Thank you so much for responding and providing positive constructive feedback. I agree with your instructor and I appreciate you sharing his perspective! I cannot afford private lessons but I do think that paying for lessons helps to hold one accountable. I am really feeling a lot of regret right now about having quit all those years ago but my desire to be able to just pick up the violin and play songs again is the reason I will not quit. Music has been a sustaining force in my life throughout the darkest times and I am determined to persevere. All of your points are one’s that I’ve been adapting, minus the private lessons, & my significant other is completely supportive. I appreciate you taking the time to respond and offer support!