Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody signed up for music lessons before recording the band's new album.
The rocker claims the group wanted to do something extraordinary for new LP A Hundred Million Suns and needed to shape up to do it.
He tells MTV.com, "We really had to step up a gear to meet the ambition that we had.
"We're all reasonably good musicians. I just think that, between the five of us, we make an awesome noise.