I still find it amazing that so much poignant sound can pour out of instrument as small as a violin.
Here as well, advances in manufacturing have brought forth inexpensive instruments on which practically anyone can begin to learn to play.
Acquiring a confident bow stroke and secure finger placement are the keys to developing a good sound on the instrument.
I have found several Mel Bay Publication song books that offer very enjoyable Americana-type material. Working through those songs fosters an appreciation for tunefulness.
Here again, persistence pays off.