It takes determination and patience. When I began taking lessons as a child my practice place was the attic!!! I had 9 brothers and sisters and we all were learning to play different instruments. After giving up the violin for the french horn a few years later I now have returned to learning to play the violin at the age of 66. The basics were there but not the technique. Dianne you are right, I think as an adult we now have different expectations and time now is a factor. I am happy to say that by getting some lessons, having a routine, and getting involved with others who love to play has made the difference. I can say that I have far surpassed my playing skills and have developed a greater love of music as an adult.