I am 65 years old, and I started playing the violin three weeks ago. I am following the lessons, and trying to set up a practice routine. Like others before me, I am having a bit of trouble keeping in tune. I broke the D string last week, and went to the music store to have a new string put on. Today, the string snapped again. I live 30 miles from the nearest music store. Frustrating, but this, too shall pass.