I've been taking lessons for about two years. This is really a challenging instrument! I took guitar lessons as a child which helps only in matters of pitch and rythmn. I really don't remember too much about reading music except for the truly basics.
My teacher, Roberta Wilcox, has put several of her adult students together to form "Second Strings" orchestra and we're having a lot of fun.
Learning to play the violin is a project for the second half of my life!