I've always played some kind of music, even if it was just singing in a choir. I learned to play the piano as a child which, of course, taught me the fundamentals of reading music.
I found my first violin during one of my many outings to estate and yard sales, I paid $60 for it. A few years later, I found a teacher that could help me play a song I had "volunteered" to learn, and have continued with her for the past 3 years! Surely, I am no spring chicken so if I can do this, I'd say just about anyone can.
Most of my violin teacher's students are here in town, of course, but she has started something new. LESSONS BY INTERNET! What a great idea! No driving. No traffic. Saves time. No gasoline cost. Lessons in your PJ's if you want. Take lessons from anywhere in the world.
A violin is such a versatile instrument. Celtic music. Fiddle music. Country western. Classical. So many options.
I would love to introduce her to you if you think this is something you or your children would like to do. Her students are all ages and yes, I am the oldest.
You may think that a violin is too costly but I've seen them on www.ebay.com for as low as $34, which includes the case AND some include free shipping. No, it won't be the best violin in the world, but is a very low investment for a beginner. I've seen them in all colors too, including pink! Maybe I ought to get one of those!
Let me know if I can put you in touch with her and she can give you all the details. What a wonderful way to take advantage of our modern technology!