I started playing violin when 22, now 57. Mostly self taught with a few lessons here and there. Got my left hand going with guitar around age 8. I like to play energetic blues on violin. I know some jazz fundamentals but hard for me to make the leap to credible jazz improvisation. Got Stephan Grappelli & Jean Luc Ponty's autograph on the same peice of paper. I love the violin...wish I was a better player!