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Welcome... (what he ^^^^^^said). I am sure after a few weeks and practice things will sound wonderful... and day after day much better. Be kind to yourself and keep doing the practice.
So nice to meet you on the forum. Good luck and keep us posted.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Hello and welcome! The sound is as it should be for today. You've probably got this from other sources, but I think it bears repeating: more than half of what we're doing is in the bowing. This requires a grip that you can live with, and it requires keeping your bow hairs parallel to the bridge, midway between the bridge and the fingerboard. Also, I've found that if you tilt the bow slightly, so that the hairs are facing either the bridge or the fingerboard (essentially using one side of the bow hairs), it helps reduce the scratchiness; I prefer having the hairs face the fingerboard, but I've seen in quite a lot of videos where which side of the hairs used can change with every bow stroke (Heifetz did it, as does Perlman). For now, pick one, and stick with it. Long notes on open strings are essential in the beginning, because bowing needs to become second nature. Also, no matter what, play as if nobody is listening. How you view your progress can differ greatly than how others view it, so focus more on what it sounds like, rather than what you think others might be thinking about it. Finally, have fun with it, otherwise, there's no point to it. I hope this helps. Enjoy!