I now wish my teacher would have played some on my violin when I was a kid to demonstrate the tunes for me. I was so self critical. I think it might have helped me distinguish between deficiency in my playing skills and the difference a better instrument makes. Part of the reason I quit was frustration with the sound of my instrument that I thought was hopeless deficiency in my playing, I now believe. Just now getting a better instrument has helped me enjoy the sound I make when I play!