If it is an old cracked Ramirez we'll forgive you! I'm used to no dots. I find when I pick up a guitar with dots I'm confused by the dots. They engage my brain rather than my usual sense of proportion. I'm stopping to think "is the next note on the 7th fret? Which dot is that?" instead of just moving to the correct fret. To each their own.botswanajohn wrote: ↑Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:02 pm
Why are we all so snobbish about dots. I have always learnt and played without dots and looked down on them . Pure snobbery! Then a few months ago I played some top end luthier made guitars that have discrete dots. One that hides the ends of the frets in the fingerboard except the fifth and seventh fret which he leaves visible and another very expensive guitar that had a single small dot inlaid at the edge of the fingerboard at the seventh fret. Both the dot and the hidden fret system I found very helpful even though I usually know where I am. In fact I liked the single dot so much that my luthier friend iscurrently putting one on the side of the fingerboard at the seventh fret on my old cracked scuffed Ramirez....hope not too many purists turn in their graves.
My teacher told me to mark the harmonic "spot" on the string with permanent marker while learning the song. Changing the strings removes the marks.