Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #10: Baritones in K-pop

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16 thoughts on “Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #10: Baritones in K-pop

  1. PREACH. Very well said.
    I’d like to quote what Lea Salonga had once said: “We should celebrate how singers are different.” (In the same interview she said “If I’m gonna sing Defying Gravity […] I’m gonna sing it in my key and all of those sustain notes, everything that I’m singing is right for my instrument.”)
    I hope the K-POP industry, no, actually the world’s industry, knows that each voice is unique and should be vocally well nurtured according to their own features, and singing isn’t all about high notes. Or low notes. (Gosh, why people keep ignoring that hitting crazy low notes is equally mind-blowing as hitting crazy high notes?)

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  2. I wish more Kpop baritones would explore their lower ranges more. I think the other reason why pop music is mainly in a higher register is because the main audience of pop music is children, teen girls and young women, so higher ranges allow them to sing along. It gives the music a lighter feel too.

    J-Hope actually auditioned to be a singer and has always wanted to sing but Bang PD told him he couldn’t sing and had him trained in rap instead. Some of it might be because he has a rather raspy, nasal quality to his voice which isn’t pleasant for singing but I believe it’s mainly because he’s a baritone. He did get to sing a little on his solo song MAMA though, so he might have managed to persuade them to give him some training.

    V was allowed to sing because he’d already had some vocal (and sax, which I guess helps with reading music & theory) training prior to becoming a trainee, which is why he’s the best singer. Afaik they haven’t had any vocal training since debut and only recently got some just before they recorded Wings (for their solo songs).

    Also, I lol’d when you tried to do a BYG voice and ended up sounding like the Godfather


      1. Yeah the problem is they didn’t get much of it and it was in the middle of a tour. I know Jimin and V did (they mentioned it in vlogs), I don’t know about JK (who is ofc the more noticeable one), I heard he doesn’t really care. And the problem with V and Jimin is they always sing way too high for their ranges. So even if they improved, Jimin only gets screamy high notes and V just likes to sing high so you won’t hear it. Plus I don’t think their teacher teaches them to support, just how to sing in that breathy style.


      2. Basically, yes they have had training, I didn’t say they actually improved. Believe me I’m not trying to cape for their singing abilities here.

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  3. Hi ahmin, I was just thinking about this the other day, and poof!!! you posted this video. In NCT, I like the way the vocal parts are arranged at times, but then sometimes it’s too high for the baritone in the group. I was pitying Jaehyun because I think he was singing G#4s and F#4s for the climax of the song, and I was like ”WHAT, my baby bro?” This just further proves the point of your video. And it was even worse in that Without you song, Ab4s and A4s, FOR A VERSE, not a climax. I’d have no problems if he could support it, but these lads need time.

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