No offense to guitar players, but the guitar never truly made sense to me. For me, the violin a lot more sense than the guitar ever did. Whoever said that guitar was easy, I'd call that person a liar to his or her face.
Violin for beginners makes sense. On violin, you have four strings and you typically learn to play on one string at a time. Violinists have a bow with rosined horse hair that is pulled across the violin strings to produce a sound. You place your fingers on the fingerboard on the spots that accurately play the desired pitches you're attempting to play. Violin makes sense. Guitar doesn't. Period.
Guitars have six strings that you can accidentally knock out of tune if you turn the peg the wrong way when your instructor screams, "You're miserably flat! Tune it up!" Those evil instruments also possess frets to show you where notes are and some people on their first day of guitar class are considered absolute dum dums because they thought you placed your fingers ON the frets, rather than BEHIND the frets. And seriously, what kind of instrument forces you to learn both major and minor chords on the first week of instruction???
My first experience playing guitar purely stunk. I wasn't taught how to read guitar notes or chord charts or even tabs on the guitar; instead, I was told where my fingers should go to make a chord and from there, chords were shouted to the entire class to play. I was having enough difficulty playing on one string, so who's insane idea was it to make me attempt to strum multiple strings at a time?
That first year on guitar was rough, I'll admit. This year, I have a new instructor, a new instructional book for guitar, and a new start for me to relearn guitar THE CORRECT WAY. What can I say? Things are slowly looking up for me. I can now accurately play a G scale, I know the names of all my strings, and I can play "Aura Lee" (in two different key signatures, might I add) and I've only had one week of instruction so far! While I still struggle with the whole concept of guitar "strumming" versus violin "bowing," I'm perfectly optimistic that with some quality guitar bonding time and a fair amount of luck on this foreign instrument, I can learn and conquer this instrument challenge I've been given. While the guitar doesn't click to me as easily as the violin did, I'm confident I can do anything I set my mind to. While it's not necessarily easy to broaden one's horizons, it's possible when you have the right teacher and, perhaps, the right attitude toward the challenge at hand.