Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #14: How to sing with a unique voice!

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19 thoughts on “Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #14: How to sing with a unique voice!

    1. She lacks correct management of air versus the stretch of her vocal cords, so there’s a slight shaky quality in her singing because her vocal cords just don’t stretch with enough tightness to manage those notes well, even the F4’s throughout the verse and pre-chorus. 1:57 very quick Bb4’s, too quick. 2:00 not a bad transition, but very disconnected falsetto. 2:04 Bb4’s up to D5, I hear a lot of pushing, a lot of tightening up her throat and just shouting these notes out, not really supporting here. 2:08 I am not sure I would say she manages to support Bb4 just yet, she seems to have more tension than support here.

      1:38 G3’s, and lower notes just aspirated, barely any connection. Quite a bit of nasality. 1:57 her diction is generally pretty close. Omg..that was all she sang for? You really could have given some time stamps for this, like….seriously.

      0:40 for Adult Child, they did not blend that harmony well. 1:34 When she phrases Bb4’s, she can carry some support up there, but she has too much tension when she sustains them. Okay, this makes things clearer. 1:58 Rose needs to learn to blend more in her harmonies, but that would require her to match how the other vocalist is singing..meaning changing her placement, so not being nasal. Again this was short, a time stamp would have been nice.

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  1. Ah man, I remember when that “dreary soulful” kind of singing became super popular among girls and women, it’s like “I know that’s not how you naturally sound.” I remember this local talent show, these 3 sisters entered, the younger 2 were amazing, sang using their natural voices and it was bright, powerful, and resonant and their performances as a whole was just high energy and charismatic while their older sister sang using that dreary tone and like you stated, her singing was completely limited, barely showed any range and was just flat out boring. Her sisters walked away with 1st place in their respective categories and I hope she figured out that she should also stick to singing in her natural voice.

    Your video also reminded me of this one Filipino singer that I kind of like, Sarah Geronimo. I don’t want to say she has good technique but I do like her singing even if the tone didn’t come across as unique in the Philippines and I guess she really wanted to stand out more so around the mid 2000s, she started trying to sing differently, taking direct inspiration from Celine Dion (considering her favorite song to sing for a few years was “To Love You More”) and yeah, it sounded terrible at times and it was obvious she was forcing her vocal chords in order to sing like that. She sounded her worse in her song “How Could You Say You Love Me”

    Skip to 2:20 and listen through the bridge
    This is how she naturally sounds

    Skip to 1:35 and yeah, major difference.

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  2. A question: are there any countertenors in kpop? or at least those who come close to it? And if there are,will you make a video about it?

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    1. We don’t use the term countertenor outside of pop music because some people use it to describe androgynous sounding men or really high voiced men, but generally in classical music it refers to men who neglected developing chest voices and developed their head voices, called falsettos in classical music, in order to emulate a female voice and handle singing a female repertoire. Which does not apply to contemporary singing very well.

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  3. Hello my dear friend I hope you were doing so well it’s been a while since I commented here hhh..I missed this blog but I spent time learning how to sing with chest since you told I can’t support if I was heady so I tried to learn to sing using chest voice first I was pure air I find it extremely difficult then I end up pushing and straining so bad now I guess I strain and sound less shaky but I feel terrible pain when I use my chest voice especially in my throat and I found hard to even talk do you have any idea why this happens

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    1. Usually chest voice takes more control and more effort because it’s heavier and the muscles are weightier, so it’s harder to sing with support at first when you sing heavy than if you sing lightly.

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  4. Hello my dear friend I hope you were doing so well it’s been a while since I commented here hhh..I missed this blog but I spent time learning how to sing with chest since you told I can’t support if I was heady so I tried to learn to sing using chest voice first I was pure air I find it extremely difficult then I end up pushing and straining so bad now I guess I strain and sound less shaky but I feel terrible pain when I use my chest voice especially in my throat

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  5. Oh sorry for posting it again thank you for advice I will try to record myself for some reason I can’t tell if I am singing in chest voice or using my throat because I feel pressure in my throat

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    1. You have a very pretty voice, but you are far too heady and you transition into head voice really easily. Your Korean diction is not perfect but it’s not really getting too much in the way of your singing. The problem is that it sounds like you have no chest voice, either you sing in a really light mix or a head voice, but never did you mix above D4 and never did you stay in a purer chest voice. You’re mostly using the head voice muscles which is why you transition so early and why you sound so light the whole time. So creating a chest voice and eliminating the breathiness I’d say.

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      1. Thanks so much !!! I was really nervous to share this because I feel so vulnerable when I sing but I’m glad I did 🙂

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      2. Oh you have no reason not to! You have a lovely voice and good sense of pitch, which are already a great way to start!

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  6. This reminds me of when Kim Yeonwoo was changing his voice to mask it when he was on King of the Masked Singer. He tried to sound huskier. Or like Hong Seokchun the comedian came on and no one knew who he was because he sang in a much deeper voice than his normal nasally speaking voice.

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