I’ve had a violin for 14 yrs, but just started taking lessons 1 1/2 years ago. I can play by ear as well. Although I used to play the piano and could read music, I just never thought I could read and play the violin, it just seemed so complicated, but I’m doing it and loving the challenge and I can’t believe how far I’ve come!
I do however wish I would have started when I was a kid and been able to play with my grandfather who was a pretty amazing fiddler! 🙂