After much patient instruction I was finally able to play two octaves of the C scale. I felt quite jubilant. I should have quit while I was ahead. From there it was all down hill folks. Let me just say that having as much music knowledge as I do and playing two other instruments really has little relevance when one is trying to learn a stringed instrument. Except I can read the notes in the music. But that's it. For real. Maybe someday I'll surprise everyone by whipping out a song on the cello. But that's a ways away. Like years, perchance even decades.