Stephen Kenyon wrote:Weird! Nearest thing to sensible might be a deformed 'i' finger character, which makes sense if the note is on string 3. If its an old edition (what's the piece, publisher and date?) it was engraved by hand using variable physical processes that occasionally resulted in odd artifacts like that.
I am starting to think you have nailed it here. The "i" does look hand drawn, different from the index finger indicators in other parts of the score, like it was added after the main score was set. It is the E on the 3rd string, 9th fret also. So I am going with the index finger notation idea despite my original thoughts. I thought it was some notation I was not familiar with and went running in that direction.
Thanks very much for the help.
The score section is from "Silent Night", publisher is Mel Bay, "Christmas Songs for Classical Guitar", 1981.