— Begin quote from “fiddlewood”
Playing blind works for some but I’d caution that it may be years before most can jump around on the neck between high & low back-up phrases without looking at some kind of reference. This is why I suggested getting familiar with the dots on the side of the neck.
— End quote
My Deering Goodtime doesn’t have dots on the side of the neck like my Washburn B-19 does, and I’ve considered using my woodburning kit, a sharpie, or something to make some kind of reference point for me.
Also, my goodtime doesn’t have a resonator. I play it a lot more than my Washburn because it’s far lighter and easier to travel with, but I’ve noticed I’m starting to struggle when I strap on my Washburn because the resonator makes it feel so much bulkier. My hand placement is all over the place and my picking is much sloppier, especially with my middle finger on the 2nd string (always wants to go visit its next door neighbor to play a duet).