MASTER a Gandalf voice impression in under 6 minutes!

3 jun 2020
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Want to learn how to do the gandalf voice? well this is the impression how to do tutorial for you and other lotr fanatics. Whether you want to be a shakespearean actor, an impressionist or a hobbit wizard, In this video I show you how to do the Gandalf voice impression. Use those eyes!

Rough transcript:
This is Gandalf, ancient wizard and guy of middle earth. You have requested a tutorial on the Gandalf impression, is the impression any good?
Darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, stars wheeled overhead and every day felt like a life age of the earth, that’s roughly how long it took to learn this Gandalf impression
Ian Mckellen is a shakespearean actor, so he has the posh rp english accent. Imagine the two poshest english people you know, add them together, then take 80% off. That's right 120% posh english
He has a deep raspy voice, so you want to produce it from the back of the throat. The resources I use are the scene from Moria, so do all who live to see such times. and farewell my brave hobbits.
When you can do an impression really well, people can tell who it is with just a noise, without saying anything, check out ross marquand's micro impressions for a good example of this, here's some noises you should practice and add to your repertoire for gandalf. 'Suprised - This tea is too hot, Suspicious grumble - mmmm, Pippin's done something wrong, huh!,
Once you go past the 'quotes stage of the impression' you will have a bank of quotes that you should know inside out, what I do is steal the rhythm and tone of these quotes and apply them to a new phrase, for example If i take the phrase that i always use for jesse pink man in breaking bad: 'Yo Mr White, like seriously, what's you problem man are you for real and that is an encouraging thought'. Note how I can steal the body language, and the rhythm of this quote 'Yo Mr White, like seriously, what's you problem man are you for real and that is an encouraging thought'.This means if you build up a bank of quotes and mentally separate them into modes. gandalf: softly spoken. disgruntled, annoyed. How well you are able to do this does depend on how well you've done your prepwork, how much you have watched and listened to the character.
(Clip from reservoir) My automatic trigger for Gandalf is to stoop my shoulders, and pull my face into position using these muscles around my eyes.If you study Ian Mcekellen's portrayal of Gandalf I always notice how these muscles contract. So much of his expression comes from the muscles around the eyes. They have a big impact on the voice. So I use the eyes as a physical trigger. It helps pull your instrument into place the mouth into shape. If you watch my impression videos, you will notice my most accurate vocal portrayal of gandalf during those softly spoken closeup monologues. Because I can cover all the physical triggers ian mckellen performs. When Ian required to be more conversational or even shouting. I don't get to use these observations so the impression suffers a bit.
Finally I will give you a learning frame to repeat alongside as you start or try to improve your gandalf impression:
Farewell, my brave hobbits, my work is now finished, here at last, on the shores of the sea, comes the end of our fellowship, I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil...

  • Hope this is useful! Please remember to drop a like, would love to get to 2000! And don’t forget to vote for the next tutorial!

    Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
    • Star trek

      mary is Tulsafoxmary is Tulsafox3 månader sedan
    • Hey Man, your great. When Gandalf passes away you will have a new job ;)

      JJ5 månader sedan
    • Yeah though dude we need a "goodbye, dear bilbo" video! Dont just bring in gandalf either! Bring in the whole crew! As many middle earth voices that you can muster! I'd pay for something like that

      Andy HowlAndy Howl7 månader sedan
  • Can you do Jesse Pinkman please

    JukeWolf_115JukeWolf_1154 dagar sedan
  • 0:33 also mines: ahhh fuck you

    Giuseppe papaleoGiuseppe papaleo10 dagar sedan
  • Thanks so much for the excellent tips. I'm portraying Gandalf for a friend's proposal to his girlfriend. This will definitely help.

    Jerry FischerJerry Fischer21 dag sedan
  • wow I am seriously like so impressed right now like that voice does not even sound like it's coming out of you I would think that you were Milli vanilli doing a lip syncing scene that is awesome you are amazing how do I do an accent I have to do a voice acting on a site of mine and I have to play gandalf and I'm not good at voices I guess I'll watch this video a couple more times

    Jaimee Gilmore Duet CoversJaimee Gilmore Duet Covers24 dagar sedan

    tamarintamarinMånad sedan
  • I'm a female but I am interested in learning how to do impressions of males, do you have advice on what I am planning to do? It would be really helpful!

    Joe MamaJoe MamaMånad sedan
  • You are a STUNNING human being. Love you! HUGS

    mayflower551mayflower551Månad sedan
  • I tried this and I sounded like an 80-year-old chainsmoking Billy goat

    Kimberly PerineKimberly Perine2 månader sedan
  • Fire!!! Thanks for the help

    Dawn StoltzfusDawn Stoltzfus2 månader sedan
  • I put on my robe and wizard hat

    R VanderveenR Vanderveen2 månader sedan
  • you need to do a Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York

    Bolt-action2186Bolt-action21862 månader sedan
  • Mum and dad the wise 😂😂

    Liam GeogheganLiam Geoghegan2 månader sedan
  • Captain Jean luc picard of the next generation

    mary is Tulsafoxmary is Tulsafox3 månader sedan
  • Amazing, love your work mate.

    JefticJeftic3 månader sedan
  • Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I have no experience of acting whatsoever, not even from school, so to hear you talk about things like your body language trigger or how facial expressions shape the voice or your bank of quotes that help you to sustain the impression gave me an insight into the thought and labour behind your craft.

    N0bodyInParticularN0bodyInParticular3 månader sedan
  • saul goodman tutorial? and also alter walter white and pinkman

    Luca ScatignaLuca Scatigna4 månader sedan
  • Your impressions are next level XD if you close your eyes its gandalf itself

    R0CK3THR0CK3TH4 månader sedan
  • How many votes for a Jesse Pinkman tutorial yet? +1 please Hehehe

    julian solerjulian soler5 månader sedan
  • Can you do Christopher Walken that would be awesome

    JukeWolf_115JukeWolf_1155 månader sedan
  • Have ur ever tried the legend Mr.Bean ?? Eager

    Hamok GamingHamok Gaming5 månader sedan
  • I've got a weird request for you, something (I believe) out of your range See it as a challenge Try TF2's engineer voice If that's even possible for you

    The MasterYocheeseThe MasterYocheese6 månader sedan
  • I’ve just come across this video and the impression is spot on . Could you possibly give us tips or advice for you Jesse pinkman too 👍🏻

    Tyler MorganTyler Morgan6 månader sedan
  • I'm a female but I am interested in learning how to do impressions of males, do you have advice on what I am planning to do? It would be really helpful!

    REALITYREALITY6 månader sedan
  • Thanks For sharing this with us :-) Could you give us your Patrick Stewart?

    Mandrake1976Mandrake19766 månader sedan
  • You're absolutely fantastic! As an aspiring impressionist, you are my favorite! You teach me, teacher! Thank you! But hey you know what I would think would be quite appropriate right now. A memorial video for sir ian Holm! If anyone could do a heartfelt yet funny video to commemorate his life, I think itd be you! And with that, RIP OG Bilbo Baggins

    Andy HowlAndy Howl7 månader sedan
  • Magneto

    SmartDarpOGSmartDarpOG7 månader sedan
  • In awe

    Michael CowieMichael Cowie7 månader sedan
  • Morgan Freeman “Now You See Me” or “Lucy.”

    Fares ZarooniFares Zarooni7 månader sedan
  • Sounds kinda like Morgan Freeman.

    Sic semper tyrannisSic semper tyrannis7 månader sedan
  • Can you copy my voice ? Or james heller's voice ?

    Alex MercerAlex Mercer7 månader sedan
  • Eu sou o único br aqui ?

    Gabriel CardosoGabriel Cardoso7 månader sedan
  • Please make the next time yoda

    Criscrafter TVCriscrafter TV7 månader sedan
  • É os guri, n tem jeito!!

    Hudson SilvaHudson Silva7 månader sedan
  • Can you do Mike Tyson?

    Nguyen NghiaNguyen Nghia7 månader sedan
  • Charlie can you please do impressions on LOST characters; Jack, John Locke, Sawyer, Benjamin and Desmond! 🙏

    G05SG05S7 månader sedan
  • Awesome man, the gandalf impression is always good

    Ryan BellRyan Bell7 månader sedan
  • David Gilmour voice impression please (I want "Comfortably numb" so hard from your voice)

    eren ölezeren ölez7 månader sedan
  • I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna nail a Gandalf impression....but I do a great impression of a stupid hobitsis? Love your Channel Charlie! Stay awesome ❤

    Hayley ClarkHayley Clark7 månader sedan
    • @Charlie Hopkinson oh how I wish it was an impression I'm just a short arse who is clumsy as heck.

      Hayley ClarkHayley Clark7 månader sedan
    • Thanks Hayley! Keep going with the hobbitses!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan

    David KerekesDavid Kerekes7 månader sedan
  • Great video Charlie, thanks for the help! I'm gunna go now and rewatch the trilogy again (for about the 111th time) 😀

    Gavin ParkerGavin Parker7 månader sedan
  • That metal isn’t all over your whole entire body is it ?

    Mitchell-izedMitchell-ized7 månader sedan
  • Please do an impression of infinite from sonic forces then do a tutorial like to let him see this

    ByrenMCByrenMC7 månader sedan
  • Wow. You nailed it. I have my own Gandalf impression on my Chanel but now I’m feeling like yours is the “one ring”! Anyways check mine out for a laugh compared to this one.

    WolbashaWolbasha7 månader sedan

    Nima SaghatchiNima Saghatchi7 månader sedan
  • Excellent as always. Now I haven't checked all your videos, my favourite actor is Anthony Hopkins, I think he's definitely in your range.

    Michael HaydonMichael Haydon7 månader sedan
  • This guy is gooood!!! 👌👌😗😗

    CrusaderCenty [leba]CrusaderCenty [leba]7 månader sedan
  • Do Rocket impression Guardians of galaxy

    Ragnar RascalRagnar Rascal7 månader sedan
  • Very good. I’m trying to learn impressions during quarantine, and u r really helping! Thank you

    Riley Galvin ProductionsRiley Galvin Productions7 månader sedan
  • Amazing.

    Jack BurtonJack Burton7 månader sedan
  • Charlie you truly are a wizard 🙌 Could we have a jack sparrow tutorial please ❤️

    Naomi WelshNaomi Welsh7 månader sedan
  • I hope Ian McKellen watches these videos.

    Marie JuanaMarie Juana7 månader sedan
    • Actually he did watch these videos and said something like "he does my voice better than me".

      somepianochordssomepianochords7 månader sedan
    • Take jacket off put on the jacket jack it off see everything is Kung too it sees how we treat people

      Mitchell-izedMitchell-ized7 månader sedan
  • please do more live standup and choose audience members who know how to ding a bell, love your work

    Kyeby RnoKyeby Rno7 månader sedan
  • I think Peter Jackson just referenced your Gandalf impression as being as good as Ian Mckellen's during the Lord of The Rings 'Reunited Apart' hosted by Josh which Ian Mckellen replied that he thought yours was BETTER (unless there is another 'guy on youtube doing Gandalf')

    TheSlowConnectionTheSlowConnection7 månader sedan
    • Apparently there's at least one or two other's that do it, but well his video's have been blowing up and are pretty popular and I haven't seen anyone else doing it really.

      The Golden FighterThe Golden Fighter7 månader sedan
  • Please we want don corleone from God father

    Abdo RamadanAbdo Ramadan7 månader sedan
    • Abdo Ramadan Hell yeah 😂

      Rahoome 24Rahoome 247 månader sedan
  • Do one of these for Obama/Morgan freeman

    jaden merrilljaden merrill7 månader sedan
  • Amazing Gandalf impression.

    YewbzeeYewbzee7 månader sedan
  • It'd so weird to see your face and hear Gandalf. It's like as if his voice was just put over your video 😅 And your Jesse impression is getting better, it's soo good!

    nightspicernightspicer7 månader sedan
  • if you can do christy brown and daniel plainview than you are the man!!

    GG ZoneGG Zone7 månader sedan
  • Quality tutorial! I think your natural talent for moving where your voice is coming from in your own body is the ingredient most people will never be able to develop!

    safricasafrica7 månader sedan
    • Possibly, maybe have a think how I could get that across

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • Hi, how to do jack sparrow voice - tutorial?

    Gideon de KruifGideon de Kruif7 månader sedan
    • Time to do an impressions round at my local zoom chat-party I think!

      Joe MamaJoe MamaMånad sedan
  • Time to do an impressions round at my local zoom chat-party I think!

    Jonathan CookJonathan Cook7 månader sedan
  • Can you do John snow voice .... you follower from middle east

    AT The WolfAT The Wolf7 månader sedan
  • Charlie, Charlie, Charlie......missed your videos....Essential Worker doing Essential Work...

    Ana RatumuAna Ratumu7 månader sedan
    • 😀

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • Yer a wizard, Charlie!

    Christine HerrmannChristine Herrmann7 månader sedan
    • I’m a what?!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • That waht I sheared for, since.... a long time

    Criscrafter TVCriscrafter TV7 månader sedan
  • the way you performed tommy shelby voice is lit 🔥🔥 specifically.. all right, there is gonna be little war, just do what is on the fucking list... or are 🔥🔥🔥

    sachin aggarwalsachin aggarwal7 månader sedan
  • I was so glad to see that you posted! As always your Gandalf is perfect!

    arielariel7 månader sedan
    • Thanks Ariel!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • will you pls give impression challenge on breaking bad again ❤...?

    sachin aggarwalsachin aggarwal7 månader sedan
    • sry i write (challenge) by mistake.. i just want you to make another video on breaking bad character brother pls. your voice is 👍😍🤩amazingly talented... so pls make it 🙃

      sachin aggarwalsachin aggarwal7 månader sedan
    • Impression challenge?

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • When I read the LOTR, I read aloud with Ian's voice as if he narrated.

    Zach LloydZach Lloyd7 månader sedan
    • I also read with him as a narrator

      Giuseppe papaleoGiuseppe papaleo10 dagar sedan
  • You are really amazing !

    amangogna68amangogna687 månader sedan
    • Thanks!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • I put the pointy hat on, and the robe be a wizard. That's how I became a wizard!

    RivelinoRivelino7 månader sedan
    • @Ben Kurdi All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost

      Nathaniel N.Nathaniel N.2 månader sedan
    • Things are not always as they seem

      Ben KurdiBen Kurdi2 månader sedan
    • Haha yes!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • Hey Charlie, do you know about or have seen Reunited Apart's LOTR video? Ian and Peter mentioned someone who did voice impressions of Gandalf and was better than them when doing lines again for the video, and who else could it be but you yeah!

    The Golden FighterThe Golden Fighter7 månader sedan
    • @Charlie Hopkinson Who are the other ones, ig they've consistently put out Gandalf impressions which are pretty popular, like the person with 100 voices videos?

      The Golden FighterThe Golden Fighter7 månader sedan
    • Possibly! There’s a couple of us

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • I am Gandalf the Grey. Turned White like Saruman.... my passion is limitless and my hobbies are amazing. My advice for you all in these dark days.... stay the fuck at home🤣🤣🤣

    Junior KabanaJunior Kabana7 månader sedan
  • You are so wonderfully talented! Love the little diagrams, too.

    nictheartistnictheartist7 månader sedan
    • Thanks! I like those bits too!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • It's as if "Gandalf" is talking😂👌🏻

    Sevinc NuriyevaSevinc Nuriyeva7 månader sedan
    • Truly marvelous, it is stunning to think I could possibly Return to school. With the voice of a wizard

      Ben KurdiBen Kurdi2 månader sedan
    • Thanks!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • Love watching ur vidos sir... 😁👍👍💙👍

    Bryan O'ConnellBryan O'Connell7 månader sedan
    • Ur most welcome sir... 😁👍👍👍👍

      Bryan O'ConnellBryan O'Connell7 månader sedan
    • Thanks Bryan!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • Perfect

    عبدالمجيد الغامديعبدالمجيد الغامدي7 månader sedan
  • Love it, thanks Mr Charlie! :D ooh and if you fancy learning piano in 3 days, I just did a Masterclass on my channel haha

    StevenVoiceOverStevenVoiceOver7 månader sedan
    • @Charlie Hopkinson cheers Charlie and no probs if not, i know you're busy :D

      StevenVoiceOverStevenVoiceOver7 månader sedan
    • Thanks Steven, May take a look if I get time!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson7 månader sedan
  • "First!" norr like Last!

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