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I am very new to violin, 52 years old and started abut 3-4 months ago. The only other string instrument I ever played was a bit of bad guitar as a teenager. I wanted to touch an play a violin for the last 20 years or so. About 6 or 7 years ago I heard a man in my hometown play and my jaw dropped to the floor. He is Pat Ireland, if anyone is familiar. I eventually found out he taught, got kicked out of voice lessons for not singing loud enough, and then decided it was “now or never.” I think I have stuck with it (for 3-4 months) because my violin idol (who is now my teacher) is very encouraging and positive, and pushes me in just the right way. I am not saying I am good (I am raw beginner level), but I am really enjoying the process and find the challenge very “zen” in a way. If you are struggling, I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a good teacher. Someone out there has a way to lead you to improvement and they are waiting for you to give them a call! If you live in a remote area, find a good online teacher. Do Skype sessions. Find you tube tutorials. Whatever fits your budget and never give up your dream!