Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #9: Having a great voice does NOT mean you’re a great vocalist

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12 thoughts on “Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #9: Having a great voice does NOT mean you’re a great vocalist

  1. I don’t get why people think you have to be at one extreme end and completely ignore the other? Like I personally prefer timbre/tone/emotions over technique. But does that mean I ignorantly start attacking the concept and bashing technical vocalists by calling them bland and emotionless? Hell naw. Developing good technique is important too! Not only is it crucial for your vocal health, it also helps develop your voice!! Like seriously, if only some people were more mature, the world would be a better place >.<

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    1. I really don’t like nitpicking – especially with statements that I don’t entirely disagree with – but technique and timbre aren’t polar opposites that you have to choose between. One is a subjective trait of the voice whereas the other pertains to how it’s used. Everyone is a “technical vocalist” on a spectrum ranging from weak to strong, just as every voice has its own timbre, so you can’t prefer one concept over another altogether because it depends on the individual vocalist and your preference. A person can have a timbre that you find pleasant and be technically proficient at the same time – in fact, healthy technique gives one freedom to use their voice in a variety of ways that showcase its true characteristics and capabilities. While you seem to have a decent idea of the benefits of proper technique, it would benefit you even more to see that the two concepts are intertwined and inseparable. Something to think about.

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      1. Agree , look at all those singer in proficient to great. None of them sound the same imo. They all have unique timbre.
        You can be both technically decent & unique

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  2. Is Blackpink’s Rose an example of good voice but bad technique? I’m not good at identifying vocal ability, but her placement seems to be in her nose right?

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    1. “Good voice” is too subjective. Anybody can have a good voice to you, so anybody can be a good example of “good voice” but not many people can be examples of good technique. Nasality is not unhealthy so even though she’s nasal, that’s not her biggest issue at all.

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  3. The part around 5:25 talking about the difference in why a lot of people take singing personally was so good. I was thinking about this recently, not just with vocal/instrumental music, but every other art and the way that people who haven’t developed the skill treat other people working on these skills positively or negatively, from visual art, to theater/acting, voice acting, writing…

    I think among these art forms, the only one where you could kind of get away without having a teacher, or teach yourself is creative writing, and there are a lot of poets and authors in history who never went to school for writing, etc. Probably because we all use spoken/written language on some level idk

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  4. Hi. Not trying to cause a fanwar here. Also, this question is not about kpop but it has something to do with vocal technique so I hope you’ll care to answer as I’m very curious. Do you think Grammy’s has some explaining to do when it comes to picking winners in vocal category? I mean, Adele and Ariana have won an award/s for vocal categories against other vocalists who are analyzed to be far better than them (pink, kelly clarkson, beyonce, etc) according to some other blog posts out there. Are you aware of their criteria for judging? Do you believe judges just choose what they just think are good based on their personal taste?

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    1. I mean .. I feel like you mean this as an honest and serious question so I’ll give you my honest and serious answer. Don’t take any of those things seriously. If a show like American idol or X factor or Kpop star can have less than moderately skilled vocalists win, an award show would be no different. Be it the Grammys, or MAMA, even best actress or best music video.. these awards are chosen by votes, popularity, not by actual objective criteria.

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    2. Imo there is more to singing for a singer than just solid vocal training – that’s why Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift or Camila Cabello can succeed in the industry. They have limited vocal techniques, but their voice can blend well with the instruments, their musicianship appeals better to the mainstream audiences, even if their live performances can be really strained at times. Having a decent vocal skill however grants someone the ability to keep singing when they were 40 or 50 with the same amount of resonance and support, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that their artwork can appeal to the audiences as much as those with better production crew, or better songs that fit their voices. Some singers after winning Grammys suffer from vocal regression (say Adele with her smoking habit), but some has won Grammys and continued to make quality music with astounding vocal performances like Pentatonix. For a vocal technique point of view one can point out “this is not healthy singing” or “that is very healthy belting technique”, but from an artistic point of view I don’t think there is right or wrong kind of art. Music is total subjective and there can’t be a really concrete grading criteria for a song to say if it’s good or bad.

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