Here, Beverley provides a few tips to help out budding songwriters.
- The first thing that comes to mind is chord progression. When you're putting this together for a song, don't be afraid to change it as you go along. You don't need to stick to the first one - it should be a fluid process.
- When it comes to melody, always make sure you have a dictaphone handy, to commit it to recording.
- Take a break from your recording, go have some lunch - then come back and see if you can remember your melody without replaying it on your dictaphone. If you can, then it's a keeper. If you can't remember it at all, then maybe it's best to start again.
- Lyrically, I was once given some great advice - make sure your lyric fits in with your perfectly constructed melody, as that's what the public will grab on to. If you have a profound lyric that doesn't quite fit in with your melody, then tweak it - not the melody. That's a tip from Robin Gibb!
Find out about Beverley's musical inspirations, and dream collaborators -watch the full interview with Beverley Knight here