Great response Loren! They say stringed orchestra instruments (violin, viola, cello, double-bass) are the hardest to play because of your point about intonation. Here is some good news and bad news. The good news is that if you establish good fundamentals in the left-hand (practicing proper finger placement), you will find that progression on one of these instruments is not much harder than any others out there (even guitar). The bad news is that if you don’t focus on fundamentals, this will lead to your inability to create proper intonation consistently. It’s never fun to play an instrument that you can’t get to sound consistently in tune–but it really is possible if you approach learning the right way.
My advice to anyone out there interested in improving their intonation is to focus on fundamentals either by taking private lessons or utilizing our lessons. This is key to your success playing the violin, and ultimately will help you with your intonation, rhythm and much more.