I played the violin (with my looooooong time friend Sharon Mills) starting in grade school and through high school. I HATED practicing. Over and over and over the same exercises that had no musicality, only designed to hone technique. I never developed technique.
But I loved playing in the orchestra, sitting in the middle of music.
My parents sacrificed to buy me the violin and give me lessons. I was fortunate. I had a real violin.
Take a look at this short video! Fantastic!