A Little Violin and Viola Study Secret Based on the 80/20 Rule

by | Feb 12, 2014 | Practice Tips | 2 comments

Have you also heard so many tales about that you have to study many hours a day to be able to play the violin or viola beautifully?

Using the 80/20 rule for studying the violin/viola

If you want to become a good violist, you have to spend time studying it. But most people don’t have time to study the violin hours a day, because the day-to-day life goes on. This is completely logical. But how will you still be able to play the violin beautifully? This can be done by using the 80/20 rule. This rule states the following:

“With 20 percent of the effort, you can get 80 percent of the results”

This is also applicable to playing the violin. If you don’t want to become a professional, but a good amateur violist, you can use this rule. For example: a professional violist plays 3-5 hours a day. If you want to make 20 percent of the effort, it means you have to play one hour a day. If you follow this little secret, you will be able to still get very nice results.


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  1. Michael

    Zlata what you spoke is what happens, and i only take conscience after hurt my wrist, and make no progess with so long sessions.
    In my desire to play better fast, as i beggan i have spent hours and hours practing, and gave no time to my body be prepared for the effort.
    In a 45 minutes session, for shure i only make good Good sound betwen the 20th to the 30th minutes.
    I wish i could have watched your vídeo before, and didnt learn it in a so painfull way.
    Thanks a lot

    • Violinist Zlata

      Hi Michael,

      Good to hear that the video has provided an insight for you. Long sessions are possible, but you have to be careful and build it up slowly. Music is science, art and sports at the same time… for long hours you have build it up slowly and consciously, like you would train for a marathon. If you run a marathon without proper preparation, the chance on injury is big. Always question: what is necessary for achieving your goal? In most cases long hours are absolutely not necessary.

      Happy practicing!

      All the best,



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