I can help. Since you said it is your first fretless banjo I infer you also have a fretted banjo.
Thank you kindly Sir for this valuable information
It is clear and understandable. It will be a big help.
I'm ready now so...bring on the banjo!!
The pleasure is all mine Ron! I am happy to be of help. And, I forget to address something I am sure you will be wondering. "Will the "Crayola Washable Kid's Paint" react badly with the finish on my new Boucher Banjo?" Well, not knowing exactly what the finish is I cannot answer with 100% certainty, but I have never found it to leave a permanent mark. To guard against this from being a possibility, rub a little wee bit of wax-furniture-polish over the area where you will paint the dots. It will put a little wax barrier between the washable paint and the finish on the neck of the wood. It is doubtful that the dots will rub off because your thumb will likely not be passing over that part of the neck. And if they do happen to rub off, well, no big deal, just touch em' up! Let us know how it works out for you!
Another thing to do is to use a tuner and watch the accuracy of your pitches. Usually you find a landmark on the neck to mark the important ones....like 5 and 7. The others will take care of themselves. But, watch your pitch...sometimes it does not sound like you think it does.
This is really good advice for all players new to minstrel banjo. Even helps those of us who are not quite new, I think I will go back and check out my banjo's set up to make sure it sounds right. Thanks.
I have mapped out some of the significant landmarks on the Boucher double ogee neck on some photographs of the neck of the banjo I built. It has a Boucher double ogee on it, even though the peghead was designed by me.
The web page also discusses how I tune the banjo without using a tuner. It is done entirely by chiming the strings, so there is no estimated fretting required and no electronic gadgetry.
I do bring the banjo up to its initial pitch using an electronic tuner, but after that I prefer to use relative tuning. It's a lot quicker.
I don't know if your Bell will map out the same way as my home-spun banjo, but this can be a starting point where you can begin looking. It is an adventure.