Once the story and score is written, I record the scratch track. This is the guide track that the actors will later follow when they do their voice-overs. I record the narration in the same way I record singing, with one side of the headphones off my ears so I can hear my natural voice as I go.
Narration in any audiobook is important but especially in a children's audiobook because the storyteller's voice must be animated, expressive, dynamic and full of energy. Pronunciation is also important.
I colour all of the character's lines on the script in different colours to make parts easier to read. I keep all the narration in black ink and even though I already know most of the lines, as I wrote them, I still need the script to guide me. I don't think of it as "reading" though! When you already know most of the lines it becomes more fluid and more of a performance.
At first, as most people will say when they first hear their voice recorded, it was a little strange to hear my voice! For years I have heard my singing voice but never my speaking voice so it took some time to get used to. The more audiobooks we made, the easier the narration became and now I absolutely love being the narrator of Music Audio Stories.
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