Become a voiceover by learning the Hudson Voice Technique

Earn money recording from home. Taught by BBC trainer & leading voiceover. The world's only professional qualification.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

The Hudson Voice technique has been created by Steve Hudson, leading international voice over and communication trainer. The 7 Elements of this technique teaches you how to use your voice as a musical instrument, giving you full control over volume, pace, pitch and script interpretation. The basis for all voiceovers!

The course is on video and scripts will be provided for you to print.

The course will take about 2 weeks total (20 minutes a day), depending on your input.

  • Before you start the course, we ask you to record your 'Before' recordings and keep them to one side. This is to establish your starting point.
  • You then go through each element of the course, guided by Steve. Practice each element until you're confident and then move on to the next one.
  • As you go through the course, you need to record yourself so you can listen back and correct anything that's not quite right.
  • Once you practised all seven elements and it becomes second nature, you need to record the same scripts you recorded before you started the course. These are your 'After' recordings.
  • Now you will hear how much you have improved.


If you have followed the instructions and practised, you will be able to record voiceovers professionally, but of course, you will need to record a demo CD. If you need any help with this, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Other benefits of this course:


  • You will have greater confidence when giving presentations at school or work and job interviews.
  • Study time will be reduced because this course enables you to retain more information -quicker.
  • Reduce your accent if applicable.





What are the requirements?

  • Download and install software Audacity, including the LAME MP3 Encoder.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Earn extra money recording TV and Radio commercial voiceovers from home to a similar standard as your favourite voiceover/actor
  • Use your body to deliver your script with energy and enthusiasm - keep your listener engaged
  • Use their number 5 voice to sound more romantic and sincere
  • Use the 3 Golden Rules at the end of a sentence - this will enable the audience to remember more of your message
  • Recognise Red Flag Words - this will make you sound more interesting
  • Control the pace of your delivery depending on the type of script - this will make you sound professional

What is the target audience?

  • This course has been created for aspiring voice over artists. It is also a good refresher for those who are already in the business.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome!
01:03

Welcome to the Hudson Voice Technique course for voiceovers.

During this course, you will have to record yourself. To do this, you can either use your mobile phone, but better still - you can download Audacity which is a free recording software. You can download it using the link we have provided.

Please make sure to also download the LAME MP3 encoder. Make sure you know where you have put this because the first time you export your recordings to MP3, you will be asked to locate this file.

01:44

Before you start the course, please make sure that you have printed the accompanying scripts.

You will need a recording of how you read before you start the course. It is called the 'Before' recordings.

Record these three scripts and keep them to one side until you've gone through the entire course and you have practised for three weeks.

Please keep all other recordings you make during this course, they will be important later on.

I suggest that you listen to them when you've finished the course and you'll hear a marked improvement.

Section 2: The Course
08:52

Learn the 3 Golden Rules to follow at the end of a sentence.
This element will slow down the pace of your read and give the listener time to absorb your information.

Key points:

The three golden rules: these will separate one sentence from another:

  • Go down at the end of a sentence (unless it's a question)
  • Pause at the end of a sentence (count “two, three” aloud)
  • Energise the beginning of the next sentence
20:42

What you will learn from this element:

How to break up a sentence into blocks of information.

  • Pause appropriately at punctuation marks within and at the end of a sentence.
  • Be able to instantly recognize “mental commas”.

Key points

In many books and scripts there is insufficient punctuation for reading aloud. The reader needs to put in “mental commas” to break the sentences into smaller blocks of information of one or several words.

The “mental comma” is the same as a comma except that it is in your head and not printed on the paper. Most people instinctively put in their own mental commas when reading out loud and achieve 65% to 75% success at correctly identifying mental commas.

These blocks of information can consist of one or several words that may not be grammatically correct but must have a semblance of sense.

08:26

What you will learn from this element:

Read and speak at a much slower rate. By exaggerating, you will teach your unconscious that words can be read at
any pace.
This way, you will be able to slow down a commercial script as directed.

Key points:

  • In order to slow down the rate of your speech, you will need to stretch words out.
  • Imagine words are made of rubber.
  • Don't leave longer gaps between words - that's cheating!

07:15

What you will learn from this element

Understand the meaning of a No. 5 Voice and be able to demonstrate it.

Key points:

  • Learn to adjust the volume of your speech
  • Your voice has a range from No.1 to No.10
  • Your No.5 voice will make you sound more sincere and in other cases more romantic.
06:35

What you will learn from this element:

You will be able to read with energy and enthusiasm. This will help your audience to be fully engaged with you and
you will be able to keep their attention. You will learn how to use your body correctly when reading a script.


Key points:

  • Learn how to use your voice to change the pitch and tone
  • Your voice is compared to the speedo on your car - the White Zone for normal energy
  • The Red Zone - reading with anger in your voice.
  • By toning the Red Zone down, you will now be reading more energetically.





09:52

What you will learn from this element:


You will be able to identify the appropriate words to emphasise.

You will be able to demonstrate placing the appropriate emphasis on words in a passage by the use of varied pace, volume, tone, pitch and/or pausing.

You will be able to avoid emphasising the wrong words.


Key points:


  • When reading out loud, most people don't emphasise the correct words
  • Red flag words and situations must be recognised as instructions from the author and used correctly.
Section 3: Put it all together
07:47

Time to practise all the elements together!

Key points:

Remember you learnt how to:

  • “Go down” at the end a sentence, pause and energise
  • Add Mental Commas / create mini sentences
  • Read slowly
  • Read softly – No. 5 voice
  • Read with energy and enthusiasm
  • Emphasise “red flag words”

Practise for a minimum of 1 week, 20 minutes a day.

More scripts to practise with
03:10
Section 4: After Recordings
02:01

Now that you've gone through all the elements and you have practised, you need to record the same three scripts you recorded before you started the course.

When you have done this, listen back to your Before and After Recordings and you'll hear a marked improvement.

Cheers,

Steve and Esther

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Instructor Biography

Steve Hudson, BBC trainer, voice over and communications trainer

Reprint from TV Times

Secrets of the Black Magic Box Man

If TV commercials were to have a cast list at the end, Steve Hudson's name would be known to millions. Instead, the man who poses the question “Who knows the secret of the Black Magic Box?" is a bit of a mystery man himself, a familiar face behind a well known brand name identity. He was the on-camera spokesman for Gallo Wine.

You've heard him as Superman when he chased the evil Nick-o-tine across your screens in the famous million dollar anti-smoking campaign and in the Old Spice adverts he tells you it's “The Mark of a Man". His voice advertises many other products including Kodak, Martini, Ford, Shell, Pentax, Guinness and milk on Swiss television! He can also be heard regularly on Radio 5 South Africa and Radio 3 Tokyo, and is the Voice of Rock on 100FM Pakistan and many American Stations. You've seen him in various campaigns, from Harp Lager to Drifter Chocolate, and he recently appeared as Signor Tonino in a £2 million advertising campaign selling Tonino wine.

Steve was trained at London's Royal National Theatre and was proud to have the same voice coach as Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton. During this time he came close to real stardom when Cubby Broccoli was casting for the lead role in James Bond movies; Steve said he lost by an eyebrow (and a few million pounds) to Roger Moore.

Steve Hudson has been a voiceover and television presenter for over 25 years and in this time has won a number of awards for production and performance. He firmly believes that everyone has the potential; they just need to be trained. People rarely become good actors, golfers or surgeons without proper training.

Steve has been involved in thousands of television commercials as a voiceover, presenter and producer. He has enjoyed working with and interviewing many stars and celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, David Bailey, Hulk Hogan, Pele and Tracey Ullman.

Voice Master International has been teaching the Hudson Voice Technique for 15 years to BBC presenters, international corporations such as ING Bank, Carlsberg Tetley, Trailfinders and many more. He of course has also trained thousands of aspiring voice overs.

Voice Master International has licensed partners in India, Malaysia and Singapore and continue to expand.

It has been accredited by the Law Society for CPD training.

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