I've had four viola lessons now.
I think I sound worse each week.
The trouble with string instruments is that there are so many difficult technical things to worry about.
Am I holding the bow properly (probably not!) Are my thumb and pinky fingers bent the right way? Are my second and third fingers hanging loosely with their pads in the right spot? Am I gripping the bow too tight? Is the weight of my arm on the strings?
Is my elbow up high enough?
Is my bow moving straight, parallel to the bridge, and half way between the fingerboard and bridge?
Is my left hand wrist straight?
Are my left hand fingers in EXACTLY the right spots? (Millimetres matter.)
Am I making sure all this is right and RELAXING at the same time?
Good. Now I can start playing!
I grew up thinking that the piano was the most difficult instrument to play. I was wrong. I repent.
This is way harder.
If God had meant music to come out of pieces of wood, horse hair and synthetic/metal strings he'd have made violins grow on trees. He didn't. So playing is difficult.
But. I. will. master. this.