  10. I really don’t get the ‘Finally, the truth has been told’ comments. What are you talking about?
    Jungkook has already stated that he dislikes training his voice, and that he would rather sing the way he wants to. He’s aware that he’s a weak vocalist but he doesn’t make any effort to train his voice, because that’s just how he wants to sing. He never claimed to be a strong vocalist/good singer either. So I really don’t get the hate..?
    (Not to mention that BTS has always been a group to focus more on good music and meaningful and relatable lyrics rather than, say, the technical aspects of singing.) Besides, nasal and breathy is, admittedly, the best way to sing (some) of BTS’s songs. Like the article clearly stated, ‘Tis the best way to sing their songs. (If you made an effort to listen to their songs and keep the lyrics in mind, you would most likely understand.)
    And finally, he’s only 18, cut him some slack. He’s got a lot on his plate already, I don’t think he has time for vocal training right now. He’s got a long way to go- of course-but he also has plenty of time to improve. So there, everybody wins. *shrugs*

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      1. And thank you for the beautiful article. Although I am biased towards to Jungkook, I’ve always known he was a weak vocalist so it doesn’t really come off as a surprise to me. Again, thank you for the unbiased and professional opinion. 🙂

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    1. I wouldn’t say the whole “Finally the truth has been told” comments are hate, but I think it’s more of an affirmation to the BTS fans in denial that claim he’s a “strong” (as in technical) vocalist and try to compare him to other artists who actually do possess a degree of technical skill. But it’s true he stated that he doesn’t actually care for vocal training but I wouldn’t say “he doesn’t have time for vocal training”, any singer who cares about the health of their vocals and want to improve should have or honestly already had require some kind of vocal training, the difference is he chooses not to. He’s comfortable with being simply stylistic.

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      1. just cause ya’ll don’t mean it that way doesn’t mean that it’s not gonna come off that way. I don’t ever see anyone saying things like that he is as good as say any of the three exo members. Plus most average people don’t know what the true meaning of a vocalist is. they usually confuse it with a singer. That’s why IU’s always ranked among the best “vocalists” in kpop.

        People should think carefully about how they phrase things that they put online.

        I like exo’s main three but I honestly prefer Kookie more because at least he’s not another tenor trying to sing like a soprano.

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      2. ”I like exo’s main three but I honestly prefer Kookie more because at least he’s not another tenor trying to sing like a soprano.”

        Hun-nneeyyyy~~~ tenor. is. the. guy . version . of . soprano. Soprano is the highest range considered for girls. (insert face palm) -__-

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      3. They meant a tenor who is trying to sing in the same exact range as a Soprano, like many tenors in K-pop like to do when they keep constantly belting above C5. Also I’d appreciate it again if you could tone down on the way you phrase your responses to people, they’re not polite enough and I’ll have to delete them if they’re offensive to others. We don’t encourage fanwars in the comment sections.

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      4. well.. in another word, you just wanna say exo’s main three is another tenor trying to sing like a soprano. really.. put someone down to make another good? if you like someone, just like. don’t put down others

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      5. I don’t think that’s what they were doing, they were just expressing that they prefer a tenor who sings in a comfortable as opposed to almost every other tenor in K-pop who likes to sing above C5, which is not limited to EXO alone at all.

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      6. Thank you ahmin. And yes that’s exactly what I was saying. As a lot of boy groups (vixx, exo, seventeen, tvxq, etc.) do tend to do that. I never was putting anyone down. I was simply stating my personal preference and if you can’t handle that then welcome to the real world where different people have different opinions.

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      7. Well. I think you missed the point of my words. Your simply opinion or not. To the exo or not. You just simply put others down. Even if you said, was never put other down. You need to remember something “just cause ya’ll don’t mean it that way doesn’t mean that it’s not gonna come off that way.” you said it yourself. What you knew, about real world? Opinion is almost always different. I think you need to fix the way to talk (my opinion), but maybe you will say, this is who am i, and the way i comfortable with ( your opinion.. Maybe). even if you just said what you thinking, can’t change fact the way you talk is bad.

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    2. I totally agree with this comment. Afaik BTS is not a vocal-focused group at all, so people can’t expect their vocalists are great or even good, just that they can hold a tune. BTS main appeal is their dancing, rap and lyrics not vocals. And yeah, he’s only 18-19 now, he has plenty of room to improve if he really wants to be considered a proper vocalist.

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  11. ” Thus instead of taking the time to practice vocal runs slowly first and then speeding them up to the correct speed” So that’s how I can improve agility right? Singing the notes slowly first then speeding them up?

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  12. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this blog. I truly hope that people recognize how hard you are working to objectively document technique and make recommendations.

    I feel like some people get so caught up in fan wars, and assumptions that because they like a person that person therefore must be perfect in every way. If more fans realized that it’s possible to like someone but still acknowledge shortcomings maybe the overall fandom discourse would be a bit different?

    Anyway I truly hope that people don’t give you hate simply because you rate their favorite idols lower than they wanted. They are of course entitled to enjoy a singer’s voice, but they surely are not entitled to be rude to you simply for telling the truth.

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  13. finally. Proper justice is served on this guy. YESSS!! i knew he was a crap singer and SOOOOO overrated. i have been singing for years and i can tell he isn’t that great of a vocalist. disappointing, i got into kpop because of the vocals and that’s the reason why i can’t be a bts fan cause their vocal line sucks. i only care about the vocals in kpop, nothin else. Personal opinion though. 🙂

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    1. Just saying, they were originally going to debut as an underground hip hop group haha their music isn’t focused on singing, mainly rap and their intense dance moves, if it’s not your cup of tea(understandable if you like vocals but hey I do like their voices), then you don’t have to be rude about it, it just makes you sound immature.

      Thanks for the vocal analysis! I was quite interested in this for a long time~

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      1. Agree. And it’s not like they are bad singers. They have good voices and sound decent while singing. Personally I like listening to them sing and I think that their style of singing fits with their music. Sure they lack some technique but there is always room for improvement. And as you said they are a hip hop group and their focus is on rapping

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      2. First of all, I am not being rude I am just clearly being honest that he is an OVERRATED KPOP IDOL in terms of vocals and is constantly being compared to for example ” EXO Baekhyun vs Jungkook in vocals” youtube videos, seriously -.-, r u kidding me. Baekhyun is ranked on the ”Above Average to Competent singer” rank. This jungkook guy whoever he is, is CLEARLY getting TOO MUCH CREDIT over his vocals, and is sooooooo soooo badly overrated. There are WAYYY better singers in other kpop groups then this guy, seriously. And everything I have stated is true, he is overrated, he doesn’t even deserve to be compared to amazing singers who TAKE THE NAME ‘VOCALIST’ SERIOUSLY, and like he stated himself, he said he doesn’t like to train his voice right??? then obviously he doesn’t know how to take care of his instrument or even USE IT properly. PLUS, he is only considered ”AMAZING VOCALS ” etc BECAUSE HE IS IN BTS!!! ever since their group became popular after Dope and Fire the WHOLE GROUP is considered ”AMAZING”~ therefore deaf armies are blinded by the flaws of their idols, saying ”oh! jungkook voice is amazing, it melts my heart..etc” kind of crap -.- are obviously saying he has amazing vocals because they are only judging him/his vocals through a fan/armies eyes/ love is blind. basically for the fact that they are a fan, and i bet majority of these armies know nothing about singing anyways so when they read this oversensitive butt hurt armies were hurt that their jungkook oppa isn’t so amazing in singing after all. Welcome to the music industry/(music theory side of things) people -.-.

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      3. Yes it is true that there are a lot of better singers in K-pop and yes a lot of fans are blinded by their love for an idol and can’t judge objectively but I wouldn’t go as far as saying he’s a “crap singer” because it’s not like he sounds bad. Plus I think that you can enjoy someone’s voice even if that person doesn’t have the best technique (as long as that person sings in tune of course, which he mostly does).
        Also with BTS’s style of music they don’t really need a outstanding vocal because they focus on rap.
        Obviously the 3 main vocals of EXO (and a lot of main vocals from other groups such as BAP’s Daehyun, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, B1A4’s Sandeul to name a few) are better singers than Jungkook but all those groups lack in rapping compared to Bts. BTS is one of few groups with really good rappers. As you can see all groups have their strengths and weaknesses.
        Of course you don’t have to like BTS and I totally understand that especially when you are more into singing than into rap.

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      4. Oh god, Lee Hi… I honestly think that either you’re just here to troll us with your immature way of speaking or you really are an immature person ! -_-

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      5. Lee Hi, I know I’m overly late but can’t get over some of your “statements”.
        Besides other crappy opinions you gave (just stating facts ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) there is one in particular that got to my nerves.
        “therefore deaf armies are blinded by the flaws of their idols, saying ”oh! jungkook voice is amazing, it melts my heart..etc” kind of crap -.- are obviously saying he has amazing vocals because they are only judging him/his vocals through a fan/armies eyes/ love is blind.” – it’s not a crap and not anything blinded. Despite having weak techniques, JK still is a good SINGER. He can easily melt as much hearts as he wants with his nice sounding voice. It’s a preference and saying someone likes how he sound doesn’t mean that person is stating he’s a good VOCALIST (you do know the difference between being vocalist and singer, don’t you?), he/she just likes how his voice sounds. So, in no way he is a “crap singer” and the only one who’s blinded here is you. It’s soo clear that you are just a butthurt EXO-L (since all your comparisons were mainly to EXO, specifically D.O.), so, please, stay away with your “opinion”.

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    2. “Crap singer”
      “So overrated”
      “Their vocal line sucks”

      Thanks you.. You are so honest yet so arrogant.. That’s just my personal opinion.

      You mention 3 things in so many level break our heart. Yes BTS’s vocal are weak! We -the real “ARMY”- admitted that! But, Did you really need to say 3 rude things in public like this? That can be seen by every ARMY in this world?

      “I only care about the vocals in Kpop”

      wooow!!! Who are you? A judge from singing contest? Or…. unfortunately a blinded girl/boy? If yes, then sorry? Oh then.. Why did you just open your ear if you can open your eyes.. And HEART too?

      That’s all my personal opinion for you..

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      1. just leave her be. haters gonna hate. but some hARMY maybe insulting her bias by telling BTS is better at vocal than her bias who maybe is better vocalist in reality than BTS. at least the real ARMY will always support BTS, not creating useless fanwar that will only bring hate toward BTS.

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      2. ”Did you really need to say 3 rude things in public like this?

        Yes, and yes.
        It’s not rude. It’s Fact. And you know what is rude? HIM BEING COMPARED TO AMAZING KPOP SINGERS all the freakin time! (example: EXO’s D.O) ugh -.-

        ”… That can be seen by every ARMY in this world?”

        ”in public like this? That can be seen by every ARMY in this world?.”
        THAT COMPARISON VIDEOS CAN BE SEEN (for example: EXO’s D.O) BY EVERY EXO-L IN THE WORLD??!?! RUDE!

        “I only care about the vocals in Kpop”

        That’s they only main reason why i got into kpop bish. -.- cause i believed every kpop singer is better than western singers, turns out to be a lie.

        ”wooow!!! Who are you?”

        I am someone that ACTUALLY SINGS and has been singing for years, and KNOWS what I’m talking about. Idk who are you?? a butt hurt oversensitive army THAT CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH?!?! ” YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!” Welcome to the reality of your oppa jungkook’s vocals bish!~

        That’s all my personal opinion for you. 🙂

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      3. Oohh dear, I know the video in youtube you are talking about, it was not ARMY who compare bts’ vocal to your power house vocals exo, but it’s exo-l doing y know. Just see in d.o vs jk vocal, the uploader name was d.o lovers if i’m not mistaken. We army know that bts’ vocals aren’t the best therefore why would we make a comparison or “vs” that we can’t win. If it is army doing we will mostly make rap “vs” that most likely bts will win.

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      4. and that’s why i don’t really like when people make video comparison. it’s most likely a starter of fanwar between two fandoms. When the fan made the video to make their idol shine brighter, fans from the opposed group will defend their idol, and not all that defending fan will say good things, they will most likely put on negative comments.

        I actually like a certain good vocalist, but i rarely see his name on Kpop best vocalist and tbh it’s feel bad. it’s like he doesn’t get acknowledge for his singing abilities.

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  14. Some very butt hurt people here… I am a BTS stan, in fact they are the only group I really follow. But I know they are not a vocal group and never have been. If anything they are more rap and performance based. For me, I know Jungkook isn’t the best singer and I accept that. I’m more a fan of his vocal colour and style anyway. 🙂
    Thanks for analysing!

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  15. Oh jeez, look at all the hate. I love BTS, but you really shouldn’t let your love blind you to their faults.

    Anyhoo, I would agree with this analysis. His style is very much suited to BTS and their songs, they don’t need a powerhouse vocalist or anything for their hip-hop/ RnB style thing they’ve got going on.

    And since I’m not an expert, so I trust your judgement on his voice. 😀
    But even I have noticed that he uses a LOT of breathiness. Like woah.

    Thank you very much for this! 🙂

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  16. Yeah, I’m army tho, and I admitted it… Thank You Ahmin-shi..

    First of all.. They’re not a vocal group. I dont understand people compare them to a very good singer? Why did you even do that? It waste your time!

    Do you think we will turn to dislike them? We love BTS not just because their vocal. We love everything on them. Their solidarity, their attitude, their character…

    You think idols is just about vocal and dance?

    I’m sorry to say that, but if you’re so confident about your bias who has incredible voice, instead of afraid.. Admit it! your biases have a big chance to out from their group. And doing solo. Cause they’re so great even without their group..

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    1. “First of all.. They’re not a vocal group. I dont understand people compare them to a very good singer? Why did you even do that? It waste your time!”
      Well, I am telling this as a BTS fan… but this analysis makes complete sense to me. He is a vocalist and he sings, he makes covers… so why can’t other analyse his vocal techniques? Even if I am not expert, I’ve kinda always felt that he was struggling while singing, I mean you can hear him breathing a lot (is that a weakness? Don’t know).

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      1. ”Even if I am not expert, I’ve kinda always felt that he was struggling while singing, I mean you can hear him breathing a lot (is that a weakness? Don’t know).”

        his breathing really lacks, it is a weakness. And it is probably the WORST WEAKNESS to have as a singer cause if you can’t control your breath well then there’s a saying ”if u can’t breath properly in singing then you can’t sing” because breath is the core of singing, it is the MOST important thing in singing, without it/ without being good at controlling your breath, etc then your just gonna keep running out of breath and it just makes singing a song choppy cause your constantly running out of breath making it hard for you to finish a certain amount of words or a song in general,etc.

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      2. ”Even if I am not expert, I’ve kinda always felt that he was struggling while singing, I mean you can hear him breathing a lot (is that a weakness? Don’t know).”

        Im no vocal expert but it’s probably because of the way he’s singing. His way of singing is very airy. It’s a stylistic way of singing I think. I dont think it’s bad to sing like he does, but it’s preferable to sing in a fuller tone. Correct me if I’m wrong Ahmin.

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  17. I am a BTS fan and I don’t know anything about singing techniques, but I’ve never believed that Jungkook was a good vocalist, I don’t know why… I’ve always felt that he struggles while singing.

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      1. youre not a fan yet youre so obsessed with this thread lmfao chill

        bts aint a vocal group, they just focus on a lot of harmonies and rely on their vocal color for their music. its always been that way.

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      2. But the airiness in his voice is intentional..? And he does have a stable voice. During concerts? While dancing to intense choreography, He has never run out of breath. I don’t think I’ve heard a song when he actually runs out of breath. To quote the article, “His stylistic choices often have him choose airiness, nasality and softness over powerful singing.” He chose to make his voice airy because it goes well with the songs he’s used to performing. Say ‘House of cards’ or ‘Butterfly’. (Quite honestly, I would’ve disliked the song if it wasn’t sung that way. But that’s only my opinion, pay no heed to that)

        Perhaps I’m taking your comment the wrong way and not comprehending it properly? I would be grateful if you could further elaborate on your statement.

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      3. Why are you so fucking obsessed with him? If you care so much about vocals go stan ballad singers like that Naul guy who’s ranked as a great vocalist, because most of kpop vocalists are actually average. Even 2/3 of EXO’s vocal line is only above average to competent, not “excellent” or even great/good so get off your high horse.

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      4. ^ what do you mean “only”? being in above average and competent category is considered high. no idol vocalist are in great/excellent category. there are just literally 3 male idols above chen. stop downplaying exo’s rank just to make a point.

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  18. Hi, I’m becoming more interested in the vocal techniques, so I wanted to ask you some questions if yous don’t mind. 😀
    1) What does mean “lack of support”? Maybe that the singer has not enough breath to sing the note?
    2) Does “airy” mean that a singer pushes too much air while singing?
    3) Can this be an example of Jungkook singing with airiness? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78XtUcZZtEY
    4) Do you think it’s aesthetically beautiful to sing with this airy voice? I’ve always thought it’s awful to hear, it seems like Jungkook (or any other singer) is struggling to push out the notes.

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    1. Mhmm okay so let me go one by one
      1. It just means that their breath support isn’t strong, so instead of relying on airflow to sing, they rely on neck, throat, jaw, tongue or any other form of tension.
      2. Airy means that their vocal cords don’t touch properly so a lot of air passes through and their tone becomes breathy.
      3. Yes that’s correct.
      4. Airy singing is generally quite pretty and stylistic it works in certain genres/songs and parts of songs, but if it’s the only way a vocalist can sing, it makes them limited. I personally like it and think it works in certain parts of songs, but it shouldn’t be the only way to sing a whole song.

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  19. Thanks once again for the analysis! Very brave of you to post this in the face of ARMY and ARMY haters hahahaha. Just curious –> is this (BTS’ analysis) the most hate you’ve gotten for writing about someone’s vocals, or have you gotten worse for someone like IU, tvxq changmin etc. ?

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    1. I think i’ve seen more hate in Junsu’s which is weirder since he was far from weak. But then again, he was expected to be ranked higher so that’s probably why.

      On a more related note, i’m not familiar with BTS but was curious enough about them since they’re popular so I took a look at their analysis. I gather from the fans’ comments above that Jungkook is more “independent” like he does what he wants and he doesn’t want vocal training. Is that true or just not particularly at this point? Because well, he’s supposedly the main vocalist, isn’t he? Or is he perhaps better at rapping or composing songs that’s why he doesn’t want to focus on vocals?

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      1. generally he looks up to singers like zion.t, crush, and dean, so he likes having a more airy rnb sound and wants to keep it that way. its probably better for now too since bts’ vocal line is mostly made up of people with more unique vocal colors and they generally need that to make the vocals sound like less of a supporting act for the rappers.

        jungkook is very ambitious though, he does enjoy dancing and originally wanted to quit being a trainee to go on some worldwide dance journey LMAO and he co produced one of their songs and often helps in writing lyrics and melodies.

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      2. What they mean is that he goes for a specific style and sticks to it, he doesn’t wish to be a more technical vocalist cause that’s just not his thing, he seems to be satisfied with how he sings because of his song choices as well.

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      3. No, No. I should’ve worded it better. He’s not being independent or unruly. He stated that he dislikes vocal training and that he would rather sing it in a way that he can convey his emotions to the crowd. Because he’s worried that using vocal techniques would take the emotion out of his singing, and that it would be -fake, I guess. I forgot his exact words and I can’t seem to find it now. But this was the gist of it.
        And he never said that he doesn’t train-I might’ve implied that with my rant, That was an oversight on my part for that I apologise- He simply stated that he doesn’t like it.
        Hope this clears it up! 🙂

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    2. I didn’t get any hate or almost no hate for BTS analyses. ARMY’s have behaved very well about these and I haven’t gotten any backlash. IU fans have been minimally offended, TVXQ! fans very occasionally. We got a worse reaction for JYJ’s analyses, Bom’s analysis and Hyorin’s analysis, which is very ironic considering JYJ and Hyorin are rated high, but I suppose not high enough for them. It’s either #1 or nothing.

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      1. LOL. I’m also surprised that I haven’t seen any hateful comment from ARMY, and I agree that most Bommie fans are so violent. I am a BJ but even before I know the theories in singing, her high notes make me cringe. I always thought Minzy is the best among them because she sounds relax and her voice is really beautiful.

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  20. I agree to your analysis and I appreciate it sooo much as I believe that it is based on reliable criteria and you without being subjective 😂 Tho base on your analysis jungkook lacks in technical aspects (i should say) i still believe (my opinion) he is a great singer as I feel something whenever he sings. He sings from the heart and soo touches the heart of his listeners like me (*i just dont know to others esp. To haters haha ) he sings with too much emotionswhich i THINK is more important than the technical aspects thingy haha as it builds different connection between the singers and their listeners, well in fact the main goal of the singers is to deliver the message of the song to the listeners right ? Rather than impressing the listeners through their voices they have 👏🏻 love lots

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    1. I don’t think we should really take praises like “what a great singer” or criticisms like “what a horrible singer” seriously. Talking about “connecting emotions” is a totally subjective matter since no one’s emotion is the same. There is no “correct” mold of an emotion to feel, it’s all personal and depends on the individual.

      Even I, an aspiring singer (more like songwriter, composer but eh, still like to sing a lot), don’t enjoy it very much when people compliment me saying that I have a “good” voice. It’s a fact that they might like it, yes, but there is no such thing as an objective “good” or “bad” so I prefer people refrain from saying that.

      But it’s purely my preference, compliments make people feel good so I think those are keepers 😛 🙂

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    2. They article wasn’t implying that he wasn’t a great singer though. He’s a weak vocalist, That is true. But he is a great singer. 🙂
      He doesn’t aspire to be a great vocalist either. All he wishes to do is connect with his fans through his music. And of course, the ARMY isn’t a fandom to particularly care about singing techniques either. xD
      I love his voice and frankly speaking, Out of all the songs I’ve heard during the course of my lifetime, his voice appeals to me the most. I’m not going to shout on rooftops that he’s the best singer in the world because I know he’s not. But I really do adore his voice. (This might also have to do with the fact that I only really care about beautiful lyrics and music. Might.)
      BTS, Fighting! 🙂

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    3. Not that I disagree with what you said about Jungkook but I would also like to point out that singers sing because they want to convey a message through singing because otherwise why would they choose to be a singer, right? So a singer with good vocals doesn’t mean that he/she just concentrates on the technical side of things while a singer with less technique/more stylistic is more focused on the emotions, because I don’t think that’s true. All professional singers need to “connect” with their song, otherwise how will they sing and convey the message of the song effectively?

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      1. Whether a singer ‘connects’ with their song and properly conveys the message of the song is purely subjective tbh.

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  21. I’m really impressed with this analysis mostly because the song selections chosen to analyze Jungkook’s voice were really good – I’m actually shocked that even Bang Bang Bang was analyzed despite the fact that it was just a segment on Burning Karaoke as opposed to an actual single that was released by Kookie! There was so much time and thought put into this analysis and not to mention it’s excellent seeing the differences between Taehyung and Jungkook as well, and how even Jimin and Jin were discussed a little. Just analyzing their voices individually must have been difficult, but then going to the extent to compare them and also emphasize their weaknesses and strengths must have made the job even harder. Thank you Ahmin for spending so much time – I can truly tell how much effort was put into seriously and sincerely analyzing their voices! I really wish that these words could reach the boys themselves so that they can take your hard work to heart and improve.

    As for the negative comments, I’m sorry and saddened that ARMYS cannot recognize that this is critique based on vocal pedagogy and theory. We all know V and Jungkook weren’t trained as actual *vocalists* and therefore it wasn’t a surprise for me that they were considered weak to weak-average, even though they are some of my favourite singers. From here on, there is only room for the boys to become stronger vocally and improve upon themselves, and so I’m really thankful someone took the time to acknowledge their presence in Kpop and take the effort to analyze their voices. BTS has come a long way from the rookies that they started off as, and to have an entire analysis on their voices only further emphasizes how they have become more popular and acknowledged over time.

    Thank you Ahmin!

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    1. Again I don’t know what negative comments you’re talking about, the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive so I am more than happy with how mature this fandom has proven to be. ^ ^ No no thank you for such a thoughtful comment, that’s so sweet of you!

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    1. This was asked about already, there’s absolutely different than what he usually sounds like. I believe it’s most likely him.

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    2. Here is what Ahmin said earlier in the thread:

      I’m not surprised he would sing this song, it suits him. It’s soft. The lowest I heard was C3 at 0:22, 0:56 oh whoops he forgot to come in. lol 1:19 falsetto from G4 down to E4. This is going exactly as I’d expect of him, a soft song, he’s using falsetto, only mixing up to E4. 2:17 C5 falsetto. 3:17 that head voice sounded pretty, well placed. He did fine, he did what he usually does. Stayed within a comfortable range and made it as comfortable as possible.

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  22. Hi Ahmin,

    I have a question about Jungkook for you: Do you think his (CLEAR) lack of support can be very well perceived even through studio recordings ? From the singles of their album, which are supposedly their “best” songs for promotional purposes, I feel that I was listening to a breeze of wind whenever he sings, a gust of wind that seems to have absolutely no “weight” at all! despite his dark timbre.

    Example include the pre-chorus in “Fire”. The first thing I notice is his dynamic isn’t as strong as Jin when the latter sings it. It was VERY cringy to me XD

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    1. Lack of support can be heard even in studio recordings, even though studio makes you sound better, you can hear shallowness in tone. You could hear the same thing listening to any group’s sub-vocalists as well as some main and lead vocalists.

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  23. I really love this analysis, haha. Maybe because I’m a huge BTS fan. 😛

    I figured he’d be a weak vocalist, but it makes me glad to know that he’s singing in a genre he’s comfortable enough in that his voice isn’t being too abused. 🙂 And the fact that he uses his voice stylistically to his advantage is great too~ I’d love to see how his voice progresses if he had some more vocal training though~

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    1. I didn’t actually hear this before. He has a few pitchy runs and he’s mixing around F#4 more in this song than he does most of the time, still hear the tension, but it is a bit different what he usually goes for.

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  24. “…Jungkook would need to undergo training for basic singing technique in order to improve his singing.”

    Damn. They train for years and go through “vocal training” almost everyday but still lack so much that they still need to undergo basic training? I really wonder what, and how, their vocal coaches teach them…

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  25. Facts are facts, opinions are opinions. This page is about facts and if you can’t take that Jungkook isn’t the best singer then you are acting childish. The truth is Bighit ent. needs to get them better vocal training to improve his voice, no one is saying he is a terrible singer they are just saying according to the facts he is a weak vocalist okay? Biased opinions.

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  26. Hi Ahmin,, help me here pleasee..
    So, I’ve recorded a song just to ask these questions, sorry for my (very) bad singing and hangul. I’m not a singer by any means, kuat trying to find my vocal identity;;;;
    http://www.smule.com/p/732596262_553094799 . How about the notes I hit ?
    I literally don’t know which parts were called strained or supported , neutral larynx, or resonant (?), it really frustating.
    I also can’t differentiate head voice with falsetto. Was the 01:49 a head voice/mixed belt/falsetto ? I can go that thing up to F#5 . And was 02:03 (Eb5 ?) a falsetoo ??
    And the ultimate question , can you please identify my vocal fach based on this plz? I know I will not get answer except here, no one knows about vocal in my place T_T . thank youu

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    1. See in order to be able to be resonant, you need to be supported first. In order to be supported, you need to use your diaphragm and that’s something that you either understand how to do naturally or you’re taught to do. For you right now, you haven’t been taught how to use diaphragm so you haven’t learned how to support. 1:49 was mixed voice, in a way. 1:53 that is head voice. 2:03 head voice F5. So the problem with you is that this song is not a song for a beginner to learn how to sing and for you right now, you should focus on singing with an opened relaxed sound in a comfortable range where you can master your pitch. Right now the pitch was kind of all over the place. So you need to choose a song that’s simple and this song is a bit complicated. I would probably guess you’re a baritone from this, but an untrained baritone voice.

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      1. Wow, was it that bad lol. Thank you for responding ~. So, everything I sing wasn’t supported yet ? With zero technique ?Is it because I sang from throat ? I hope my voice doesn’t embarass you too much tho T_T
        I honestly don’t know how to use diaphragm, I’ll try to search the stuff later. I’m not talented or good at all, I’m not even weak singer ><.It just I like to sing in bathroom as an hobby and want it to be atleast with decent technique, so it hurts my voice less ! xD
        Ah, I'm a baritone ;;; A lyric one maybe ? I think I'm most comfortable in middle-upper 3rd octave ? Well knowing I'm a baritone I will try to sing less higher songs (i like Mariah a lot). It hurts a lot belting a G4 :/.

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      2. Oh no it wasn’t embarrassing. You have a lot of potential range, you did show more than two octaves with just that one song but range is not everything if it’s not used wisely or in a musical way that makes sense. Well it’s not possible to tell your fach yet. Mariah songs down the octave should work for you.

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      3. Hey Ahmin,

        Seeing that you can take a quick listen to our covers of song, may you please tell me what are the pejoratives and positives of this cover of EXO – Growl?

        http://www.smule.com/recording/exo-growl/753721281_545175551

        I recorded this collab 4 times for the harmonies and ad-libs lol, so it’s riddled with my voice (it’s me singing 99%). I disn’t use any filter, just my headphones’ microphone.

        Can you please indicate some good examples of the varying registers too plz? Aswell as trying to identify my voice type 😝

        P.S. I have no idea how Chen’s “Yeah!” is sung though and that in the 2nd verse, at the end of D.O.’s “Uhh…” it was weird, I’d like to know what that was though.

        What do you think was the best part? I think the transition 1st verse – 1st pre-chorus was decent, never switched registers that well, I think that my breathing was correct and that I managed to support that mix, so I think “amudo neol […] ireona…” = my best lol

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      4. Mhmm I think it’s really good that you went out of your way to make this and to even add your own backing vocals. I hear the girl’s voice in the background, she’s very airy and her timing doesn’t match yours well enough so she sounds off from your harmonies. I’m not sure every single one of your harmonies worked well, some of them are slightly off. More so the adlibs than anything. The beginning, if the rapping was your voice, make sure you get the the timing right cause you sounded too slow. 1:08 around here for D.O.’s portion, your timing is also off, you’re behind the beat. 1:20 The runs sound like very pitchy slides and of course, it’s hard to sing this considering you’re singing a song with 9 or so voices all over. Well you were using your mix and your head voice a lot, of course parts of your chest voice. The lower octave for the choruses, your chest voice, most of your higher harmonies and adlibs are head voice, some parts are mixed like the D.O. part. 2:32 yeah those harmonies don’t work so well, the runs are really pitchy. 2:52 that’s head voice. Your tone is nice, you have a nice voice but this isn’t a song that seems to be a right fit for your current skill level. You tend to be flat on the higher mixed and head voice parts and it feels like it’s a bit too high for you. I can’t really be sure of your voice type with this song cause it seems ambiguous to me. I think many parts were nice, but you just have a few issues with timing here and there, falling behind the beat, being pitchy/flat and this is pretty high so I hear tension of course, but there are too many voices at the same time so it’s hard for me to focus on just one of them. This isn’t bad actually, pitch wise since I’d be talking about the overall production more so than the vocals, the lines have to be tighter and cleaner regardless of the skill of the vocalist. With that said, to talk about your technique I’d rather hear you singing a song that’s more comfortable for you and that focuses more on the singing of one individual.

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      5. OMG yes right away XD ! Thank you so much! I need validation from other people than myself.

        Frankly, I don’t think I’m an agile singer, hence a lot of off beat, rap and sing, I think it’s perceivable that my timing on the pre-choruses were better than other verses.

        For the D.O. 2nd verse, I think that it’s not only that I’m not good in that range, but my breathing technique is very bad too. The only parts that I really train for this song are the first verse and the pre-choruses (breathing-wise). Those lines were given to Soo for good reasons too: his skills at melismas.

        “Your tone is nice. You have a nice voice.” Are those two different things?

        Thank you for noticing the common flat mix and head, things generally become shallow for me when my mix placement (+ breathing) aren’t done properly, head voice can be flat but it’s less frequent. I’m not sure why I have this problem, might be because I’m not used to those higher notes so my confidence just drops down. What do you think?

        Considering my full vocal range is C#2-A5 (A5 can’t be produced twice, so you can say that I’m just C#2-G5 I guess hahah), I think I might be a Baritone. Then again, my voice is quite light and bright and since I’ve been singing on the higher registers for a long time, it totally neglects my ease in the lower register.

        Btw I have a problem with this melody: “Geomeun GEURIMJA (same thing for next three lines)” The chorus seems to require a lot of flexibility to sing there, there seems to be a change of register if I’m not mistaken. I have problem for both the lower and higher melody of this btw.

        Aside from that, bad breathing causes tension (higher melody for “bulkkochi twinda” and “sanawojinda”). How do you advise me to breathe for this song, or maybe even for every song? I breathe using the diaphragm, just not that well yet though.

        What do you mean here? “This isn’t bad actually[…]skill of the vocalist”

        I really appreciate that you can fullfill our requests that fast! Keep up the good work too Ahmin! Your blog might be the most enjoyable site about singing technique on the Internet to read !

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      6. Those two were the same thing, I just talk a lot. lol It’s partially breathing, partially placement, partially confidence but also your muscles are not developed well enough so the notes become thinner and then at one point you just can’t hit them anymore. I wanted to guess baritone but I wasn’t sure, some people train themselves to sound like different voice types, subconsciously. This song is in a high range, they’re singing up to A4’s quite a bit too and it requires flexibility to go back and forth that high and control of pitch, it feels like the song is just too high for you and written in the wrong key, so it’s not surprise you’d struggle with it. This song is hard to breathe with, because you barely have time and it’s full of layers. Try singing a different that actually focuses on the singing instead of..everything else. Awww you’re so sweet! ^ ^ What I meant with that was that basically it wasn’t a bad overall cover and for this kind of layered vocals and harmonies cover, the skill of the vocalist (being amazingly agile or producing resonance everywhere) is not relevant. The focus of the layers and harmonies is to be tight, clean, in pitch and in the right timing. So that’s very important here and it’s something more important than being a good vocalist, for this type of cover.

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  27. Hi , ahmin 🙂 I’m an ARMY 🙂
    Thank you so much for doing this analysis 🙂 it must have been so tiring to do this analysis. I’ve been waiting for Jungkook’s Vocal Analysis for soo long 🙂 and now it’s here!!
    I have a few questions , if you dont mind ^^
    Hm ,, I found Jungkook’s voice really pretty and really nice to listen to . and I’m someone who has been practising singing actually and.. sometimes when I listen to his singing , I want to have the same style that he has.., do you think it’s possible ? I’m currently having my vocal lessons and my coach taught me to focus on the technique rather than the style, I adore his voice so much , it’s really sweet 🙂 and if its not a bother , do you think you can give some tips on how to have a sweet , smooth and soft voice like Jungkook’s ? I also have a problem with nasality even when I’m not singing , people tend to tease me for my nasal voice. When I sing , I don’t produce much airiness and sometimes the nasality comes through but when I speak normally , the nasality is always a problem . I’m a 19 year old girl actually 🙂
    my range would be somewhere around C3 ~ Eb5/E5 .
    my supported range would be around D3 ~ A4 .I hope this might be helpful ..
    정말 고맙습니다 🙂 많이 소고했어요 ^^ doing this must be so very tiring . Thank You So Much Ahmin!

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    1. Hi dear, you didn’t need to go to my Youtube to post this comment. Your comment was posted here, it just was left up for approval. ^ ^ See the problem is I can’t really give you tips when I have never really heard you sing or how your voice sounds. Well if you have a coach, how has your coach been helping you with the nasality problem? D3? That’s very low for a supported range, it’s really impressive, are you sure you can support D3? Regardless…learning to be airy is fairly easy, singing with an airy soft voice is easy as long as you do it in a comfortable range. If you notice the songs that Jungkook chooses to sing are usually fairly narrow in range, they’re from about E3 to E4 and above E4 he tends to use falsetto. Same for IU, she chooses Bb3 ~ B4 and falsettos above that in her acoustic songs. If you’d like to emulate their style, just try to sing soft acoustic songs and use more airiness. Try to emulate the airiness by sort of whispering as you sing, but controlling your pitch. I’d advise you not to get addicted to that and not to let that become a bad habit. Also don’t try to copy someone else’s voice. You should embrace who YOU are and YOUR voice. You’re your own person and you should embrace your own voice, don’t try to copy someone else’s voice. IU has her voice, Jungkook has his and you have yours. It’s okay to have a similar style, but don’t beat yourself up if your voice doesn’t necessarily sound like them. Okay? ^ ^ I’m sure you have a great voice!

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  28. OH MY GOD !!!!! you reply so fast!! wow .. thank you so much ahmin ❤
    ah noo .. I don't really feel comfortable singing in D3 but there were songs that I sang before and they started from that low, at that time i could take it well so i thought D3 would be the start of my supported range..but i think i was confused ,, hehe sorry ,, i was really worried that the comment didn't get to you 😦 thank you so much for the tips . thank you thank you thank you so so so much ^^ I really appreciate it..
    the coach has been telling me to open my mouth wider if i want to get rid of the nasality problem and i have also noticed that i have a really bad habit when speaking.. i mumble a lot even when speaking normally .. do you think that might be the problem ?
    yes , I understand totally that i should embrace my voice because no matter how hard i try i dont think i'll ever come close to IU's or Jungkook's voice.. because my voice might not be "lyric" or light just like their voice.. but i cant really be sure .. if only there were ways for you to judge how my voice sounds like.. that'd be great ..hmm ._.
    reading your analyses about IU and Jungkook , i do want to avoid what they're doing because like you said .. it's not a good way to improve the singing technique but there were songs that I want to try singing by using their styles.. and i think its really beautiful 🙂
    Thank you thank you thank you so so so much for the compliments ahmin ^^ i watched all your voice tips videos in one go and i took some notes. They are incredibly helpful . you're a wonderful person ^^ thank you so much . I'll be anticipating more amazing analyses from you ^^

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    1. I am not sure if wider would be correct. Definitely dropping the jaw more will help you project better and not from your nose, but a wide mouth shape is never ideal. Yes mumbling is a problem that can carry over to singing and make your diction unclear, which may also factor in causing nasality. Well if I could hear your voice, it’d definitely help. Awwww thank you, you’re really so sweet. ^ ^

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      1. ahh i see .. so dropping the jaw more will help me project better.. I do sometimes try dropping the jaw a few times but after a few seconds ,, there’s like a tension between the cheekbones and the jaw. My dentist told me that I had a small jaw -_- .. that might be the problem too , ahmin 😦
        I’ll try recording myself singing then send it to you 🙂 how can I send it to you ?

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    2. Hey whalien19!

      I recommend you trying to record your voice singing a song that you’re comfortable with using Smule Sing! The quality of the audio can be decent and you just need a headphone/earphone with a microphone. I covered Growl and sent it to Ahmin. You might have to collab with other people to record though

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      1. Hello Minh Duc Le 🙂
        Thank you so much for the advice ^^
        I’ll definitely try Smule Sing! and send it to Ahmin 🙂 i doubted it at first but I guess no harm in trying now ^^
        Thank you so much Minh Duc Le 🙂

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  29. hi!! bts recently opened for kcon and jungkook sang much lower than he usually does–honestly idk if it’s lipsynced or not but what are your thoughts on it?

    at 1:40

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    1. It seems lipped but regardless of it being lipped or not, the lowest note he sang was D3, which isn’t out of the ordinary for him. It wasn’t anything new I’d say.

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      1. omfg that was so fast (☆▽☆) thank you! maybe it’s just that i’m so used to him singing higher haha that i was like whoa that’s fairly low

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  30. Genuine question but why is that Twitter performance included in his best vocal performances? I think you included the first one because he was doing a better job of supporting his voice than he usually does but the second one just sounds like his usual to me idk.

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      1. Okay thank you. Do you think he trained to get a head voice or after using falsetto so much he gained the muscle coordination. Since he refuses to get training I wonder how he developed one.

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  31. hi ahmin 🙂
    uhm .. if its not too much to ask ,
    do you think you can analyze J.Rabbit’s voice ??
    she has such a good voice ^^
    thank you so much ^^

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    1. I suppose we could analyze their vocalist but it won’t happen anytime soon since they’re unknown and it’s not high demand.

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      1. He whispered many of the Bb2’s, I wouldn’t say he improved his lower range but he actually projected some moments here and there that were pretty nice! He had nice chest placed notes here and there.

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  32. I don’t know this guy and don’t understand why his fans go so crazy about him. But the moment I heard him singing Lost Stars, Begin Again’s OST, I know he is weak singer Lol

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    1. Fans go crazy about him because they are his fans. Your statement makes no sense. We are aware that he is a weak vocalist but as Ahmin stated he’s more stylistic like IU. He’s even stated he doesn’t want to learn technique and just wants to sing the way he naturally does.

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      1. No hate for this guy, I’m just someone passing by to see how people judge his guy’s vocal ability. I’m just saying my opinion! His fans go so crazy that they even say that he sings the song, Lost Stars better than Adam Levine. Anyway, how can he become a singer if he doesn’t sing the song in the right way Lol. His voice is so weak that he cannot reach any high notes or low registers, and consequently, he doesn’t sing the song in the right way. If he says he doesn’t want to learn technique and just wants to sing in his own natural way, then he shouldn’t pursue a career as a singer or a vocalist.

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      2. “doesn’t sing the song the right way” what is that exactly? If we’re going based off of technical vocal skill then even adam doesn’t sing the song “the right way.” He’s a weak vocalist himself. fans saying that they prefer his version of “lost stars” to adam’s is an opinion just like you thinking that adam sings it better is an opinion.

        And who are you to say that he doesn’t deserve to be a singer. You claim not to hate him, but then you say things like that. You’re not the dictator of who deserves to be what. Anyone can be whatever they want to be.

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      3. Adam may not sing the song in the right way, but at least his version has fewer mistakes (very few mistakes I think, since the song is basically written for Adam to sing). I don’t hate Jungkook, if it is his name, but his statement, as you stated, is an quintessential example of a inexperienced kid’s opinion. Life is not easy as it seems. I’m nothing, but I’m older and much more experienced than this teenager boy. His band may succeed now, but if they don’t improve their skills, nothing can last long. He will age and will be no longer gorgeous, and that is when his skills help him to survive. Considering his kind face, I really wish he improves his vocal skill. Just look at the senior bands, such as TVXQ or Super Junior, and see how their abilities help them last so long.

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    2. Umm but you know, vocal ability is not the only factor that determine solo/group success and longevity, there are other factors too like stage performance, song, variety, etc. If u’re talking about suju and tvxq, their downgrading is not because of their lack vocal ability, it’s because their company already have their replacement, so the company doesn’t bother to give them a hit song. And If I’m not mistaken bigbang is not that good in vocal ability too? But see they are still no. 1. I’m sorry if I sound like putting other groups down, but believe me that’s not my intenttion, therefore I’m sorry. I just want to state that all groups/solos has the same chance to be popular and last long, good vocal or not. there are other aspect that can help them 😄

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    1. It’s been asked about already and there’s nothing different in this except for some of his lower notes. He has shown improvement in connection of some support and his pitch with falsetto throughout the years, but that’s about it.

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  33. Thank you for such a great analysis. I’m gonna check out Taehyung soon.

    I used to have musical training (all kinds of stuff) but it was more than 14 years something ago, and in my mother tongue so it’s kinda hard for me to fully understand every details in your analysis. I need to hire my friend from Art & Music Academy for some translation assistance :)))).

    (With my crappy English reading comprehension) I agree with almost all of your post. Even though I’m a Jungkook bias, I admit he’s a weak vocalist and there are so many things he should improve in his singing. (Tbh, I even thought he was a lot weaker when I first got to know him :)), I’m glad he’s better now).

    The thing is, despite his weakness in technique, I always enjoy his singing more than others, even some powerhouse out there. Good technique always helps to deliver the song better, but as Jungkook also stated, sometimes technique just overshadows emotions, which I don’t appreciate at all. I don’t care that much about technique because there are so many good vocalists out there, whose technique is far better than the best of Kpop’s vocalists. If I just care about technique, Kpop would never get into my playlist at all.

    I once posted his cover of Lost Stars on my SNS. Some friends of mine listened to it, and they gave me comments, not about the song but about the one who sings it. And to my surprise, all of them could describe Jungkook really close to his image without knowing him, not even his name. (The most surprised one is: “the singer should be someone with delicate soul, someone who often thinks a lot, worries a lot, who is fragile but at the same time strong enough to choose to bear with the reality and get it over with”. LMAO can’t be more accurate.) Whenever I hear Jungkook’s songs, I can see a very clear image of the singer, the one who is singing those notes, rather than just a blank face with blank expression and blank personality. That’s what I like about him. He can convey his emotions, portrait his soul with his voice. Not everyone can make me feel like that.

    Nonetheless, BIGHIT please have the kid have some vocal training! Like seriously!

    Thank you again for such great analysis ^^. Cheers!

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    1. Well actually compared to western artists, K-pop has a lot more skilled vocalists than you’d think. Yknow we have a “good” and “great” rating? I don’t know of any pop male vocalists from the western world who are as young as K-pop vocalists and would be ranked that high. Honestly I don’t know any who would be ranked as even Above Average for technique, for males. So K-pop is actually much better vocally than people give it credit for, which is a shame. Thank you very much for your detailed and personal comment, it’s really refreshing to read! ^ ^

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      1. ok wow intruding on this conversation to say WOW because ppl always think that kpop has weaker vocalists because they have a stronger overall presentation, so to hear that male vocalists on average in the US are weaker vocally is like, fascinating. I mean i don’t want to summon the One D*rectioners but would they be included in this? They were quite young when they started off, after all.

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      2. I am including absolutely everyone I know, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber…so many people.

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      3. How’s Usher as a vocalist? I always felt that he does better than most R&B male singers, especially the newer ones of today.

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      4. I haven’t heard much from him live to say much, but I can tell you that I’ve never heard resonance from him.

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      5. He may be but he’s not a part of One Direction anymore, so I wasn’t talking about him. He’s not as good as some people have made me believe he is but he is not that bad either. I don’t know him well enough to talk about him.

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      6. This is kind of old but idk if you know him but Liam from one direction I thought could be aa or higher. Have you heard him? I’m pretty sure Harry should be average or weak to average and the rest weak.

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      7. I have never heard resonance from any of them but I also don’t follow them enough so I don’t think so but I could be wrong.

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      8. I forgot to take resonance into account sorry. But I remember that critic of music analyst saying he had support down to F#2 but when I checked it sounded low larynx to me so I won’t post it without your approval but it goes by for a quick second.

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    2. So you would advise me not to? I didn’t believe him either because it sounds like he’s pushing his larynx down to me but I’m not sure because of what some people say.

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    1. Jin’s singing was addressed in the analysis. Jin is the weakest of the 4, he has absolutely no sense of breath support at all. He sings entirely from his throat, with a lot of tension and he constantly pushes with a lot of constriction in his throat muscles. I’ve never heard him singing while being completely relaxed.

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