I bought a beginner violin from Ebay. I am very interested in Carnatic classical music and thought violin is the best way to play the music I enjoy. I looked for a Carnatic violin teacher in the bay area but couldn't find one. Finally I came across a Hindustani violin teacher on the net after searching for a couple of weeks. I thought of starting with this teacher since I can at least pick up the basics. We decided it would be good to start on a thursday (just a sentiment). Finally scheduled a violin class a couple of days ago. My violin teacher is very experienced. He has taught violin for 30 years. He agreed to come to my place to teach violin. He came to my place and after a bit of chit chat, he asked me to play what I know in violin. I had practiced sa-ri-ga-ma-pa-da-ni s by following a youtube video. I showed him what I had learnt. Then we sat down and he started tuning my violin a bit. He said its good violin. Apparently Hindustani way of tuning a violin is different from Carnatic one. In hindustani, sa-ri-ga-ma s are played like this:
String G - pa (open), da (index finger), ni(middle finger), sa(ring finger)
String D - sa, ri, ga, ma
String A - PA, DA, NI, SA
String E - SA, RI, GA, MA
Then I was given an exercise to practice for a week. He also wrote down the notes for "piyu bole, piya bole" song from the movie parineeta:) When I started playing the violin, it sounded like a crying cat. I Had to get used to the finger movements and the bow. My wife has been patient enough to hear the noises I m making. Now after a couple of days, its been getting better. Still having difficulty with the quick finger movements from string to string. Its been a good experience so far and looking forward to more lessons.
With the online research I 've done about violin and from my own little experience, violin seems to be the toughest string instrument but if you master it, you will have an easier time with the other string instruments (like guitar :) ). But I feel happy to choose violin not because its the toughest instrument but because I enjoy it :)