Here is a scan of the section. It is not the index finger notation as that is in the score as a totally different font.Stephen Kenyon wrote:You might need to post a scan of this. One assumes its not 'i' for index finger...
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.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 find it amazing that my question popped up just now in your experience and even more so while in the presence of someone who could give a ready answer!Stephen Kenyon wrote:I have the answer, I have the answer!!!
Today's lesson with one of my more mature students came to a sudden stop when I noticed he'd put exactly that weird mark on one of his pieces. He said its derived from mathematics (apparently he used to be a mathematician, which I don't think I knew!) and he said maths types often use that form of 'i', which is in fact, if memory serves, related to a symbol for 'j', or somesuch. So yes, its doesn't matter, its obvious what to do there, ... but here seems to be something concrete about that mark, potentially at least.
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