I'm so excited I wanted to share my experience. A year ago I went along to what I was told was an informal string group, playing just for fun and at an easy level. Well, I couldn't keep up, played about one note in ten and although everyone there was really lovely and encouraging, I didn't return. The music was at least intermediate I'd say, and everything played very fast for me.
Anyway I went again two weeks ago, to have another go, and managed to keep up with most of it! It was taxing on the brain but very exciting, having only ever played violin to myself or my teacher. Last week I went again, and attendance was poor, there was only myself, another violinist, a viola player and cellist. So I played in a string quartet for the first time! I was so happy I nearly cried. When we'd finish a piece on a lovely major chord, the whole room would vibrate with the beauty of the sound. The other players were all relaxed and chatty like this was a normal thing to be doing... while I was nearly falling off my chair with joy and excitement. They probably think I'm bonkers but I don't care.