When I worked in a music store, a boy and his mother came in and asked how hard it is to learn to play the violin? I said it takes practice, but you start by learning how to pick up and hold the violin. I took out a rental and sized him for a 3/4 violin and showed him how to place his feet, balance his weight and pluck open strings. I spent about 25 minutes with him and he learned that he could do it. He and his mother felt better about taking lessons and took the mystery out of learning how to play a violin.