The true violin did not appear until about the year 1550. It did not reach its eminent position in the musical world until the late seventeenth century.
It is unlikely you will truly get the feeling of the violin until you have been studying for at least a year — perhaps even two. Then one day the sheer pleasure of playing the instrument will suddenly flow over you. Perhaps it will be when you hear a fine string quartet. Maybe the revelation will come at the concert of an outstanding string orchestra, or better yet, when you are asked to sit in one made of boys and girls your own age. In any case, you will hear the singing strings clearly — perhaps for the first time — as the pure, jubilant spirit of music.