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Old 15th January 2020, 03:18 AM
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Ayu's peak vocals?

Hi there,

Do we know if Ayu ever had any vocal training? Also, when would you say she was at her vocal peak?
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Old 15th January 2020, 08:36 AM
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Last time ayu mentioned taking lessons was somewhere near You & Me release, or maybe at 2014. She lived in US and went to famous American vocal trainer, who also work with Chester Bennington, but I don't remember her name
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Old 15th January 2020, 10:58 AM
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Yes, she talked about that vocal coach in 2014, that the coach told her that she was singing wrong and also that she didn't explain much. Then we had a successful Last Minute TV performance. Maybe as a result her pitch was pretty good during CDL 2014-2015, but unfortunately the coach didn't teach her how to stop screaming.
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Old 15th January 2020, 07:55 PM
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For BLUE BIRD single she posted "This time in the recording I'm being adviced for the first time by a singing teacher"

The singing teacher paid off as BLUE BIRD was one of her latest big hits
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Thanks guys

I got her Cirque bluray which should probably showcase her better vocals. I remember "Duty" being really good.
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Old 18th January 2020, 12:36 AM
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IMO, she sounded the best between 2002 and 2006, but her vocal peak was definitely (for me at least) during her A BALLADS - Memorial address days in 2003 : crystal-clear voice and perfectly controlled vibrato. Watch the Haru yo koi cover and you'll understand.

Everything before 2002 is too high-pitched/nasal for me, and something just went wrong when she came back from her "break"/eye infection to promote Secret (it was all fine until BLUE BIRD, but then her first JEWEL TV promos were, for me, the start of a long vocal downhill until now... just my opinion)
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Watch the Haru yo koi cover and you'll understand.
Yes, it was one of her best performances ever. However during the same show she sang another song, A Song is Born I think?, and it was terrible, because it was out of her range. A lot of her songs are too high for her, she's doing so much better when she can sing within her comfortable range.
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but then her first JEWEL TV promos were, for me, the start of a long vocal downhill until now... just my opinion)
I agree. Her Jewel performaces were either hit or miss. I think her Kouhaku performance made the news because of how bad it was. Off-key performances started happening, like Fated (that's when her hearing problems got worse, right?). There were still some good ones, especially Together When... + No way to say (2007.12.23 HAPPY Xmas SHOW!!!), but yeah, it went downhill. The infamous Countdown Live 2007-2008 happened...

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