The 80/20 Principle is well know in the world of business: â€œ20% of your customers create 80% of your profit.â€
But this universal â€œlawâ€ doesnâ€™t just apply to wealth creation. For example:Â 20% of the roads get 80% of the traffic. 20% of the runners take 80% of the trophies.
This even works for learning violin. And the numbers are even more surprising:Â Only 20% of what your violin activities will produce fully 80% of your results. And it may even be more like 90/10!
And at the top of that 20% list is one glaringly overlooked item:
Meaning: whatâ€™s on your violin, and how does it all fit your body?
This is fairly basic stuff, and a lot of it is just pure common sense.Â Still, I canâ€™t think of one other thing that can so quickly improve your playing.
If youâ€™ve always wanted to play better, but youâ€™re not sure if youâ€™re â€œdoing it the right way”â€¦
If youâ€™re making up for lost timeâ€¦
If youâ€™re jealous of that beautiful tone that seems so easy for other violinistâ€¦
If youâ€™d like to improvise or play more advanced positionsâ€¦
Nothing will get you there faster than correctly setting up your violin.
Violin setup is truly your low hanging fruit. And that’s why I put violin setup in all of my violin teaching.
When youâ€™re making up for lost time, you need a plan. A lifetime of work and much trial and error goes into creating a usable 80/20 practice system. You could delve into dozens of pedagogy books, expensive lessons and master classes. You could make all the mistakes I made.
Or you could cut out the boring, pointless and ineffective busy work and learn from my my mistakes. Not to mention my wins! That would be a true 80-20 play, yes?
To Your Violin Journey!
P.S. An 80/20 strategy is especially important if you’ve been around the block a few times. I love working with adult students in Morro Bay, Los Osos and San Luis Obispo!