When I was young, my father bought a violin from a pawn shop. He had always liked the sound of a violin and had finally found the opportunity to get one. No one in my family knew how to play it at the time, so we messed around with it for a while, but eventually it just got put away in the closet to collect dust since we could not afford lessons. Years later, I attended a high school that taught strings, so I brushed off the dust and began to learn. Four years later, with only two years of instruction, I have performed in an honor orchestra, my community orchestra, and am currently in a band. Out of all the instruments I have learned to play, I believe the violin is one of the most beautiful.