The Pareto Principle describes how things aren’t always distributed equally - originally an observation that 80% of wealth was owned by 20% of the population within a country. Often this is thought about in terms of inputs and outputs - that a large portion of results seem to stem from effort put toward a small subset of areas, and conversely much of how we spend our time and effort produces rather little.
I’m curious what areas of focus have seemed to lead to the greatest payoffs for lines members - specifically in regard to gaining musical proficiency and creating finished work, but also in other areas of life.
I’ve noticed recently that focusing on interval relationships for the guitar has done far more for me than learning patterns, chord shapes, note names, or abstracted theory ever did.
For my modular/Elektron setup I’ve noticed that setting up a system of consistent controls and macros that will always be the same across different projects allowed me to improvise much more fluidly. While in theory it decreased the range of possibilities available, in practice it freed me to focus on the subsystems which are in constant flux while having tried and true muscle memory accessible systems to always fall back on and augment the “novel” parts of a patch/piece.