In Middle school, the music teachers asked if anyon wanted to learn to play the violin. Now, at the time, I wasn't completely sure what a violin even was! But I was willing to give it a go.
At the end of year 8, I took Grade 1 but unfortunately didn't pass. My teacher hadn't even taught me how to read music properly, and it was only after I'd graded that it clicked in my head the notes went up in steps.
Starting High school was a real turning point for me. I wasn't going to give up, and I wanted to continue learning to play the violin. My new teacher basically taught me from scratch, she taught me the pure basics. Notes, scales, arpeggios, dynamics, harmonics, etc. Since then I've taken Grade 1 again and passed and taken Grade 2 and got a merit!
Playing the violin is something I love doing, and something that I hope to become better and better at. I've always loved certain violin pieces and being able to play them is what makes me happy!