Santa brought me my first violin this Christmas. I was completely surprised....Just kidding. ;)
On the day it arrived I had to restring it because the G string slipped out of the fine tuner. On day 2 I broke the E string and needed to restring it. After rubbing rosin on the bow I was surprised it was still slippery. I soon found out that I needed to scratch that rosin cake. The first time I tuned it took about 20 minutes and I suspect it was half tuned. I was afraid to brake the E string again since I used up my only spare. I had it for one week and tuned my violin at least four times! This time I needed only about 5 minutes to tune my violin. I had no idea violinists are so busy. I suspect a violin needs to be tuned before each play since the strings loose tension. I made crunchy sounds and squeaky sounds. Well, I am learning to play the violin and each time it gets better. My goal is to play the violin better and learn a lot more about music theory. I will be learning through a book that includes a cd with video and mp3 examples.
I realized that I had preconceived notions about the violin that weren't true. I thought the instrument was too difficult to play and caused the musician agony. I was wrong. With the chin rest, shoulder rest the violin make the instrument an extension on the musician and I found it was designed very well. I could sit or walk and be comfortable while bowing the strings. I can say the violin is a lovely and expressive instrument.