I have no musical background aside from elementary music classes and a pathetic attempt of one-year of saxophone band in high school. I brought a violin a few years back in my early 30s and began self teaching. I didn’t get far and stopped altogether when I was diagnosed with left-sided trigeminal neuralgia (a terrible nerve pain in the face) during pregnancy albeit unrelated to the pregnancy. My condition has much improved and I’ve decided to pick up the violin again this time with a teacher. We have to be mindful of how the violin can act up my nerve hence my user name of ViolinHitsMyNerve!