Gwen Stefani is desperate to improve her musical skill so she can be "free" of having to write tunes with collaborators.

The 35-year-old blonde beauty is frustrated she's never mastered an instrument, because she's convinced she'd be a prolific songwriter if she was able to recreate what she hears in her head.

She says, "I would love to learn to play something so I don't have to rely on someone to collaborate with.

"I've written songs on guitar, but I don't play guitar good enough to be free.

"If I could play every chord? I could write a million songs if I had that."

Stefani teamed up with Pharrell Williams, Dr Dre, ANDRE 3000, New Order and Linda Perry on her debut solo album LOVE, ANGEL, MUSIC, Baby.

30/01/2005 21:29